Frustration grows after Seahawks falter against Cardinals

SEATTLE (AP) – Pete Carroll is ready to answer – usually in many words and thoughts – to almost any question.

By Sunday, Carroll had no answers and for a while was done with questions.

“This is not another story. It’s the same story all season and we have to see if we can turn this thing around. I’m really done, ”Carroll said, ending his post-game comments abruptly after Seattle’s 23-13 loss to Arizona.

It was an explosion of rare frustration from Carroll during his long tenure with the Seahawks. But it’s also unusual that Seattle has been this bad with Carroll at the helm.

Seattle is 3-7, its playoff hopes seemingly gone with the loss to the Cardinals. His team are abysmal on offense, can’t stop systematically in defense and have massive staffing issues looming.

Carroll eventually returned and answered more questions but still had few answers.

“I’m not good at this,” Carroll said of losing management.

Seattle was already playing with a small margin of error, but between injuries and poor performance, the season has gone downhill. A team that has made the playoffs in nine of the previous 11 seasons is near the bottom of the league.

The Seahawks said all the right things after the loss about how they can make a difference and still have something to play. And while that is true – an NFC team could advance to the playoffs with a 9-8 record – Seattle is expected to raise its level of play considerably and maintain it for the remainder of the season.

“It’s not what Seattle is used to,” said security Jamal Adams. “But at the end of the day, we have to go and we have to change it. We are in a storm right now and it will take all of us to get out. “

The loss to Arizona summed up all of Seattle’s problems. Russell Wilson was average at best. Seattle’s defense allowed Colt McCoy to move easily across the field and gave Arizona control over possession. James Conner sidelined the game with a short TD late in the fourth quarter, but Seattle had a chance mostly due to two missed baskets by Arizona’s Matt Prater.

For a game considered a must-see by the Seahawks, the performance was as disappointing as any in recent memory. With seven games to go, Seattle has already tied its most losing streak in any season with Wilson and will likely only miss the playoffs for the third time since Carroll arrived in 2010.

When Carroll returned to answer more questions, he admitted to being as frustrated as he had ever been since being in Seattle.

“I find it hard to do a good job as a coach when you get your butt kicked week after week. It’s just new territory, ”Carroll said. “So I’m competing in every way I can think of, but I’m just not familiar with it. “

In his second game after finger surgery, Wilson was at times indecisive and confused, and his receivers dropped a handful of passes. There were also questionable play calls when players like Penny Hart and DeeJay Dallas were targeted on the third down.

The Seahawks’ Oct.31 offensive streak against Jacksonville finally ended when Dallas scored on a 2-yard rush midway through the fourth quarter. Seattle had failed to score a TD over its previous 20 offensive possessions, and after stressing the running game all week, the Dallas TD run was one of seven second-half attempts rushed by the Seahawks.

But the defensive effort was more troubling. Arizona had touchdowns of 92, 82 and 67 yards. The Cardinals held the ball for over 40 minutes. Journeyman McCoy passed the third 300-yard passing game of his career.

“As much talent as we have on this list, it’s a bit of a letdown,” Seattle linebacker Jordyn Brooks said. “Like everyone else, I have to keep. And I still think there is hope. I’m still optimistic.


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