Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks Looking For Answers After Loss To Arizona Cardinals Adds To Calamity

SEATTLE – Another disappointing loss left Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll is more frustrated than ever in more than 10 seasons in Seattle. He admitted at most on Sunday after cutting his press conference short before returning later to answer more questions.

The odd after-game scene that followed Seattle’s 23-13 loss first The Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field. The loss brought the Seahawks to 3-7, marking the first time since 2011 and the second time in Carroll’s tenure that they have had four games under .500.

“I’m just not good at this,” Carroll said of handling this level of loss. “I’m not prepared for this. I’m struggling to do a good job of coaching when you’re getting excited week after week. It’s new territory and I’m competing in every way I can think of. But I’m not used to it, so if I leave early or if I make a mistake, I won’t be in my best game here… I don’t make excuses. And I don’t want to do well. this. “

Faced with NFC West’s top Cardinals team with no midfield injured Kyler Murray or recipient DeAndre Hopkins represents a golden opportunity for the Seahawks to breathe some life into their fading hopes of reaching the knockout stages for the ninth time in 10 seasons. Instead, they allow 328 yards of passes and a pair of touchdowns to spare Colt McCoy when Russell Wilson and their offense has struggled for the second week in a row since he returned from finger surgery.

Carroll began his post-game press conference without his usual opening statement, saying “I don’t have much to tell you” before taking questions. Then he left for about eight minutes, said, “I’m really done. I’m done,” and continued walking as a reporter was starting another question.

Carroll later reverted to streetwear and apologized for leaving early. But he was just as confused on his second trip to the podium as he was his first as to why Seattle’s offense was so underwhelming, especially in third place.

“It was really surprising when we went back there a few weeks with Russ there that we had difficulty scoring goals and moving the football,” he said. “The game is going pretty well. But we lost 5 or 5 in the first half (in the third half). The hard part of it is that it’s been like this and it hasn’t gotten better yet. We have to improve and find our way.”

After suffering their first loss of the Wilson era last week in Green Bay, the Seahawks managed to hit just 266 yards and get two out of 10 to finish third to Arizona. Wilson is 0 for 6 on the third and fourth Sundays. He has never before finished worse than 0 with 4 when down to third or fourth, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Wilson has now gone for the third time in his career without a touchdown pass in consecutive games, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Seahawks’ only encounter on Sunday was on a 2-yard field DeeJay Dallas run midway through to the quarter, winning seven quarters in a row without finding the finish area. Seattle jumped 86 yards after 19 attempts.

Entering Sunday, Seattle had the NFL’s third-worst chat rate on Tuesday dropping to 33.7%.

“We had a few thirds and longs,” said Wilson. “They’ve made a couple of good plays… I think the biggest thing for us was that we had to figure out a way. The third was to always make plays and figure out a way. I think that’s really the case. We had to figure out what that was and figure out how to do it.”

Wilson said his surgically repaired right middle finger was not a problem in his first game since October 8 surgery and that it continued to feel fine last week. On Sunday, he dismissed the idea that he had calluses from rehab that kept him out of the gym for a month. He pointed to his deep ball – Wilson hit Tyler Lockett to gain 48 yards to set up Seattle’s only encounter – as proof.

“The ball came out of my hand just fine,” he said. “…I’m not going to make excuses. I’m not the type to make excuses.”

The Seahawks lost to McCoy last season when he was gems Giants in New York won 17-12 in Seattle while filling in Daniel Jones. McCoy went to that victory completing 13 105-yard passes. On Sunday, he took on more attack weight completing 35 of 44 attempts and dealing most of his damage on lower throws.

Arizona went down to 7th out of 14 with a third, a taboo for the Seattle defense earlier this season before they improved in that respect in a recent resurgence.

“When 10 people do their job and one doesn’t, bad games can happen,” safe said Jamal Adams.

Seahawks play Washington football team at FedExField next Monday.

“I feel like we’re going to win next week and we’re going to play a great game on the East Coast and be back here and ready for the next one,” Carroll said. “I don’t have any other thoughts in mind. I’m just frustrated that I have to keep coming back here and talking about the same things and don’t feel like I have a good answer for you. Because until the answer is still not present… It started with me. I have to get this done and I have to help my people get it done.”

Wilson was asked how the Seahawks’ 3-7 start will affect his future given the way he voiced his frustrations this past season, a public broadcast of the Discontent causes both the four defenders and the organization to flirt with the idea of ​​transferring from someone else.

“It didn’t affect any of my thinking,” he said. “All I’m thinking about now is what we’re going to do and how we’re going to do it. I love this team. I love this organization. I love being here. Like I said, I love trying. challenge. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a great story.” Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks Looking For Answers After Loss To Arizona Cardinals Adds To Calamity

John Verrall

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