Highlights from Pete Carroll’s radio show

Here’s some highlights from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s Monday morning radio show on 710 AM:

– Carroll, of course, was full of praise for the way Seattle played in its 35-6 victory over Baltimore. He had great things to say about quarterback Russell Wilson, receiver Doug Baldwin, the offensive line and the run defense.

– With regards to Wilson, who’s in the midst of a historically good four-game stretch, Carroll said it’s all about the rhythm, which has been fast both in terms of getting the ball out and getting to the next play. The protection provided by the offensive line has played a big role in that. Carroll also said Wilson had a really good game with regards to changing plays and protections at the line of scrimmage, and said Wilson has a great command at the line of scrimmage right now.

– With regards to Baldwin, who has eight touchdown receptions in the past three games, Carroll said he’s just doing what he’s always done. With Wilson having more time to throw and the two increasing their understanding, they’ve just been able to connect more often. Carroll also said, without going into detail, that Baldwin had a great offseason of growth and learning.

– The Seahawks lost running back Thomas Rawls to a broken ankle and ligament damage in the first quarter. Rawls is done for the season, and Carroll said the ligament damage is actually the worse part of the injury. Carroll wouldn’t go into detail about how the Seahawks would address their running back situation, though he expects something to happen the next couple days with regards to signing someone.

Carroll said Marshawn Lynch is also in the equation at running back. He doesn’t know when Lynch, who’s still recovering from abdominal surgery, will be ready to play. However, he did say Lynch is fixed and that it’s just a matter of getting back into shape. Carroll also dismissed the notion that the offense functions better without Lynch.

– On defense, Carroll was really excited about how the team has stopped the run the past two weeks. He said stopping the run allows the defense to do so many other things to try and disrupt the opposing offense.

– Carroll also had lots of positive things to say about cornerback Richard Sherman’s role on the team as an emotional leader. Sherman has been seen being particularly excited on the sidelines while the offense has done things on the field, and Carroll said Sherman is playing an important role in bringing the offense and the defense together.

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