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Monday in Hawkville: The view from behind the Eight ball

Posted Nov 4, 2013

The Seahawks extended the best start in franchise history to a best-in-the-NFC 8-1 record with Sunday’s overtime win against the Buccaneers, but coach Pete Carroll knows there’s so much more there for his team.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 4, which was “Tell the Truth Monday” as the players and coaches reviewed the video of Sunday’s overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

WORD OF THE DAY: EIGHT

As in 8-1, the Seahawks’ record. The Seahawks are off to the best start in franchise history and they have the best record in the NFC. But coach Pete Carroll is well aware that this team has yet to hit its stride.

YOU DON'T SAY

“Cautious is not a dominant word in his vocabulary.”

Coach Pete Carroll, with a laugh, when asked if the pass interference penalty on Earl Thomas on Sunday caused the All-Pro free safety to play cautiously

“We’ve got a lot of stuff ahead of us that we’re going to have to get better to handle and to deal with,” Carroll said during his weekly day-after Q&A session with the media. “We don’t want to peak too early.”

Despite their problems stopping the run the past two games and the continuing inconsistencies with the offense, the Seahawks have extended their victory streak to 12 in a row at CenturyLink Field, which ties the longest home-field run in franchise history; already have four road wins, one shy of the club record set by the 1984 team and tied by the 2005 team; and are 15-2 in the regular season since the start of the second half of the 2012 season.

After Sunday’s overtime win against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carroll referred to his fourth Seahawks team as a work in progress. Is that an odd choice of words for the coach of an 8-1 team?

“No, I think it’s a beautiful thing to say,” Carroll said. “No, I’m glad I’m saying that right now in a sense.”

INJURY UPDATES: MAX UNGER, RED BRYANT GOT CONCUSSIONS

Center Max Unger and defensive end Red Bryant came out of Sunday’s game with concussions, so they will continue to be monitored during the week, Carroll said.

STAT DU JOUR: GOLDEN TATE’S BIG RETURN

Golden Tate’s 71-yard punt return against the Bucs wasn’t the longest in franchise history, but it was the second-longest non-scoring punt return the Seahawks have ever had. Here’s a look at where it ranks:

Player, season Yards
Charlie Rogers, 1999 94
Nate Burleson, 2007 94
Nate Burleson, 2006 90
Joey Galloway, 1995 89
Joey Galloway, 1996 88
Leon Washington, 2010* 84
Bobby Engram, 2003 83
Will Lewis, 1980 75
Paul Johns, 1983 75
Bobby Joe Edmunds, 1986 75
Joey Galloway, 1998 74
Golden Tate, 2013* 71

*Note: Tate and Washington did not score on their returns

“We won’t know until Thursday likely, and it might be all the way to Friday,” Carroll said of their status for this week’s game against the Falcons in Atlanta. “So we have to plan like those guys aren’t going to be there, and then if they can pop back in and they can do it … And we’ll get indications by how well they do (Tuesday), because they get tested every day.”

All-Pro left tackle Russell Okung is scheduled to practice Wednesday, but he is not eligible to come off the injured reserve with a designation to return list this week. Right tackle Breno Giacomini and wide receiver Percy Harvin also are expected to practice this week and are eligible to return, but Carroll said it’s not likely that Giacomini will play against the Falcons and that he’s not counting on Harvin playing, either.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW: EARL THOMAS’ INTERCEPTION THAT WAS A PENALTY

Carroll said he’s still waiting for clarification from the league office on the play against the Bucs where All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas made a sideline interception, but was called for a pass interference penalty to nullify the pick.

“This is such a gray area and pass interference has been a problem for years and years and years in the interpretation. So this is nothing new,” Carroll said. “I thought it was a great play and he did exactly what we asked him to do.”

Instead of the Seahawks having the ball at their 22-yard line, the Bucs had a first down and scored three plays later to take a 7-0 lead.

“It was a big, big play in this game,” Carroll said. “We take the ball away from them right there instead of them going down and scoring right off the bat, it would have been kind of like we count on us doing. And I don’t know what would have happened next. But official tried to call it right. He did the best he could.”

UP NEXT: AN “OFF” DAY

The players will have their “off” day on Tuesday, while the coaches are compiling the game plan for the Falcons.

Punter Jon Ryan will sign autographs from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the CenturyLink Field Pro Shop.