Wednesday in Hawkville: Pete Carroll shares Marshawn Lynch’s frustration

Posted Oct 30, 2013

After getting only eight carries in Monday night’s victory over the Rams in St. Louis, Marshawn Lynch was understandably frustrated. But so was coach Pete Carroll.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 30, when the Seahawks began practicing for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field:


Pete Carroll made it clear during his midweek Q&A session with the media that he was as frustrated as anyone – including Marshawn Lynch – that the team’s leading rusher got only eight carries in Monday night’s oh-so-close victory over the Rams in St. Louis.

In fact, during the flight back from St. Louis as Monday night was becoming Tuesday morning, Carroll sat with Lynch and shared his frustration.

“We were both sitting in frustration over the exact same issue,” Carroll said on Wednesday. “We didn’t get the ball to him in ways that we had hoped to because of the way the game turned out. There was no intention at all. Unfortunately, we didn’t get him going.”

You have to go all the way back to Week 2 in 2011 to find a game where Lynch carried fewer times for fewer than the 23 he had against the Rams – six for 11 in a 24-0 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh. His previous lows this season were 17 carries (four times) and 43 yards (in the season opener against the Panthers in Carolina).

“That’s not how we play,” Carroll said. “So hopefully we’ll do better this time.”

That would be in Sunday’s game against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field.

Part of Lynch being limited was the fact that the Seahawks ran only 40 plays, and a big part of that was the fact that they converted a season-low 18 percent on third downs (two of 11).

Lynch does not talk to the media, but it’s pretty easy to read his body language. So it was apparent that eight carries for 23 yards isn’t enough – in either category – for a workhorse back who carried 315 times for a career-best 1,590 yards last season.

“I share the frustration with him,” Carroll said. “I don’t mind one bit him being frustrated about that. I was too.”


The official report, as issued by the team:


There will be plenty of talk this week about Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, but don’t forget about Brandon Browner. The Seahawks’ corner on the right side also ranks among the best in the NFL in interceptions and passes defensed since 2011:

Most interceptions
Richard Sherman, Seahawks 16
Tim Jennings, Bears 14
Patrick Peterson, Cardinals 12
Brandon Browner, Seahawks 10
Thomas DeCoud, Falcons 10

Most passes defensed
Richard Sherman, Seahawks 52
Tramon Williams, Packers 42
Cary Williams, Eagles  40
DeAngelo Hall, Redskins  39
Tim Jennings, Bears 39
Brandon Browner, Seahawks 38

Did not practice
DL Michael Bennett (illness)
FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring)
OT Breno Giacomini (knee)
SS Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
RB Marshawn Lynch (knee)
OG J.R. Sweezy (elbow)

For the Buccaneers:

RB Jeff Demps (groin)
OG Carl Nicks (foot)

Did not practice
RB Doug Martin (shoulder)

Limited in practice
S Mark Barron (hip)
LB Mason Foster (hamstring)
S Dashon Goldson (knee)
DT Derek Landri (back)
LB Dekoda Watson (shoulder)

Full participation
OG Davin Joseph (knee)
WR Chris Owusu (foot)
DT Akeem Spence (wrist)
S Keith Tandy (ankle)


Rice’s season came to an abrupt end Tuesday, when an MRI detected that he had torn a knee ligament during Monday night’s game against the Rams. He was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, when Lockette was signed off the practice squad to fill Rice’s spot on the 53-man roster.

“I was sick for him, and it was a very unusual situation,” Carroll said. “He didn’t think he was hurt that badly and it wasn’t a real violent play that took place. But it just caught him exactly wrong. Nobody thought that he was that seriously hurt until they took the MRI and they found out that his ACL was in trouble. So, very unfortunate; he’s been a big part of us and we’re going to miss the heck out of him.”

Lockette, who also was with the team in 2011, was re-signed to the practice squad last week.

“It will be good to have Ricardo back out there,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said after practice. “He’s got a chance to be a special player once we get him fully up to speed. We loved his talent and we didn’t want to let him out of here. We were trying to keep him and have him on the practice squad. That just didn’t work out.”

Wide receiver Josh Lenz, who was released from the practice squad last week, was re-signed to fill Lockette’s spot.


Elliott Harrison at has compiled his midseason All-Pro team. Not surprisingly, it includes the Seahawks’ duo of free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman.


“He made the NFL look like college all over again.”

Bucs QB Mike Glennon, who was teammates with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson at North Carolina State

On Thomas: “It was awesome watching Thomas … track down plays in St. Louis. QBs have thrown on him 16 times – he’s broken up six and picked off four.”

On Sherman: “Sherman gets left on an island a lot, and while there are other defenders who have played great – like Darrelle Revis – they lack the size to stop routes before they get started.”


Sherman also gets five votes from’s panel of experts for Midseason Defensive Player of the Year, including this comment from Bucky Brooks: “The bodacious antics prevent some observers from appreciating Sherman’s game, but the numbers certainly don’t lie. He is tied for the NFL lead with four interceptions and seemingly is involved in every game-changing play produced by the Seahawks’ defense.”

Brooks also cast one of the two votes that didn’t go to the Chiefs’ Andy Reid as coach of the midseason for Carroll: “Carroll has successfully built a bully in the Pacific Northwest behind a downright scary defense and a typically efficient offense. The Seahawks are a nightmare to play at home, but also developing into a formidable foe on the road.”


Despite his uncharacteristically low numbers Monday night, Lynch is fourth in the NFL with 601 rushing yards – and he’s not that far behind the Chiefs’ Jamal Charles (635) and the 49ers’ Frank Gore (618). Lynch also is second in rushing touchdowns (seven) and tied for seventh in total TDs (seven). But wait, there’s more. He’s sixth in total yards (782) and tied for ninth in first downs (36).

Steven Hauschka tied for fourth in scoring (69 points) and tied for seventh in touchbacks (26), while Golden Tate is seventh in punt return average (11.3). Russell Wilson is sixth in passer rating (99.0).

As a team, the Seahawks lead the NFL in takeaways (21) and are tied for second in turnover differential (plus-9). The defense is tied for the NFL lead in interceptions (13), No. 2 in average yards allowed (289.3), No. 3 in average passing yards allowed (184.1) and No. 15 in average rushing yards allowed (105.1) – down from No. 6 last week after allowing 200 to the Rams. The offense is No. 4 in average rushing yards (140.6), No. 15 in average yards (339.4) and No. 28 in passing yards (198.8).


The Seahawks will hold a Halloween practice on “Turnover Thursday.” That after splitting Wednesday between “Tell the Truth Monday” and “Competition Wednesday” because of the Monday night game and the players having their “off” day on Tuesday.

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