Players are responsible for their actions.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll offered a rambling, five-minute statement to begin his press conference after the Seahawks first organized team practice activity this afternoon.
He said that the Seahawks will continue to address the fact that the team has had seven players violate the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances during his tenure, with the latest defensive end Bruce Irvin.
“We go beyond what the league does,” Carroll said. “We go well past what the guidelines ask us to do, as far as working with our young guys, trying to give them the direction, and trying to give them the counseling.
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“We have people on staff that are here specifically to work with our individual guys, because I really see this as an individual challenge.”
But ultimately, Carroll believes that the player has to be held accountable and responsible for his actions.
“Unfortunately if you go wrong, you get popped,” Carroll said. “And that’s how this thing works. And I’m really disappointed that we have to deal with anything like this. But there’s going to be other issues, too. And we have to deal with them.
“For Bruce, we’re going to try and help him along as best as we possibly can. And he’s made an enormous commitment to try and do the right thing, and to try and be right. He made a mistake, and he admitted to it. And he owned up to his teammates. … He wants to do right, and show that he can. And we’re going to see that through.”
And quarterback Russell Wilson echoed that sentiment.
“We’ve got to make the right decisions as players,” Wilson said. “It’s up to us to make the right decision, at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter what the coaches say positively, negatively – whatever – we have to make the decision as players.
“And I think we’ll definitely do that. One thing is, we have to continue to be leaders in the locker room, and make sure everybody knows that unacceptable.”
With seven players testing positive for performance enhancing substances since 2011, Carroll was asked if he takes any responsibility for that.
“Always,” he said. “If you look at it like you’re a parent, you can turn your back on your kid if you want, but I’m not doing that.”