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John Boyle | jboyle@heraldnet.com
Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 2:44 p.m.

Notes from final Pete Carroll presser of the season

Pete Carroll addressed the media for the final time to wrap up the 2011 season, and in addition to answering roughly 492 questions about the team's future at quarterback--more on this later, but to sum it up, he basically said they like Tarvaris Jackson, but will also be competitive there just like at every position--Carroll also had some interesting things to say, as well as a bit of news. Here are a few quick highlights:

--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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