The Seattle Seahawks lost a tough one Sunday at CenturyLink Field, falling 17-14 to Washington. Seattle administered a lot of self-inflicted wounds in this one, including kicker Blair Walsh missing all three of his field-goal attempts (44, 39 and 49 yards), putting all three wide left. Here’s Walsh, who came into the game 12-for-13 on field goals this season, speaking after the game:
And here’s what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say in his opening remarks:
“This was a really difficult game for us. We made this so hard on ourselves. All of the things that happen when you lose a game showed up. Turnovers, penalties, getting beat deep, easy scores for them, the difficult challenges just moving the ball down the field because we’re in our own way. We really played against ourselves all day long. We’ve had enough penalties already in this season where you could say one of these games it’s going to jump up and bite you, and that’s exactly what it felt like today. It’s really important that we find our way, and find our way back and play good football. That was a bad day for us, I totally feel responsible for that. I don’t see anything other than that. I have to keep these guys from making penalties. I have to get it done. So we have to get at that. We’ve been on the topic and obviously we’re not doing the right stuff to get that done. This has never felt like such a big problem. It’s always been some issue, but I’m anxious to go get this think fixed and get us turned so that we can just go play against the other team instead of ourselves.
“A really good job by the Skins to stay in it all day long and keep battling and hanging, and they took advantage of their opportunity when they got it and they got a great win. It’s hard to win here for a team coming in, and it takes all of that stuff to allow that to happen. The kicks were a big deal, too, in this game that was so tight. It didn’t have to be. It didn’t have to be, but it was. As the weather shifted late in the game it was fine later, but early on it was a little bit of a factor. But it shouldn’t have been a factor that was as significant as it wound up being. We could have made this way easier for us. So it was very difficult.
“We have to bounce back, we go Thursday night [on the road against the Arizona Cardinals]. It’s really crucial that we turn the corner and get right back on track and get ready to play some football. It’s a long season. This game has nothing to do with the rest of the season at this point. There’s a lot going on and a lot to be done. We have to make sure that we come back out of this strong, and that I do a good job and get us back on track to keep us from getting in our own way.”