Pete Carroll joined the Brock and Salk show this morning for his weekly "Pete Carroll Show" and had enough interesting things to say that I thought I'd share it here. Carroll addressed many of the things that we've talked about here over the past few days - the need for a min-range passing game to take pressure off the offense to make big plays and to get first downs, the drops by Seattle's wide receivers, and the excellent job that San Francisco was able to do running the football against the Seahawks.
Carroll points out that it was a failure to make the adjustment to their trap scheme and gives a few examples of how things broke down on those few big plays (that Thomas did a great job of diagramming), citing specifically that with the rotation of players on the DL, there were instances where Alan Branch, Clinton McDonald, and Jason Jones each got tricked on separate plays.
Carroll -- 'we went after them on a 2nd and long and they popped one. The trap plays, that got us probably five plays in there - were where they were influencing us at the line of scrimmage and we needed to read the blocking scheme better and attack it better. We didn't respond until the last one they ran at us. I said that wrong - ... There were eight plays they ran, three of them we played well, five of them we didn't, and that was a difference of about 75 yards. That was what got them 170-something yards instead of 105 or something.
"If we don't play that blocking scheme better next week, they'll run that exact same thing at us until we stop it. What's frustrating about it is that it's easily remedied. That will get done. We got it done by the end of the game, but not in that sequence there where they popped a couple. They're a very unusual running team, they run with a lot of different styles - and they make things up each week to give you a new scheme. And, they popped a couple on us so they did a better job on it than we did, and we didn't respond."
He goes on to talk briefly about the history behind his interest in the bigger, more physical cornerbacks, the pass rush, and quickly talks about the upcoming game with the Lions. It's worth a listen.