Pete Carroll on Arizona Cardinals: "They're just cleaner, sharper, better at everything"

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Pete Carroll looks ahead to Sunday's matchup with the Arizona Cardinals and provides personnel updates on Percy Harvin, Brandon Browner & more.

Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon ahead of the team's 1:45 p.m. "Competition Wednesday" practice and preparation for the club's Week 16 contest with the Arizona Cardinals (9-5) at CenturyLink Field.

"This is a championship matchup and we're going to do everything we can to go and get it done," Carroll said.

The Seahawks can win the NFC West and lock up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win over the Cardinals this Sunday. Asked how this week's Arizona team compares to the one Seattle topped 34-22 on the road in Week 7, Carroll emphasized the tremendous growth he's seen in all phases from the Cardinals club that has won six of their last seven.

"They're just cleaner, sharper, better at everything," Carroll said. "Their run defense is the best in the league. ... [Quarterback] Carson [Palmer]  is really hitting it. They've really come together. You can see how efficient he's been in the last couple of months."

That No.1-ranked Arizona run defense (83.2 yards/game) will face a Seahawks squad that has averaged the second-most rushing yards per game (141.0). Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has not topped the 100-yard mark in the past four games, but Carroll says those numbers won't influence the club's game plan.

"We're going to run the football," Carroll said. "That's what we do. We're not changing depending on the team we're playing."

Below are a few more bits of news and notes from Carroll's Wednesday presser:

    • Wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) will not participate in Wednesday's practice.

    • Cornerback Brandon Browner (groin) is "getting ready where he can practice now." According to Carroll, if Browner were to practice today it would be "iffy" that he could go in a limited fashion.

    • Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (illness) is back at full strength. McDaniel missed last Friday's practice and had some of his snaps taken by rookie defensive tackle Jordan Hill while still recovering during last Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

    • Carroll said offensive tackles Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung are back to playing at full strength after the knee and toe injuries that kept them out for consecutive weeks in the middle of the season. "They're comfortable, feeling good. We're counting on them just like we have in the past."

Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth and Digital Media Host Tony Ventrella will be back with more following today's practice, when offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be available to the media.