Pete Carroll Calls Richard Sherman’s Outburst on Sunday ‘Unique’

Atlanta Falcons v Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had never seen anything like the riotous scene he watched Sunday on his own sideline: Richard Sherman screaming at his coaches and teammates over a blown coverage for a touchdown by Falcons All-Pro receiver Julio Jones.

Then the three-time All-Pro cornerback’s defensive mates hopping up and down and chanting en masse around him, trying with minimal success to get Sherman back with them in time for the Seahawks’ 26-24 rally past Atlanta, Gregg Bell of the Tacoma TribuneTreports.

“No, that was a unique one,” Carroll said Monday. “That was pretty unique.”

At one point Earl Thomas, a co-star in Sunday’s win, grabbed behind Sherman’s ears and then his dreadlocked hair in an attempt to get his fellow defensive back refocused.

Following Sunday’s win, the NFC West-leading Seahawks (4-1) used the same buzzword to explain Sherman’s blowup: “passionate.”

In a view afforded those who come out of such turmoil as winners, the Seahawks are championing the incident as a unifying boost for the rest of this season.

“He got really emotional and he reacted really strongly. And our guys brought him back in,” Carroll said. “He was just being competitive and all that and he didn’t want bad things to happen, so he responded.”

His coach acknowledged Monday that Sherman “went over the top” in his screaming at defensive coordinator Kris Richard, just about every player he saw — and even inactive strong safety Kam Chancellor, the usual chief communicator on the defense. For a brief moment Sherman and Chancellor, in a hoodie, were nose to nose in front of the bench.

All this happened during Sunday’s third quarter when Atlanta was outscoring Seattle 21-0 to take a 24-17 lead.

It was a remarkable sight, in plain view. The Seahawks’ highest-salaried player in 2016 — Sherman is getting a guaranteed $12,569,000 in base pay this season — upbraiding Richard, the out-of-uniform Chancellor, Thomas, Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett and everyone else in his path. The meltdown came after Jones got free and pulled Atlanta to within 17-10.

“But what was fantastic was the way our guys took care of him,” Carroll said of Sherman and his teammates, not the coaches. “And they were best suited to make sure, to make sense and to get him right. And we got back. It took us a while.”

Seahawks Rally Late; Top Falcons in Wild 26-24 Win to Improve to 4-1


Steven Hauschka’s 44-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining capped the 20th career fourth quarter or overtime comeback for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, and the Seahawks pulled out a wild 26-24 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

After watching Matt Ryan blitz the Seahawks for 21 third-quarter points, it was Wilson’s turn in the fourth quarter. He led a 70-yarddrive that was capped by Christine Michael’s 1-yard run with 4:47 left, but a blocked extra point by Ra’Shede Hageman still had Seattle trailing 24-23.

Seattle then got a needed big play from its defense. Ryan’s pass slipped through Julio Jones‘ hands, was tipped in the air by Richard Sherman and eventually landed in the arms of Earl Thomas, giving Seattle possession at midfield with 3:48 remaining. It was the first time in the game that Jones was targeted and didn’t make the catch.

Seattle stalled at the Atlanta 26. This time Hauschka was perfect after missing a 29-yard attempt earlier in the fourth quarter, the result of a bad snap.

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Falcons at Seahawks NFL Week Six Capsule



STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Dan Quinn: 0-0 Pete Carroll: 1-3
LAST WEEK W 23-16 at Denver Bye (Wk. 4: W 27-17 at New York Jets)
LAST GAME 11/10/13: Seattle 33 at Atlanta 10. Seattle QB Russell Wilson passes for 287 yards & 2 TDs for 134.6 rating. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch rushes for 145 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/2/11: Falcons 30, Seahawks 28. Atlanta RB Michael Turner rushes for 70 yards & 2 TDs. Falcons WR Julio Jones has 11 receptions for 127 yards.
REFEREE Tony Corrente
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Mike Holmgren. SIRIUS: 93 (Atl), 81 (Sea). XM: 228 (Atl), 225 (Sea).


PASSING Matt Ryan: 116-168-1740 (1L)-12 (2L)-2-121.6 (1L) Russell Wilson: 87-133-1064-5-1-99.3
RUSHING Devonta Freeman: 78-410-5.3-2 Christine Michael: 63-290-4.6-2
RECEIVING Julio Jones: 24-517 (3L)-21.5-3 Doug Baldwin: 24-330-13.8-2
OFFENSE 457.4 (1L) 357.5
DEFENSE 388.8 264.0 (1L)
SACKS Vic Beasley: 4.5 Michael Bennett, Frank Clark: 3
INTs Robert Alford: 2 Richard Sherman: 2
PUNTING Matt Bosher: 47.4 Jon Ryan: 43.4
KICKING Matt Bryant: 51 (T1L) (18/18 PAT; 11/11 FG) Steven Hauschka: 31 (7/8 PAT; 8/8 FG)


FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN leads NFL with 1,740 pass yards & is 2nd with 12 TD passes. Averaging 340 pass yards per game in past 7. Has 100+ rating in 6 of past 7…RB TEVIN COLEMAN had 163 scrimmage yards (132 rec., 31 rush) & TD catch last week. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 4. RB DEVONTA FREEMAN rushed for 88 yards & TD in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Averaging 121.8 scrimmage yards per game in past 4…WR JULIO JONES had 11 catches for 127 yards in his only game vs. Sea. (10/2/11). Ranks 2nd in NFC with 517 rec. yards. TE JACOB TAMME had TD catch in only meeting (9/21/14 with Den)…DE DWIGHT FREENEY aims for 4th in row with sack. Has sack in 3 of 4 career meetings. LB VIC BEASLEY had career-high 3.5 sacks & 2 FFs last week. LB PAUL WORRILOW had 19 tackles in last meeting. S RICARDO ALLEN had INT in Week 5…SEAHAWKS: QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 287 yards & 2 TDs for 134.6 rating in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating…RB CHRISTINE MICHAEL had 90 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 32 rec.) & TD catch in last game. RB C.J. SPILLER rushed for 149 yards & TD in 12/01/13 meeting (with Buf.). WR DOUG BALDWIN aims for 6th in row at home with TD catch. Has 8 TDs in past 5 at home. WR JERMAINE KEARSE had 75 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. Rookie WR TANNER MC EVOY had 1st career TD catch in last game. TE JIMMY GRAHAM aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. Has 8 TDs in 10 career games vs. Atl…DE CLIFF AVRIL had sack & FF in last game. DE MICHAEL BENNETT has sack in 3 of past 4. LB K.J. WRIGHT aims for 14th in row with 6+ tackles. LB BOBBY WAGNER had 10 tackles & sack in Week 4. CB RICHARD SHERMAN had 2 INTs in last game. Since 2010, leads NFL with 28 INTs. S EARL THOMAS had INT in Week 4.

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll Feels This Team Could Be His Best Since Taking Over

Seahawks at Jets

Two weeks ago, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll opened his day-after-game news conference lamenting a lost afternoon in Los Angeles that left the Seahawks not only beaten on the scoreboard but beaten up physically, ultimately concluding, “We have some work to do.’’

On Monday, in the wake of two double-digit wins since then, Carroll was upbeat enough to declare that the current edition could be, by the end of the season, the best Seattle team he has coached, including the 2013 squad that won the Super Bowl, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

“There’s a chance,” Carroll said. “There’s a chance. I think we have a chance to, because of the experience and great leadership that we have, the development and coming of age of the quarterback, we have our kicking game in order. There’s a lot of really good phases of our team that we can count on. We’re growing on offense up front with the guys up front on offense, they’re doing a good job and pass protection is a big deal to us right now and we’ll grow in the running game. I’ve loved this team all along, I’ve seen it coming. Just the way they’ve gone about the work. We have a chance to be really good.”

Seahawks Inactives Vs Jets; Newly Inked RB Spiller Active

The Seahawks have released their inactives for today’s matchup against the Jets, and one minor surprise is that newly inked RB C.J. Spiller is active and will play.

Here’s the story from the Seattle Times:

Rookie running back C.J. Prosise is again among the inactive players for the Seahawks for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. That means newly-signed free agent running back C.J. Spiller will be active and likely to serve as the team’s third-down back.

This is now the third game Prosise has missed with a broken bone in his wrist, which forces him to wear a cast on his hand and has made him unable to play on gameday.

Other inactives for Seattle are: RB Thomas Rawls, S Tyvis Powell, OL Rees Odhiambo, OL George Fant, TE Nick Vannett and DT Jarran Reed.

Seahawks To Ink Former First-Round RB C.J. Spiller


The Seahawks are looking to add depth to the running back spot, as the team is expected to sign veteran running back C.J. Spiller.

Spiller’s signing likely would not be finalized until Thursday according to the team. Pete Carroll confirmed the intent to sign Spiller in a conference call with New York media.

The former first-round back was released by New Orleans back on September 13th, two days after he was a surprise inactive for the Saints opener at home against the Oakland Raiders.

Spiller rushed for only 112 yards in very limited opportunities with the Saints last season. Spiller’s best season came in 2012 with Buffalo when he rushed for 1,244 yards and six touchdowns for the Bills.

Seattle has been thinned at running back because of injuries to Thomas Rawls (shin) and C.J. Prosise (hand).

Seahawks at Jets NFL Week Four Capsule



STREAKS   5 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 3-4 Todd Bowles: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 37-18 vs. San Francisco L 24-3 at Kansas City
LAST GAME 11/11/12: Jets 7 at Seahawks 28. Seattle QB Russell Wilson passes for 188 yards & 2 TDs. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch rushes for 124 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/19/04: Jets 37, Seahawks 14. New York QB Chad Pennington passes for 253 yards & 3 TDs. Jets RB Curtis Martin rushes for 134 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Carl Cheffers
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 81 (Sea), 133 (NYJ). XM: 81 (Sea), 228 (NYJ).


PASSING Russell Wilson: 64-101-755-2-1-88.5 Ryan Fitzpatrick: 63-113-751-3-7-59.3
RUSHING Christine Michael: 45-232-5.2-5 Matt Forte: 67-261-3.9-3
RECEIVING Doug Baldwin: 20-276-13.8-2 Quincy Enunwa: 17-183-10.8-1
OFFENSE 358.7 379.3
DEFENSE 250.3 (1L) 355.7
SACKS Frank Clark: 3 Leonard Williams: 3
INTs Bobby Wagner: 1 Marcus Williams: 2 (T3L)
PUNTING Jon Ryan: 44.3 Lachlan Edwards (R): 46.0
KICKING Steven Hauschka: 22 (4/5 PAT; 6/6 FG) Nick Folk: 26 (5/6 PAT; 7/8 FG)


SEAHAWKS: QB RUSSELL WILSON is averaging 286 yards per game with 14 TDs in past 4 vs. AFC. Passed for 188 yards & 2 TDs for 131 rating in last meeting…RB CHRISTINE MICHAEL rushed for career-high 106 yards & 2 TDs in Week 3…WR DOUG BALDWIN had 8 receptions for career-high 164 yards with TD last week. Has 9 TDs in past 4 vs. AFC. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 6 receptions for 100 yards & TD in Week 3. Had 9 receptions for 116 yards & 2 TDs in only meeting (11/3/13 with NO)…DE CLIFF AVRIL had sack & FF in only meeting (11/7/10 with Det). DE MICHAEL BENNETT aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with sack. LB BOBBY WAGNER had INT last week. Had 9 tackles in last meeting. LB K.J. WRIGHT aims for 13th in row with 6+ tackles. CB RICHARD SHERMAN had INT, sack & FF in last meeting. CB DE SHAWN SNEAD had 7 tackles & FF in Week 3…JETS: QB RYAN FITZPATRICK has won 5 of past 7 at home with 18 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 98.8 rating. Has won past 3 vs. NFC with 102.2 rating…RB MATT FORTÉ has 304 scrimmage yards (101.3 per game) & TD in past 3 vs. Sea. (incl. playoffs). Since entering NFL in 2008, has 13,046 scrimmage yards (8,863 rush, 4,183 rec.), most in NFL…WR BRANDON MARSHALL had 10 catches for 165 yards in last meeting (12/2/12 with Chi.). Has 6 100-yard games in past 9. Has 14 TDs in 19 games with NYJ. Has 10 TDs in 9 home games with NYJ. WR ERIC DECKER has TD in 6 of past 7. Has 15 TDs in past 19. Has TD catch in 8 consecutive home games. WR QUINCY ENUNWA leads team with 17 catches (183 yards)…DT LEONARD WILLIAMS has 3.5 sacks in past 3 at home. DE MUHAMMAD WILKERSON has 8.5 sacks in past 11. Has 7.5 sacks in past 5 at home. CB MARCUS WILLIAMS has INT in 4 of past 7. Has 6 INTs in past 8 at home. LB LORENZO MAULDIN has 5 sacks in past 6 at home.

Seahawks Work Out Seven Players Including RB Bernard Pierce

Bernard Pierce.

It’s not uncommon in the least for teams to bring in players on Tuesday’s when the NFL Players are off to workout to fill possible roster spots.

The Seahawks took full advantage of that today, as they brought in no less than seven players according to Pro Football Rumors, with the biggest name on the list being running back Bernard Pierce.

The Seahawks worked out free agent running back Bernard Pierce today, according to Doug Kyed of NESN. In addition the club also auditioned six other players, all listed below courtesy of Kyed unless otherwise noted:

FB Tommy Bohanon
DB Chimdi Chekwa
RB Kenny Hilliard
WR Jamel Johnson
LB Randell Johnson
LB Rufus Johnson
FB Darrel Young

Clearly, Seattle is still looking to augment its backfield depth after the revelation that Thomas Rawls will be out for several more weeks while dealing with a hairline fibula fracture. Christine Michael will continue to dominate touches, and the Seahawks also boast C.J Prosise, Alex Collins, and the recently-promoted Terrence Magee on the roster.

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