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Carroll on Irvin suspension: “Unfortunately if you go wrong, you get popped.”

Post by Eric Williams on May 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm with 10 Comments »
May 20, 2013 5:38 pm

Players are responsible for their actions.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll offered a rambling, five-minute statement to begin his press conference after the Seahawks first organized team practice activity this afternoon.

He said that the Seahawks will continue to address the fact that the team has had seven players violate the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances during his tenure, with the latest defensive end Bruce Irvin.

“We go beyond what the league does,” Carroll said. “We go well past what the guidelines ask us to do, as far as working with our young guys, trying to give them the direction, and trying to give them the counseling.

“We have people on staff that are here specifically to work with our individual guys, because I really see this as an individual challenge.”

But ultimately, Carroll believes that the player has to be held accountable and responsible for his actions.

“Unfortunately if you go wrong, you get popped,” Carroll said. “And that’s how this thing works. And I’m really disappointed that we have to deal with anything like this. But there’s going to be other issues, too. And we have to deal with them.

“For Bruce, we’re going to try and help him along as best as we possibly can. And he’s made an enormous commitment to try and do the right thing, and to try and be right. He made a mistake, and he admitted to it. And he owned up to his teammates. … He wants to do right, and show that he can. And we’re going to see that through.”

And quarterback Russell Wilson echoed that sentiment.

“We’ve got to make the right decisions as players,” Wilson said. “It’s up to us to make the right decision, at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter what the coaches say positively, negatively – whatever – we have to make the decision as players.

“And I think we’ll definitely do that. One thing is, we have to continue to be leaders in the locker room, and make sure everybody knows that unacceptable.”

With seven players testing positive for performance enhancing substances since 2011, Carroll was asked if he takes any responsibility for that.

“Always,” he said. “If you look at it like you’re a parent, you can turn your back on your kid if you want, but I’m not doing that.”

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    All I can say is that I really hope this is the end of it all.

  2. yankinta says:

    I don’t mind as long as we go 3-1 or 4-0 in the first four game. I love reading/hearing the comments made by the Seahawks haters nationwide. This will give them more bullets to whine and whine…. love it!!

  3. Hear, Hear, Dukeshire!

    yanker–win at all costs, eh?! Figures…

  4. sluggo42 says:

    I hate it cuz with Clem out early, we really needed him at the beginning of the year. It’s going to hurt the team without question. Other players will have to cover more snaps, and that element of pure speed won’t be there.

  5. sluggo42 says:

    “We’ve got to make the right decisions as players,” Wilson said. “It’s up to us to make the right decision, at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter what the coaches say positively, negatively – whatever – we have to make the decision as players.

    “And I think we’ll definitely do that. One thing is, we have to continue to be leaders in the locker room, and make sure everybody knows that unacceptable.”

    RW……

  6. Skavage says:

    Not to make light of the situation but if you consider that were it not for the Sherman/Browner thing last year we’d be right about at the average for the NFL. Add those two back in and we’re close to the top of the league. So what does that really say? It says when two instance can move you from average to the top, the sampling size is far too small to draw any real conclusions.

    Right now at the grassroots level the players think there is a high probability that they can get away with it. If the league really wants to reduce the Adderall issue across the league they need to educate these players to a point where they all understand and realize that the probability of getting away with it is very, very slim. (Unless of course it really is easy to get away with it, in which case the drug testing methods need to improve to a point of making it very hard to get away with it.) Bottom line…if it is REALLY easy to get caught, they’ll stop. If not, they won’t.

  7. “Unfortunately if you go wrong, you get popped,” Carroll said. “And that’s how this thing works. And I’m really disappointed that we have to deal with anything like this. But there’s going to be other issues, too. And we have to deal with them.”

    When PC says “other issues too”, he’s just talking about hypothetical possible future incidents, right? Hoping there’s not other stuff that he already knows about that’s yet to come to light . . .

  8. Dukeshire says:

    pdway – I wondered about that as well.

  9. princeaden says:

    He may have only been speaking about “Hi ankle sprains”…

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