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.”
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.”