Pete Carroll excited about Seahawks’ run game with new additions

Mar 27, 2018, 12:20 PM | Updated: 1:11 pm
pete carroll...
Pete Carroll and John Schneider met with the press during NFL owners meetings in Orlando. (AP)

Head coach Pete Carroll joined 710 ESPN Seattle’s John Clayton to talk about a few of Seattle’s newest additions in free agency.

“I think the tone is really right on point,” Carroll said of the offseason acquisitions. “I’m really excited about it. This is a big year for us, as it is every year. Always a year filled with challenges in so many different ways … it always seems like that, maybe a little bit more this year than others. But this is what I’m hoping is going to generate a great return from this offseason of energy and juice and the kind of mentality we need to play great football again.”

Clayton: What we learned from Schneider, Carroll at NFL owners meeting

Carroll is happy with the returns Seattle has seen so far in free agency. Two players – tight end Ed Dickson and guard D.J. Fluker – can have a more immediate impact on Seattle’s run game.

“It’s exactly where we needed to get help,” Carroll said. “Ed is a good all-around blocker, but he’s a downfield catcher as well. He’s a really good athlete; I’ve known him since he was a high school kid. I’m really fired up to get him to fit in. He’s kind of been overshadowed with (Greg) Olsen there at the Panthers, but he’s always been a productive football player and really good all-around ball player.

“Fluker is physical and tough and as big and strong as you can get, with a great attitude as well. Background and history with (new Seahawks offensive line coach) Mike Solari, playing with him last year (with the Giants) will help us continuity-wise and help us transition. So really good additions. Of course, can’t forget Duane Brown feels like just a prize to us that he’s coming back to us. I almost have to pinch myself that he’s on our team. Last year it happened in the middle of everything, but now that he’s back and can lead and direct and really grow with us, it’s a great addition. And I’ve said this, for the first time in years we feel like there’s some continuity on our offensive line.”

Here are a few more notes:

• On the role wide receiver Jaron Brown can play on this offense: “Because he’s bigger than the guys we have, he will fit in as a blocker. He’ll be able to do a lot of stuff over the middle and inside that you love to see a guy do. He’s got a great toughness about him, makes some tough catches in traffic. But he’s also a (special) teams guy, so he’s got that mentality, as you guys get to know him you’re going to see he’s got a real grit about him that we like. He fits just perfectly with the makeup of our guys.”

• On re-signing safety Bradley McDougald: “It was hugely important to us. We had to get Bradley back. His continuity that he brings, his unique coverage ability, he’s one of the best coverage safeties in the NFL, showed up last year and we’re going to fit him in all kind of situations. Plus he’s a good leader and he’s a good continuity guy on special teams as well.”

• On the running back group: “We’re finally healthy. To have Chris and to have C.J. ready to go, I was really fired up about JD McKissic last year… (and) then Mike Davis has the most solid year of anybody. So I think by far it’s the best we’ve been, if we can keep these guys healthy we’re fine. Maybe we add to that in the draft as well. But right now, knowing all those guys are 100 percent and ready to go is a big plus for us.”

Listen to Pete Carroll’s entire interview with John Clayton.

The John Clayton Memorial Fund

Benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Professor's Notes

John Clayton hosts a daily video breaking down the NFL

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Drew Lock...
Stacy Rost

Seahawks Mock Game Takeaways: Lock, rookie CB Woolen stand out

QB Drew Lock and CB Tariq Woolen were two of the biggest winners from the Seahawks' mock game, Stacy Rost writes in her observations.
1 day ago
Seahawks Rashaad Penny...
The Associated Press

Seahawks hope RB room proves to be more than Rashaad Penny

The Seahawks want Rashaad Penny to be the lead back, but as recent years have shown, they will need more than one guy at that position.
1 day ago
Brandon Gustafson

Rost: What Seahawks making playoffs would mean for future of QB spot

What will it mean if the Seahawks make the playoffs in 2022? Stacy Rost breaks it down with an emphasis on the future of the QB position.
2 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brandon Gustafson

Bump’s Seahawks Breakdown: Who’s leading the QB competition?

The big question at Seahawks camp is who will win the QB competition. Former NFL WR Michael Bumpus breaks down who he thinks is in the lead.
2 days ago
Seahawks Marquise Blair...
Brandon Gustafson

Huard: 3 most intriguing Seahawks after first week of camp

There are three young players Brock Huard is keeping a close eye on as Seahawks training camp continues toward the preseason.
3 days ago
Seahawks Artie Burns...
The Associated Press

CB Artie Burns hopes to capitalize on new chance with Seahawks

Coming off a promising 2021 season in Chicago, Artie Burns is hoping his move to Seattle and the likelihood he will become a starting cornerback for the Seahawks will continue his upward path.
4 days ago
Pete Carroll excited about Seahawks’ run game with new additions