The truth is the theme of the day today.
Following morning workouts in the weight room, the Seahawks gathered for a “Tell the Truth Monday” block of meetings starting at noon, with the emphasis on laying out the positives and negatives from Sunday’s game so the coaches and players can “know what happened and put it in perspective so we can walk out of the room, be together and have the same frame of mind,” Coach Pete Carroll said.
The overarching topic was how the 31-6 victory shifted from a 6-0 deficit to a 25-point winning margin. The Seahawks offense struggled through the first quarter-plus of the game before turning it on for an onslaught of points.
“The game took its turn and then we were owning it and controlling it,” Carroll told his players during today’s team meeting. “It was a slow start but nobody wavered, and that was awesome to see. The game never gets decided in the first quarter.”
From there, the Seahawks romped. What went well in the season opener? A lot. The defense held the 49ers to 1-of-15 on third downs and just 49 rushing yards on 19 carries (a 2.6-yard average), while the offense converted 45 percent of third downs and didn’t have a turnover after the first play from scrimmage.
After the praises were sung and the negatives were pointed out, Carroll made sure the dominating opening win was put in perspective — and put to bed.
“It’s one game and it doesn’t mean anything anymore,” Carroll said. “Be pumped up about it, because you should be. But it doesn’t mean anything else after today.
“We’ve got to keep taking steps forward.”