Seahawks’ Carroll: Last two games no time to step off gas pedal

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said winning is the priority for the final two games.
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Although the Seattle Seahawks already have wrapped up a playoff berth, coach Pete Carroll wants his players approaching the final two games at one speed: full throttle.

Seattle holds the inside track on the No. 5 seed via a tiebreaker over the Minnesota Vikings, but Carroll told reporters on Monday that possible postseason scenarios will have no bearing on his team’s mindset.

“We try to get the best position we can in the playoffs, whatever it is,” Carroll said. “Winning games will help us get that. We’re going to try to win games.”

The Seahawks can secure the fifth seed and a matchup against the NFC East champion with a win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday or a loss by the Vikings. That would render the regular-season finale at NFC West rival Arizona meaningless. Still, Carroll said he would not be tempted to sit his players unless injuries were a factor.

“I really don’t believe that you should ask players to take a break. I think they’ve got to go,” Carroll said. “If we decide not to play guys for a different reason, that could happen.

“That’s not going to be because we’re going to take a step off of the gas pedal right now.”

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