Seahawks Insider Blog

Morning links: Carroll tells the truth

Dave Boling of The News Tribune reports that Seattle Seahawks head coach followed his own advice on "Tell the Truth Monday" in admitting that he may have been a bit bold in calling a quarterback draw on third-and-one from the 2-yard line.


Monday, Carroll stood in front of the team and held himself accountable. It was Monday, after all, and he told the truth.

“We didn’t handle the half effectively and I was disappointed,” he said. “I really didn’t do that well.” Carroll wanted to make a statement, to play aggressively, to power the ball into the end zone. Getting stonewalled and coming up empty forced him to re-evaluate his instincts.

“I realized that after all those years at USC, with our offenses being so dynamic, I got a little bold about our situation,” he said. “We need to take care of business better and I need to do a better job and make sure we get our points when we get our opportunities. They’re not always going to come around the way it used to seem like it happened.”

Yes, it’s an important lesson: The San Diego Chargers are not a Pacific-10 Conference opponent. Scoring opportunities are too precious in the NFL.

“We were too bold … so I’ll take note of that,” Carroll said.

The Seahawks offensive line could be at full strength this week, with Russell Okung and Chester Pitts set to practice on Wednesday.

A must read each week, Brian McIntyre of posts his Seahawks personnel files for Sunday’s game against San Diego. Seattle used 3-receiver sets on nearly half of their offensive plays.

Clare Farnsworth of says that quarterback Matt Hasselbeck leads the league in third down completion percentage (.783, 18 of 23). His passer rating on third down (106.3) ranks fifth in the league.

More Farnsworth: Leon Washington’s in-laws told him to use the eye of a dove and narrow his vision on kickoff returns before the game on Sunday. Looks like that advice paid off.

Rod Mar of offers up some good photos from Sunday’s game against San Diego. There's a great shot of receiver Golden Tate getting flipped as he dives toward the end zone.

Greg Johns of reports that Justin Forsett appears to be Seattle’s main back right now. Julius Jones did not play in the San Diego game on Sunday, and Leon Washington only had one carry.

KJR’s Ian Furness and Hugh Millen discuss the Seahawks performance against San Diego in this audio link.

The NFL will apparently use 2010 records for waiver claims on recently released Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards, according to The Seahawks are rumored to have some interest in bringing him in, but at 2-1 this year they are probably out of the running.

CNBC Business reporter Darren Rovell reports the Seattle Seahawks sponsors had $1.5 million in potential giveaways after Sunday’s game.

St. Louis Rams

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that about 8,000 tickets remain for the Rams upcoming contest against Seattle.

More Thomas: RB Steven Jackson had an MRI, which revealed he has groin strain. But his status for Sunday remains uncertain.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Buwell says Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo is quickly turning the gage after the teams first win in 330 days. San Francisco 49ers

Looks like Niners’ players are giddy after the team decided to fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and promote quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson. “I strongly believe it’s a good move, an awesome move,” San Francisco team captain tight end Vernon Davis said. “Mike Johnson is a talented young man, and he’s hungry.”

Scott Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that quarterback Alex Smith says Raye should not get all of the blame. Of course, Smith understands if the offense does not click under new coordinator Michael Johnson, the quarterback will start taking even more heat.

More Barrows: Smith and his No. 1 receiver Michael Crabtree still are not on the same page.

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley says it’s time to start playing reserve quarterback Max Hall.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that the Cardinals remain tough at home. They are 20-8 under fourth-year head coach Ken Whisenhunt.