Last Saturday 34 to 31 loss to the Arizona Cardinals a CenturyLink Field was without a doubt one of the most perplexing losses of the year for head coach Pete Carroll and his Seattle Seahawks.
Sure there was the midweek incident regarding Richard Shermans press conference in which the All-Pro Cornerback had words with a local media member instead of apologizing for his outburst during the Seahawks 24 to 3 win over the Los Angeles Rams the week before. While the best-laid plans can go array sometimes, who would have guessed the midweek transgressions were just the beginning of what was a major stumble from grace for proud organizations.
When the Seahawks faced off against the 5-8-1 Arizona Cardinals, the game was supposed to be payback for the 6-6 tie game the two teams played at Arizona in week seven, Saturdays contest also represented an opportunity for the Seahawks to finish the season undefeated at home for just the fourth time in franchise history and clinch the NFC’s number two seed. The game was being played on Christmass Eve and the Seahawks walking wounded were at full health. All roads pointed to an early Christmass present for the 12’s.
When the dust settled in the Seahawks 34 to 31 loss, the undefeated home streak was snapped, the NFC’s number two seed in the playoffs was now out of reach, the teams promising receiver Tyler Lockett left the game with a season-ending leg injury. Other injury bug casualties included Thomas Rawls who left the game with a shoulder injury, while he finished the game, safety Kam Chancellor missed part of the first half with an ankle injury.
CARROLL ON MOVING ON
Seahawks Pete Carroll spoke to the media on Monday regarding his team’s disappointing loss to the Cardinals.
(Opening) “It’s quite obvious we missed a big opportunity in the ball game this weekend. We’re really disappointed in that. It’s clear that we didn’t play well enough coming out of the chutes. We came out kind of like we did the week before and we struggled offensively, then in the second half we took off and did all kinds of stuff and scored a bunch of points and put up yards and got back on track.
That’s something we’re trying to square away so that we can play good solid ball games here. This one coming up is hugely important for us to find some rhythm that goes from start to finish and play complementary football like we have for a good part of the year.
We needed the defense to help us out in the second half, they played a good first half with saving one play then the last few times they had the ball, they moved it down the field and got the points they needed. I thought Carson [Palmer] again did a really good job to manufacture a win for them and we’re really disappointed in that. The kicking game kind of got us. The Cardinals have been really effective versus us when we’re kicking the football and they did it. Hauschka had a tough time, something the numbers kind of show over time.
We’ve got to do better against these guys. We missed that opportunity to take advantage of a special teams situation that we maybe could have. We really just didn’t do what we wanted to do but I’m really fired up about some stuff and fired up about us getting better and knowing that the third down numbers went in the right direction again on offense. It’s really important for us, the ability to come back and get back in the game is really important for us. We just didn’t close it out like we wanted. Very difficult to take.”
(On if he has talked with Tyler Lockett) “Yeah, he’s making it through it. He’s feeling better today than he did after the surgery and all of that. He’s getting better. He’s going to stay in the hospital for another day or so because it’s easier for him. We’ll see how that goes, it’s kind of day to day.
He’s comfortable being there right now under the circumstances. The surgery went exceptionally well and he has a real chance to get back going and moving in four to six weeks from now, then from there he’ll work his way back in a few months and have a chance to get himself going. He’s absolutely, positively optimistic about all of that.
All he can do is ask about everybody else, he wants to know how everybody else is doing and he was fired up that the receivers all made touchdowns and he couldn’t help but talk about anything other than himself. Classic Lockett fashion. He’s being a real stud about it.”
(On does he see anything alarming because of the inconsistency) “No I don’t think it’s alarming; I just think it’s what we’re working with. Obviously it’s going to be really difficult to expect us to play a great game until we do. You want to see that I know that’s what you’re waiting for.
We’re counting on our guys to be able to play off one another and play off the defense and how they’re playing and special teams and put together good games. We got one big game coming up and we’ll know where we are after this week and nobody knows right now we’ll see what happens. We got to win our game and take care of business and we’ll see where that leaves us and then away we go. Then it’s the new season and we’ll see how that goes.”