Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll hopes his team's back-to-back wins represent the latter, but also knows there is work to be done to prove that those two wins meant anything more than, well, two wins.
For the first time this season, the Seahawks are coming off of consecutive victories, and with their next three games at home, all against teams with losing records, it suddenly looks like the Seahawks can make something out of a season that looked lost less than two weeks ago.
And more important than the two victories themselves is how Seattle is winning. The Seahawks have been able to run the ball and they've continued to grow on defense and now look like a truly elite team on that side of the ball. And after weeks of struggles, special teams are starting to again be a strength for Seattle, rather than a liability.
"I think we're coming around," Carroll said. "We've got to do something with this week -- two weeks doesn't mean much to me -- but it is two weeks better than we were. ... It's taken some time, for all the obvious reasons we've talked about a thousand times, but it feels a little different right now. I think we're playing more physical as a team, there's a more physical nature to our play. I think we're feeding off of one another."
The obvious reasons Carroll refers to include the team's youth, the time they lost during the lockout that could have helped develop said youth, and also a brutal first-half schedule that featured five of eight games on the road and six games against opponents that currently have winning records. But now this young team looks like it is coming together, and just as importantly, the schedule becomes a lot more manageable from here on out.
All that being said, however, Carroll knows these past two wins won't mean much if his team can't continue to grow over the last six games of the season.
"It doesn't matter if you've won every game right now," Carroll said. "You haven't done anything yet. It ain't over. You haven't made it to the playoffs. You haven't won a division. You haven't done any of that stuff yet. All of that, you postpone that until they put an asterisk by your name and you've accomplished something. I think you have to really be patient to call it what it is, either way. Like I kept saying, there are a lot of games out here. There's a lot of wins to be had if we can do it. If we stay on course with what we're doing right now we've got a formula that can get us close in every game we play. It doesn't matter who we play. I don't care what their record is or where they come from. It doesn't matter right now. That's a good feeling in here. How that works down the stretch we'll find out."
The Seahawks came out of Sunday's game healthy for the most part, but receiver Ben Obomanu did suffer what Carroll described as, "A little bit of an ankle sprain and a little bit of a knee thing." Carroll said Obomanu's status for this week is not yet known, but that the injury is not severe enough for him to be ruled out. Safety Atari Bigby and defensive end Anthony Hargrove, who both missed Sunday's game with hamstring injuries, should return to practice this week, Carroll said.
Herald Writer John Boyle: email@example.com. For more Seahawks coverage, check out the Seahawks blog at heraldnet.com/seahawks
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