Pete Carroll had a laid-back, bye-week attitude for his Monday afternoon press conference, showing up in jeans and a long-sleeved t-shirt. He was not rushed as normal, and spent a little time with wise cracks. At one point he slipped in a fictitious comment that they would spend the bye week putting in some triple-option plays.
Somewhat newsworthy, Carroll said that he thinks everybody with injury issues will be ready to return after the bye week. Specifically, if James Carpenter is able to return, Carroll would like to get him back in the lineup. John Moffitt has looked solid the past two weeks filling in for Carpenter at left guard.
He said the film of Sunday’s win over the Jets showed a very good and disciplined defensive performance. The offensive struggles in the first half, he said, were a result of “over-targeting” the run blocks. Cable and Max Unger got that worked out and the corrections were productive in the second half.
His decision to give the team the whole week off, he said, was aimed to give them a good “mental break.” His message to the team before leaving was to be certain to rest. Some players go home and spend too much time training. On the other hand, he said he worries that the big guys can get into the Big Macs and put on 10 pounds in a hurry. He said the players were given plans for workouts they were expected to follow.
He was particularly happy with the way the team has finished the past two weeks, with good offensive fourth quarters. “We’re getting harder to beat,” he said.