Tag Archives: Pete Carroll

Thomas won’t be main punt returner anymore

Hawks vs Packers Thomas drops puntOne of the few weaknesses in Seattle’s season opener was the play of Earl Thomas on punt returns. He didn’t show the right instincts for catching the ball in traffic, and he ended up fumbling one of his chances.

Coach Pete Carroll initially said they would work through those issues and keep Thomas at punt returner, but after further reflection the coach decided to remove that distraction so Thomas can concentrate on playing the position he is paid to excel at: free safety.

Bryan Walters will take over as the main punt returner, Carroll said Wednesday.

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Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times takes a first look at the Chargers and compares the stats of Seattle and San Diego. The Hawks have not played a real game in San Diego since 2002, the first year they moved from the AFC West to the NFC West.

Hawk Blogger Brian Nemhauser interviews Darren Woodson, a star safety on the Dallas Cowboys’ dynasty in the early 1990s, and finds out what Woodson thinks of Seattle’s chances of pulling off the Big D.

Brandon Mebane, the longest-tenured Seahawk, gets well-deserved kudos from coaches and teammates in this piece by Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times.

Odd — but pretty interesting — story from SBNation about how Pete Carroll’s team is so good at inventing new football scores.

Carroll topped 1 million Twitter followers, apparently trailing only one player on his team and only one coach in America.

Mitch Quesada of 12th Man Rising passes along Michael Robinson’s anecdote about veteran Seahawks wanting to bench Russell Wilson for Matt Flynn after the season-opening loss in 2012.

Condotta has an FYI look at what all of the recently departed Seahawks did last weekend. Remember, these free agents figure to net the Hawks four draft picks next year.

 

Lynch and Miller sure don’t look like they’re on the way out

Lynch and Miller vs PackersThe futures of Marshawn Lynch and Zach Miller were hotly debated all offseason, with many concluding that their salaries and age (both are 28) would preclude either from remaining with the Hawks beyond 2014 — or, in Miller’s case, even in 2014.

After their stellar play in the season opener last week, though, it is easy to see both returning next year.

Most people tend to think Lynch’s Beast Mode has an expiration date and he will switch to Least Mode very soon.

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Darrell Bevell tells Peter King of MMQB about Russell Wilson’s zone read option pass to Ricardo Lockette that ended in a 33-yard touchdown.

The Packers cut the field in half when they decided not to throw Richard Sherman’s way.

The Seahawks missed 12 tackles, more than they whiffed on in any game last season, per Pro Football Focus. Kam Chancellor had 11 tackles, but he also missed three. Pete Carroll said on 710 KIRO today, “Kam Chancellor was just banging folks. He was hitting them. He might’ve missed the strike zone a few times.”

As for Earl Thomas’ poor decisions not to make fair catches, Carroll said, “We will keep working on it to get better.” Thomas did not seem to think he did anything wrong: “I can’t control what happened.”

Hawks Hall of FamersFor those not at the game, here’s a look at the Seahawks’ tribute to their three homegrown Hall of Famers — Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy and Walter Jones. They also raised the 12th Man flag together before the game. Pretty cool. 

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The past eight Super Bowl winners have been blanked in the playoffs the next year. Find out what the Seahawks need to do to avoid that fate.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today provides anecdotal evidence of the pitfalls of repeating by talking to those who have done it.

“I’m just having fun ballin’,” Pete Carroll tells Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times in a piece about Carroll’s drive to keep winning.

Team president Peter Loughlin tells Dave Boling he thinks the Seahawks are becoming America’s Team.

The New York Times details how the Seahawks are cashing in on their first Super Bowl victory.

Kevin Fixler of SBNation offers a look at “the two sides of the unpredictable” Marshawn Lynch straight from his hometown of Oakland.

The Wall Street Journal explores the rise of the back-shoulder fade pass and the Seattle-inspired antidote for it.

Andrew Brandt of MMQB offers his firsthand knowledge of the architects of the Packers and Seahawks.

Condotta conducts a Defense 101 class detailing Seattle’s defensive scheme.

The Packers talk about the key to shutting up the 12th Man (good luck).

Injury report: Simon will have minor knee surgery

Cornerback Tharold Simon will have minor knee surgery this week and seems likely to miss the first month of the season.

Coach Pete Carroll called the problem “minimal” but said now is the time to do it. The Seahawks have a bye in Week 4.

“He’s got real minor stuff to get done,” Carroll said. “We’ve got to get some things cleaned up. We’re going to try to do this really quickly.”

Assuming this is arthroscopic surgery, it typically requires 2-4 weeks of recovery time.

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Seahawks’ schedule keeps getting easier

WelkerThe Seahawks’ schedule just keeps getting easier.

The news that Denver receiver Wes Welker will be suspended for four games, thus missing the Broncos’ game in Seattle in Week 3, is just the latest blow to a Seattle opponent.

While the Hawks appeared to get better at nearly every spot this year, many of their opponents lost key players.

We took a look at the Seahawks’ schedule when it was released in April and projected another 13-3 record. Let’s see what has changed since then:

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Offense is poised to explode this season

Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson plan to be clapping about their offense a lot this season (Getty Images)The Seahawks went 13-3 and won the Super Bowl last season despite an offense that was incomplete and out of sync for most of the year.

Imagine what they might end up doing with this spectacular-looking crew.

Nothing about the 2014 offense looks incomplete or out of sync — not after Russell Wilson and company rattled off 11 scoring drives in 13 possessions in the preseason. They had scoring drives of 74, 78, 62, 67, 61, 89 and 83 yards in blowout wins over San Diego and Chicago and finished with an easy four-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in Wilson’s only series against Oakland.

Granted, it was just the preseason, but the Hawks look ready to step on the gas this season and put 2013’s sputtering performance in the rear-view mirror.

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