Pete Carroll just finished his press conference. He said Tarvaris Jackson will get the majority of quarterback snaps with the starters this week, although he will still be listed on the injury report. “He feels the best he’s felt, but he’s still not well,” he said. In other injury news, Cameron Morrah will not practice today with a sore knee, and Mike Williams (hamstring) will be limited.
Dallas is “a unique football team … really difficult to deal with.” He said the Rob Ryan-coached defense is a challenge because his game plans vary so much week to week depending on the opponent. A key will be keeping Jackson “clean” after taking 12 quarterback hits from the Bengals. DeMarcus Ware is a player “you have to be aware of at all times … we have to have a plan that allows us to keep track of him.”
Pete was asked some general, state-of-the-union type questions, too. He defends the youth movement on the roster. “We like what we’re putting together here … creating a young roster we can grow with … we can see the growth potential.”
He’s impressed with the rookie class. With the young offensive line, “we’re patient with it .. .frustrated, but patient.” He said the young linemen are understanding the system better and show more consistent technique, although the last two weeks “we’ve stepped back a bit.”
He cited linebacker K.J. Wright and receiver Doug Baldwin. He also was impressed with cornerback Richard Sherman’s first start. “He took a step forward; he played very consistently throughout.”
He was asked if he could envision Tarvaris as a player who could become the long-term quarterback for the team. He said it was his mindset that he had the chance to be the long-term guy. “He’s got a lot of games to rpove it,” he said, addressing his toughness and arm strength and competitiveness. “We need to see it translated into winning … we need to give him the best chance, too.”
He acknowledged the frustation of the 2-5 record. He said he’s talked to the team about it. “Frustration is real .. .we have to deal with it.” Dealing with it comes under Team Rule No. 2, he said, no whining, no complaining.