RENTON – Before getting on the team plane for Wisconsin, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll answered a few questions about the injury status of certain players and some general goals for the team’s third exhibition game on Friday against the always-challenging Green Bay Packers.
And when questioned on the significance of the Seahawks’ seven-game exhibition winning streak, Carroll expanded on a philosophy that is at the core of his coaching ideology.
“The preseason is really important to us,” he said. “There’s so many tremendous lessons. We take them very seriously.”
He seemed surprised to realize the team hadn’t lost in an exhibition game since Game 3 of 2011, and he stressed that the staff doesn’t spend much time doing game plans for exhibition opponents.
“But it’s how we play the game,” he said. “How we approach the situations and grow and learn and get a better feeling for who we are and what we’re capable of doing. All those things are really important to me.
“I do not blow off these games like it’s just another game and we’re looking at these young guys. It’s way more important than that for us.”
Without pause, he explained how those lessons become valuable during the regular season.
“We’re trying to build a mentality around here of winning and understanding how you win, and the lessons it takes and the discipline it takes to always show your best every time you go,” Carroll said. “I don’t think you should ever play anything and just kind of show up. I think you should go for it every chance you get – forever – because you can’t afford to try to call on it when you need it. So we don’t do that … every game is a huge game.”
The specific goals for Friday, Carroll said, are to try to “clean up” the penalty issues that have been a problem.
“We’re pushing hard to try to get that done,” he said. “We want to take care of the football. We want to do the same things we always do.”
But the Packers, particularly at Lambeau Field, pose obvious challenges.
“They’re a fantastic football team,” Carroll said. “Over the last four years, their record is 47-17 or something crazy. Mike (McCarthy) does a fantastic job with their football team. This is a really cool match for us, to go on the road to a great place where fans will turn out and make it an atmosphere much like going on the road the rest of the season. Hopefully we’ll be able to play good ball again; it will a good statement if we can.”
Carroll ruled out Zach Miller (foot), Sidney Rice (knee), Jessie Williams (knee), Jordan Hill (biceps) and Mike Robinson (illness) for the Friday game. Miller and Rice are expected to be ready for the season opener, and Carroll said the team is just being conservative with the players’ health management. Hill will be “day-to-day or week-to-week” with a strained biceps. Carroll dismissed as incorrect the speculation that Hill will miss three to six weeks.
Defensive linemen Cliff Avril (hamstring), Bruce Irvin (groin) and cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee) will be game-time decisions. Avril and Irvin have been eased back into action after earlier injuries, while Winfield appeared to develop a sore knee this week in practice.
Carroll said offensive lineman James Carpenter is “getting close” to being back from his foot injury. Tony McDaniel will start at the 3-technique defensive tackle after missing most of the exhibition season because of a groin injury.
SEATTLE (2-0) at GREEN BAY (1-1)
Kickoff: 5 p.m., Lambeau Field
TV: Ch. 7
Radio: 710-AM, 97.3-FM.
The series: The Seahawks face the Packers for the fifth time in franchise history during the exhibition season. Seattle is 2-2 in exhibition play against Green Bay. Their last exhibition, Aug. 21, 2010, resulted in a 27-24 victory for the Packers in Seattle.
What to watch: Friday’s contest will be a nationally televised game, with Ian Eagle handling play-by-play calls, and Phil Simms serving as analyst. … Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse leads the NFL in non-kicker scoring with 18 points (2 TD receptions, 1 return) in exhibitions. … QB Tarvaris Jackson leads the NFL with a 156.3 passer rating. … P Jon Ryan leads the league with a 56.1 punting average. Ryan played for the Packers from 2006-07. … The Seahawks are 6-8 against the Packers in the regular season, 0-2 in playoffs. … Packers general manager Ted Thompson spent five seasons (2000-2004) as vice president of football operations for the Seahawks. … Seattle general manager John Schneider served two different stints in Green Bay’s personnel department (1993-96, 2002-09), finishing his stay as the team’s director of football operations. … Seahawks senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan worked as a Packers scout from 1995-99. … Packers linebackers/assistant head coach Winston Moss played his final three seasons in the NFL in Seattle (1995-97). … Seahawks offensive tackle Breno Giacomini (5th round, 2008), cornerback Will Blackmon (4th round, 2006) and receiver Brett Swain (7th round, 2008) were all drafted by Green Bay. … University of Washington product Jonathan Amosa is a backup fullback for the Packers.