Pete Carroll said that Mike Williams and Sidney Rice might be slowed at practice early in the week with ankle/foot injuries, but the only thing serious out of the Dallas game was a concussion to linebacker Dave Vobora.
At the halfway point, Carroll said the team is struggling to find consistent execution although he said he sees development in a lot of areas. Many of the issues, penalties, for instance, are a reflection of the team’s youth, he said. The Hawks have been penalized 70 times in eight games, 31st in the NFL. They’ve been flagged 23 times more than their opponents.
As for personnel juggling to address the 2-6 record, Carroll said there isn’t a lot that can be done. What they can do is work toward better utilizing their talents, getting the ball more to tight end Zach Miller, for instance.
He credited San Francisco’s 7-1 start and said “They’re not gonna give it up easily,” when asked about the NFC West division race. He said the players and staff can’t really look at it in terms of a race, but rather coming out day to day and keeping improvement as the team goal.
He was pleased with the appearance of a rushing attack, saying it had been a focus during the week’s practices. The Cowboys managed to rush for so many yards against what had been a very good Seahawks rush defense by getting Murray out to the edge and avoiding the Seahawk big defenders in the middle.
Tarvaris Jackson came out of the game sore but without any setbacks to his strained pectoral muscle.
Of prime disappointments at this point, he said he was discouraged that the team had done such a poor job of playing well at the end of games, as he’s always made a coaching point of “finishing.”
Asked about left guard Robert Gallery, who struggled against Dallas, Carroll said he did not anticipate making a move at that position.