Carroll: James Carpenter “back to life” this week

Head Coach Pete Carroll spoke with the media this afternoon as part of his weekly Wednesday press conference ahead of this afternoon’s practice and preparations for their Week 4 road contest against the St. Louis Rams.

Carroll was quick to address the controversial play at the end of Monday night’s win over the Green Bay Packers that saw Golden Tate come down with the game-winning touchdown grab from quarterback Russell Wilson to give the Seahawks a 14-12 victory.

“We’ve been on both sides of the issue,” he said.

Carroll said he understands the importance of these games and knows how hard it can be when you come out on the wrong end of it.

The message that Carroll has relayed to the team in the wake of all the controversy is that they need to be sensitive to the fact that there are different sides of looking at the play, but that the focus now is to remain disciplined and turn their attention toward the Rams.

Carroll was asked about the play of rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin, who registered 2.0 sacks of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Monday night.

“Bruce is alive and going,” Carroll said. “Green Bay was an important game for him. He was able to realize that hard work pays off. He’s just getting started.”

Carroll stated the obvious importance that Monday night’s game had on Irvin’s confidence and said that success came because he was finally able to finish his pass rushing efforts, and he was still a factor in the backfield after his initial rush had failed.

On the injury front, tackle Breno Giacomini suffered a chest injury on Monday night and his status will be monitored through the week, and Carroll said defensive end Greg Scruggs had a sprained wrist.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin – last year’s leading receiver, and guard James Carpenter – last year’s first-round draft pick, will be active in practice this week.

On Carpenter, Carroll said he is way ahead of schedule in his return from injury and has suffered no setbacks, appearing “back to life” with a chance to play this week in St. Louis at the left guard spot.

One of Carroll’s final remarks was on the offense, of which he said he has been “keeping a lid” on to this point, emphasizing the importance of taking care of the football. Carroll noted that the offense would not be run any different if Matt Flynn were in at quarterback.

You can watch Carroll’s press conference in full here, and our Insider Clare Farnsworth will be back with more following today’s practice.

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