Monday truths

Understandably, Coach Pete Carroll isn’t all smiles coming off of the Seahawks’ 24-13 loss in Minnesota on Saturday night.

But he isn’t doom and gloom either.

“We’re making progress, we’re making all kinds of progress,” Carroll said during this morning’s team meeting. “But we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

What were some of the highlighted ups and downs from Saturday? On this “Tell the Truth” Monday, here’s a snapshot of some of them:

  • Third-down conversions • The Seahawks converted just 2 of 15 third downs on Saturday, a disappointing 13 percent mark. “The offense is not going in the right direction with this,” Carroll said.
  • Penalties • The Seahawks recorded three penalties at the line of scrimmage, including one that nullified a successful field goal. “We have total control with this — we can’t give that stuff away,” Carroll said.
  • Sudden change • The Seahawks defense posted three takeaways and a turnover on downs on the goal line, but the offense turned those rewards into just three points. “This is too much of a factor for us not to get it done,” Carroll said.
  • Turnovers • For the third straight game, the first-team offense didn’t give up a turnover, while the defense had three takeaways for the third consecutive game. “That’s the formula for winning football games for a long time,” Carroll said.

So the Seahawks move forward with those truths — both positive and negative — and aim to put it together as the next preseason game inches closer and the 2010 season opener is now just 13 days away.

“We’ve got to keep getting better,” Carroll said this morning. “Let’s maintain that competitive juice that’s brought us this far.”

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