The Seahawks returned to work Monday aiming to bounce back from a narrow Week 3 loss to the Falcons, a game Seahawks coach Pete Carroll found encouraging based on what he saw from Geno Smith. and attack, but also a game that showed the defense has some things to clean up.
“We had some good, solid meetings today to make sure we’re on the things we need to be on to make sure we’re improving,” Carroll said. “We saw a lot of improvement offensively. It looked like the type of game we were hoping to see – it was balanced and we protected and ran the ball. The guys were making their plays, we converted third down, all of those things, we didn’t turn the ball over until the last play of the game. So there’s a lot of good things we can build on.
“On the other side of the ball, we didn’t in the first few tries. They managed to run the football enough where they stayed with it and were really consistent about it. The runner did good work and we didn’t get enough saves in critical situations… We have things we need to focus on and get them done.
Here are five things we learned from Carroll’s Monday presser:
1. Travis Homer is in “really bad shape” after leaving the game with a rib injury.
Running back Travis Homer gained seven yards on his first rush of the game, but unfortunately it was also his last rush as he went off after taking the helmet to the ribs.
“He’s in real pain,” Carroll said. “He got injured. He had some major bruised ribs, a little cartilage problem. I don’t know how far this is going to take him, I don’t know, but I know he’s really uncomfortable today.”
Should Homer run out of time, multiple people will have to step in for a player Carroll describes as “an integral part” of Seattle’s special teams units. Homer being out would also mean DeeJay Dallas taking over as third back, something he has done throughout his career.
2. Cornerback returns to full strength.
The Seahawks opened camp with Artie Burns and Sidney Jones IV as starting cornerbacks, but eventually rookie Tariq Woolen and Mike Jackson were able to take over those roles after the two veterans in front of them missed time through injury.
Jones was inactive on Sunday, which Carroll said was on special teams – reserve corners who were active played a big role on special teams – while Burns, who returned to training last week after an injury to the groin, was also inactive, but should be back to playing form soon. Carroll likes what he’s seen from Jackson and Woolen so far, so no roster change is imminent, but with Jones and Burns both back, the cornerback is a deep and competitive place to be. the Seattle defense.
“Artie practiced last week,” Carroll said. “We had anticipated that he needed a few weeks to get back into shape to make sure he was on the right track to be well and heal and all that. So he will be training this week trying to stepping onto the playing field. … The guys are doing well. Tariq and Michael are doing a good job. We’re a bit in the rhythm and we want to see if we can continue to grow these guys as young players. But it’s always competitive, of course. . We know Sidney can play and we know Artie can play. So the position that went from being pretty gloomy, like we don’t have experienced back-up players, to now that these guys are back, we have a good group.”