The morning after securing the Seahawks' first win of the season, a 26-0 shutout of the Chicago Bears in the home-opener at Seattle's CenturyLink Field, Pete Carroll joined the team's flagship radio station 710 ESPN Seattle for a 23-minute segment with hosts Brock Huard and Mike Salk.
Here's a few highlights from the Seahawks head coach's conversation on "Brock and Salk":
- Carroll didn't have too much new information on the status of running back Marshawn Lynch (hamstring), who left Sunday's game against Chicago to injury and did not return. On Lynch, Carroll said, "He just couldn't get right. He had a calf bothering him, his neck was sore during the week and he came back and practiced on Thursday and had a good day, showed some good signs and kind of just didn't feel quite right, so he gets to the pregame meeting with the doctors and all and by the time they got done going through everything, MRI reports and all that kind of stuff, he just wasn't on schedule for getting out there. So by the time he got through his warmup and all that he missed the whole pregame. Then when he got out there he just couldn't get going again, so he didn't feel right so we couldn't play him." Lynch had five carries for 14 yards before leaving Sunday's game. Afterwards, Carroll said he didn't believe Lynch's hamstring injury to be serious.
- Carroll said it was a "strained groin" that kept Brandon Mebane out of action for much of yesterday's game, but didn't provide any further update on the defensive tackle's status. With Mebane on the mend, Jordan Hill and Frank Clark played more against the Bears and Carroll said he was satisfied with how each of the young defensive linemen played.
- Carroll said the defense's communication was better against the Bears having strong safety Kam Chancellor back in the starting lineup, but noted the biggest difference in Chancellor's return to the field was how his mere presence helped raise the confidence of those playing around him.
- On tight end Jimmy Graham's seven catch, 83-yard and a touchdown outing, Carroll said the team used "normal stuff" to get him the football. "He's a big part of what we're doing and he makes us better and we're going to find him as much as we can."
- Rookie running back Thomas Rawls filled in for the injured Lynch and ran for 104 yards on 16 touches. Carroll said what they saw from Rawls' college tape came through against the Bears when it comes to his ability to run through contact, "When you watch his college film, he was nailing dudes. He seeks guys out downfield and barrels them. He gores them like a bull running at you. He's not such a big guy, but he's really powerful, and man, he packs a punch."
- Carroll said he was looking forward to running the trick-play punt return that Richard Sherman returned for 64 yards. He said it was the same play the St. Louis Rams used to score a touchdown against the Seahawks last season. "Thanks to them for showing it to us the hard way, that still sucks, but I was glad we ripped it off."
- Carroll said he doesn't expect opponents to kick the ball in Tyler Lockett's direction very often in the near future after the Seahawks rookie wideout returned a kick a franchise-record 105 yards for a touchdown to open the second half against Chicago, but said the team will figure out "other ways" to take advantage.
- Carroll said the movement the offensive line got at the line of scrimmage in the run game was the "best" the Seahawks have had all season.
The home opener of the Seahawks 40th season anniversary saw Seahawks Legends being honored, the 12s in full force, and the shutout of the Bears with the game ending at 26 – 0.