Pete Carroll: Rashaad Penny is “frustrated and that’s exactly what I want”

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Seahawks first-round draft pick Rashaad Penny quickly has fallen off the radar screen, and his reaction is what you would expect it to be.

“He’s handling it but he’s frustrated and that’s exactly what I want,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Tuesday. “I want him to be frustrated, I want him to be anxious to get out there, I want him to be unsatisfied with what’s going on right now. That’s fine. I think that’s the only way he should be. He’s classy and he’s for the team and every time he would say anything, he would always talk about the team first so he’s got his priorities in line and I expect him to keep battling.”

Penny currently sits behind Chris Carson and Mike Davis, and Penny had zero rushing attempts or pass receptions on Sunday against the Rams.

“He’s just looking for his opportunity, he’s dying to get in there,” Carroll said. “He’s just scratching, clawing to get back out there and get more turns. There just wasn’t enough [opportunities], but this is a long season, there’s a lot of carries, there’s a lot of running to be done. I can’t wait to see him get in there and get going too. He’s done nothing but good stuff for us.”

Carroll believes that the finger injury suffered by Penny in August has contributed to his current status.

“It certainly did,” Carrol said. “In your rookie camp, you don’t want to miss a month, that’s pretty hard. It just did, but he’s back now. He’s worked really hard in the last few weeks, the last three weeks, to make sure that he wouldn’t just arrive, but he’s there in shape ready to go and ready for the opportunity to come. He’s taking a good step forward.”

It feels like he’s taking a step backward. A week after getting nine carries (and turning them into 49 yards), Penny was the odd man out against the Rams. His next opportunity will come in London, when the Seahawks face the Raiders.

47 responses to “Pete Carroll: Rashaad Penny is “frustrated and that’s exactly what I want”

  1. I’m not worried about Penny just like Pete. He’s a rookie, and it takes time to gain vision on how the blocks end up in the NFL. I’d like to see him back returning kickoffs more to see his explosiveness. I think that is where he can gain more opportunities on offense. He needs to show he can be explosive and break tackles.

  2. BelgiumHawk says:

    October 10, 2018 at 6:04 am

    I’m not worried about Penny just like Pete. He’s a rookie, and it takes time to gain vision on how the blocks end up in the NFL. I’d like to see him back returning kickoffs more to see his explosiveness. I think that is where he can gain more opportunities on offense. He needs to show he can be explosive and break tackles.

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    RB is the position that most easily translates from college to the pros. That’s the one position where rookies can make an instant impact. It’s not like year 3 rolled around and Adrian Peterson suddenly learned to how be explosive, break tackles, and hit a hole. He was pretty much nailing that from day 1.

  3. Pete Carousel at it again putting his spin on every bad decision he makes:

    “I have no regrets passing on the goal line”

    “There were a lot of people Earl could have gestured to”

    “I like he’s frustrated”

  4. Personally I like it. A lot of first round draft picks come in with a sense of entitlement and get playing time solely because of their draft status. Make him earn it like everybody else.

  5. He’s a rookie and he missed a month of training camp . Of course he’s down the depth chart for now . Any rookie on any team that missed a month of training camp would sit until they got back in playing shape and could practice enough to know the playbook . The other issue is picking up blitzes , which is something he didn’t do much of in college . Anyone who’s watched film of this kid in college knows what he can do .

  6. Backs get banged up and go down all the time. We’re 3 deep with Carson, Davis and Penny. His day will come. Gotta ride the hot hand and Carson and Davis tore up that vaunted Rams defense to the tune of 190 yards. I can wait to see Penny with that kind of production.

  7. It’s funny how everyone loves Pete Carrol, the media, the players, etc. Then his overly optimistic hippy Bill Walton routine becomes stale, and the teams rip apart.

    Meanwhile, Bill Belicheck keeps humming along with championship caliber teams year after year, decade after decade, and he gets nothing but grief because he only cares about winning, none of the peripheral circus.

  8. For those who study film this is another player who zigs when he should zag and zags when he should zig. I don’t know how coaching can undo that. This was a bad choice by Seattle. Best luck to the young man, but it will be quite a struggle to evolve into a blue chip back.

  9. .
    Last year’s RB class was like “Snow White and the Five Dwarves “.

    2. NYG Barkley
    27 SEA Penny
    31 NE Michel
    35 CLE Chubb
    38 TB Jones
    43 DET Johnson

    It remains to be seen which will be the most successful in the NFL.
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  10. Last Sunday was the Seahawks super bowl and they still lost. They played over their heads, gave it everything they had and still left with an L. Back to reality for the rest of the season now which means 7-9 or 8-8 when it’s all over. Then they will have to give Wilson 30+ million a year contract extension during the off season to keep him happy or face another Earl Thomas debacle. I see Pete lasting one more year after this and then heading back to So cal and retirement.

  11. A couple of years from now when Penny has done nothing in the league we’ll be reading comments by Seahawks’ fans saying that he was a really good first round pick, but somehow it just didn’t work out. Same guys who were commenting earlier in the season that Wilson would win MVP and that the ‘Hawks were gonna go 12 – 4. Most ignorant fan base in the NFL, which is not surprising since they just started following the game.

  12. I hope you’re right, rob4rams….that 12 man thing from the most bandwagon franchise in the league was really stale. Before the Seahawks won a super bowl, no one was a Seahawks fan. They didn’t exist anywhere besides Seattle. And there wasnt many of them there. After they won the super bowl Seahawks “fans” were popping up all over the place talking about 12th man. And how did hard they are. Now we can sit back and see if they truly mean it? Do Seahawks fan have the ability to support their team like the browns fans do? Or Detroit lions? Or even Vikings fans after all the heart ache they put their fans through. Ill be watching for that 12th man in NFL mediocrity.

  13. hawkfan50 says:
    October 10, 2018 at 8:09 am
    He’s a rookie and he missed a month of training camp . Of course he’s down the depth chart for now . Any rookie on any team that missed a month of training camp would sit until they got back in playing shape and could practice enough to know the playbook .
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    Odell Beckham Jr.

  14. kevines255 says:
    RB is the position that most easily translates from college to the pros. That’s the one position where rookies can make an instant impact. It’s not like year 3 rolled around and Adrian Peterson suddenly learned to how be explosive, break tackles, and hit a hole. He was pretty much nailing that from day 1.
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    Not denying its the easiest position to translate from College to the Pros, but to say every RB should be hitting the ground running and starting over veterans or non-rookies is ignorant. Yes some rookies like Peterson and Barkley can come in and have that instant impact. Their teams also didn’t have a great option at RB to start the season so they got all the reps all the time. Seattle had two RBs who they liked a lot before the draft even started. They still chose Penny in the first RD because of his production in college. He still has to earn every snap he gets unlike the aforementioned backs who assumed the role as soon as they were drafted.

  15. Jeffrey Julian says:

    October 10, 2018 at 9:47 am

    I hope you’re right, rob4rams….that 12 man thing from the most bandwagon franchise in the league was really stale. Before the Seahawks won a super bowl, no one was a Seahawks fan. They didn’t exist anywhere besides Seattle. And there wasnt many of them there. After they won the super bowl Seahawks “fans” were popping up all over the place talking about 12th man. And how did hard they are. Now we can sit back and see if they truly mean it? Do Seahawks fan have the ability to support their team like the browns fans do? Or Detroit lions? Or even Vikings fans after all the heart ache they put their fans through. Ill be watching for that 12th man in NFL mediocrity.
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    Yeah because you probably didn’t even realize that Seattle made it to the Superbowl 8 years before they won it (Yes they lost to the Steelers). Or I wonder if you noticed that Seattle has sold out almost every home game since 1976. People outside of the PNW may switch to whatever hot team is going on at the moment, but Seattle will keep selling out their stadium year after year. We appreciate the 1 Superbowl that we won. We don’t claim that we are a “Dynasty” like the media proclaimed us heading into our 3rd Superbowl appearance (2nd in two years). Seattle might not have a dominating Defense anymore or a flashy offense, but were going to a be tough out week in and week out.

  16. Seattle has absolutely not sold out almost every home game since 1976. Remember when their owner actually began to move the team to California in 1996? I certainly do!

    Exhibit A: The team reports 36,000 attendance to the Kingdome on 11/3/96. The Kingdome seated approximately 57,000 to 59,000 people. I’m sure all of them were big fans of John Friesz.

  17. Depth is everything, and injuries can happen on any play. The guy sitting third on the depth chart this week could easily be number one by halftime Sunday. Penny needs to keep practicing, learn the system, and stay ready to contribute. Seattle will call his number soon enough.

  18. He is where he is at the moment because there are currently two running backs playing out of their minds in front of him.

    Carson had 100 yards last week vs the Rams and three weeks ago vs Cowboys and Mike Davis had 100 yards 2 weeks ago when Carson couldn’t go as his substitute.

    When you have two guys that can bust out a hundred yards like that already, sitting your rookie to learn NFL speed and not get a bunch of hard reps early could be a very good thing.

    Last year both of those running backs(Carson and Davis) got hurt for the season. Not having a running back last year at the end of the season and just missing the playoffs is one of the reasons why the Seahawks probably drafted penny. He may very well have his opportunity it is a long season.

  19. This team has drafted so poorly it’s not shock that they stink

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    Almost beat the Rams last week and played great. I guess you aren’t actually paying attention.

  20. Seattle has absolutely not sold out almost every home game since 1976. Remember when their owner actually began to move the team to California in 1996? I certainly do!

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    Ken behring just wanted to move the team to LA, period.he even tried to load up the semi trucks in the middle of the night only to have a bunch of Seahawks fans laying down in the road in front of them and keeping it from happening.

    The kingdome is the place that was so sold out and crazy loud that they made a rule in the NFL where if the quarterback could not hear, he could step away from the line and the officials would instruct the crowd to be quiet or the home team would get a 15-yard penalty.

    Look it up, that was all because of the Kingdome in Seattle. Thankfully they change that rule because it was stupid and now Seattle leads the league in false start penalties.

    If there was any drop in attendance that one year it was because of what Ken behring was doing to Seattle…not the other way around.

    Try Again. Seattle has always been a football town and Seattle always was a football crowd full of crazy fans. If the team was bad it wasn’t because of the Seahawk fans.

  21. Rob4Rams says:

    Last Sunday was the Seahawks super bowl and they still lost. They played over their heads, gave it everything they had and still left with an L. Back to reality for the rest of the season now which means 7-9 or 8-8 when it’s all over. Then they will have to give Wilson 30+ million a year contract extension during the off season to keep him happy or face another Earl Thomas debacle. I see Pete lasting one more year after this and then heading back to So cal and retirement.
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    Seahawks are 2-3, and if it wasn’t for bad calls in 2 games they’d be 4-1. All three loses are by a total of 12 points to teams with a combined record of 10-4, and that’s with missing at least 4 starters in every game so far.

    they physically dominated the Rams at the line of scrimmage, shoving the ball right down their throats. DJ Fluker completely owned Ndomakong Suh, and Ifedi crushed his man all day. The Seahawks are middle of the pack with a ton of injuries and getting better every week. Tre Flowers, Jarran Reed, Frank Clark and Tedrick Thompson are emerging stars. Wait until Rasheem Green gets healthy.

    The Seahawks are on the rise, and you Rams fans are worried. See you in the playoffs.

  22. I don’t get all the concern over Penny. It seems quite irrelevant if you are paying any attention at all to Chris Carson. I’m afraid, as a cardinals fan, that this dude is for real. Certainly agree, that first round pick last year could have been well used on someone else. Seahawkboymike… seriously, it gets REAL old hearing about how things could have been and how they should be. One bad call here, one play there…makes you sound like a chump man. Seattle is decent. That’s all. No more. No less. Let’s chill on the almost.

  23. If they won’t give the kid the reps, how is he supposed to improve? The team should be developing the first round pick. Sitting on the bench is NOT developing!

  24. Petey and Rashad Not from Heaven Penny probably thought that he is better than Saquon Barkley. Penny is the only one who still thinks so, apparently, as Petey is more concerned about trying to win games than he is of proving that he drafted the best running back available.

  25. If C.J. Prosise didn’t get hurt every 5 seconds…we wouldn’t have viewed RB as a need…which we shouldn’t have in the first place. Still don’t know why Schneider and Carroll haven’t figured out that the best way to get production out of the RB position is to use those picks on GOOD O-Linemen. If we had drafted a RT that could run and pass block…it would have a bigger impact on the offense instead of drafting a RB and expect him to run through 18 tackles every snap

  26. They made a mistake by trying to justify his draft position and forcing the ball to him in weeks 1 and 2. He’s clearly out of shape and slow and has no business being on the field when Carson, Davis, and even Prosise are healthy. Yeah, he injured his finger, but it should be concerning to Pete that their 1st round draft pick showed up for the season as out of shape and slow as he’s looked so far. They tried to get way too cute with that reach of a pick in that spot.

  27. Seattle is 26th in the league in passing yards per game (217.2) and 27th in overall yards per game (339.6). With numbers like that they should definitely franchise tag Russell Wilson instead of making him the highest paid qb in the league with a multi-year contract when his current contract expires.

  28. Oh please, the team had 36,000 people attend Week 3 in 1995. And Seattle fans had nothing to do with keeping the team there, it was the NFL who threatened to fine Behring $500,000 a day. There were no fans blocking roads.

  29. Rob4Rams says:
    October 10, 2018 at 9:23 am
    Last Sunday was the Seahawks super bowl and they still lost. They played over their heads, gave it everything they had and still left with an L. Back to reality for the rest of the season now which means 7-9 or 8-8 when it’s all over. Then they will have to give Wilson 30+ million a year contract extension during the off season to keep him happy or face another Earl Thomas debacle. I see Pete lasting one more year after this and then heading back to So cal and retirement.
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    Back to reality for Seattle? Where have the Rams been the past decade then?

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