Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll obviously was not pleased with his team’s performance after a 42-24 beat down at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs.
“It was a very difficult day for us, coming back home, starting this push for the end of the season, and to play like that, it’s disturbing,” Carroll said.
Carroll went on to say that he told his players after the game that he was not going to make any assessment until the coaching staff watched the film. But he was particularly upset with how his team played at home in front of their fans.
“It was a bad day for us out there, for the showing, and the fans ready to crank it up and get going, and we played like garbage out there,” Carroll said. “That’s what it is.”
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Specifically, Seattle again struggled defending the run, giving up a season-high 270 yards on the ground. In the last, five games the Seahawks have given up an average of 172 yards a contest on the ground, and that’s basically been since defensive end Red Bryant and nose tackle Colin Cole went down against Oakland.
At this juncture, Carroll doesn’t have any answers.
“We’re struggling,” he said. “We’ve not been able to stop the running game right now, and everything starts there. We haven’t really regained the play at the line of scrimmage that we had about a month ago. We just have to keep working. We don’t have any other choice but to keep working at it, scheme wise, and do things to help our guys, and they got knocked around early.”
Offensively, the Seahawks struggled without the availability of receiver Mike Williams. Carroll said Williams worked out in pregame and ran, but could not cut.
“He was good enough to run, but not good enough to play,” Carroll said. “He couldn’t help us out.”
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had held out hope that Williams would be ready for Sunday after a conversation with him Saturday evening, but he couldn’t make it out there.
“I saw him Saturday night walking around the hotel, I really thought there was a real chance,” Hasselbeck said. “I kind of expected – I probably shouldn’t have let my mind go there – but I expect him a little bit. I saw him go out there for the warmup. But, that’s a good lesson. You really have to focus on what you can control, and not get caught up in the other stuff.”
Seattle moved the ball okay through the air, but again struggled to move the ball on the ground, finishing with as season-low 20 yards on the ground.
“When you’re a championship club, you know how to run the ball as well as throw the ball,” Carroll said. “That’s what we’ll always be working toward, but we have to try and win the games right now and do what we can with what we have.”
And that means for the time being Seattle is a passing team until they figure out how to consistently run the ball.
Hasselbeck said the 4th and 1 call in the first quarter was a designed play call and not an audible to get the ball on a fade ball to Golden Tate, and one that they had executed well in practice.
On the injury front, Carroll said Chris Spencer was leg whipped at the end of the game, which is the main reason they decided to kneel down and let the clock run out, so no one else got hurt.
Marcus Trufant said he suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter when he was carted off the field, but it wasn’t as bad as the team first thought and he was able to make it back in the second quarter.
Linebacker David Hawthorne suffered a chest bruise.
I asked Carroll if he considered challenged the Cameron Morrah deep ball, but he said the guys upstairs felt like it would not be overturned, although I talked ot Morrah in the locker room afterward and he believed it was a catch. Hasselbeck was sacked and fumbled the ball on the next play.