Carroll sees plenty to fix for surprising Seahawks

On a day of honest admissions Monday, Seattle coach Pete Carroll

freely acknowledged making his own mistakes.

He was just happy to be doing it after a victory.

”I need to do a better job,” Carroll said.

The Seahawks got away with plenty of mistakes in Sunday’s 27-20

victory over San Diego that left them tied atop the NFC West after

just three weeks.

From a time-management meltdown at the end of the first half, to

defensive lapses that allowed San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers

to set franchise records, Seattle had plenty of blunders to file

through on Monday, under the umbrella of having won.

”Today is about telling the truth and for us, so we got to get

to the essence of what happened. We just have to own up to what’s

going on so we can get better,” Carroll said. ”The thing that is

important for us on this day is to come together and agree what

took place so we can move forward.”

Seattle’s victory came despite an offense that managed just 26

yards in the second half Sunday and a defense that allowed Rivers

to throw for 455 yards. But the Seahawks got two kickoff returns

for touchdowns by Leon Washington in the second half and their

defense twice turned away the Chargers deep in Seattle’s end in the

final three minutes.

And despite playing at home, the Seahawks won the two games most

would have assumed before the season would be losses – wins over

preseason division favorites San Francisco and San Diego. Now comes

next Sunday’s game at St. Louis, a team Seattle has beaten 10

straight times.

Carroll was hard on himself Monday for a time-management failure

at the end of the first half when Seattle tried a quarterback sneak

with Matt Hasselbeck from the San Diego 2 with 19 seconds left and

no timeouts. Hasselbeck was stopped short and Seattle couldn’t get

the kicking team on in time for a field goal.

In that moment, Carroll said he flashed back to his time at

Southern California when bold play calls like that were run

successfully on a consistent basis.

”You get accustomed to it,” Carroll said. ”And I like that

attitude. I love the way we played in that regard, but just have to

make sure it’s the right thing, and it’s not just hoping that it’s

the right thing.”

For the fourteenth time in team history, Seattle’s defense

allowed more than 500 yards of offense. Rivers picked apart the

Seattle secondary for franchise records for both San Diego (most

yards) and Seattle (most allowed), including 337 in the second


Seattle’s offense didn’t help in holding down Rivers’ massive

numbers. The Seahawks ran just 19 plays in the second half, keeping

possession for just eight minutes. Seattle had only one first down

the entire second half.

As Hasselbeck said, the Seahawks offense in the second half was

”playing not to lose.”

”That’s probably not the best way to go. You have to play

conservative, you have to play safe and all that stuff, but you’ve

still got to play to win the game,” Hasselbeck said.

And Seattle’s defense took some injury hits against the Chargers

that could alter the lineup in St. Louis: cornerback Marcus Trufant

sustained an ankle injury in the second half; defensive tackle

Brandon Mebane has a sore calf; and linebacker Aaron Curry has a

sore hamstring.

Carroll said none of the trio are being ruled out for Sunday,

but that they’ll all be closely monitored during the week.

”We’ve got guys we need to mend during the week. I don’t know

how they’ll turn out until the end of the week,” Carroll said.

While those three will be limited most of the week, Carroll said

offensive linemen Chester Pitts and rookie Russell Okung will be

full go in practice. Pitts has seen limited practice time as he

continues to recover from microfracture knee surgery, but this week

will be his first test. Okung hasn’t been on the field as a full

participant since Seattle’s second preseason game against Green

Bay, when he went down with a high right ankle sprain.