Hawks put in last-minute cramming

dave.boling@thenewstribune.comOctober 17, 2013 

RENTON – Sometimes, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll uses the media as straight men.

How’d the week of preparation go, coach?

“It went really quickly.”

Ba-dum-dum.

Carroll had just wrapped up a brief Wednesday practice, another in the short string of light workouts since the team defeated Tennessee on Sunday.

He and the Seahawks were on their way to the airport for a Thursday night game against the Cardinals in Arizona.

“You have to cram a lot in in a short amount of time,” Carroll said of the quick turnaround. “It’s not just the physical part of it. We try to get a game plan in there ... you just have to do it a lot faster ... so you have to make concessions for that, which we have.”

Carroll said he’s not concerned about bouncing back physically because he and the staff have been very cautious about those demands on the players this week.

“(The Cardinals) are a difficult team that causes problems, and (we) need some days to get this (game plan) ironed out,” Carroll said. “We have to cover all the situations. You just don’t have as many options as you normally would.

“It won’t look any different from the outside-in,” he said. “(But) when the teams are challenging and they give you problems, then it can have an effect.”

Carroll said they’ve been looking ahead to this short week by liberally rotating players the past two weeks.

“We expect our guys to really be flying and ripping come game time,” he said.

Carroll said he can see a difference in the 3-3 Cardinals under new coach Bruce Arians.

“They’re on track; they’re fired up and have high hopes and expectations,” he said. “These games in the (West) division are really crucial, and statements will be made. You can feel it’s a whole different climate down there. Bruce has done a great job getting them ready and getting their attitude on track.”

INJURY UPDATES

Carroll expects tight end Zach Miller (hamstring) to be back at full speed after sitting out the past two games.

Defensive end Chris Clemons is listed as questionable, Carroll said, but “he definitely has a chance.”

Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (ankle) will be out this week again, as K.J. Wright will take his place as he did against Tennessee.

Marshawn Lynch (hip) is “fine,” according to Carroll, and his light involvement in practice is a part of the “recycle process” for him.

Tackle Breno Giacomini had to have his injured knee drained of excess fluid, and that has enhanced his healing. “He’s moving around well; he’s not limping or anything,” Carroll said. But Giacomini’s return is still a couple weeks away.

Dave Boling: 253-597-8440 dave.boling@thenewstribune.com @DaveBoling

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