Coach Pete Carroll says Seahawks will make fixes
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he liked the approach of his team on Monday, a day after Seattle’s 30-21 loss at San Diego. “We don’t take these easily, you know,” he said. “These are very high expectations that we live with here, and everybody knows that.”
Seattle Times staff reporter
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RENTON — Watching the film Monday of the defeat against San Diego wasn’t any more enjoyable for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll than viewing it in person the day before.
What Carroll did like seeing Monday, however, was the demeanor of his players as they gathered to pore over what happened in the 30-21 defeat. It was Seattle’s first loss since Dec. 22, and first defeat by more than a touchdown since 2011.
“They are quiet and serious,’’ Carroll said of the mood of his players, who will now face Denver at 1:25 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field in a rematch of Seattle’s 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. “We don’t take these easily, you know. These are very high expectations that we live with here, and everybody knows that. And the main thing is that everybody took to heart the changes and the adjustments and the things that we can fix. And they are ready to do that. I think we came out of here together on what we felt happened.’’
So what did happen?
Here’s Carroll’s day-after take:
Defensive meltdowns: In a blistering heat, Seattle allowed 377 yards, more than any regular-season game last year other than the overtime victory at Houston when the Texans had 476. Seattle gave up 276 passing yards, also more than any game a year ago other than Houston’s 325.
Seattle knew the Chargers would complete their share of throws out of their quick passing game. But poor tackling by the Seahawks helped the Chargers turn short gains into longer ones and set up manageable third downs.
“On some of the perimeter stuff and the check downs, it just felt like we were leaking yardage (with missed tackles) and we weren’t as sharp,’’ Carroll said.
San Diego’s three touchdowns came on throws from quarterback Philip Rivers to tight end Antonio Gates. For those, though, Carroll mostly credited the Chargers.
“Sometimes guys are going to play great and do great things and sometimes there is not anything you can do about it,’’ Carroll said. “A couple of those throws and catches were just phenomenal plays.’’
Missing offense: San Diego’s offense ran 75 plays, which helped limit Seattle to just 40. Carroll said falling behind 20-7 in the second quarter, and simply not being on the field much offensively, meant “we weren’t able to execute the plan we had gone in with.’’
Marshawn Lynch had just six carries, for instance, which Carroll said is “the last thing we want to have happen.’’ But he said it occurred due to the shortage of plays and Seattle playing catchup, largely in a no-huddle offense. Percy Harvin had just three touches, which Carroll said also was far too few.
Oppressive heat: Carroll said Seattle did everything it could last week to prepare for mid-90s temperatures during the game. Still, the Seahawks had three players leave the game due to cramping, and others who were affected in other ways.
Carroll said he didn’t want to make an excuse but said “there were some mistakes’’ and things that were “uncharacteristic’’ that could have been attributed to the conditions.
Richard Sherman: Much was made afterward of San Diego’s success throwing on Sherman, who hadn’t had a pass tossed his way against Green Bay. Chargers receiver Keenan Allen said it proved Sherman is “just a normal guy.’’ Carroll, though, said it was “a normal game,’’ saying Sherman gave up three receptions, by his count.
“They made three plays (on Sherman), he covered a couple of things down the field,’’ Carroll said. “That’s it.’’
Leaky protection: Pro Football Focus judged that Seattle gave up eight quarterback hurries in 27 pass attempts to rank third-worst in the league in pass-blocking efficiency.
“We had some issues,’’ Carroll said. “We made a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes in calls where we went the wrong way on a couple of things. … But it will be better.’’
• Lynch was seen leaving the field during San Diego’s last possession with 1:02 left in the game. Carroll said Lynch “went off with the doctors. His back was tightening up or something like that.’’ Lynch missed a game against Cleveland in 2011 with a back injury — the only Seahawks game he has not played in since coming to Seattle in 2010. Carroll said the back is “an ongoing issue for him. It’s been for years. It’s always something that we are monitoring.”
• Carroll said Seattle’s defenders rushed hard on kneeldowns by Rivers on the final possession so that he couldn’t stall and take time off the clock, and also possibly force a fumble. “We were fighting for every second,’’ Carroll said.
• Assistant coach Pat Ruel, who was taken from the locker room to a hospital after the game due to an irregular heart beat, was released Monday afternoon and flying back to Seattle, Carroll said. “He’s in good shape,’’ Carroll said.