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710 ESPN Seattle Audio: Pete Carroll talks Week 16 with "Brock and Danny"
Early Monday, head coach Pete Carroll joined the team's flagship radio station 710 ESPN Seattle for his weekly conversation on "Brock and Danny." Michael Grey joined Danny O'Neil in studio in place of Brock Huard.
"They were hard and tough about playing on the road," Carroll said of the Arizona Cardinals' 17-10 victory over the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. "They hung in there and it didn't phase them very much."
The Cardinals defense played exceptionally well - better than Carroll and the Seahawks thought they would. Seattle was held to just 192 yards of offense. Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 40 percent of his passes for a career-low 108 yards, managing a 49.6 quarterback rating. Carroll credited Arizona's defensive backs with good coverage, noting they won several of the one-on-one battles with Seattle's wide receivers that prevented the Seahawks from connecting on shots down field.
"You've got to give them credit," Carroll summed. "They're a good football team. But we've got to play better."
Below are a couple more nuggets from Carroll's Monday conversation with "Brock and Danny" Read
- The Seahawks finished 2-of-13 (15 percent) on third down. Carroll said the team's success rate on the critical down has been around 25 percent the past few weeks and that has played a key role in the offense's struggles. "That's the problem right now," he said. "We have to get that back on track. That's a big area of focus for us to get that going again."
- "He'll come back as best as anybody can come back. He's already working to get that done." Carroll, on the bounce-back ability of quarterback Russell Wilson, who Carroll said was at Virgina Mason Athletic Center at 4:30 a.m. breaking down yesterday's performance.
- Left tackle Russell Okung left Sunday's game with a sore toe - the same toe that landed him on the team's Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list earlier this year, but was able to finish the ball game. Carroll said they'll know more on Okung's status later in the week.
- Carroll said they'll know more on the status of wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) on Wednesday.