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Carroll quotes from Tuesday

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Nov. 26, 2013 at 5:14 pm with 44 Comments »
November 26, 2013 5:14 pm

Here’s everything Pete Carroll had to say Tuesday:

(Opening…) “Well it’s good to get back from the bye. We had a great break and that the guys got good rest. Everybody is kind of charged up to get going again, knowing that this is kind of our chance to push through the end of the season so we’re excited about that. We come back pretty healthy and we’re going to try take advantage of that and have a great Monday outing against the Saints coming up. Over the break, there were some issues that came up that we dealt with. One is that feel very disappointed that some guys won’t be able to play with us. But, this is kind of how it goes at times and I know that over the years, I’ve always found myself wanting to find guys that made some considerations, some special opportunities to do what they can do and sometimes it doesn’t work out and guys get into trouble, something pops us. We’ll always look to give guys a second chance around here and the fact that the league has adjusted the rules and allow a guy that is suspended under these circumstances to be with us. We’re going to take care of them and look after them and try to bring them along until we get them back. But we are disappointed. But what’s really cool about it on the other side of it is this is an opportunity for some young guys to step up that have come here to play football for us. They haven’t come here to watch, they want to play and Byron Maxwell is going to step up and do a lot of playing for us, Jeremy Lane will jump in, DeShawn Shead will step up on the roster, which we’re really excited for these guys. These guys can all play, they played for us before, they’ve done great stuff when they have and we have nothing to think about but the positive and the upside is that these guys are going to contribute in a big way. Just like our guys have across the board. So that won’t deter us at all from having an extraordinary week of getting ready and getting jacked up about a great opportunity here with a fantastic football team for Monday night. So we’re looking forward to it.”

(On corner situation not being an issue in terms of roster moves…) “Yeah we’re in good shape with those moves that’ll happen at this point. We’ve added Perrish Cox has come in and Akeem Auguste will come in and join the practice squad. So we’ll be back to full numbers and all that as of today, we’re back at it.”

(On Perrish Cox…) “He’s a good all-around football, player, he’s  a good special teams guy, he’s played nickel, he’s played corner, he’s played a little bit of safety at times, he’s a really aggressive football player. We’ve watched him for years at San Francisco recently and so we’ve had a good look at him and we think he could fit in.”

(On being disappointed having to deal with suspensions in the middle of the season…) “Well things pop up. It’s not really about what pops up, it’s how you deal with it and we’re going to take care of our guys and the guys that will step in, we’re going to expect them to do really well. So disappointment I think is the best way to say it. We want our guys to get everything they could possibly receive. We want them to have all of it and so we try to coach them and guide them and mentor them in every way that we can. It’s our job. But when a guy does have an issue, we’re going to take care of them and look after them and make sure that they can fit back in as soon as they can and that we take responsibility for helping them be able to get what they can receive. So we’re more disappointed than anything.”

(On conversations about Bruce Irvin being an example of players needing to make smarter choices…) “Yeah we’re still trying to work through it and I’ll say it again. Over the years, I’ve always found myself looking for guys that maybe other people don’t see something special in and maybe we take a chance on a guy here or there that needs some extra consideration and care and sometimes guys, they have issues and things pop up. But I’ve always been kind of hopeful and thought that we could make guys find the best in them and bring it out and so sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t, but we certainly will hang with our guys and take care of them.”

(On players taking ownership in their mistakes…) “You would like to think so, but there are a lot of guys in this program and I don’t know that we could expect to be perfect. We’d like to be, but that isn’t the case. But it’s a big challenge for these guys to do right and we want them all to do it and carry through and be there where we need them or counting on them, it doesn’t always work out that way. So what it does, it presents opportunities for other guys and we’ve always championed that and our guys have always come through and they’ll do that again in this instance.”

(On Byron Maxwell…) “Byron [Maxwell] has been a fantastic player for us whenever we have given him his opportunities. When he started last year, he did really well when he played for us in all situations coming off of the bench and then special teams, he’s a fantastic player. So he’s well-schooled, he’s totally versatile in our style of play, and he’s had a great season with us working here. We have nothing but confidence in him. So he’ll jump right in and I don’t hesitate saying that he’ll play really well in this game.”

(On making roster moves to get DeShawn Shead on the roster…) “It’s all happening. Yeah it’s all going to happen here in the next day. You’ll see it.”

(On how does he go about deciding when you give a guy too many chances…) “My pops lead me to think that way a long time ago by giving guys second chances, and looking for their opportunities to do right, and looking for the best in people even at times they don’t even see. So when you stop competing, and I’m going to work hard at it, but there comes a time when you have to move on and all of that. I think that we’ve made good decisions over the years when we’re faced with that.”

(On if it is more disappointing for him when guys get to the point where there are repeated mistakes made…) “Certainly. That’s how you get suspended.”

(Of all of the guys who is most likely to replace Walter Thurmond at the nickel position…)
“You’ll see. We’ll look for some different rotations in there. We’ll just wait for the weekend for you to figure that out.”

(On if he has to recalibrate his message and if it’s not getting across…) “I think we’re constantly reinforcing the behavior, the mindset, and the mentality that we want. It’s hard to do what we do; it’s hard to expect everybody to be exactly on point. You’re going to be disappointed if that’s what you think is going to happen. It’s more about how to be able to adjust and move with it and make most of the situation and overcome it. I would love to say that we haven’t had any issues and we clean it all up and there will be nothing there, but that may not be the case even as we move ahead, but we’re going to keep working for it and we’re going to keep expecting to be as perfect as we can get to be.”

(On how does he deal with it with his team…) “We dealt with it today, we talked about it in the meetings directly and made sure that we owned up to it. The guy had a problem. We’ve got to deal with that properly and move ahead. The issues come in different packages, and again it’s not about the issue itself, it’s about moving forward and taking care of the people that are involved, and also turning your focus on what is important. I’m not concerned about that at all, we’ve already done that and we’ll take care of business. Our team feels too about our guys. They’re going to miss Walter Thurmond and they’re going to miss that he misses his opportunity because we’re that close and it matters. Unfortunately that’s what it is.”

(On if it makes him rethink the culture and how he implements the message…) “No. We’ll always look to do it better, but we’re on it. This team is very strong about where we’re going and what we’re doing and what we’re trying to create. Because somebody slips that doesn’t mean that we’re not on track. I think we’re on tremendous track right now. The focus around here, the dedication of what we’re doing, the standard that we hold them to in all areas have been exemplary in many, many areas, and we’re really proud of it. That doesn’t mean that somebody is not going to slip and make a mistake now and then.”

(On DeShawn Shead…) “He’s been a terrific utility player. He’s played safety and corner for us, he’s big and strong and he fits the mold of the guys that we like. He’s a playmaker and he’ll have a nice role on special teams. We won’t hesitate to play him in the game because we know how he’s prepared himself. Again these guys have been in our system for such a long time that they’re really groomed technique wise. That’s why you have seen all of our corners that have come in be very effective. I think that’s because Kris Richard and Rocky Seto do a great job of schooling these guys. So DeShawn will be right with those guys and be able to do the same.”

(On if the circumstances that the team is going through derails the team at all…) “Not a bit. It’s just a very difficult situation for the individual, but for us we’ll march on and be okay about it. We’ll miss them.”

(On does it help that he’s dealt with this before…) “It helps us that we understand that the next guy can step up and play top flight ball for us. We’ve had numerous examples of that; it’s already happen this year across the offensive line, and in many different areas. Our guys are strong minded, they understand how it works, and they understand that we do count on one another to come through. That’s why we practice so hard, that’s why we play a lot of guys in games; it’s to get them ready for the situations when we need them, and we need to call on them. All of the lessons that we’ve learned helped.”

(On Percy Harvin…) “We held him out today. We’re going to just keep working through it. we rehabbed him today, it’s always day to day right now.”

(On if Jermaine Kearse is back…) “Yes. He was off for the concussion thing, he practiced today.”

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I guess we can look forward to Shead covering a slot when the Saints go 4 wide, which they often do.

  2. MEhawkfan says:

    Two words: Pass Rush

  3. to me, all this will be a real test for Carroll to keep this ship on course amid all of these distractions. I think the Browner situation is much more of a mental test for out guys. we know that backfield was tight – and this has to impact them mentally (whereas Thurmond’s loss will be felt w more immediacy on the field).

    the margin between any of the good teams is very small – any deviation or loss of focus could be the difference between the W or the L. we’re obviously still good enough to beat anyone, but we’ll see what impact this all has on the mental side of things.

  4. Screensmoke says:

    They will be more focused than ever because of this! Time to move on ! Let’s end the drama and focus in on New Orleans – Go Hawks!

  5. bird_spit says:

    In Quinn style, I expect there will be some serious blitzing going on.

    Time to unleash RW, as the D wont be as tight, and its time to unleash the harvin/rw show. Golden Tate scores at min two TDs. Harvin the left hook, and Golden the right cross.

    Going to be fun to watch..

  6. Once again, Pete IS the best! He has such a handle on everything, anticipating the tough questions and spinning them his way in the only way twisty Pete can. I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s actually good, but the way he carries himself is remarkable.

    I believe in this team and this is Pete’s BIG MOMENT…make no mistake about it!

    Watch the leadership…

    Watch the guy at the top…

    He’s accountable and he’s got a plan…


  7. Southendzone says:

    Here’s an interesting speculative take on how Browner could be facing a 1 year suspension.

    Everyone here is scratching their head saying how can he be in phase 3 when he’s never received a 4 game suspension as the phase 2 step. This makes a lot of sense, read and comment.

  8. Just read that article myself and came on here to post it. It makes a lot of sense. Without defending him, because, quite honestly, what he did was still incredibly stupid and selfish, he needs to win his appeal or sue the NFL if this indeed happened.

  9. grizindabox24 says:

    Duke, if Shead covers the slot, the Hawks are in trouble.

    Cox, Maxwell, and Lane are the slot options.

  10. Oh yeah…and Wilson getting an opportunity to go against his idol is a big deal too. 400 and 4 sounds about right.

  11. chuck_easton says:

    From what Todd said earlier, even if Browner is able to beat the suspension the team is likely to place him on IR thus ending his season and likely his tenure with the team.

    Sounds like the Seahawks have decided to move on either way.

  12. John Clayton was on ESPN 710 hours before PFT posted that theory about Browner and said the same thing, except he made it seem like those were the facts rather than speculation.

  13. jchawks08 says:

    Love reading these transcripts and always end up reading in Pete’s voice at Pete speed.
    I wish I cared more about Browner’s situation but I just don’t. Been a fan of Seattle sports for so long, I’ve come to expect a certain amount of dissapointment. Still, I hope he figures it out at some point and can continue his career. Likely elsewhere. Unless I’m mistaken, there wasn’t one word spoken by Pete of him up above. NFL is a brutal world.
    So Maxwell will start opposite Sherman. Lane will be the nickel. Let’s hope Shead and Cox can hold their own.
    Pass rush has been great all year long, but we will need to be exceptional the next couple of weeks.

  14. They picked up two corners – they expect they’ve lost two. They might get Thurmond back later.
    Just beat NO, and all is forgiven. . . .

  15. Dukeshire says:

    grizindabox24 – When the Saints go 4 wide, not 3, I noted.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    The PFT is interesting, but this is his 3rd year with Seattle. So why would it take so long for reports to surface and action against him to be levied if he missed a test that long ago? I look forward to the facts to surfacing.

  17. jawpeace says:

    I like Tate response earlier in the day on the radio, calling Thurmond and Browner-SELFISH…. Exactly right.

  18. freedom_X says:

    If the PFT theory is true – Browner still had to slip up somewhere. He had to test positive or miss a drug test. So it’s not as though he was an innocent bystander swept up by arcane NFL rules. Given that he had already tested positive, there’s no excuse for him to have slipped up the 2nd time, especially on the heels of a PED suspension.

  19. Southendzone says:

    Freedom, the key is that a 2nd time doesn’t carry a 1 year suspension. Most of what we know is this:

    He may have had a positive test while in Denver, stage 1
    He may have had a positive test this year, with a rumored to be 1 year suspension, implying he tested positive while in phase 3.

    Where’s phase 2? Who was on the grassy knoll? Where were Iraq’s WMDs? What took down United 93?

    today in the chat, Dybas said he’s a fan of Rage Against the Machine, well right now that’s exactly what it’s time to do! Rage against the NFL machine until there’s no way left to fight it. Browner and his lawyers need to get in front of the NFL appellate court and shout “BLANK YOU I WONT DO WHAT YOU TELL ME”

  20. If that speculative article regarding the circumstances around BB suspension is true then it’s BS and he should sue the league for an HUGE amount of $ for sure. Clayton eluded to this being the case on 710 earlier today. If you’re cut and out of the league the NFL can’t reasonably expect dudes to continue to comply with ‘programs’ until they are re-employed. It’s like if you get fired from you’re truck driving job and they continue to UA you after they fire you…

  21. I don’t understand why The League wouldn’t want to accept the argument (that BB was out of the league for a significant time… time enough to play several seasons in another league) as reason enough to suspend ‘intervention’ in the way of drug tests and check ins and elevation up the drug prevention program. At the end of the day NFL cares most about appearance and reputation… why make an issue out of this?

  22. For the record, I was in the WTIII camp and thought even if BB came back from the groin it would be hard for him to get back on the field… but this seems like a raw deal to me.

  23. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    I dont understand why everybody is so hung up on Browner? The guy is a hack who leads the league in penalties. Im sure his antics would cost us an important game eventially, so I say good riddance!
    If anything this will allow Sherm to play more man coverage(which he excels at) and forces the safties to help out on the other side.. Lane and Max can do the job and WTIII will be back for the playoffs.

  24. Probably means Sherm will ‘follow guys around’ more. And it likely means that all the speculation about what combination of DBs they “have to sign” debate is over. Have to sign Earl and Sherm.

  25. Put Sherman on Jimmy Graham. Colston, the Saints leading WR, is 4th on the team in receptions. Their RB’s catch a poop ton of balls.

  26. Kinda wonder if they might put Irvin on Graham near the line and work a handoff to guy… Cam?

  27. I’d like to see Kam put the “VD finish” on Graham. Would be interesting to see how well Irvin can hang. He certainly has the speed.

  28. “today in the chat, Dybas said he’s a fan of Rage Against the Machine, well right now that’s exactly what it’s time to do! Rage against the NFL machine until there’s no way left to fight it. Browner and his lawyers need to get in front of the NFL appellate court and shout “BLANK YOU I WONT DO WHAT YOU TELL ME””

    Wow. I wouldn’t have seen that comment coming from you, but I could be misremembering, in homage to Roger Clemens, in my recollection of your posting history. Right on.

    I’m not particularly worried about losing BB as a player. I still haven’t gotten a good answer of whether or not he was going to come back in 2013 due to injury? I think he was likely gone after this year. I hope the best for him. I’d like to have him back in 2013. I think the NFL are a bunch of blowhards when it comes to this. This should be interesting.

  29. freedom_X says:

    Browner may be getting penalized excessively, but the point is, he did it. Right on the heels of a PED suspension. And in his free agent year. If so, this is monumental stupidity. But he’s not a innocent bystander who “didn’t do anything wrong.” If he hadn’t (or didn’t) test positive, then nothing should happen to Browner.

  30. CDHawkFan says:

    Freedom, I think the point is a player is put on probation for 2 years after their 1st strike. If they ‘pass’ probation, their record is cleared….I think.
    If this is the case, then Browner record should/could have been cleared at the start of this year (3 years with the Seahawks, 3+ years in the NFL since a strike in Denver), making this years strike a non-suspension, non-public offence.
    If this is the case, no one should have known about this, I bet like about 25% of NFL players that get caught for drugs at some point in their career. My thinking is there are a lot of 20+ year old NFL guys out of college that continue to smoke dope. Allows them to have fun just hanging out, not feel hung-over in the morning at practice, legal now in WA, etc.

  31. SeenThisB4 says:

    Bottom line, the seabirds are weaker at CB and ST, than they were before their bye. Noted. The Saints will test that tender spot, early, and often. GEAUX SAINTS!!!

  32. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The Saints will be lucky to win two of their last five games.

  33. Southendzone says:

    BBmate, my feeling is that this just doesn’t seem right given what we know now.

    When I hear stuff like this, it makes me remember all the BS we’ve EVER had to face as an organization. Non-Interception call vs Houston Oilers in the playoffs…. Testaverde phony TD …. the game which shall not be spoken of in early 2006, all the way down to that phantom call on Earl’s INT vs Tampa bay this season.

    This team is never going to win because they’re 1% better than the other team. We have to go beyond that, beyond the refs, beyond the league’s bias because we’re not a legacy franchise.

    So as a Hawk, I want BB to fight everything until his last breath, that’s the only way we’ll ever break through generations of BS.

  34. There was nothing funnier than watching Geno Smith and the Jets lay a beat down to the Saints this year.

  35. SeenThisB4 says:

    But it wasn’t as funny as watching the seahawks struggling against the bucs, at home! LOL! The bucs!

  36. CDHawkFan says:

    Pabs, I have to disagree. Do you remember that play where Marshawn ran through like 8 guys, then grabed his junk while jumping into the endzone…man, was that funny.

  37. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The Bucs are a better team then the Saints right now.

  38. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The Falcons are the first team eliminated from the playoffs this year and may be the worst team in the NFL. The Saints almost lost to them twice. LOL.

  39. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Playoff contention

  40. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Chuck says that Carroll isn’t disciplining the team enough. I say hog wash. How many of those players busted are still with the team? What better way to show the NFL then to let go of most the players that have gotten busted. Especially those that are repeat offenders. Chuck- You are beginning to worry me with your constant pessimism. Is there ever a sunny day in your neighborhood?

  41. What was even funnier was the Saints needing a missed FG by the Bucs kicker at the end of the game to have a shot at winning the game.

  42. SeenThisB4 says:

    Still not funnier than the seabirds needing OT to defeat the bucs.

  43. How to fix the player nfl-sanctioned drug problem: PC hires every players mother as the players watchdog. She goes everywhere with him, except the locker room/showers/restrooms. But if the player spends more than 10-20 minutes in any, she has to go and get him to get a move on… She also has to carry a willow switch, and they have to hold hands in the players meetings. If her son goofs off or loses focus on the practice field, she is to use the willow switch and get his head back into his work. She is also to live with the player and go thru his clothes drawers and make sure there’s nothing in his bathroom or anywhere else he might hide things so that there’s nothing available to him to take that’s against NFL rules. She must go everywhere with him. It might be tough on the married players, but the coach has gotta be proactive, right?

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