Seahawks' HC Pete Caroll walks out of press conference
Seattle's veteran head coach made his frustration with his team and their current situation crystal clear.
The Seahawks are not having a good run at the moment and their coach is not pleased.
Seahawks' Pete Carroll storms out of press conference
It was a slightly strange scene on Sunday during the post game press conference of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. After admitting that he was more frustrated than he has ever been in 11-and-a-half seasons in Seattle, the coach promptly left the press conference. He would later return to field questions having apparently calmed down. The peculiar moment came just after the Seahawks were downed by the Arizona Cardinals in a 23-13 loss on Sunday night. With the defeat the Seahawks now have a dismal 3-7 record, making it the first time since 2011 that they have had a four game loss to win deficit.
"I'm just not any good at this," Carroll said referring to the consistent losses. "I'm not prepared for this. I'm struggling to do a good job of coaching when you're getting your butt kicked week in and week out. It's new territory, and I'm competing in every way I can think of. But I'm just unfamiliar with it. So if I leave early or if I make a mistake, I'm not on my best game right here ... I'm not making any excuses. And I don't want to get good at this."
What happened against the Cardinals?
On Sunday night the Seahawks faced a Cardinals team that is currently leading the NFC West. Interestingly, Arizona was actually without their starting quarterback Kyler Murray as well as wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, both of whom were out injured. It was without doubt a perfect opportunity for the Seahawks to revitalize their campaign, while simultaneously taking an important step in the direction of the playoffs. For the first time in 9 seasons the Seahawks are in serious danger of missing them. Unfortunately what Seattle did was allow 328 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns to backup Arizona's backup quarterback Colt McCoy, while star Russell Wilson and his offense struggled for the second consecutive week since he returned from finger surgery.
How did Carroll's press conference actually go?
When Carroll initially arrived for the press conference he did so without any preamble. He simply stated, "I don't have a lot to tell you," before indicating that he would answer questions. Less than 10 minutes later it was apparent he had heard and seen enough when he said, "I'm really done. I'm done." Carroll then proceeded to leave the room as a reporter was beginning to ask another question. Carroll then returned wearing a change of clothes - no longer Seahawks attire - at which point he apologized for his premature departure. He was, however, no less bothered than before by Seattle's apparent offensive impotence in the face of a weakened Cardinals team.
"It's really surprising now that we're back a couple weeks with Russ back in there that we had such a hard time scoring and moving the football," he said. "The running game was pretty efficient. But it came down to we were 1-for-5 in the first half [on third down]. The hard part of it is that this is what it's been like and it hasn't gotten better. We have to improve and find our ways."
The Seahawks have a lot to work on
It was just last week when Seattle went scoreless for the first time in Russell Wilson's tenure as they were taken apart by the Greenbay Packers. On Sunday the Seahawks could only muster 266 yards of offense and went 2-of-10 on third downs against Arizona. Wilson specifically was 0-for-6 on third and fourth downs Sunday, a first time experience for the quaterback. If that wasn't bad enough, Wilson has now played two games in a row without a single touchdown pass. Coming into Sunday's game, Seattle had the NFL's third-worst conversion rate on third down at 33.7%. Speaking on the game quarter back Russell Wilson didn't hide from reality. "We had a few third-and-longs," he said. "They made a couple of good plays. ...I think the biggest thing for us is that we just have to find ways. Third down is always about making plays and finding a way. I think that's what it really is. We've got to figure out what that is and figure out how to do it."
Wilson also referred to his recent surgery to repair his right middle finger saying it wasn't a hindrance. He went on to dismiss the notion that he needs more time to recover having been out of training for a month. At that point Wilson alluded to his long throw to Tyler Lockett for a 48 yard gain. The play led to Seattle's only touch down. "The ball is coming out of my hand just fine," he said. "... I'm not going to make any excuses. I'm not an excuse kind of guy."
Cardinals' McCoy may just be Seattle's boogieman
Though quarter back Colt McCoy is in fact Arizona's back up, this isn't the first time that he has clipped the wings of the Seahawks. Last season it was McCoy - again in a back up role - at the helm of the New York Giants when they overcame Seattle in a 17-12 win. On Sunday McCoy completed 13 passes for 105 yards. In contrast to Seattle, Arizona went 7-of-14 on third down. "When 10 guys do their job and one doesn't, bad plays can happen," said safety Jamal Adams post game.
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Where to next for the Seahawks?
Next Monday the Seahawks will take on the Washington Football Team at FedExField. Coach Carroll is already trying to be positive as he looks ahead to what he knows must be a completely different game. "I feel like we're going to win next week and we're going to play a great game on the East Coast and come on back here and get ready for the next one," Carroll said. "I don't have any other thought in my mind. I'm just disappointed that I've got to keep coming back in here and talk about the same stuff and don't feel like I have good answers for you. Because our answers so far have not turned it. ...It starts with me. I've got to get this done, and I've got to help my guys get it done."
Russell Wilson is just focused on the present
Asked about the rift that occurred between himself and the franchise during the last off season and whether the present situation had brought those feelings to the surface once again, Wilson was clear. "It doesn't impact any of my thoughts at all," he said. "All I think about is right now what we're going to do and how we're going to do it. I love this team. I love this organization.
I love being here. Like I said, I like the challenge. I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be a great story."
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