Just wrapped up with Pete Carroll. To the quick hits:
> Carroll said K.J. Wright will have surgery Tuesday and is out 4-6 weeks. As we saw, Malcolm Smith will step in at Will.
> Center Max Unger is in the day-to-day category because of a pectoral injury. Like I said in the chat, I’d be surprised if he plays Sunday.
> Robert Turbin will continue to be the No. 1 kick returner. Carroll said he is very secure with the ball and they “like the thought of having a big guy” return kicks, for now.
> The Seahawks will again try to get Percy Harvin going this Wednesday.
> There is no timeline or new information on Brandon Browner from the league. Carroll said they are just going to try and get him healthy. They will try him again Wednesday at practice. He did very little last week and didn’t make it through that.
> Carroll said Russell Wilson didn’t run during the game because “we pass protected really well.”
> Carroll said there can be a benefit to a loss. “I don’t think there is any question, if you utilize it.”
> Here’s what he said about the possibility of letting San Francisco score after Colin Kaepernick converted that first down on the sweep keep.
“That’s a serious decision that you can make. We don’t have examples in our history or our backgrounds of any of the guys that we’ve been around of anyone that has ever done that and it’s worked. If it has, I don’t know that. But, we do know it’s an alternative. I do know it’s happened before. People have tried it. I was clear about to see if we could knock the ball down and just stay with our principles on defense. But, when you have a guy like Russell that and your offense that can hit two minutes and are really good at it, it does gives us that option.”
Carroll was asked about balancing the pragmatic part of the clock management versus the emotions of telling his team to allow a score (which is counter to everything they try to teach):
“That’s exactly one of the issues. I think there’s a decision to be made about that, as the situation arises and it has to do with a lot more than that. It has to do with the time; it has to do with your offense versus their defense, your quarterback and all that. We have some factors that are pretty obvious. Like I said, we know that our offense can go down the field in two minutes on anybody. You give us four plays to make a first down, we really believe we can get that done. Russell [Wilson] is great at it. Those are all of the considerations.”
> On the officials:
“I’m not going to stand here and criticize the officials and make that sound like that was part of this game, I don’t think it was. From our side of it, we need to stay out of those situations because those are the ones that we didn’t overcome properly or well enough to make the drives go. We had nine legitimate drives in the game and three of them got stopped because of our penalties. That’s only six real good shots at taking the ball down the field. That’s difficult and that’s why it felt like we weren’t on offense that much in the game. It felt like we weren’t out there because we got backed up three different times. A lot of times we overcome those, but we didn’t yesterday. That’s a sign of a good team and the good defense we played against.”