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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

September 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM

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Pete Carroll responds to questions about quarterback play

ST. LOUIS -- The play of quarterback Russell Wilson is going to be the hot-button topic this week after a game in which Seattle played well enough to win on defense, but couldn't get in the end zone despite several long drives.

Wilson was 17-for-25 passing for 160 yards, but was intercepted three times. Coach Pete Carroll was asked about his rookie quarterback's play.

"I thought he was efficient and sharp and doing things well," Carroll said, "but when three picks happen, you've got to take a look and see, but all three of them you can kind of tell what happened ... But we've got to take a look at it. Third-down conversions and not getting in the end zone in the red zone, those are still big issues. We have to do better there. It's the whole group and everybody combined. I thought he was efficient, though. I thought he was doing things pretty well for the most part. We didn't miss any calls or any of that kind of stuff. We'll see when we watch the film."

Wilson was intercepted three times in the game, but none of those were strictly his fault. The first pass was low and on receiver Doug Balwin's hip when it was pulled away by cornerback Trumaine Johnson. The second pick came as Wilson was hit while he was throwing, and the third happened because tight end Anthony McCoy fell down while running his route.

Listening to Carroll after the game, the bigger concern is that Seattle converted two of nine third-down plays and scored one touchdown out of its three red-zone possessions.

Is Seattle getting good enough play at quarterback?

"He's running the plays we're calling," Carroll said. "He's running the plays we're calling, and he's doing all right. We'll see. I'll watch the film and see where we are. I need to see each one of the third downs and find out what happened exactly, and why we didn't convert it, and see about our opportunities in the red zone. He's moving the club. He's showed he can move us and made some great plays today. He ran around really well and was accurate with the football for the most part. I'm still thinking he's improving and getting more comfortable and all that."

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