The day after watching his team survive a close, turnover-marred victory over the Detroit Lions, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll reflected on his team's play, updated his team's health, and yes, talked about the controversial ending during his usual Monday morning show on 710 ESPN Seattle.
First the health update. Carroll didn't have any new news on cornerback Marcus Burley, who broke his thumb. Carroll said defensive end Michael Bennett "will be OK," after briefly leaving the game with a leg injury before returning. "He just had a little something that got out of whack, but he fixed it."
Carroll said the early word on running back Fred Jackson is that he has a high-ankle sprain, but added, "He was walking around pretty good, which can be the case sometimes, you don't know. We have to wait and see."
Receiver Ricardo Lockette, who left the game with an illness, "will be fine," Carroll said.
As for Marshawn Lynch, who missed the game with a hamstring injury, Carroll said the running back is "pushing hard. He wanted to see how hard he could go… He really had a great week of rehabbing and busting it to try to get back, and he didn't quite make it."
Chancellor forced fumble was a "great illustration" of team's focus on effort and finish.
Carroll praised Kam Chancellor for the effort he showed forcing the fumble that helped clinch the victory, noting it is similar to a play Earl Thomas made against the St. Louis Rams last season.
"We have shown the play that Earl made against the Rams probably 50 times to our team, to show them why you always finish everything and you always believe that something good can still happen," Carroll said. "He did it with an inch, and this was the same thing, but to win the football too.
"This is a good illustration for anyone who plays any sport of any kind. You never, ever let up. You never, ever assume that it's over. You keep going for something good. This was the primary example of that… For all the kids who are playing, all the people that are coaching kids and all, it's why effort is so crucial. You never call something over. You just keep working to finish. That's a great illustration for everyone. You never know. We hold the thought that something good is going to happen if you just keep battling. Rocky Seto is the guy who sings that tune all the time to our team, keeps pounding it home, and when we get these illustrations, it's worth showing. It's a great, great moment right there."
Carroll had "never seen" batted ball situation before Monday night.
And yes, Carroll was asked about the controversial non-call after K.J. Wright knocked Calvin Johnson's fumble out of the end zone. Carroll, who has been coaching football for more than 40 years, said he has never seen a situation like that, noted that K.J. Wright thought he was doing the right thing.
"That's a very unique situation," Carroll said. "I've been coaching a long time and playing for years, and I've never seen that happen before, and I really didn't know to tell them otherwise. We coach batting the ball, because there are so many opportunities when the ball is on the ground and it's loose and you can't control it, the best decision is to knock it out of bounds when it's your possession, so we teach that all the time.
"That was a very poised moment for K.J. He knew exactly what was going on, he just assisted it to go out of bounds where it was going. That's not a rule that I would have ever coached him on not to do.
Asked again about the play later, Carroll again backed Wright, saying, "That was a smart play. He wasn't aware of the rule, I would have done the exact same thing. I didn't know that rule either. I've never even seen that come up, and I've been coaching for I don't know how many years, I don't know even how anybody would have known that one. It's still a difficult call. Even knowing the rule, it happened so fast, it was so gracefully done, you could see why (the back judge) didn't assess it that way."
Thoughts on the offense and Russell Wilson.
Carroll's day-after assessment of the offense and of his quarterback was similar to what he saw a night earlier: there were a lot of big plays created by Russell Wilson, but too many costly turnovers.
"Offensively, the quarterback's running around a lot," Carroll said. "Russell was all over the place, he made a lot of unique plays, and we got hammered. He has his issues too, he got the ball knocked away from him, which is uncharacteristic. Turning the ball over late like that, gosh, it just put us in such a bad situation when we had the game ready to be controlled. One more score and it's a controlled game, totally. (The Lions) hung in there tough, they battled. They got a lot of guys banged up and they just kept battling. They wanted it really badly, and our guys did too, and we found a way to finish it off."
On Wilson, Carroll added, "He was all over the place. He made so many special plays in the game. I need to sit down and get through it all and detect all the whys and wherefores and all that, but he made some amazing things happen last night. Unfortunately he got the ball knocked away a couple of times. We lost the football twice, once for a touchdown… So it was bitter sweet. He was saying it on the sideline, 'my fault, my bad.' He's got to take care of the ball. Usually he's great at it, just on this night it happened a couple of times. I don't think it was a question of him being careless, it just adds up. You get hit that many time, things could go."
Offensive line has to get better.
Carroll said the offensive line issues aren't on one player, though he did note that a few errant snaps from Drew Nowak were costly.
"There isn't one thing, it never is," Carroll said. "However, we did snap the ball poorly, and that's something we control, we can do that a lot better. It hasn't been a constant problem, but we need to do that better. That needs to be a non-factor, and that was a factor on a number of plays."
"We're just going to keep working. I'm not going to keep talking about this work-in-progress stuff. Let's drop that phrase. We've just got to get better. We have to improve in some areas, and we're going to keep working at it. We're working diligently, night and day, fingers to the bone, everything you could want. We're going to take it as far as we can. If we have to make some decisions, we'll make some decisions, but we're trying to figure it out, obviously. The reality is that they're young and they're learning and they're growing, and we'll see how far we can take it."
Where are the interceptions?
Carroll is as surprised as anyone that his defense still has not intercepted a pass after four games, but thinks that will change soon: "This is really amazing that the ball is not getting to us, because our guys are all over stuff, really playing hard and tough and after it, the ball just isn't coming. Offenses are being careful, but still, it'll happen. We know they'll come in bunches, and when they do, look out. We play a game like that without anything going our way with the ball, and we have to get after it and get doing it. That's just as important as the stuff on the offensive line and all of that. We'll get that football rolling our way, and when it does, you'll see things shift some."
Three standouts on defense.
Asked if anyone in particular stood out, Carroll singled out Chancellor and linebackers Bobby Wagner and Wright. "Bobby's really playing great. Bobby's all over the place, and K.J., those guys are really making their plays… he really jumped out at me.
"Those (opponent) yards aren't adding up. The last couple of weeks, the numbers are way down… That whole group is playing good, but those guys jumped out at me just running and tackling."
Take a look at the photos from the Seahawks' 13-10 thrilling victory against the Lions, which made it their 10th Monday Night Football game win in a row.