Seahawks takeaways: LB Bobby Wagner returns, Carroll explains decision to limit RB Carson
The Seahawks are looking for a win after starting the season 0-2 with losses to the Broncos and Bears. Seattle will finally get home field advantage this week with a game against the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field.
“It feels like we have not been home in a long time,” Carroll told reporters during his weekly press conference Wednesday. “To be playing here in front of the 12s and all that is a big deal to us. Its obvious that we need to get kickstarted, and this is the best place in the world to do that.”
Here are a few quick notes from Carroll’s conversation with Seahawks media:
Bobby Wagner expected to return
The Seahawks should get a boost on defense with the return of veteran linebacker Bobby Wagner, who missed last week’s contest with a groin injury. Also making a return to practice will be cornerback Tre Flowers (hamstring) and guard D.J. Fluker (hamstring).
“All these guys that come back always have to make it and endure the practice,” Carroll said. “We’ll see how that goes. But we have a real good thought they’re going to be fine (for Sunday).”
Linebacker K.J. Wright (knee) will not be returning to practice just yet and wide receiver Doug Baldwin (knee) is also a bit further behind.
“(Baldwin) had a good weekend,” Carroll said. “He’s real positive about it but there’s nothing to say about when he’s returning at this point. He’s looking at it every day he’s trying to get well.”
Carroll shrugged off a question about adding a new receiver, telling reporters he likes the personnel the team has now.
Center Justin Britt has a sore shoulder and is day-to-day. In his absence, the team will take a look at both Ethan Pocic and Joey Hunt at center.
No changes to running back depth chart
Carroll answered a few questions about the curious decision to limit starting running back Chris Carson in the second half of Monday night’s loss to the Bears. Carson, who entered the game as Seattle’s leading back, had just six carries for 24 yards, all accumulated in the first two quarters.
“I’ll try to help you one more time on this, I know you guys are curious about what happened,” Carroll said. “I screwed up. I thought he looked like he was winded early in the game and I was just concerned about it. I thought it was because of special teams, because he hadn’t had a lot of plays yet. He didn’t think he was winded when I talked to him about it afterward… but that was just a thought (I had). But he played all the way through the third quarter. He was in the game plan all the way through the third quarter. We always are going to (mix it up) a little bit… So that’s all that is. There’s nothing other than that. There’s no changes in approach, no changes on the depth chart or anything like that.”
Still, Carroll acknowledged the need to be more efficient in the run game. Seattle’s running backs have just 33 carries combined over two games.
“We were better this week than we were last week, we just need more runs,” Carroll said. “We need more first downs and more runs… we just haven’t got it done yet. So I’m hoping it feeds off of third down conversions and we get our chances and we can keep the ball running.”