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Carroll says they are just getting warmed up

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Feb. 5, 2014 at 5:06 pm with 12 Comments »
February 5, 2014 5:42 pm

Parade over, stadium celebration over, players out. The offseason has begun.

The players cleaned out their lockers Tuesday. Pete Carroll won’t see them again until April 21. Until then, players are on their own. Carroll is hoping the “Seahawks 24/7″ mantra sticks with them during that time.

“I think we walk out of here totally arm-in-arm with the thought we’re going to have a great offseason,” Carroll said. “That means the guys have to be really committed to having a great offseason because there are going to be a lot of distractions, a lot of people pulling them in different directions. We addressed that quite frankly that each guy has got to set his plan in motion and not let the distractions get in the way of his hard work.”

Some quick hits from Carroll:

> He mentioned Russell Okung may need another toe surgery, the Seahawks are deciding. Okung had a sore toe all season. Beyond that, he said the team is very healthy. Richard Sherman had a second-degree ankle sprain. Kam Chancellor’s hip bothered him throughout the season. Russell Wilson’s left shoulder also bothered him during the year, though Carroll was quick to point out it didn’t influence Wilson’s play during the season. Carroll said, though, “things always pop-up.”

“It’s by far the best effort and connection of keeping the health of our football team that I’ve ever been around,” Carroll said. “We come out of this season stronger. We were fast in the last game. We were strong and fit. So, that means that we go into the offseason with that as well. We have so few guys that are going to have to have the surgeries — there are always things that pop-up — we’re in a really good level of conditioning.”

> Carroll when asked about free agents: “We want this team together. We want to see if we can keep this team together. Every decision is difficult. Guys at the end of their contracts, those are big issues for us. We’d like to keep it together the best we can.”

> Carroll said Percy Harvin felt “great” after the Super Bowl and that he was frustrated there wasn’t more he could do during the season.

> Richard Sherman got out of a walking boot yesterday. He had a second-degree ankle sprain. “It’s going to take him a number of weeks before he’s full speed,” Carroll said.

> On Kam Chancellor’s hip, which forced him to come off the field in the Super Bowl before returning. “He felt stronger at the end of the year than he did in the middle of it,” Carroll said. “We’ll take a good look at him. There’s nothing imminent right now that we need to deal with. But, we will really monitor that closely because it did nag him all season.”

> According to Carroll, wide receiver Sidney Rice has made an “unbelievable” recovery from surgery. “Within weeks, was back up with almost total extension. It’s almost and unheard of type of recovery.”

> On the coaching staff remaining intact: “I’m thrilled about that. We can maintain great continuity.” Carroll went on to laud Dan Quinn’s work this season.

> Carroll on Wilson: “There was a lot of concern you had about our offense and Russell’s performance. I would continue to tell you he was playing well within what we expected and needed in games. There’s always more production, there’s always more yards out there for us. But, I thought he demonstrated the finish in the playoffs … I thought was just an exquisite effort by the quarterback. His play was perfectly fitted to our football team and the plans that we needed to win the games. It couldn’t have been more obvious than in the Super Bowl. That was a near-perfect game for him. Hanging onto the football allows us to win. He was perfect with that. Distributing the ball as well as he did. My hopes are he’s going to take another really big step forward and continues to get better. He doesn’t give you the football anyway. He already understands that. His production, use of the players, understanding of the system will grow and it will allow us to do all sorts of cool things.”

> Carroll said Bennett already had his shoulders looked at and they are fine.

> Bennett again said he would like to stay. He’s waiting to see how it works out. He said, like any player, he would prefer a multi-year deal.

> Golden Tate said he had a number in mind for his next contract. He talked about how much he liked Seattle, the fans and team. Tate said he would like to be back and feels like he has proven himself. Asked if he would take the “hometown” discount, Tate said, “To an extent. I still have to take care of myself and my family. I kind of have a number in mind. I haven’t talked to my agent yet. I’ve been kind of trying to enjoy the Super Bowl for now then take that next step hopefully in the next week or two. In my eyes, I’d rather stay and play in a great organization, in a great city, around great people, great teammates for a little less than go to a crappy city, win a ball game every now and then and be miserable for six months and have a fan base that doesn’t care about the sport. Hopefully, it works out.

“I definitely don’t want to play against Seattle, I can tell you that,” Tate said. “I don’t want to play against Richard Sherman and Bam-Bam.”

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  1. thursday says:

    Yeah I liked how Carroll basically said they wanted to do whatever they could to keep the team together for another year. Maybe it’s just the high, but I almost feel like the next season is going to be even more amazing.

  2. The game is on NFLN again tonight. Even though I don’t really want to, I guess it’s time to start looking towards next year and doing it again.

    Early reports seem to indicate Rice is done and Miller will take a pay cut (nobody else is going to pay him what he’s set to earn, I can pretty much guarantee that).

    I think the Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill picks are going to huge for next year. I see both playing and contributing to the ’14 Seahawks. I don’t see a veteran guy like McDaniel back.

    It would be nice to see extentions for both Sherman and ET this off-season. I see us with three legitimate franchise players on our team and they are Wilson, ET, and Sherm. We’ve also got some great players like Kam, Lynch, and Wagner, but Lynch and Kam are already in the midst of their big contract and Wagner isn’t eligible for free agency for two more years (like Wilson, but I consider Wilson, ET, and Sherm more important signings than Wags).

    Man, Wagner really came on after his injury this past season. He was a terror and a defensive beast down the stretch. That screen that he blew up against New Orleans in the play-offs was one of the best plays I’ve ever seen from a MLB when he blew up two blockers and still made the tackle on the RB (Sproles, I think).

  3. Screensmoke says:

    Yes it was bobby- yes it was! Good call

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    This isn’t just a one trick pony but a 10 year or more journey.

    Great times to be a hawks fan for sure.

  5. banosser says:

    The game is on my DVR and I’ve watched it over a half dozen tiimes already.. Smith was a worthy MVP but Kam deserved it.. the dude is a flat out stud enforcer! Eric Berry was 1st team All Pro at SS.. should have been Kam.. stats say so.. he has 20 lbs on Berry.. and I’m sure Demetrius, Vernon and that frikkin OG he jacked up would concur….

  6. banosser says:

    Dam auto spell correction.. s/b Demaryius

  7. raymaines says:

    I would like to think the endorsement opportunities available to a SB winner and Washington State’s lack of state income tax would add up to a “home town discount” for resigning our own free agents. That, plus the allure of really and actually competing for a Super Bowl, playing for Pete Carroll, and living in a clean and beautiful city with a friendly media and loyal, and passionate fans should make the Seahawks a very desirable destination. Seriously, how much extra would the Bengals, Bills, Browns, Buccaneers, Jaguars, or Raiders have to offer a person to sway them to their city?

  8. raymaines says:

    I’m just getting started:

    Seattle is the 14th largest city in the country and I’m just guessing but we must be about the 14th most diverse. We’re tolerant of sexual orientation and inter-racial marriage. We accept the concept of intelligent and successful people who are not either middle age or white. We’re OK with both turbans and dread-locks.

    Seriously, would a rational thinking free agent rather live in Seattle or in Atlanta, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Phoenix, St. Louis, or Tampa Bay?

  9. I think we can keep most this team together unless players get really unreasonable. I figure we can give up Miller, Rice, Breno, McQuisten, McDaniel, and Thurmond; and we can keep Bennett, McDonald, Baldwin, Tate, and extend both Thomas and Sherman.

    Then next offseason we’ll need to reduce Okung, Bryant, and Clemons in order to extend Maxwell, Lane, Wright, Wagner, and Wilson.

    With what we keep and what we draft and fill with low signing FA we can have the dynasty….Unless some get too unrealistic at which point will have to be let go except RW, he can name his price and we’ll have to meet it. But I think he will make enough in endorsements to be one of the most reasonable of them all.

  10. For one whose never been to Seattle or played for coach Carroll in front of the 12’s I understand why they might not want to come, but like Sidney Rice says; once your here and have played with this team for this coach in this city, you’ll never want to leave cause nothing else will ever feel as good as home.

  11. …And when ML running back days are over, he’s discovered his new found talent with a drum!

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