In my season wrap-up this morning looking forward to the Seattle Seahawks 2013 season, head coach Pete Carroll stresses the importance of winning the NFC West next season, so his team is hosting playoff games rather than having to win on the road.
I also set the table for the offseason, taking a first look at Seattle’s pending free agents, the health status of the team heading into the offseason and the draft.
“We needed to get that darn playoff game at our place,” Carroll said after the game Sunday. “And that’s where the division is so important. And the Niners have done it, and they did a great job to get it. … That is our goal. We’ve got to win the NFC West and get that done, so at this time of the year, now you’re sitting over there. And it would be a little bit different.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that the lessons learned from Sunday’s loss at Atlanta will pay dividends for Seattle in 2013.
Don Ruiz of The News Tribune handled the locker room clean-up from Monday. Veteran players like Marcus Trufant and Leroy Hill could have played their last games in Seattle.
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes that going for it on fourth down was the right thing to do for Seattle.
About 87 percent of the televisions in the Seattle area were tuned into the Seahawks-Falcons matchup.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the key to Atlanta’s win was dealing with Seattle’s blitz package. After throwing an interception the first time Seattle blitzed, Matt Ryan was 7 of 8 for 111 yards and a touchdown the rest of the way. Entering Sunday’s game, when the Seahawks blitzed a defensive back, opponents completed only 47 percent of their passes, threw one touchdown and netted five interceptions, according to the report.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com reports from Seattle’s locker room that players are looking forward to next season.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports writes that Atlanta showed the Seahawks that they are not a soft, pass-first finesse team.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Seahawks salary cap guy, vice president of administration John Idzik is scheduled to interview for the Jets GM job on Wednesday.
Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post writes that after what he believes were blunders in the divisional playoffs by John Fox and Pete Carroll, it’s time for NFL teams to hire full-time game managers.