Pete Carroll joined Mike Salk and Brock Huard on 710 ESPN Seattle to break down what happened in Seattle's win over the Steelers. Listen in.
A few notes:
— Steelers protected with the back and the tight end a lot. Made rushing the passer really difficult.
— Biggest difference in Russell Wilson's improved play is the protection from he offensive line. Really ripping throws when he had a good pocket.
— Receivers made amazing catches, it all adds up when that happens, and the pass game looks much better.
— Steelers have the toughest passing attack that they'll face this year; very similar in talent/style to the Cardinals
— Seahawks gave up a few busts on Big Ben scrambles, "chased the QB before we stayed covered". Really fixable. Some amazing throws too.
— DeShawn Shead did a great job; he'll get another start at corner next week. Carroll said Shead is 215 pounds or so.
— Team and Jimmy were both very devastated about Graham injury. Carroll said they expect to have Jimmy back next year, recovery shorter than ACL. Can't replace Graham but Luke Willson is going to step up. Luke is "really fast, tough as hell".
— Russell Wilson and Thomas Rawls were both really sick before the game
— Jeremy Lane played more than they had wanted (because Marcus Burley got hurt). Said he played really well, was obviously going to be rusty because this is essentially his first preseason game after nine months off. Made a great play no the fake field goal (interception and return). Really good football player.