710 ESPN Seattle Audio: Pete Carroll talks Week 1

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Head coach Pete Carroll reflects on the Seahawks 12-7 win over the Carolina Panthers with 710 ESPN Seattle's "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.

Carroll discussed the Seahawks 12-7 season-opening road win over the Carolina Panthers, noting the number one thing he took away from watching the film was the team's ability to elevate their play in the fourth quarter - when quarterback Russell Wilson found wide receiver Jermaine Kearse for the go-ahead touchdown and when free safety Earl Thomas forced and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel recovered the game-sealing fumble.

"All in all a really solid effort," Carroll said. "Guys in the locker room were happy with the win, but not satisfied at all with the way that came out."

Below are a few more nuggets from Carroll's Monday conversation with "Brock and Danny"

    • Carroll expects defensive end Cliff Avril to be ready to go this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers. Avril has been nursing a sore hamstring and was listed as "doubtful" for yesterday's game in Carolina, but he was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday of last week. "He has a great chance to come back," said Carroll.

    • Carroll noted defensive end Chris Clemons (knee) will have a chance to practice this week. Clemons was expected to return to the practice field a week ago, but his work was limited to individual drills.

    • "We have set our sights on being the best scramble team in football," Carroll said when asked how much the team practices the scramble drill during the week of practice. Carroll pointed to quarterback Russell Wilson's ability to make plays with his feet as well as with his arm while on the run as the reason for the emphasis.

    • Carroll called wide receiver Doug Baldwin's rapport with quarterback Russell Wilson "night and day" compared to a year ago. Baldwin led all Seattle receivers with seven grabs for 91 yards against the Panthers.

    • Carroll said the team never found a rhythm in the run game, which made it difficult on assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable to get his guys going.

    • Carroll likened Sunday's road game with the Panthers to the team's road game against the Miami Dolphins a season ago. In that game, the Seahawks had a chance to close out Miami in the fourth quarter on offense and defense, but could not deliver. Sunday, however far from pretty it may have been, the Seahawks found a way to finish.