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Carroll and Sherman meet Friday over highly-publicized sideline spat

Coach Pete Carroll talks to the media Friday after Seahawks' win

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gives updates on injured players and says he and Richard Sherman had an earnest 1-on-1 talk Friday morning.
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Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gives updates on injured players and says he and Richard Sherman had an earnest 1-on-1 talk Friday morning.

And you only thought “Scream” was the horror-movie franchise that could be rented from your local Redbox.

A day after the Seahawks’ 24-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams at CenturyLink field, the sideline shouting between Richard Sherman and whoever else got caught in the crossfire had officially died down.

It was the aftermath that needed to be cleaned up.

Sherman was spotted furiously and feverishly screaming after Russell Wilson attempted a fade pattern to tight end Jimmy Graham from the Rams’ 1-yard-line late in the third quarter Thursday night.

Not only did Wilson’s pass fall incomplete, it was nearly picked off.

Sherman appeared to be yelling at offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after the play. The cornerback later admitted it was coach Pete Carroll he was barking at.

Two plays later, Wilson did toss a 1-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin. But the incident did not cease. Teammates Kam Chancellor and Bobby Wagner, and defensive coordinator Kris Richard tried coming over to intervene.

The tantrum drew so much attention that Carroll called Sherman into his office Friday morning for a heart-to-heart discussion.

“I feel very good about the exchange that we had,” Carroll said. “He really wants to do everything he can to help this team.”

It is the second such outburst from Sherman this season. He got into it with Richard during the home game against Atlanta last month after Julio Jones caught a touchdown.

Is Carroll confident that type of behavior won’t happen again?

“No, I wouldn’t say confident,” Carroll said. “I don’t know. I love this guy. I love who he is and what he’s about. These are all great lessons to learn. … This was a good instance for him to check it, and figure it out and make the right decision and move forward.”

Carroll was also asked when do these type of antics touch on insubordination?

“If we weren’t able to come back from that, I think so,” Carroll said. “And it would depend on how the meeting went – and it went very well, and it was very clear. And I know the guy I am talking to, and I know him as well as you can know a guy. I know how he feels about it, and I am fine about what happen.

“That doesn’t mean it was OK, and it doesn’t mean it wasn’t something that needed to be addressed. He was the only guy in my office this morning. We went right after it, and I was going to make my decision moving forward based on what happened and how we communicated.”

The incident Thursday was also another reminder how some of the players have not put the end-of-Super-Bowl, goal-line debacle behind them. Wilson threw an interception from the New England 1-yard line to lose that championship game back during the 2014-15 season.

“We don’t feel any different about what happened (in the Super Bowl),” Carroll said. “We shared that. That is never going away. It is one of those things. … that is OK. It is where you put it, and how you deal with it and how that manifests. In him, it came blasting back up (Thursday).”

Other tidbits:

*On Tyler Lockett’s first receiving touchdown of the season – a 56-yard scoring catch Thursday where he beat two Rams defenders – Carroll pointed out how the speedster out of Kansas State has gotten his burst back – and because of that, coaches have tried to use him accordingly.

Thursday was also Lockett’s first start of the season.

*As far as punter Jon Ryan’s status after being creamed on a 26-yard run off a fake punt in the fourth quarter, Carroll said he had no updates. He offered no clear plan on how the team would start looking for a replacement if Ryan is unable to go Dec. 24 against Arizona.

“There are a lot of guys who dropped notes in my suggestion box that they can punt,” Carroll said.

*The Ryan injury also raised the question – why try a fake punt with the game seemingly in hand?

“We were looking for it the whole night,” Carroll said, adding it had the impact of getting a turnover.

“It worked perfectly, except for the end of it.”

*Since being signed as a free agent Dec. 7 from Oakland, fullback Marcel Reece has caught three passes for 47 yards in two games. He tried scoring a touchdown from the 1-yard line on a run, but failed Thursday night. And he tried blocking for Thomas Rawls on a short scoring run, which was stuffed.

Carroll likes what he’s seen so far from the former University of Washington standout.

“He is really grateful for being here,” Carroll said. “He is adding a lot. He is versatile. He is smart. He gets it about what it takes (to make plays), and applies himself. We just lucked out in getting him.”

*Chancellor came out for a play Thursday night, and Carroll said the safety got the wind knocked out of him and also tweaked his back. The coach noted he would be just fine. … An update on tailback C.J. Prosise (shoulder) will be given Monday.

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