A recap of the day’s activities:
Refocusing. As significant as Sunday’s win over the Bears in Chicago was to the Seahawks, and the development of Pete Carroll’s approach in his first season as coach, all good things must come to an end.
In the NFL, that needs to happen sooner rather than later – especially for the Seahawks, and especially because they host the Arizona Cardinals at Qwest Field this week in a matchup of the co-leaders in the NFC West.
“We’ll talk about it briefly Wednesday and just put it behind us,” Carroll said today of the big win over the Bears during his weekly day-after Q&A session. “There’s nothing we can do about it now. It was a nice accomplishment. We’ll revisit it when we go on the road a couple of weeks from now about how we do things.
“But they know. They understand. It was really clear. This was something we were all shooting for. And it was clear in the locker room what we had accomplished. It’s a huge win for us. Every time you get one it’s a huge one and we learn from it. But it’s gone.”
Now, it’s time to launch the next quest – which would be taking sole possession of the division lead with a win over the Cardinals.
“Coming back Wednesday will be a really big emphasis of just getting started again,” Carroll said. “Whether you win big, lose, whatever it is, you still have to do that and you have to master how to do that and get refocused.
“So this is a good first-time challenge to deal with that.”
Running back. The job-sharing approach to the position between former college teammates and still best friends Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch was a success against the Bears. On and off the field.
They combined for 111 rushing yards (67 for Forsett, 44 for Lynch), and almost as many smiles.
“They are great friends and they do have a very deep relationship that goes way back years and years, and one that is maintained over the years after they left college,” Carroll said. “Everything they’ve ever said or talked about as they looked forward to playing together (in the NFL) someday was to kind of recapture the relationship that they had when they played at Cal.”
Each had a touchdown against the Bears. Each helped the Seahawks crack triple digits in the running game for the first time this season.
“We’re just getting started,” Carroll said. “They’d be the first to tell you we’re just getting going.”
Carroll gave the players today off after the big win in Chicago. When he made the announcement on the return trip to Seattle on Sunday night, the players greeted the news with an eruption of cheers on the team’s charter flight.
Punter Jon Ryan was sore today after taking a huge shot on Devin Hester’s 89-yard touchdown return of his final punt. But his ribs are not fractured, Carroll said, and Ryan should be ready to play against the Cardinals.
Cornerback Kelly Jennings and defensive end Dexter Davis left Sunday’s game with hamstring injuries, and Carroll said they are questionable heading into the week.
“We’ll have to wait and see. We won’t know,” Carroll said. “But they’re all muscle strains. Nothing so definite that we’ll know exactly where they stand for a couple of days.”
In case you’re wondering, kicker Olindo Mare is the backup punter.
The players also are off Tuesday, when the coaches will be putting together the game plan for the Cardinals.
CLINTON AND CARROLL
Carroll and former President Bill Clinton took time out from their busy schedules to spend a few minutes together today. They first met when Carroll was coaching at USC, and Clinton contributed to Carroll’s book, “Win Forever.” Clinton was in the area to campaign for Sen. Patty Murray.
“We invited him to practice, but he couldn’t make it. So they called this morning and said that he was going to be available so we just jumped together and hung out for a little while,” Carroll said. “It’s a great honor; a great honor. He’s amazing. He’s an amazing guy.”
STAT DU JOUR
Before Sunday, the last time the Seahawks had beaten a team with a winning record on the road was Sept. 30, 2007. But that was the 2-1 49ers in San Francisco. The last time they had done it in a game that started at 10 a.m. West Coast time was in 2004 – when they beat the 7-5 Vikings in Minnesota 27-23 on Dec. 12.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It is. It is already, because we haven’t been able to do it. We’ve had four cracks at it and hadn’t been able to win a game on the road. I think it was really clear. We’ve been talking how this will feel if we utilize the approach and everything properly and carry our game to it. That all happened finally. So I’m planning on it.” – Carroll, when asked if the win over the Bears on the road could serve as a breakthrough for the team