710 ESPN Seattle Audio: Pete Carroll talks Week 8 with "Brock and Danny"

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Head coach Pete Carroll reflects on the Seahawks 14-9 win over the St. Louis Rams with 710 ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny"

Early Tuesday morning, head coach Pete Carroll joined the team's flagship radio station 710 ESPN Seattle for his weekly conversation with "Brock and Danny" - his only media availability of the day.

"It was just a difficult night in so many ways," Carroll said of Monday's 14-9 victory over the Rams in St. Louis. "We just had to keep hanging and fighting and hanging onto the chance that we could win, and we did."

The win literally came on the game's final play, when the Seahawks defense capped off an impressive goal-line stand by forcing a Kellen Clemens incompletion as time expired. The offense made plays when it mattered most, as Russell Wilson found Golden Tate twice for the game's only two touchdowns. But the unit managed just 135 total yards as failures in pass protection led to seven sacks on Wilson, while the normally effective run game sputtered against what was the NFL's 30th-ranked rush defense.

"I don't remember having that much trouble offensively in any time since we've been here," Carroll said. "For whatever reason, that was the night that they were on it and we couldn't do anything about it."

Despite last night's scare in St. Louis, the team improved its franchise-best start to 7-1 - good for the best record in the NFC. Carroll said the team still has plenty of room for improvement heading into the second half of the season that has the Seahawks playing five of their final eight games at home.

"We've got to get our ball right," Carroll summed. "We've got to get better."

Below are a couple more nuggets from Carroll's Tuesday conversation with "Brock and Danny"

    • Left tackle Russell Okung (toe) ran yesterday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis and Carroll said the Pro Bowl offensive lineman is on track for a Week 11 comeback against the Minnesota Vikings. That game marks the earliest possible return date for Okung, who is on the team's Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list.

    • Carroll said Breno Giacomini (knee) is "hopefully two weeks away," reiterating that the right tackle made a good turn in his recovery from surgery last week.

    • Wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) is still "day-to-day" and Carroll does not know if Harvin will play this weekend at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    • In addition to aggravating his knee, Carroll noted wide receiver Sidney Rice was experiencing "concussion issues" after leaving Monday's game. Carroll did not have any further updates on Rice's status.

    • Asked why he didn't use any of the team's three timeouts to ensure time for a possible field goal try if St. Louis managed to convert the go-ahead touchdown, Carroll said he wanted to make the situation as pressured as possible for Rams backup quarterback Kellen Clemens, hoping the defense could force a mistake or make a big play to seal the victory.

    • Carroll expressed disappointment in the taunting penalty wide receiver Golden Tate picked up on his 80-yard catch-and-run to the end zone. "That moment just captured him and he screwed it up. ... I wanted him to understand that's not who we are. That's not what we do."

    • On the lack of touches for running back Marshawn Lynch, Carroll noted quarterback Russell Wilson made the wrong read when keeping the ball outside the Rams' goal line on the two plays prior to his 2-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate. "Nobody was more frustrated than me," Carroll said of Lynch receiving just eight carries.