BRANDON GUSTAFSON

‘Sorry it’s not a different story’: Pete Carroll frustrated after Seahawks’ loss

Nov 21, 2021, 6:20 PM | Updated: Nov 22, 2021, 9:15 am
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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll walks off the field after losing to the Arizona Cardinals 23-13 on Sunday. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

The Seahawks fell to 3-7 on the season after a 23-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, making it just the fourth time that the team has lost seven or more games in a season since head coach Pete Carroll’s tenure started in 2010.

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As you might imagine, Carroll is frustrated with where the Seahawks stand as far as their record goes, and that was made evident in his postgame press conference Sunday.

Rather than starting his press conference with a short monologue of his thoughts from the game, as is usually the case, Carroll made it clear he wasn’t in the best mood.

“I don’t have a lot to tell you,” he said.

A big reason for Carroll’s frustration lies with the offense, which went just 2 of 10 on third down, with both conversions coming on third-and-1.

“It’s been the same all throughout the season,” Carroll said.

Even when the Seahawks were scoring a lot at the start of the season, third down conversions were an issue, Carroll said.

“It’s just been amplified now that we’re not hitting the bigger plays,” he said, adding that the Seahawks are practicing well and working hard to fix those issues.

Carroll said everything starts with him as a coach and that he’s tired of the same issues sinking his team week in and week out, even with quarterback Russell Wilson back from a midseason finger injury.

“The hard part is it’s what it’s been like and it hasn’t gotten better,” he said. “… It’s really surprising now that we’ve had a couple weeks with Russ back out here that we’ve had such a hard time scoring and moving the ball.”

The Seahawks have scored just 13 points in eight quarters since Wilson’s return. Carroll said the Seahawks’ offense “has to be fixed,” and he thinks it will.

“I don’t know why it became a mystery to us to score points. That’s never been an issue. We’ve always been able to move the ball and score,” he said. “… It started when Russell got banged up (in Week 5) and we just haven’t been as productive as we need to be and we’ve  got to get back on track … It seems like there’s opportunities for us and we’ve got to take advantage of it.”

Seattle’s defense was on the field for over 40 minutes against the Cardinals, though Carroll said he didn’t want to point to time of possession as a reason why the defense failed to get a late stop.

But that was the last question Carroll was asked at that session.

“I’m sorry it’s not a different story. It’s the same story this whole season and we’ve got to see if we can turn this thing. I’m sorry, I’m really done,” a clearly frustrated Carroll said.

And with that, he walked out.

After safety Jamal Adams and linebacker Jordyn Brooks spoke at the podium, though, Carroll returned to finish out his conversation with the media.

Carroll has really only won since joining the Seahawks, and before that at USC, and he said he hasn’t felt “this far behind it” since he coached the New York Jets in 1994. That was Carroll’s first head coaching job, and he went 6-10 and lasted just the one year.

Carroll admitted that much of his frustration during his initial press conference came because of the same issues that caused Seattle to lose and fall to 3-7.

“I’m just not any good at this. I’m just not prepared for this,” Carroll said of leading a losing team. “I’m struggling to do a good job of coaching when you get your butt kicked week in and week out. It’s new territory and I’m competing in every way I can think of, but it’s just unfamiliar. I’m not on my best game right now. It’s been 20 years (since I’ve been in this situation).”

Carroll made it clear he wasn’t trying to make excuses for anything, but admitted that “I just don’t want to be good at this,” in terms of continuing to discuss the same issues that have plagued his team.

“We can still turn this thing … and we all feel that’s going to happen,” he said. “… But there’s seven losses on the schedule, and that’s a lot of games.”

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