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Pete Carroll: 2016 Seahawks “have a chance” to be his best team yet

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 02:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks reacts with Jimmy Graham #88 in the third quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 2, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is never shy about expressing optimism. He’s been bullish on the outlook for the 2016 version of his team since the start of training camp as well.

After seeing his team go 3-1 in the first four games despite injuries to Russell Wilson, Thomas Rawls and Tyler Lockett, Carroll’s hopes for this season haven’t dimmed in the slightest. Carroll believes this may be the best team he’s had in Seattle.

“There’s a chance,” Carroll said on Monday. “I think we have a chance to, because of the experience and great leadership that we have, the development and coming of age of the quarterback, we have our kicking game in order, there’s a lot of really good phases of our team that we can count on.

“…I’ve loved this team all along, I’ve seen it coming. Just the way they’ve gone about the work. We have a chance to be really good. We just have to go out there and keep doing it one week at a time and one day at a time and we’ll see where that leaves us.”

Carroll was excited about the group of players Seattle was bringing to camp with them back in August. Players such as Wilson and Kam Chancellor echoed similar feelings about their team as well.

They’ve managed to win three games in four weeks despite Wilson being injured for 14 of the 16 quarters they’ve played. Jimmy Graham has posted back-to-back 100-yard receiving games, the offensive line got Germain Ifedi back from injury this week and the defense looks as formidable as ever.

“I’m pretty fired up about our team right now,” Carroll said.

The Seahawks won the Super Bowl in 2013 with a roster stacked with talent in part due to key pieces like Wilson, Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner and others being on cheap rookie contracts. Whether the 2016 Seahawks can match that accomplishment won’t be known for several months yet. Carroll wasn’t making any predictions either but he believes his roster this year has the ability to be the best he’s had yet in seven seasons with Seattle.

“That’s nothing to project what’s going to happen at the end of the year. I don’t know that,” he said. “But I do know what these guys have put into it. I know what these guys have put into it and how they’re approaching it and how determined they are and how the practice and how they’ve applied themselves. All—it’s everything we’re looking for. We’ll see what happens.”

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27 Responses to “Pete Carroll: 2016 Seahawks “have a chance” to be his best team yet”
  1. justsayin70 says: Oct 3, 2016 11:26 PM

    Pete Carroll loves him some Pete Carroll. The Seahawks are dogs.

  2. jakec4 says: Oct 3, 2016 11:29 PM

    Extreme hyperbole is just a key ingredient of Pete Carrol’s excessive rah-rah crap.

  3. motleytrap says: Oct 3, 2016 11:31 PM

    No excuse to not win it all, then.

  4. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 3, 2016 11:32 PM

    NFL better hope he’s wrong.

    Wilson getting healthy.

    Graham getting involved.

    Lockette and Baldwin getting healthy.

    Rawls coming back.

    And quite possibly most important, line improving.

    Be afraid.

  5. jmethane says: Oct 3, 2016 11:41 PM

    You watch how bad Eli Manning looks out there tonight and you realize that it is all about the quarterback.

    Your qb has to be good or your team just won’t be.

    Russell Wilson is really good. The Seahawks will be a contender as long as he’s at quarterback.

  6. number1hawkfan says: Oct 3, 2016 11:45 PM

    We will see what happens. All any franchise can hope for is to put themselves in position to win 4 games in the playoffs. Thank you John and Pete for putting together a team that has had that chance for the last 4 years and should have that chance for the foreseeable future.

  7. jddirtybird21 says: Oct 4, 2016 12:01 AM

    So you’re telling me there’s a chance….

  8. seatownballers says: Oct 4, 2016 12:10 AM

    Vikings and seahawks nfc championship.

    Patriots and steelers afc championship.

  9. commitment2excrement says: Oct 4, 2016 12:19 AM

    Time for a “random” screening…

  10. illumination666 says: Oct 4, 2016 12:20 AM

    Cue the turds, “How could he say that!?”

    Also add, “Seahawks suck! Take more PEDs”

  11. illumination666 says: Oct 4, 2016 12:21 AM

    Also add, “You paid players on your team! Now you’re not allowed to be good!”

  12. Vikings Have 18 Division Championships says: Oct 4, 2016 12:22 AM

    Seaturkeys have never won an NFC North/Central title and that’s just a fact.

  13. trollhammer20 says: Oct 4, 2016 12:46 AM

    Graham gives Wilson a player who can win a contested catch on a regular basis, which is a luxury he’s never really had before.

    A fully-weaponized Jimmy Graham, along with the emerging Tyler Lockett and Doug The Pedestrian Baldwin, gives Wilson the most talented receiving corps he’s ever had. Get some people healthy over the timely early bye, give the line a few more weeks to gel, and these guys could start posting 30s on a regular basis.

  14. meximyke says: Oct 4, 2016 1:22 AM

    Sounds like Petey is blowing smoke up his players asses!

  15. ayub04 says: Oct 4, 2016 1:40 AM

    Seahawks, Broncos, Steelers, Patriots, Vikings, and Eagles. All are playing great defense.

  16. hawkstradamus says: Oct 4, 2016 1:41 AM

    It’s a forgone conclusion. The season is already over. Order will be restored this is the Seahawks era. Hawkstradamus has fortold it.

  17. haywoodjablomey says: Oct 4, 2016 1:43 AM

    You mean the SECOND PLACE seahawks, Pete? The team that scored 1 TD in the first 2 weeks of action, Pete? LOL.

  18. thisdamnbox says: Oct 4, 2016 1:48 AM

    PEDs blah blah blah, Cheat Carrol blah blah, O-Line blah blah blah, Jesus juice and blah blah not elite blah…

    ‘Bout cover it trolls?

  19. stipez says: Oct 4, 2016 1:56 AM

    Don’t forget to run the ball.

  20. tuberippin says: Oct 4, 2016 2:23 AM

    NFC looks up for grabs so far this season, and if the Seahawks are healthy they can certainly compete to be a SB threat. Operative word there being “healthy.”

  21. billfchew says: Oct 4, 2016 2:54 AM

    I’ve got Russell as an early contender for MVP based on what he’s accomplished so far on a bum leg.

  22. 302EaglesFan says: Oct 4, 2016 2:57 AM

    I wonder what new designer PED they’re using….

  23. nyctraffic says: Oct 4, 2016 5:12 AM

    Julio Jones might have something to say about in two weeks.

  24. kane337 says: Oct 4, 2016 11:37 AM

    Let’s see….they barely beat a dreadful Dolphins team, lost to the “can’t score a touchdown” Rams, beat the horrible 49ers, and then beat a Jets team with a quarterback that is on pace for 40 interceptions. Yeah, amazing team there.

  25. bleedingfacemask says: Oct 4, 2016 1:12 PM

    Vikings Have 18 Division Championships says:
    Oct 4, 2016 12:22 AM
    Seaturkeys have never won an NFC North/Central title and that’s just a fact.
    Vikings have never won an AFC West title, nor have they ever played in the AFC Championship game. But the Seahawks have.

    And that’s also just a fact.

  26. minson15 says: Oct 4, 2016 1:34 PM

    Vikings Have 18 Division Championships says:
    Oct 4, 2016 12:22 AM
    Seaturkeys have never won an NFC North/Central title and that’s just a fact.
    It would be interesting to see how many titles we would have won had we been in that division, most likely more than we have won in the NFC/AFC West (Yes we’ve won titles in both conferences)….Oh and we’ve won a Superbowl. How many do the Vikings have…I’ll wait.

  27. skawh says: Oct 4, 2016 2:22 PM

    Seattle has the best start in a long time. They’ve always been a slow start team. Wilson being injured in game 1 effected his ability to be effective in the Rams game. Trolls don’t account for that. Trolls forget their QB would likely have not even dressed up for that game 2 w/ the Rams, much less played in it while taking a beating from a young OL and a stellar Rams DL.

    You know, as an NFL fan, this could be a great place to hang out were it not for the childish 13 year old mentality of the trolls. Are these grown men making these unrealistic comments? They ruin it for everyone.

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