Pete Carroll was uncharacteristically frustrated after the Seahawks’ 23-13 loss against the Cardinals in Week 11. It was apparent from the moment that he came to his postgame news conference.
Carroll didn’t begin his media availability with his typical postgame statement and fielded questions for about eight minutes. He had few answers for what was plaguing the Seahawks during their recent skid, during which they have gone 1-5 and have dropped to 3-7 on the season.
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Then, after about eight minutes, Carroll left the presser while a reporter was mid-question. Multiple Seahawks beat reporters tweeted it was the first time Carroll had done that during his 12-year tenure in charge of the Seahawks.
“I’m really done. I’m done,” Carroll said as he walked away from the podium, per ESPN’s Brady Henderson.
But he wasn’t. Carroll actually returned to the podium later on and apologized for leaving.
Pete Carroll returns to take more questions. Says “I’m not any good at this” meaning losing.
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“I respect the heck out of everything you guys do,” Carroll said of the media on hand for his news conference, per Alyssa Charlston. “I know you’ve got stories to write. If I shortchange you on the stories, you know, you’ve got a job to do, too.”
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After his return, Carroll opened up a bit more about his frustration. He believes the team can turn this around, but none of the fixes they’ve implemented have worked so far.
“I have so many reasons (to believe the Seahawks can turn things around),” Carroll said, per Seahawks.com. “It’s the guys that we’re coaching. It’s the way we operate. It’s the attitude they’ve had on a regular basis. It’s the coaches’ work ethic to keep pushing and attacking the issues, everything about it. Because I don’t feel any different. I feel like we’re going to win next week, and we’re going to go play a great game on the East Coast and come on back here and get ready for the next one, and I don’t have any other thought in my mind.
“I’m just disappointed I have to keep coming back in here and talk about the same stuff, and don’t feel I have good answers for you because our answers so far have not turned it, and so that’s why I said, it starts with me. I’ve got to get this done. I’ve got to help my guys get it done.”
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Indeed, the Seahawks’ struggles have largely been consistent throughout the season. The defense is allowing 401.8 yards per game. That’s the second-most in the NFL behind only the Jets and is on pace to be the most in franchise history.
Seattle’s offense has also struggled during its recent skid. The team is averaging just 15.2 points per game in its last six games and just 12 points per game in the five losses. They are averaging the eighth-fewest points per game in total this season, but they are hopeful that quarterback Russell Wilson can round back into form and provide the offense with a boost.
But as Carroll acknowledged, those changes and wholesale fixes have to come soon. Otherwise, the tension and frustration will continue to grow in the usually zen Seahawks locker room.
“If it’s again the same story next week, I’ll just be a little bit more frustrated and apt to do something out of character,” Carroll said.