Pete Carroll knows his team has to keep trying to run the ball if it is going to keep winning. That was true vs. the Rams and certainly will apply in the playoffs.
The question: Will the offensive line get it back together or will Seattle have to win the way it did against Los Angeles?
The Seahawks had rolled up 655 rushing yards, at a 6.1 average, over four games heading into last Thursday, leading to some confidence that they might be able to buck their trend of poor performances against the Rams.
But they instead conjured one of their worst rushing games of the season, averaging a season-low 2.4 yards per carry. It was their sixth game under 3.0 this season — the most in Carroll’s seven seasons. It also was the worst rushing performance by that metric since Russell Wilson became QB.
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Pete Carroll has never been much of a disciplinarian. He’s a free spirit who encourages the same in his players.
It’s partly why his team is always at the top of the league in penalties. It’s also why his players feel free to express themselves — even if they make Carroll look like a fool.
They certainly did Thursday night in a division-clinching 24-3 win over the Rams.
The Hawks committed 13 penalties — 10 of them mental errors that reflected that well-documented lack of discipline. And Richard Sherman went off on his coaches again.
If the Seahawks had been playing almost anyone other than the Rams and rookie QB Jared Goff, Seattle might have lost that game.
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The Seahawks are NFC West champs, but are they good enough to be any more than that?
It was a night of redemption for Russell Wilson.
Michael Bennett felt fine after wrenching his neck on a hellish hit.
Jon Ryan was taken to the hospital after suffering a concussion during a crazy run off a fake punt.
Bennett and the defensive line had a feeding frenzy against rookie QB Jared Goff.
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The Seahawks are confident they will not repeat the disaster in Green Bay. Said Doug Baldwin: “It’s easier for us to get past, because we know that’s not normal.”
John Fassel and the Rams are trying to regroup after Jeff Fisher was fired.
Pete Carroll repeats the obvious: No, he is not interested in coaching the Rams.
Richard Sherman calls Thursday games a “poopfest” — and his graphic point is valid.
The Hawks are mostly healthy (not counting Earl Thomas, of course).
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