Seahawks still “believe in” Chris Carson despite his fumbling problems

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Chris Carson lost two fumbles in his first two seasons, over 18 games. The Seahawks running back has lost one in each of the first three games this season.

The Seahawks aren’t ready to bench him, though.

Instead, they will try “every way possible” to fix Carson’s fumbling problems.

“Because we do believe in him, we’re going to continue to show him that,” coach Pete Carroll said, via Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR and PFT. “He’s a terrific football player, and we want to make sure and maintain that level of play from him, so we’ll work at it and work with him on it. There’s a lot of technical stuff that’s really important, right down to the last instant of that play that he fumbled on there’s another thing that he could do to ensure taking care of the ball a little bit longer. He thought he was secure and thought he was taking care of it and bang all of a sudden the ball comes out. That’s life you know. That’s real in the league and all that. He’s going to have to be really on because guys are going to continue to come after him just like anybody would.”

Carson, who had 1,151 yards and nine touchdowns last season, has 45 carries for 159 yards and one touchdown so far this season. He also has 10 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.

“I like the way he’s playing,” Carroll said. “I love the style of play. Out of the backfield, he’s added to his game. He’s still running physical and tough and doing all the things that we’re counting on. There’s nobody that we’d rather have have the ball in short-yardage situations and down by the goal line. He’s great at it.”

The Seahawks will see the return of running back Rashaad Penny to practice at some point this week, Carroll said, so Penny will give the team another option at the position. Penny injured his hamstring in the Week Two game against Pittsburgh and missed Sunday.

“He’ll be able to practice this week too, probably by Thursday to some degree,” Carroll said. “We need to see if he can tolerate it and what that means. We don’t know that yet.”

16 responses to “Seahawks still “believe in” Chris Carson despite his fumbling problems

  1. First fumble changed the game and gave Saints life, next series he couldn’t get 1 yard on 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1 and Saints used the field position to get another TD and gain full momentum and pull away.

    So it’s not just a fumble issue, and it’s a confidence issue and Seahawks can’t afford to wait too much longer if the dude doesn’t have confidence.

  2. He isn’t running well even without the fumbling issues. I think he slowly gets fewer touches as Prosise and Penny get more integrated into the offense. He was awesome last year, so a little rope is fine but the production isn’t supporting his staying in the lineup much longer.

  3. It’s cause he’s only cost us one game. He’s lucky they actually won those two games despite his butterfingers. One more loss due to his inabilities to hold onto the ball. It’ll be Penny’s job to lose at that point. Why wouldn’t he wear a reliable pair of cleats to the stadium in his home field while it rains. Not smart at all.

  4. Carson slipped 3-4 times before the fumble. He’s got too many things to think about now instead of just hammering a seam and punishing the first would be tackler. It showed in how he ran yesterday. Probably should sit a week or 2 and get his mind right because he’s the only guy this team can lean on trying to finish off game season with a lead…..if that ever happens again this season. We might just see Wilson put up Stafford like passing yards if the Seahawks are trailing the majority of games.

  5. They cannot sit him, because Mike Davis left as a free agent, and CJ Procise is more of a wide receiver than a legit running back. That means Rashaad Penny would have to do the bulk of the running. They can try to do what they did 2 seasons ago, when Russell Wilson led the team in rushing and passing, but Wilson ran out of gas near the end of the season. His passing yardage plummeted from second in the NFL to somewhere in the middle of the pack in just a few games. It got so bad that Petey fired most of the assistant coaches as they missed the playoffs.

    There is a probable reason why Chris Carson is only averaging 3.5 yards per game, and it is the OL. Last season, JR Sleazy returned as a free agent nobody else wanted, but he left again after one year because he could get a much better deal elsewhere than Penny-pinching Mode is really to give. Bottom line is that the Seattle roster is depleted due to years of free agency departures, poor drafting and poor free agent acquisitions and just plain frugality. The OL, running backs, and defensive backs need major upgrades, and it will take a few years to do that, IF they can manage to hold onto the rest of the roster and not be hit hard by injuries. The future is as bright as the cloudy and rainy skies of Seattle.

  6. He is usually a BEAST with the ball. Betting he gets back.on track once the Offensive Coordinator calls more than just inside zone read runs. He’s been somewhat Schotty’d this year.

  7. Cheatin Pete has a lot of issues up there in rain city. Not the least of which is they gave all the money to Wilson so nothing left for anybody else. The current roster is sorely in need of reinforcements. Carson is actually one of the better players.

  8. ballardpride says:
    September 23, 2019 at 8:41 pm
    Niner Empire; you guys are so upper mediocre

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    Maybe. But we’ve rushed 527 yards in 3 games to the Seahawks 332 yards. AND we’re 3-0 to your 2-1. If we’re “upper mediocre”, what does that say about Seattle? californianewton is exactly right. Poor decisions for the last 4-5 seasons are having a cumulative effect on their performance. It just keeps getting worse. Not better.

  9. ehsguy72 says:
    September 23, 2019 at 9:11 pm
    Cheatin Pete has a lot of issues up there in rain city. Not the least of which is they gave all the money to Wilson so nothing left for anybody else. The current roster is sorely in need of reinforcements. Carson is actually one of the better players.
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    I don’t know how people continue to misrepresent the Seahawks’ cap situation so badly. They paid Russ AND Wagner…and are still projected to have the 7th most cap space next year.

    I actually agree they need an infusion of talent at several positions (who doesn’t?), but they are in a very good $ situation.

    And as for their season thus far…they have played as sloppy as they possibly could and are still 2-1. All things considered and with time to hit their stride, they are just fine. Lord knows Hawks fans wish they’d stop with the slow starts and gameplan stubbornness, but as always you can’t count them out.

  10. discountdoublecheck says:
    September 24, 2019 at 10:31 am
    ehsguy72 says:
    September 23, 2019 at 9:11 pm
    Cheatin Pete has a lot of issues up there in rain city. Not the least of which is they gave all the money to Wilson so nothing left for anybody else. The current roster is sorely in need of reinforcements. Carson is actually one of the better players.
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    I don’t know how people continue to misrepresent the Seahawks’ cap situation so badly. They paid Russ AND Wagner…and are still projected to have the 7th most cap space next year.

    I actually agree they need an infusion of talent at several positions (who doesn’t?), but they are in a very good $ situation.

    And as for their season thus far…they have played as sloppy as they possibly could and are still 2-1. All things considered and with time to hit their stride, they are just fine. Lord knows Hawks fans wish they’d stop with the slow starts and gameplan stubbornness, but as always you can’t count them out.
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    I don’t want to put a damper on this 2019 season but….Pete Carroll by design kicks early season games into the L column with the mentality that you can’t win a championship in Sept/Oct and wants his team to build up towards the playoffs. His game plan against Dallas in the actual playoffs was like these September starting games. There was no ingenuity or well planned scheme. So what’s the purpose of having to watch a crap sandwich half the year when he pulls out the crap sandwich again in January? Carroll needs to hire an actual game day head coach and call himself executive head coach….maybe be the Seahawks Joe Paterno?!?

  11. miabuttreeks says:
    September 23, 2019 at 10:30 pm
    They need to believe in something. It’s about to rain for six months straight in sea-chicken territory.
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    Sea-chicken… Chicken of the sea…

    Does that make them tuna?

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