Monday in Hawkville: Driven to discouragement, but also encouragement

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 29:

FOCUS ON

Zach Miller

The last drives. As discouraged as Pete Carroll was with his defense allowing the Lions to drive 80 yards in 16 plays to a game-winning touchdown in Detroit on Sunday, the Seahawks’ coach was even more encouraged by the 12-play, 87-yard TD drive that allowed his team to take a 24-21 lead with 5½ minutes to play.

That was the word from Carroll today after he had reviewed the video of the 28-24 loss that left the Seahawks at 4-4 as they begin the second half of their schedule against the Minnesota Vikings at Century Link Field this Sunday.

“For sure, the offensive finish,” Carroll said when asked about the most encouraging aspect of the game. “The ability to execute a huge drive and get down the field.”

That drive included an 18-yard pass from rookie QB Russell Wilson to Sidney Rice on third-and-10 and also Wilson’s 6-yard pass to Golden Tate on fourth-and-2. But the piece de resistance was the throw and the catch that produced the TD.

“To see a great throw to Zach, and then a better catch,” Carroll said. “He threw the ball way early because he knew where he was going to be, and put tremendously soft touch on the ball so Zach had a chance to really control that ball. He gave him an opportunity to make the play, and Zach makes a phenomenal catch.

“Of all the conditions that were presented in that game that was terrific. That was the bright spot – the whole drive, the execution of it.”

As for that other drive that was the exclamation point on the Lions compiling 415 yards, Carroll offered, “We’re disappointed. We’re not accustomed to giving up stuff like that. It just felt uncharacteristic. … We have things to correct and we’re going to work on it.”

POSITION WATCH

Wide receiver. The Seahawks are suddenly shorthanded, because of the high ankle sprain that is sidelining Doug Baldwin, the wrist injury Ben Obomanu got in Sunday’s game and Braylon Edwards’ knee to swell on Sunday morning.

“We have to consider our situation because there’s a little bit of uncertainty right there,” Carroll said. “We’re looking at our options there.”

Obomanu was seeing a specialist today, while Edwards was getting additional tests on his knee. Carroll is anticipating that Edwards will be able to play against the Vikings, because there is no structural damage to the knee. But he called Baldwin’s availability “a long shot.”

Fullback Michael Robinson also was seeing a specialist for the wrist he injured against the Lions.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW

If he had it to do over, Carroll would not have challenged the play in the third quarter against the Lions where he couldn’t win no matter what the ultimate call was.

“A total blunder,” Carroll said. “It was a blunder. I screwed it up.”

Carroll challenged whether Titus Young actually had caught a 9-yard pass from Matthew Stafford on a third-and-8 play. But it didn’t matter, because cornerback Brandon Browner had been called for defensive holding. So the Lions would get a first down even if the ruling on the field was reversed – which it wasn’t.

“It was a competitive moment that I really regret,” Carroll said.

STAT DU JOUR

Marshawn Lynch didn’t just run 77 yards for a touchdown against the Lions on Sunday; he ran his way into the franchise record book in two more categories. That play tied for the fourth-longest run and allowed him to post the best-second per-carry average in club history:

Longest runs

Player, opponent (date)                                      Length

Shaun Alexander, Raiders (Nov. 1, 2001)             88

Shaun Alexander, Cardinals (Nov. 6, 2005)          88

Joey Galloway, Jaguars (Nov. 12, 1995)                86

Marshawn Lynch, Lions (Oct. 28, 2012)                77

Steve Broussard, Titans (Oct. 5, 1997)                  77

Best per-carry average

Player, opponent (date)                                    Avg. (carries-yards)

Sherman Smith, Falcons (Nov. 7, 1976)         8.86  (14-124)

Marshawn Lynch, Lions (Oct. 28, 2012)         8.75  (12-105)

L. McCutcheon, Cowboys (Nov. 27, 1980)     8.64  (11-95)

Marshawn Lynch, Giants (Oct. 9, 2011)         8.17  (12-98)

UP NEXT

The players have their off day on Tuesday, when the coaches will compile the game plan for Sunday’s matchup with the Vikings. The players will return on Wednesday to begin practicing.

YOU DON’T SAY

“Marshawn Lynch. (NFL Network analyst Mike) Mayock’s right – the most underrated tailback in football.” – Peter King in the “What I Liked” section of his “Monday Morning Quarterback” on SI.com