Pete Carroll joined the team's flagship radio station 710 ESPN Seattle the morning after his team's 27-23 loss to the Carolina Panthers at CenturyLink Field. Here's five things we learned from the Seahawks head coach:
1. There Was Miscommunication on Carolina's Game-Winning Touchdown
Carroll said the Panthers' game-winning touchdown toss from quarterback Cam Newton to tight end Greg Olsen was the result of a defensive miscommunication. Normally, Carroll said calls from coordinator Kris Richard are relayed to the middle linebacker, and the Seahawks also signal the play call in from the sideline. But at that pivotal moment it was clear not everybody was on the same page.
"The communication was fine the whole day and on the last touchdown play we just didn't execute," Carroll said. "The call didn't get to everybody the way it always does. There was some kind of a glitch in there that happened. Unfortunately it gives them an easy touchdown. Our defense called for us to be rolled over on top of Olsen. He never would have thrown the ball there, we would have had a safety on top, a corner underneath, all that. So we just didn't execute the call coming from the sidelines across the board to everybody. We just missed it and somehow that happened in a very unusual fashion and untimely moment."
2. The Head-Scratching Turnover Trend Continues
Coming into Sunday's game, Carolina had only turned the ball over three times, but did so twice against Seattle, with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor each recording interceptions off Newton. With those two picks Seattle won the turnover battle, 2-0, but still lost the game - the third time the Seahawks have lost a game this season while winning the turnover battle.
"This turnover thing is crazy," said Carroll, who prior to this year had compiled a 33-6 record since 2010 when winning the turnover battle. "This is so far against all of our numbers and our statistics and all of that. What we sense coming out of the game is we have to capitalize more so on the turnovers. We've got to create positive field positions and get the touchdowns out of it instead of field goals to make a difference, take advantage, momentum, all of those things that are there at hand. But I can't fathom how this can continue to happen with the turnovers. We're positive and we're not winning."
3. There Was a New Man at Center
The Seahawks used Patrick Lewis at center against the Panthers. It was a change from Drew Nowak, who won the job out of training camp and started the team's first five games at the spot. Carroll gave a quick assessment of Lewis' play, but wouldn't say who would start for the team moving forward.
"Patrick played a solid game," Carroll said. "Not a whole lot of difference from what we've been seeing from Drew, but we'll check that out this week and figure out what we're going to do next."
4. Seattle Must Deal with a Quick Turnaround
The Seahawks can't afford to sulk in Sunday's defeat because they're right back in action on Thursday night against the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium. Carroll said Seattle's game plan for its Week 7 game will get installed today, unlike a normal Monday the day after a Sunday game.
"These guys have to get ready to play football and we've got a couple days to do it," Carroll said. "We're playing on Thursday, which is a good thing in this case. It's a team that we don't know a whole lot about right now. It's a brand new team for us and we study them and we have to figure them out. There's a big challenge just to get back to ready for Thursday night, so that's a good thing. We've got to get today done. We go into the game plan for Thursday today, unlike a normal Monday, so this is a day that's loaded with a lot of stuff and we're going to have to move quickly.
"There isn't time to be kicking your lower lip around and that kind of thing. We have to get going."
5.Seattle is "Hoping" Bobby Wagner Will Be Ready
Carroll said Bobby Wagner (pectoral) could have played against the Panthers, but with the team's next game coming on Thursday, the middle linebacker was held out.
"He could have gone out there, but it wasn't the right thing to do," Carroll said of Wagner. "We did the right thing by holding him out and he was resistant to that, but he knew. He knew it was right. So we're hoping that in these next couple days he'll be ready, that that would make the difference. If he played it would have been almost no chance of him playing on Thursday."
Wide receiver Paul Richardson (knee) and cornerback Jeremy Lane (arm/knee) each started the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, but if healthy the pair is eligible to return to practice this week.
"Paul has the best chance, we'll see how that goes," Carroll said. "Jeremy's still another couple weeks away."
The Seahawks versus Panthers game ended 27-23 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. Take a look at the game action photos from the game.