The Seahawks are on their bye this week following a Week 8 win over the Jaguars, but before everyone takes some well-deserved time off, Pete Carroll held his usual Monday press conference to give some updates on his team.
In addition to some news on Russell Wilson, here are five takeaways from Carroll's press conference:
1. Sunday's 31-7 victory was the team's most complete performance of the year.
The Seahawks nearly shut out the Jaguars, only allowing one touchdown in the final two minutes of the game, Geno Smith and the passing game were dialed in, and again Seattle's special teams units, and kick coverage team in particular, played well, so it was hardly surprising Carroll didn't hesitate when asked if that win was his team's most complete performance of the season.
"It was," he said. "It definitely was. It was the most complete game start to finish. Starting with kickoff team and the way we made a big deal about those guys kind of setting the tempo for us, and they did. We just played well throughout. The penalties were under control. We took care of the football, all of that stuff. It felt like a real complete game. A game that we felt in control early and maintained it throughout. I liked that we came back after halftime and played well on both sides and all but finished a great shutout game. It was really a good effort all the way."
2. No news on the trade front, not yet anyway.
The NFL's trade deadline is at 1 p.m. PT Tuesday, and as always the Seahawks will at least discuss trade options even if none end up happening, but as of Monday, there was nothing to report on that front.
"We're on it, this is that time," Carroll said. "It's important for us to have all the information and see who's available and listen to the calls that come in and all that. John (Schneider) and his guys are real active on it. This is a really busy day for us in that regard. Nothing to note—of course I wouldn't anyway—but it's an important day to see what the opportunities are."
3. Duane Brown played well battling through illness.
Seahawks left tackle Duane Brown got his usual Wednesday rest day to start the week, but then he also missed the next two days of practice due to illness. Brown was able to play Sunday and held up well despite not feeling 100 percent and not practicing all week, a commendable performance, Carroll said.
"I think it was a really big effort by him," Carroll said. "He was really sick. He looked sick during the week and was laying up and really taking it easy to gain his strength. He couldn't have felt 100 percent going in, but he played a really nice football game. Did a good job. He had fun playing. He got cleared and got through it, but it was a tough week for him. He really got no practice time at all. In a game that's so technical, particularly the position that he plays is so technical, it's hard to not practice and keep your game right. I thought he came through in really, really good fashion. Showed real guts pulling that off."
4. The pass rush continues to make progress.
The Seahawks managed only one sack in Sunday's game—it would have been two had a Bobby Wagner sack not been negated by a defensive holding call—but that doesn't mean the pass rush was not effective. The Seahawks hit Trevor Lawrence seven times, and of their nine passes defense, four were made by defensive linemen batting the ball down at the line of scrimmage. It was progress, but there is still work to be done.
"We have to keep going," Carroll said. "We have to keep mixing our pressures and the stuff that we are doing to help the rush, coverage wise, and get them down. We could have had five sacks easily in that game. He did a nice job of getting rid of the football. I really liked what Carlos (Dunlap II) did in the game, he was really effective in pushing the pocket. Darrell (Taylor) looked really flashy and had some great rushes in the game, so we need to convert them into sacks. What happened was that most of our wins came on third down and that's when we really heated it up. The guys did a nice job."
5. Injury updates on Chris Carson and D.J. Reed.
Like Wilson, running back Chris Carson is hoping to return from injured reserve next week when the Seahawks play at Green Bay. Carson has been out with a neck injury, and while more tests will have to happen Monday for him to get cleared, he is hopeful he can make his return next week.
"Talking to Chris, he wants to go for it next week," Carroll said. "He has to get back on Monday and check in with the doctors to see where he is and show that he is OK. Then if he does, he will start practicing. We will find out where he stands once we get to practice. He's really determined to get that done, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for him, that he can get a chance to get back on the field and start working with us. That's about as optimistic as we can be until we know more."
The Seahawks had only one new injury coming out of the game, with right cornerback D.J. Reed leaving with a groin injury, but an MRI on Monday showed that it wasn't a serious injury.
"He had MRI work done and he was cleared," Carroll said. "He had a little something that was uncomfortable for him, but he is OK. He's had a groin thing that he's been nursing throughout. It's not serious, but it was a concern in the game, so we took care of him. He should be OK."
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