Peter Carroll embraces challenge of slowing down the Rams

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The 2-2 Seahawks host on Sunday the 4-0 Rams, not only a division rival but also one of the very best offenses in the league. Seattle coach Pete Carroll looks forward to the opportunity to take on his rivals from Southern California.

“I really have enjoyed this process,” Carroll told reporters regarding the preparations for Sunday’s games. “I hope that we will play well. It’s out of respect for what they’ve done that they challenge us and trying to put together a plan that gives us something that will give us a chance to slow them down, nobody’s even slowed them down yet. We’ll see how it goes. They’re really loaded and they’re hitting on all cylinders. They’re healthy and everything else, so they’re as tough as you can get.”

Regardless of the potency of the L.A. offense, Carroll realizes that it all comes down to fundamentals.

“Without the fundamentals, there is no plan that’s any good,” Carroll said. “You have to play discipline run play up front and there’s no other way to do it. There’s no get tough and just growl and tackle them, it isn’t like that. You have to be strictly tied together, you’ve got to be disciplined and fit off of one another. Then when you get there, you have to tackle and make your plays. [Todd] Gurley is a really good running back, he’s as good as you can find in football. It’s not just because he’s in a good offense, because he’s a hell of a player running with the ball in open field, running up inside, catching the ball out of the backfield — he’s just a great player. It’ll call for us to really tackle really well. You can’t do it just by being fired up, you have play well and then you got to finish the plays by getting him on the ground.”

If it was that easy, someone would have beaten the Rams by now. The Seahawks, aided by the noise generated at their home stadium, have a chance to do it. But it will take everything the Seahawks can muster, on both sides of the ball.

15 responses to “Peter Carroll embraces challenge of slowing down the Rams

  1. The Hawks defense from 4-5 years ago could maybe clamp down this offense but their current roster is not equipped to handle all the offensive weapons the Rams have. Even if they completely shut down Gurley how are they going to stop Cooks, Woods, and Kupp? McVay is a master of finding mismatches and I don’t think the Hawks can over come it IMO.

  2. “Remember when Manning’s historic offense was supposed to be unstoppable? Carroll stopped it. Grandpa can still teach and coach this game.”

    Well it helped that Grandpa had a historic defense.

  3. Heck even Jeff Fisher beat Seattle, and McVay is way better than Fisher. The LAmbs also have more weapons both on offense and on D than the last time the two teams meet, a lopsided win for LA. Unfortunately for Russell Wilson, Ndamukong Suh, who injured Wilson’s MCL a couple years back when he was playing for Miami, is not a LAmb. Wilson’s O linemen may be yelling “watch out” most of the game when they cannot block the pass rush. With Donald and Suh guarding the middle, it would be easy to keep Wilson in the pocket and to put pressure on him with a strong pass rush up the middle. A lopsided win for LA because Seattle may have lost ET for good.

  4. schmitty2 says:
    October 5, 2018 at 8:52 pm
    The Hawks defense from 4-5 years ago could maybe clamp down this offense but their current roster is not equipped to handle all the offensive weapons the Rams have. Even if they completely shut down Gurley how are they going to stop Cooks, Woods, and Kupp? McVay is a master of finding mismatches and I don’t think the Hawks can over come it IMO.
    +++
    You stated 4-5 years ago. Wished this game could have been like the 49ers vs. Seattle in that epic NFC title game. Both teams didn’t like each other. Coaches had issues with each other. Players had issues with opposing team players, etc. It was one of the best games I’ve seen in years prior to that. There was some offense, but the defense on both sides stepped up as well in important situations. Hard hitting and nasty! Like some of the games I’ve seen in the 70s and 80s.

    There really is no back story between these two teams.

    Would like the Seahawks to win but, I don’t see it happening unless the Rams have untimely turnovers on their side of the 50. Seattle has decent containment vs. the run, and Seattle capitalizes on the turnovers, if any, most of the time.

  5. Pete can’t slow down his gum chewing.

    What makes him think he can slow down the #1 offense?

  6. “Grandpa” hardly has the same defensive roster he had against the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

    Expect typical silence from 2012s after they get drubbed Sunday.

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