In Pete Carroll’s eyes, the 27-20 win over San Diego, albeit far from the finished product, was a masterpiece in the making.
And the head coach likes what he saw.
“It was such a great demonstration of the team we’re becoming,” Carroll told his players during today’s team meeting. “You made big-time plays, you played hard and you played fast.”
In reviewing the victory, Carroll highlighted several key elements of the Seahawks’ game, starting with the special teams. The kickoff and punt return units scored two touchdowns and set up the offense inside the 50 on three other occasions. Also, the turnover battle tilted in the Seahawks’ favor, with Seattle recording a plus-3 turnover margin thanks to five takeaways, all of which were actively forced by the defense and special teams.
“It’s so obvious how you own the game when you own the football,” Carroll said.
The head coach also pointed out numerous players who starred during the victory, including:
- Chris Clemons: 2 sacks, 5 tackles, 4 QB hits
- Earl Thomas: 2 interceptions, 6 tackles
- David Hawthorne: 9 tackles, 1 forced fumble
- Red Bryant: 2 fumble recoveries, 4 tackles
- John Carlson: 5 catches, 61 yards, 1 TD
- Deion Branch: 5 catches, 60 yards
- Golden Tate: 31-yard punt return, 4 catches, 33 yards
- Leon Washington: 2 kickoff return TDs, 253 total return yards
Plays were made all over the field and in all three phases of the game on Sunday. But even with the win over a team that went 13-3 in 2009, Carroll is not satisfied — and he’s making sure his players aren’t either.
“There’s so much to be done,” Carroll said to close out this afternoon’s team meeting. “There’s so much work to do.”