Pete Carroll: Chris Carson “really took the lead” at running back

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The Seahawks gave Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny the same amount of snaps and carries apiece in their season opener, but head coach Pete Carroll suggested things won’t be quite so balanced moving forward.

Carson gained 51 yards on his seven carries while Penny produced just eight yards on the ground. On Monday, Carroll said he thought the rookie was affected by the time he missed this summer with a broken finger and that more reps would go Carson’s way until Penny rediscovered his form.

“Chris I thought looked really good,” Carroll said, via the Seattle Times. “He was really aggressive and did what he could with the plays that he had. Rashaad looked a little rusty to me and I visited with him about it. He really only had one good week of practice and coming back and it wasn’t enough — he needed more work and he wasn’t as responsive as he has been earlier on before he had to sit out for a while, and so he’s got to work real hard to make sure that he is ready to go and we will work him in. We love the chance of getting him in there. We are going to keep looking for it. But Chris really took the lead at that position after that game.”

Whoever is in the lead role in the future, finding more offensive balance should be of interest to Seattle. They ran 16 times and had Russell Wilson drop back to pass 39 times against Denver as they failed to sustain long drives for much of the afternoon. If Carson can help do that, he should solidify his spot in the lead.

17 responses to “Pete Carroll: Chris Carson “really took the lead” at running back

  1. For how long? I don’t see him lasting the year. I think by week 4-6 the rookie will be starting. This is more build him and put pressure on the rookie to tow the line and perform.

  2. bemylovetractor says:
    September 12, 2018 at 6:39 am
    51 yards? Awsum. Spin it Sweet Pete.

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    On 7 carries I’d say that’s pretty good

  3. Carson did not step up. Rashad Penny took the back seat. He looks like he is a first round bust. People were scratching their heads when Seattle took a running back from a small school, projected to go in the second or third round at best, in the first round. Seattle is where they are because they drafted poorly and because they let good players they drafted leave via free agency.

  4. Pete’s teams always muddle around and make excuses before maybe finally putting together a good plan of attack by Halloween. Bill Belichick puts in a totally different game plan every week and his teams execute at a high rate and they go 12-4 every year.

  5. The real test for Chris Carson is whether he can gain enough yards on first and second downs to keep drives alive without Russell Wilson having to throw 30 times or more a game. Another test is whether Carson can handle the work load as the primary ball carrier without getting injured.

  6. The troll is not right on the bust part but Penny looked like a rookie who was out the whole preseason on injury. How him and Prosise get above Mike Davis in the rotation is beyond me.

    Seahawks new OC tried to get to cute with these deep passes when the first down via run was there. The 3rd and inches deep roll out had me screaming at the TV. It felt very Bevell

  7. thebirdofprey says:
    September 12, 2018 at 2:21 pm
    The troll is not right on the bust part but Penny looked like a rookie who was out the whole preseason on injury. How him and Prosise get above Mike Davis in the rotation is beyond me.

    Seahawks new OC tried to get to cute with these deep passes when the first down via run was there. The 3rd and inches deep roll out had me screaming at the TV. It felt very Bevell
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    Couldn’t agree more. I though Bevell chloroformed Schotty up in the booth and took over the play calling. Too many pass plays on first down.

  8. Seattle has no confidence in running the ball. Instead of facing second and long and a fierce pass rush, they try to throw the ball against a defense set up to stop the run on first downs. Pretty good strategy. It got them almost 300 yards, but their inability to run the ball and falling behind means the opposing defense can now tee off on Wilson. 6 sacks total for the game. Chicago may not have to respect the run and they can just turn Khalil Mack loose. Mack must be salivating because he will be facing Germain Ifedi.

  9. How many other teams first 2 games are on the road? I noticed NE faced Texas at home for the 2nd straight year? How does that happen? And Seattle can pass block, so what makes PC believe that sorry excuse for an OL can run block?

  10. Penny looked out of shape and slow. It was ugly. Almost as bad as watching Eddie Lacy. Carson is clearly the better back and even when both are at their best, Carson is the better back. The truth is that the Seahawks reached big time to take Penny in the first round and if he was an undrafted player trying to make the team, he would’ve been cut. Mike Davis is better. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t even matter if we have playcalling like what we saw in week 1, which was nothing but an extension of the pitiful Bevell era. Same goes for the defensive side of the ball. More of the same of the non-aggressive, no QB pressure, get torched because of it, defense. Whole new coaching staff, same exact Seahawks. If it keeps up, Carroll has to go as he’s the only common denominator.

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