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710 AM ESPN Seattle Audio: Pete Carroll on "Brock and Danny"
For the first time since Friday night's 17-10 preseason victory over the Green Bay Packers, we heard from head coach Pete Carroll during his weekly conversation with "Brock and Danny" on 710 AM ESPN Seattle, the team's flagship radio station.
Carroll addressed concerns over the team's penalty situation from Friday when the Seahawks were flagged 14 times for 182 yards.
"It's a try-hard thing that we have to gear back on," Carroll told Brock Huard and Danny O'Neil. "It's not a discipline thing."
Several of Friday's penalties came after the plays were already over. Carroll noted those types of plays are difficult to simulate on the practice field, when the end of plays, tackling and full contact are not enforced.
"It's really a focal point for us," Carroll added.
Below are a few more nuggets from Carroll's Monday conversation with "Brock and Danny"
- Carroll expressed excitement over the play of third-year wide receiver Stephen Williams, who made two catches for 48 yards a touchdown against the Packers. Carroll noted Seahawks general manager John Schneider had Williams ranked as the second-best wide receiver in terms of ability after the catch coming out of the draft.
- Defensive end Cliff Avril aggravated the hamstring that has kept him out most of preseason and will be "slowed up again this week."
- Fullback Michael Robinson returned to Virginia Mason Athletic Center today, back from an illness that kept him out last week.
- Linebacker Bruce Irvin, who has been limited with a groin injury throughout preseason, will play "a ton" in the team's exhibition finale Thursday night against the Oakland Raiders.
- Offensive guard James Carpenter will return to the practice field today.
- Zach Miller will see an increased workload in practice this week, but likely will not play Thursday night against the Raiders. Carroll expects Miller to be ready for the team's regular season opener on September 8 at the home of the Carolina Panthers.