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Pete Carroll: "I thought we played better in this game than we played in the Super Bowl"
Early Monday, one day after the Seahawks' 26-20 overtime win against the Denver Broncos at Seattle's CenturyLink Field, head coach Pete Carroll joined the team's flagship radio station 710 ESPN Seattle for his weekly conversation with Brock Huard and Mike Salk.
The full audio is embedded for you above, but here are a few key takeaways from Carroll’s Monday segment with “Brock and Salk": Read
Defense Played Better Than In Super Bowl XLVIII
You wouldn't think it with a look at the way the final scores worked out, but Carroll believes his club had a better day on the defensive side of the football against the Broncos in yesterday's 26-20 overtime win than they did in the team's 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII this past February.
Exceptions to that statement came on the Broncos' game-tying drive with less than a minute to play in the fourth quarter. Denver, who Carroll dubbed the "best offense in the history of ball," found success running one route four times and the Seahawks' defense failed to adapt.
"It was a one-play deal that really got us and they executed great and we didn't,” Carroll said.
Carroll said cornerback Richard Sherman was in good position to make a play on Peyton Manning's two-point conversion to Demaryius Thomas that locked the game at 20-20, but unfortunately the Denver quarterback and wide receiver were able to connect on what Carroll called a "great throw and catch." Read
Russell Wilson Among NFL's Elite
"He's one of those guys," Carroll said of his third-year quarterback's place among the NFL's elite. "That's all. He's as good as those guys. He can do it. So you get him in those matchups and he would be the first to tell you our team came out on the top of that. It's a cool little stat to look at and to keep track of as we go.
"He can play with everybody. There's nobody that he can't play with and hold his own, and he did it again." Read
Bye Week Up Next
After Sunday's win that propelled the Seahawks' to a 2-1 record, the team now settles in to enjoy a Week 4 bye - the League's earliest possible week off.
"We're ready to go take this break," Carroll said. "We'll take this break and maximize this thing and then come back roaring and take a trip to the East Coast."
The Seahawks will see action next on Monday, Oct. 6 at the home of the Washington Redskins, giving the club 14 days between ball games. So what's Carroll's assessment of the way his team has started the year?
"I think we're doing fine," he said. "We're hungry, we're tough. I think the things that we need to see happen are happening. We're playing really hard."
You can hear more from coach Carroll at 3 p.m., when he meets with the media at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.Read