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Carroll: ‘We had a fantastic week’

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Sep. 20, 2013 at 3:27 pm with 41 Comments »
September 20, 2013 3:27 pm

Here’s what Pete Carroll had to say today:

(On how the preparation to play against the Jaguars this week went…) “We had a fantastic week. I love the way it turned it out, the guys were tuned in to getting ready. We know that we are trying to prepare us to play and it isn’t about anybody else. The guys really were in it and so we will find out. You never know if you’ll play. Coming off of the field Friday and feeling like we did all off the stuff that we needed to and got a lot of good work and we’re ready to go.”

(On Russell Okung…) “Yeah Russell [Okung]… we’re going to put him on the [injured reserve with a designation to return] list. It gives him a chance to come back. It’s a six to eight week injury and we’ll hope that that will all work out right for us. He’s determined, he’s kind of excited about the fact that he has a chance to get back this season as well. So we will just ride it out, see what happens, and take good care of him and hopefully we’ll be able to make it.”

(On what Okung’s injury is…) “He’s got a torn ligament in his big toe. I think that’s the safest way I can say it.”

(On if Coach Carroll is happy with Paul McQuistan’s performance this week…) “Yeah we were very fortunate that Paul [McQuistan] has so much experience and that he can jump in there. The first thing that you worry about is communication and the continuity that goes on. He will do a great job with that and he’s played all of the spots in the past. We didn’t have any time to prepare him last week. But now that he has a week under his belt and he knows the game plan and all of that that will help us. Like I said too, this also sends a really strong message to Alvin Bailey and to Michael Bowie that they got to get right. They are one step away from playing. He’s really stepped up that sense of urgency there and hopefully they’ll be alright to go.”

(On if James Carpenter can play a full game at this point…) “Heck yeah he can. He’s ready to go. He’s had a great week as well. I think the process to get him back to full go and conditioning and all of that stuff has worked out great for us. We’re fortunate enough to have the time to get him ready. He’s ready to go.”

(On if Brandon Browner is ready to play this week…) “Yeah, I do. He practiced all week. He did a good job.”

(On Chris Clemons playing this week…) “I’m really, really excited to tell you that Chris Clemons is ready to play this week. We’re really, really thrilled for him. It means the world to Chris [Clemons] of course, as he gets back. He had great preparation, he had a fantastic recovery process, the rehab, everything. So he has a chance to play for us this week and I’m really fired up that he gets to join us. We missed that.”

(On if it felt like Chris Clemons has gotten better each day this week…) “The first couple of days that he practiced…The first half of the first day, he was feeling his way a little bit. Which is absolutely normal. By the end of the first day, he was going the next day he came back, he was fine and he has been solid all the way throughout. So really, it was just the first half of the first practice that he kind of had to get a feel for it and he’s improved steadily. I remind you that he had a great process to get back, in terms of conditioning and all of that. He was in great shape to come out. So that’s not a factor at all. He’s as in good of shape as anybody we have on the football team right now to carry a big load. We will make sure that we get him in and out of there; we will marker his reps and all. But we’re thrilled that he’s back to play for us.”
(On Malcolm Smith’s status…) “He practiced the past couple of days. So, he’s got a chance to go.”
(On if it’s a concern that the Seahawks has been in a lot of third-and-long situations…) “We don’t like third and long. But, we will take them when we get them but we don’t want to be there. So, we are going to do everything that we can to be more effective and stay on schedule with our first and second down stuff and that’s the problem with the penalties and we’re going to try to get rid of that this weekend.”
(On Spencer Ware’s status…) “Spencer [Ware] is hobbling pretty good. He’ll be a far stretch. He’s going down as doubtful. I don’t know that he can make it. But he’s going to try.”
(On Ken Norton Jr.’s status…) “Yeah Kenny [Ken Norton Jr.] will be back in town tonight. He’s had an enormous shockwave go through his family, with the loss of his father, who was so dear to him. Ken Norton Sr. was a friend to all of our program. He’s was an incredible person, incredible man. When anyone loses his father, it’s devastating and certainly was for Kenny and his family. So we wish him the best and all and they’ve been gone for a couple of days and he’s going to be back in town tonight. I’ll see how he is when we all get together again in the morning.”
(On Tom Cable…) “Cable had a family thing that he had to take care of today.”
(On Christine Michael…) “Well with Spencer [Ware] in doubt right now, it’s a great opportunity for Christine [Michael] to get in there. He’s practiced very well this. He’s ready to participate in the game in, a big way. So we’ll play him. If we get the chance, he’ll be in there.”
(On if it’s a high ankle sprain…) “Yes.”

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  1. Thanks for the detail…

  2. Okung is a huge loss. I suppose it could be worse, but there are some very tough road games between now and his projected return. Really hope Carpenter can stay healthy during this time, and we can keep our running game at a level that helps out the pass game.

    Will be cool to see Clemons back out there.

  3. RDPoulsbo says:

    I’m guessing they’ll be running more 2TE sets to help out McQ. Time to see if Willson or Davis can handle the blocking.

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Lots of good news here. Thanks Todd.

  5. montanamike2 says:

    I just got home and found out about poor A.Smith. Bye the way whatever happened to that Ahmad Brooks case? Sounds like after we rained on Jim’s parade that the 49’rs are combusting. I hope they aren’t cheaters!

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    montanamike2- They aren’t cheaters, just criminals. Lol.

  7. sluggo42 says:

    Good link GH,
    Many have said in here that Gus relied on the zone too much, and didn’t allow the skills of our CBS to shine. Quinn is letting the corners “do their thing”, and stacking the rest to destroy the run game.

    BB coming back will be fun to watch, and interesting as a comparison to WTIII. I personally love WThurmond, and think he has serious corner game. Now having him at slot and blowing up plays while Sherman and bob throttle e WRs will be awesome. I have heard a few talking heads claim that Jax will be shut out completely, as in 0 points… Nada…

    Now we have Clem coming back. I would seriously hate to be blain gabbert, although he probably has a hot GF, being young rich etc, a la Matt Flynn…. Remember that guy? Haha

  8. RDPoulsbo says:

    Yeah, this is one where I expect the Seahawks defense to outscore the Jags. It’s not going to be pretty. As for being cocky, nope, but if Seattle does somehow lose, I’ll be wanting to know who fixed game the game and calling for prison time.

    Gabbert is out. He’s smart enough not to come back for this game.

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Wilson says about Breno-

    “He’s that edgy player on the offensive line,” Wilson said during training camp. “You need one of those. You’ve got to be careful having two of them, but you need one of them, for sure.”

    Lol- I wonder if Wilson was referring to Sweezy when he said-“You’ve got to be careful having two of them”

  10. rramstad says:

    GH, I’m confused. The Browns are clearly throwing in the towel on this season by trading Richardson. I would think that any active coach, if the ownership made me trade my best back away, planning for next season, would be totally pissed (and assume they’re getting fired). Why do you think he’s a dope? He’ll go into the Hall of Fame… he must not be that stupid.

    (BTW, I liked Holmgren the coach, but not Holmgren the personnel guy, or Holmgren the front office guy.)

  11. I bet Holmgren’s right about CLE’s trade of Trent Richardson – it will end up a bad move. Richardson’s only real problem as a HB has been his blocking. As far as rushing, although his YPC is low, he’s been playing in an offense without much of a passing threat and opponents have been stacking the box regularly with 8-9 guys every play. CLE’s OL has been about as productive as SEA’s this year in run-blocking, which hasn’t been very good. And CLE’s OL hasn’t faced the kind of front 7s that SEA has. Still, Trent Richardson has been the most elusive runner so far this season, causing the most missed tackles rushing and receiving combined. As far as his receiving, he has not dropped any catchable balls thrown his way this season. What will happen is that IND’s offense will improve significantly, and IND’s 1st rd pick could well be in the late 20s (27-29).

  12. I agree, klm. I think trading Richardson was a stupid move. Time will tell. I would understand the move if Richardson was significantly older or they got multiple picks for him.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    rramstad- I liked Holmgren the coach too in Green Bay where he was just a head coach.
    Not so much here where he couldn’t except just being the Head coach an/or reluctantly excepted it.

    He failed in Cleveland, they booted him out and now he has sour grapes.
    It reminds me how he pouted when he got demoted here.

    He may be headed for the hall of fame some day but he made that path so much harder by pursuing more power than just being what he was good at, a head coach.

    Imagine if he would have stayed at Green Bay, ( where he pretty much owned the place). He had a good chance there to win multiple Super Bowls and cement his place as a first ballot HOFer. Now he may have to wait awhile.

  14. confucious says:

    I don’t know. You have to push your limits to know what your limits are. Or to improve. I think Holmgren was trying to be as successful (in his estimation) as he could possibly be. I don’t blame the guy for trying. I thought he did a fine coaching job in Green Bay and Seattle. GM….not so much. However if I had a vote I would give him him FBHOF.

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I agree, and I don’t blame him for trying, however After it was clear that Holmgren couldn’t handle it as GM and was demoted he couldn’t clearly accept the fact that he was Good at only being a coach.
    His ego was bruised.

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I don’t know if this has been posted yet but it has to be one of the best Seahawks youtube videos that I have seen.

    Check it out-

  17. montanamike2 says:

    I’ve seen all the clips but not a montage like that, especially loved the burning hat.

  18. GeorgiaHawk says:

    montanamike2- I especially enjoyed the shaving of the eye brow clip at the beginning.

  19. tealskin says:

    By the time Holmgren left, the Hawks were a sorry mess. And his power grab was a contributing factor. One thing that has always bothered me was the lame duck final year he had and picking his successor (mora). If you want to retire, leave, and don’t hang around for another season. The NFL is not a place for putting in your time. Think he’s right about the Browns though. But they’re a sorry mess too.

  20. montanamike2 says:

    I agree with you on that tealskin.

  21. Holmgren was no success as a FO guy here, but he made some good moves. I’d rather have him as GM than Numbskull anyways, not that it is saying much.

  22. tealskin says:

    bbmate-You’re damning with faint praise. Mike seems to not know when to let football go. He’s not totally in or out.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think both teams can make out good on this trade.
    The Colts have a good RB now, and the Browns weren’t going very far anyways, so why not get another 1st round pick and possibly one of the top 3 picks in the draft next year.
    Weeden doesn’t look like the answer and even the best RB in the NFL won’t take you far without a franchise qb.
    A lot of good QBs coming out next year and of course Clowney.

  24. rramstad says:

    Sure, it smacks of sour grapes, but at this point in his career Mike Holmgren is a football analyst, and there are a lot of people out there who are shocked at this trade — it’s like something from fantasy football, or baseball, not football.

    It’s definitely some sort of “suck for luck” type deal on the part of the Browns. If I was a season ticket holder there, I’d be so pissed I couldn’t see straight.

    I also definitely agree that they have made the Colts significantly better, the AFC is pretty weak and they might very well get a wild card berth. The pick they get might be pretty bad.

    Calling Holmgren a dope, when he’s voicing an opinion that many analysts have, is not accurate or fair. If you think he’s being a meddling sour grapes sideline sniper, fair enough, that’s a very valid opinion.

    Just trying to help, I really was puzzled by your initial post, but then your follow on comments helped me understand.

    It’s interesting, and true, name calling just isn’t very productive or helpful or interesting — what’s interesting is discussing the opinions, reasons, thoughts behind thinking someone is being dumb.

    I think your reasoning is sound for questioning Mike Holmgren’s judgement, absolutely. I think he has poor judgement, too. That said, I think he’s right, this is a terrible trade for the Browns, kind of a new franchise low, and an excellent trade for the Colts. I think the new ownership for the Browns may actually end up being worse, can you imagine what will happen if neither of their first round picks next year hit? We all know that quality players can be found throughout the draft and in some years as many as 25 of the 32 first rounders don’t hit i.e. they are out of the league at the end of their rookie deal and are never resigned. If they roll snake eyes, that’s a one two punch that’ll probably mean yet another regime for the Browns. Rather crazy.

  25. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think it was a good trade for the Browns and Colts.

  26. montanamike2 says:

    I personally don’t think it will help the Colts as much as everything thinks, it can’t hurt but Richardson is a very good back, not great. He is young and has potential but i don’t see a Lynch or Gore.
    It cracks me up that with a boatload of picks in the deepest QB draft in decades and they pick Weeden. Even Washington picked a 2nd QB in Cousins.

  27. Holmgren took Seattle to our first Superbowl which was an incredible accomplishment. His ego did get in his own way on occasion. He struck me as an inflexible coach at times as well but led us during our most successful run in franchise history, (soon to be eclipsed).

    His sensitivity to the Richardson trade may stem back to the Hutch fiasco where the GM managed to lose a vital cog without consulting the coach. Difference here is that Cleveland is not coming off of a Superbowl appearance. They may have a long term vision where losing sooner helps get to winning sooner.

  28. raymaines says:

    I’ve read and heard PC say they had a fantastic week about once too often and I’m worried the Seahawks really are overlooking Jacksonville. That’s probably OK, as Seattle seems to have too much talent to lose the game even if they are sleepwalking.

    I’m guessing both Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson will be totally pumped up to play this weekend and I wish the Colts the very best.

  29. montanamike2 says:

    I’m rooting for the Colts too, mostly because i want home field advantage in the playoffs should we get there.

  30. Gm has to be good. We have a great gm and it is one reason we are so strong. Holmy not good as a gm. The Browns need to try something different what they have been doing is not working . I like the move.

  31. I can’t understand why this would be a good move for the Browns? Maybe Irsay paid Joe Banner several millions under the table?

    I can understand why this is a good move for the Colts , and I really hope they can take full advantage of it this Sunday when they play at SF. They lost last Sunday at home to the Fins who had a pretty good pass rush despite IND’s solid OL, and IND beat the Raiders the week before also at Indy. The Colts lost to MIA at the wire mostly because of their lack of red zone efficiency (50%). MIA has a better kicker, and Indy couldn’t punch it in when they had the opportunity. They can now. Behind IND’s OL TR’s average yards per carry is gonna go up from 3.4 to nearer 5, especially if he runs to the right more than the left. Interesting, too, that overall, Luck’s NFL QB rating went up when he was under pressure. He’s got good wheels.

    The HBs for the Colts have been doing well for them partly because Colts opponent-Ds have been playing alotta nickle against them. With Richardson or Ahmad Bradshaw (plus Vick Ballard and Donald Brown at HB and Stanley Havili at FB) in their backfield they can now pound the rock all day long. Opponents won’t be putting 8 or 9 in the box ’cause Luck’s been constantly completing to Reggie Wayne who’s been playing well, and Darius Heyward Bey has the speed to take the safeties deep. Colts’ WR T.Y. Hilton ends up doing most of their offense’s damage. I’m hoping IND finds a way to beat SF at SF this sunday.

  32. Dukeshire says:

    It’s a goo move for the Colts because they are far closer to being a contender, in their view. The only reason it coul be considered a good move for the Browns is because they’re in a (constant) state of rebuilding and firsts give teams great leverage.

    It’s a neutral move for the Browns because their front office is inept and no amount of firsts is going to change that.

  33. SandpointHawk says:

    The Browns need to do what Mike tried to do and failed at…Kick Jim Brown to the curb. He has much to much influence in the organization for a player who retired 49 years ago. Yes, I know he was the best ever and I wish him well but if you had ever met the man you would understand he needs to go away…

  34. freedom_X says:

    Holmgren is naturally going to be upset about that move, since it undid his last big move as a GM. But it was a great trade for Cleveland. What’s the going rate for traded RB’s? If Richardson looked like Adrian Peterson or Ladanian Tomlinson in his prime, he doesn’t get moved for any price.

    If Richardson entered the draft in 2014, he’d be a low 1st round pick at best. Running backs are devalued in the NFL these days. You could easily see more years of no RB’s drafted in the 1st round. Teams are getting great production from 2nd round to even free agent RB’s. To get a 1st rounder is like getting 90% back on a underwater mortgage you bought in 2007.

    The move to draft Weeden and Richardson by Holmgren was not a illogical plan, but it was a quick fix plan IMHO, not a franchise building one. I believe Holmgren was looking to have a strong, reliable running game to buy time for the offense and the new QB to develop, and he pulled the trigger on a 29 year old QB thinking Weedon would have a better chance to produce as a rookie, being more mature. It ultimately didn’t mattter, due to the Browns sale. 9-7 might have saved his job with the old regime, had it remained, but the the new world order wanted a change ASAP and wasn’t going to wait.

    Holmgren’s talent-scouting track record has been spotty, and even his bastion of expertise (QB evaluation) abandoned him at the end. Weeden has not developed quickly at all.

  35. GeorgiaHawk says:

    freedom_X – Good analysis.

  36. The Seattle Seahawks released WR Bryan Walters from the practice squad.

  37. raymaines says:

    Jim Brown is a grumpy old man. He thinks he knows everything but really doesn’t know squat about the current game. He should be given a high paying job in Cleveland that has ZERO opportunity to speak with the press or any other living human being.

  38. RBs were devalued in the NFL and draft in 2012 just as they are now. I think it’s a joke to say he’d be a late first at best in 2014. No RBs went this last first round because none of them were rated nearly as high as Richardson was. The most highly rated one, Lacy, had injury concerns. He wasn’t rated as highly as Richardson regardless. I doubt the Browns get a player as good as Richardson with the 18th+ pick they got from Indy. It will be worth it if they need to use that pick to trade up to get their franchise QB, but a lot of things have to go right to make that a reality.

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