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710 ESPN Seattle Audio: Pete Carroll talks Week 4 with "Brock and Danny"
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 really exciting," Carroll said of his team's 23-20 come-from-behind overtime victory over the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. "Those are accomplishments that are meaningful and will pay us back a lot down the road."
Carroll said the team showcased a belief, grit, and all-around rhythm that they did not have a year ago. He credited the team's uptick in play during the second half to an unwillingness to back down and to a familiarity with the situation.
"You will not give in," Carroll said of the Seahawks second-half mentality. "You will persevere. You will finish. You will not stop until you get done what you came to get done.
"This team seems to have a real sense of that."
Below are a few more nuggets from Carroll's Monday conversation with "Brock and Danny"
- Right tackle Breno Giacomini underwent successful knee surgery Monday morning. Details of the procedure were scarce, but it sounded like a minor operation as Carroll expects a speedy recovery. "We'll hopefully get him back quickly," he said.
- Defensive end Michael Bennett suffered a strained muscle in his back yesterday, Carroll confirmed. Bennett left Sunday's game on a stretcher and was taken to a nearby Houston hospital for precautionary measures. "He's getting around fine," Carroll said of Bennett before adding, "I don't know the extent of that yet."
- Linebacker Bruce Irvin, last year's first-round draft pick who was suspended for the first four games of the regular season, is back at Virginia Mason Athletic Center today. "He's thrilled to be back with us," Carroll said of Irvin, who spent his time away working out in West Virginia. "You should have seen the smile on his face."
- Carroll called Richard Sherman's 58-yard interception return for the game-tying touchdown the play of the game. "[Defensive coordinator] Dan [Quinn] made a great call and evaluation during the week to utilize that call in that situation, and it really worked out exactly like we orchestrated it," he said.
- The team's makeshift offensive line - down three starters in left tackle Russell Okung, center Max Unger, and Giacomini - "survived" the situation against Houston's defense. "We survived it and got through the game, and we'll be better for it," Carroll said of the play the team got from backups Paul McQuistan, Lemuel Jeanpierre, and Michael Bowie. "I think it's an enormous accomplishment."
- Down 20-3 at halftime, the Seahawks 23-20 comeback marks the largest comeback victory the team has put together in Carroll's time as head coach.
We'll hear more reaction from coach Carroll later today when he meets with reporters at 3 p.m. PT at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. You can watch that press conference live at shwks.com/live.