The Seahawks returned home from Philadelphia early Tuesday morning, and not long after arriving at the VMAC, Pete Carroll sat down for his weekly appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle to talk about his team's 23-17 win over the Eagles. Here are six takeaways from Carroll’s appearance on the Danny and Gallant Show:
1. DK Mandalorian?
A funny storyline emerged after Monday night’s game involving Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, and what was in all likelihood a compliment from an opposing coach being taken out of context and used for motivation. At the heart of all of this are the comparisons that have been made this year between Metcalf and former Lions All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson, aka, Megatron.
Carroll suggested that it's time to move past the Megatron nickname and onto something a little more relevant in 2020.
"Megatron is kind of a thing of the past," Carroll said. "Now if he'd have referred to him as something like Mandalorian, I think that'd be a little more appropriate. I wouldn't mind calling DK the Mandalorian any time he wants."
Metcalf took to twitter after the game to acknowledge that he took a page out of Michael Jordan's playbook of seeking out any perceived slight and using it for motivation, and that didn't come as a surprise to Carroll, who noted that players all watched "The Last Dance" this year and discussed the Jordan documentary series in meetings.
"Michael always found a reason," Carroll said. "Guys who have that mentality are always on the alert for, 'Give me something to juice me up and let me at you.' That was a classic example of that."
2. Jamal Adams played his best game.
After a strong performance by Seattle's defense, safety Jamal Adams noted that that unit's "swagger is through the roof," and nobody on the field Monday played with more swagger than Adams, who was having a great time both because he was feeling healthy and playing very well.
Adams, who had team-high nine tackles and a sack, missed four games this season with a groin injury, then has been dealing with a shoulder injury for the past few weeks. The extra break between games gave Adams time to get healthier and it showed in what Carroll said was Adams' best game since joining the team this summer.
"It was his best game and this is the best he has felt," Carroll said… "He really had his best game I think. This is just an indication of where it's going. He's going to continue to get better too. It's really exciting. I was really thrilled for him, because he finally felt whole. He's been really hampered, so he was having a ball. It was really fun watching him."
3. The pass rush was a group effort.
The Seahawks pass rush that early in the season looked like a big liability put together another strong performance on Monday, sacking Carson Wentz six times. That gives the Seahawks 22 sacks in the past five games after recording only nine in the first six games, and what Carroll liked most about this performance was that so many players got involved, with Adams, K.J. Wright, Poona Ford, Benson Mayowa and Rasheem Green all recording sacks while Carlos Dunlap II and Jarran Reed split one.
"It was really good to see so many different guys contribute and factor in," Carroll said. Everybody was rushing the passer well. (The Eagles) have had problems, they've been working through it, and we took advantage of it. We we're able to get that done. I think really Carlos continues to be kind of the fire-starter, he got this thing going a little bit and we've been improving since he arrived. But there's a lot of guys who contributed and got after. You saw Jamal again have a couple big rushes and cause some problems in the backfield. So it's really exciting to see it, it's fun for us to make that change in the middle of the year. I know people were thinking we were dead, and gone but we ain't dead yet, we're still going."
4. Carlos Dunlap II will have an MRI on his foot.
As Carroll mentioned above, Dunlap has been a big part of Seattle's resurgent pass rush, recording four sacks in as many games since arriving in a trade, but this week there could be an injury situation to monitor with the defensive end. Carroll didn't have a lot of details yet, but Dunlap did come out of the game with a sore foot and was schedule to have an MRI Tuesday morning.
"He's got a sore foot, and we don't know what it is," Carroll said. "It's something on the bottom of his foot. After his MRI we'll know a lot more."
5. A pass breakup was Bobby Wagner's best play on a day he hit a milestone for tackles.
Wagner, the leading tackler in franchise history, pushed his season total to 101 in Monday's win, making him just the third player this century to record 100 tackles in nine straight seasons. But for all of the tackles Wagner made, his best play Monday was one that showed his versatility, with Wagner tracking tight end Dallas Goedert deep down the field to break up a long pass attempt.
"He made a great play on that ball—he should have received a little more help than he got, but it just shows you the versatility," Carroll said. "It's all those thousands of tackles that he's made, but all of the rest of the game that he brings is really a complete package. I was talking about him earlier, he's just a Hall of Famer, that's just what he's going to be, and we're watching it right before eyes just kind of happen. He's a marvelous competitor."
6. L.J. Collier is having a strong second season.
After a disappointing rookie campaign that was derailed by a training camp ankle injury, defensive end L.J. Collier is putting together a very strong second season. Despite not getting in on the team's six sacks Monday, Collier was disruptive once again and has impressed his coaches playing both as an end and an interior rusher.
"He's having a really good season," Carroll said. "He's been really active and really consistent. The attitude's been great, and his efforts been excellent. He's having a fine year for us."
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