One of the things that Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll seemed most pleased about after his team’s 24-7 win over St. Louis is his team did not let a slow start and two straight turnovers by the offense affect their desire to beat a team they should be on the road.
“What was really done well by our guys is that they did not waiver,” he said. “Nobody wavered at all. Nobody lost their mind on it, and nobody got down in the dumps.
“They knew it was the start of the football game and it didn’t matter. Something that we always preach is that we just keep playing. You could feel it change. It was just going to be a matter of time that we got back on top of this thing and got it going.”
For a second straight game Seattle was impressive on defense, holding the Rams to 185 total yards, forcing two fumbles and an interception. The Seahawks scored 14 points off the turnovers.
Seattle also sacked Sam Bradford five times, and held Steven Jackson to just 42 rushing yards.
Playing against an injury-riddled St. Louis offensive line, Chris Clemons was basically unblockable, finishing with three sacks and two forced fumbles.
Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane also finished with four tackles, including two tackles for a losss.
And the cornerback duo of Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman really made life miserable for the Rams’ receiver.
Specifically, Browner played physical, tight coverage on Brandon Lloyd all day, finishing with two pass deflections on the afternoon.
“When we played them in the preseason (when Lloyd was with Denver) that’s what went on in my head,” Browner said. “But it’s my second time going at him, so I kind of had a game plan of how I wanted to get after him. And I was able to execute it, and have fun. And win.”
And what was that game plan?
“To put hands on him,” Browner said. “That’s my deal, to put hands on him and do my job to the best of my ability. And let him not catch as many balls as possible. Get as many breaks as I can, get interceptions. I was just trying to get it.”
Lloyd was targeted a game-high 14 times, and finished with just five catches for 67 yards, including the Rams’ only touchdown, a 30-yard reception on Richard Sherman.
“It’s nice man,” said Seattle linebacker Leroy Hill about having the big corners out there Hill sported a Boz T-shirt after the game. “I mean you have two physical, big corners out there that’s throwing off the timing of the offensive plays, and it’s working out perfect for the rush we’ve got.”
Red Bryant’s first interception: Most of the talk in the locker room centered on Red Bryant’s interception at the end of the game. Brandon Mebane set up the play with a tipped ball at the line of scrimmage.
And Bryant, who occasionally drops back in coverage and was a tight end in high school, corralled the ball and rumbled about 5 yards before he was tackled by St. Louis receiver Austin Pettis.
“I played tight end in high school, but that’s my secret so don’t tell nobody,” joked Bryant. “I just made a good, solid drop on one of our drop calls. I was on the left side, so I had to drop inside to No. 3 (the No. 3 receiver), and Bane (Mebane) did a great job of tipping it, and I was lucky enough to be in the right spot.
Bryant did get a nice stiff arm on Pettis to knock him back before he tackled him.
“I got tunnel vision,” Bryant said. “I was trying to get into the end zone, and I was just trying to get him off of me. Unfortunately I didn’t get us in there, but the offense got us in there.”
“I was like, ‘he really got a pick,” said Bryant’s good friend Brandon Mebane. “I tried to go out there and block the dude in front of him, but he was trying to grab him. And I ended up kind of knocking him down a little bit. But the good thing is he still held onto the ball and we were still in good field position to score.”
Yep, more penalties: The Seahawks finished with 13 penalties for 100 yards. If that sounds familiar, that’s because Seattle had 13 penalties for 100 yards last week. It’s the sixth game Seattle has finished in double digit in penalties.
Paul McQuistan was Seattle’s main offender, with two false starts and a hold.
The penalties are almost laughable, but at some point they will start costing them wins.
“We had a bunch of penalties again today, and we were trying like crazy not to do that,” Carroll said. “You don’t even want to know all of the emphasis we’re throwing on it. But it didn’t work out today.”
So will Carroll have to create a detention room for repeat offenders?
“We’re way beyond that,” joked Carroll. “We’re getting into some dangerous territory with tortures and all kind of things. Water treatments, or whatever you call it.”
Perhaps the most frustrating penalty for Carroll was the personal foul call on Kam Chancellor for hitting a defenseless receiver in the head when he smacked St. Louis tight end Lance Kendricks coming across the middle.
Chancellor was fined $20,000 last week for hitting Baltimore receiver Anquan Boldin in a similar situation, which left Chancellor with a concussion.
“I thought Kam tried to get his head out of that hit,” Carroll said. “He knew what happened last week. He got fined a lot of money for that hit last week, and he was trying to do it right and trying to be a great competitor, too. I don’t know.
“It’s a distraction to the game right now and the way you play the game,” Carroll went on. “I don’t know where this goes. We’ll just have to sit back and talk about it during the offseason, and hopefully they’ll make some decisions on how we can make some sense of this to the players. They almost have to take their helmets off. You almost have to play with no helmets, or at least I think John Madden said get the facemasks off, and maybe it will be a different game.”
Seattle had no injuries of note. Sidney Rice had some minor cramping but is okay.