Notes from final Pete Carroll presser of the season
--WR Sidney Rice, who injured a labrum in training camp but returned to action after missing the first two games of the regular season, will have surgery to repair the injury, and is looking at a three-to-four month recovery time, which puts him on track to be back in late spring or early summer. CB Richard Sherman will have his knee scoped.
--The hope is that QB Tarvaris Jackson won't need surgery for a pectoral injury, but doctors will continue to monitor him over the next couple of weeks.
--Carroll confirmed earlier reports that two assistant coaches are leaving for college jobs. Assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus has taken the O-line at Illinois, and special teams assistant Jeff Ulbrich will be the special teams coach on Jim Mora's staff at UCLA.
--Carroll said among the priorities is improving the pass rush and getting faster on defense particularly at linebacker. Also said they'd love to add a "Touchdown maker" at RB or WR if one was available.
--Said he's most excited "about our depth on the offensive line."
--Said one of the most disappointing things this season was the team's inability to finish out close games and put a lot of that on himself: "I didn't do a good enough job preparing us."
--Overall, Carroll was disappointed the team didn't win more games, but was also optimistic about the future: "We feel like we've arrived at a foundation. I've very enthusiastic about that."
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