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Carroll: “A very special win”

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm with 17 Comments »
November 13, 2011 7:05 pm

As you can imagine, the Seattle Seahawks were all smiles after a big win over one of the best teams in the league in Baltimore, a game few gave Seattle a chance of winning.

“I can give you 53 guys who thought we were going to win,” Seattle fullback Michael Robinson said. “That’s the way it is. You’re always going to have doubters and things like that, but it feels good to finally prove some of them wrong.”

Turnovers were the story here. The Ravens came in with a +4 turnover differential, but the Seahawks won the turnover battle 3-0, and therefore the game.

“We threw up a freaking goose egg today, and we got three,” Seattle had coach Pete Carroll said. “That’s how it works.”

Said Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis: “The most disappointing part was turning the ball over. We can’t do it. I don’t care how good you’re trying to be. Any time you find yourself in a hostile environment with a team like this, when you turn the ball over, you see what happens.”

Carroll said it was important win in terms of his team’s confidence because of the opponent and the fact that Seattle played well on all three phases – offense, defense and special teams.

“We really respect them so much that this is a very special win in that regard,” he said. “We have to get back to work. We have a lot to do, we have a lot of stuff to cleanup. But I’m glad that we had a chance to celebrate with our fans today.”

Carroll said offensive guard John Moffitt has to get an MRI on his knee. Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice and Kam Chancellor all suffered concussions and will need to be further evaluated on Monday. And defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove and safety Atari Bigby suffered hamstring injuries.

More mind-numbing penalties: Seattle came into the contest second in the league in penalties with 70. They totaled another 13 today for 100 yards, including four on one drive by the defense on Baltimore’s only touchdown drive of the second half.

“I can’t tell you we can stop it yet, because I can’t tell you how fast we can grow up,” Carroll said. “I don’t know how fast we can grow up. It is about making decisions and choices and stuff like that … It could have lost us the football game today, and it didn’t. We just keep working at it. We keep growing and we make good choices.”

Red zone issues: Steven Hauschka finished with five field goals today, tying a franchise record set by Norm Johnson and Olindo Mare twice, along with Todd Peterson. But Seattle needs to turn more of those field goals into touchdowns. The Seahawks finished 1 of 5 inside the red zone.

“When you play against a good team like Baltimore that can come back and bite you,” quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said. “We were still able to hold them off, but it’d be a lot easier for us if we could get seven (points each trip) and then it wouldn’t be that close at the end.”

Ground and pound: The most important thing Seattle can take from this game besides the confidence of beating a good opponent is the running game the Seahawks established against Dallas was not a fluke.

After running for 135 yards against Dallas last week, Marshawn Lynch followed that up with 109 yards today against one of the best run defense in the league in Baltimore.

“For these last, two games, that’s been the biggest emphasis for the running back group,” Lynch said. “With Justin (Forsett) being as quick as he is and Leon (Washington) being as fast as he is, and I just want to run into people, we had to take it upon ourselves to put patience into our game.”

It’s the first time a Seattle runner has rushed for 100 yards in back-to-back games since Julius Jones finished with 127 yards against San Francisco on Sept. 14, 2008 and 140 yards a week later against St. Louis.

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  1. One sack against TJ, and 35 minutes of possession against the Ravens D. Never would have predicted that.

  2. BobbyAyala says:

    Unlike last season, when the Hawks never backed up a huge road win at Chicago, this young team has backed up its win at New York.

    That victory, because of this one, can no longer be considered a fluke.

    This team is being constructed to peak at a certain point, and, if you take a second to look at it, the plan is being executed to perfection.

    God Bless, TJack, but once this team has a Matt Barkley, or Landry Jones, or Nick Foles at the helm, its going to explode onto the scene.

    Our secondary, out of nowhere, is one of the best in the league.

    Our safety tandom is the best in the league, I’ll argue with anyone out there. Our corners are big, and intimidating, and yeah, they get plenty of calls against them, but opponents know that they’re going to have to earn every yard.

    Our defense is turning beastly before our eyes.

    Ray Rice. 27 yards?

    Do you know how explosive a player Rice is?


    Gus Bradley deserves credit, as does Pete, people can knock his decisions in terms of who he lets control the offense, but you can’t knock his skills as a defensive coach.

    This is the best Seahawks defense in ages, and it far surpasses the defense that played in Super Bowl XL.

    Pete also showed a lot of restraint and growth in his coaching decisions today. He used his kicker, and it paid off in a big way.

    This team is proving that, in the very near future, its going to be very, very good.

  3. bird_spit says:

    Protecting home turf is an awesome goal for the rest of the season…

    How is it the OL maybe the strength of the offense.

  4. Soggybuc says:

    well put BobbyA, i’ll let your thoughts stand as echoing my own.

  5. nidhighe says:

    The O-line is growing as a unit, so hopefully Moffitt isn’t done for the season.

  6. williambryan says:

    It would be too bad if Moffit is done for the year, BUT I thought Jeanpierre looked really really good.

  7. aldenroche says:

    I have been saying all year, even in our losses, that our team is young and playing tough.
    Our O line is not a patch-job, like Ruskell’s teams.
    They are building this team young, from the ground up.

    I haven’t had that excitement of a defense taking the field since the teams in the 80’s and 90’s.

  8. What about the “physicality” of our guys today? “We” went toe-to-toe with these beasts from Baltimore and punched them in the mouth more than they were able to do in return. This “Seattle is soft” thing is going to be in the rearview mirror pretty soon if efforts like this can become consistent!

  9. freedom_X says:

    I’m very happy to see the power of the offensive line showing itself the last couple games. I knew mistakes were going to be something that we had to live with as this line gains experience. But I was disappointed that I didn’t see more flashes of the physical upside they had, earlier in the year.

    I was pretty disappointed at the lack of movement against the Bengals D, but they got push against Dallas, and I’m really thrilled they were able to pound a very physical Ravens defense (which is stouter and tougher that Dallas’ D, especially at the line.) They didn’t blow them up, but wore them done nonetheless.

    When was the last time Seattle “wore down a defense” in the 4th quarter? 2005? So this is a great sign for the future.

  10. Palerydr says:

    Liked what I saw from the Oline Moffit out Pierre in and they don’t miss a beat. Heck even that bum Gallery was making some plays. Absolutely have to reduce the penalties but everybody knows that now.

    I really like the secondary. Sherman is a rookie and made a couple mistakes. He was juked badly early in the game and if not for a bad throw would have given up a probable TD. He also gets turned around but he has good quickness/speed to recover. I was disappointed that Browner got another holding call. I watched Woodson last week and Revis last night do the same things but no calls against them. Seriously watch Woodson tonight he has his hands all over the Receivers.

    I think this is the type of game that Carroll wants to coach. A good solid defense, win the turnover battle, run the ball, control the clock and have a game manager at QB. Better get used to watching these kind of wins boys.

  11. princeaden says:

    Lots to like !! One of the things that stood out was that Michael Robinson “owned” Ray Lewis. He ran up in the hole on many occasions and took Lewis completely out of the play, resulting any many 3 to 4 yard runs which otherwise would have gone for nothing. This was just one of many examples of an overall impressive day. I definitely have a new found respect for Mr. Robinson !!

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Freedom / Bobby – That was the most impressive thing to me about the game: how physical they were. Which honestly makes me even more disapointed about the Cleveland game. But that’s spilt milk. Great win that you would think they ought to build off of.

  13. confucious says:

    Boy this team needed a “w”! They showed Carroll after a special teams personal foul. I think by the look on his face that he needed this win more than his young players did.

  14. mojjonation says:

    Woulda, shoulda, coulda. With the exception of the Steelers game, Seattle has been in every game late this year. A handful of special teams gaffs cost them against the Niners and Cincy.

    The next four games are actually winnable. After next Sunday, three straight at home against horrible teams. Washington is a mess. Philly has so much talent they don’t know how to play well with each other. The home and home series with St. Louis. 7-6 with three games to go in the season is nice, but it kills our draft position. But if this team plays the way it did yesterday, draft position will not matter. In the words of Coach Ditka…Just Stop IT!!! with the penalties.

  15. “Freedom / Bobby – That was the most impressive thing to me about the game: how physical they were.”

    Totally – – starts with Branch (what a pick-up he’s turned out to be) and Mebane up front, and is there a harder hitting safety than Kam in the league?

    But yeah, that final drive by the offense, against the best defense around, was real progress for this team.

  16. I wonder why they only gave rice 5 carries.

  17. Palerydr says:

    So does everybody else in Baltimore.

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