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710 ESPN Seattle Audio: Pete Carroll talks Week 3 with "Brock and Danny"
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Early Monday morning, head coach Pete Carroll joined the team's flagship radio station 710 ESPN Seattle for his weekly conversation with Brock Huard and Danny O'Neil.
"It was just a really good, solid game," Carroll said of his team's 45-17 Week 3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday at CenturyLink Field.
Carroll credited Sunday's success to a "natural" and "comfortable" game plan that saw a steady mix of run and pass on offense coupled with another dominating defensive performance. Carroll also pointed to the job the team did to limit mistakes, as the Seahawks were flagged just four times for 24 yards after racking up 19 flags for 183 yards through the first two weeks.
"It's really about understanding that the other guys don't have anything to do with how you perform," Carroll said. "We take care of our own business by the way we prepare every week. We're not trying to play the greatest game of our life. We're just trying to play like we're capable."
Below are a few more nuggets from Carroll's Monday conversation with "Brock and Danny" Read
- Carroll gushed over quarterback Russell Wilson's command of the offense. "This is really cool," he said. "It's really fun now. There's so many things available to us so often. He has total freedom."
- On life without left tackle Russell Okung, Carroll said Paul McQuistan filled in nicely, "Paul played pretty well at left tackle," he said. "He was very consistent, so we survived that situation."
- Carroll expressed excitement over the play of rookie offensive tackles Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie, saying the pair came in and showed a physicality at the line of scrimmage, doing much more than "surviving" the situation.
- Carroll said wide receiver Sidney Rice and tight end Zach Miller, who were acquired in free agency before the 2011 season, are "working out great." The wideout-tight end duo scored two touchdowns apiece on Sunday against the Jaguars.
- Defensive end Michael Bennett is playing better than the coaching staff originally thought he would. "He's way more active," Carroll said.
- Carroll said that "active" play was not limited to just Bennett, as defensive end Cliff Avril, linebacker O'Brien Schofield and "Truck" - or defensive tackle Clinton McDonald - have all shown an impressive ability to affect the passer.