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Morning links: Carroll takes blame for stalled run game

In my story today, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talked about his team’s struggles running the ball against Carolina on Sunday.

Seattle averaged 161.2 yards a contest last year, No. 3 in the league, but only could muster 70 yards against the Panthers’ stout front.

Carroll said during the first part of the game the Seahawks tried some new wrinkles that they felt the team could take advantage of after scouting Carolina’s defense.

But the adjustments didn’t work, and by the time Seattle went back to what made them successful running the ball last season, and then adjusted to how Carolina was defending them, the Seahawks finally ran the ball somewhat successfully in the final quarter.

"We just didn’t get it done the way that we liked it,” Carroll said. “I contributed to that. So I’ve got to make sure that I help out and do the right things to help us, and get us on a track on what’s really important to us.

“We didn’t zero in early enough, where we could make the adjustments that we normally make. It just took us a while. At the end of the game, we were able to run the ball enough to make the drives that we needed and things worked out. It just took us longer than we needed in that game in particular.”

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Russell Wilson appeared in Men’s Fitness magazine, sharing some fitness tips.

Check out the photo shoot in the video below.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Pete Carroll said James Carpenter did a nice job in the season opener.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times tells us what we learned from Seattle’s win over Carolina.

Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times writes that Seattle’s offensive line has to improve.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland notes in his look back at this weekend’s games that Seattle’s offensive line struggled with Carolina’s front seven.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com writes that the San Francisco-Seattle rivalry has raised the bar for both teams. Said Jim Harbaugh: “There’s good football teams that we’re playing right out of the blocks here. Seattle’s an outstanding football team and will be a great test for our team. We know the challenge that’s ahead of us.”

Ben Violin of The Boston Globe reports that tight end Daniel Fells is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Tuesday. Fells is the older brother of Darren Fells, the former pro basketball player who competed for a roster spot in Seattle’s training camp.

Greg Bedard of The MMQB breaks down Marshawn Lynch’s 14-yard run on the read option that allowed Seattle to run out the clock at the end of the game.

Mike Silver of NFL.com has Seattle at No. 2 in his power rankings.

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