Pete Carroll: "We got to get back to work and really hit it on Monday”

Pete Carroll is known to be a player’s coach, and after a 6-4 start, he feels the troops need a good break. The surprise Seahawks have a late bye this year coming in week 11, and after a 28-7 thrashing of the New York Jets, he feels good about his team. They are second in the NFC west and a serious contender to the San Francisco 49ers. Carroll spoke about giving his team a week off in his Monday press conference.

“Taking everything into account, and the fact we’ve got to give them four days off (under the new CBA), it really doesn’t give you many options,” said Carroll

“I didn’t feel like it was going to worth enough for what we could gain (in practicing).”

The Seahawks return next Monday to begin preparing for the Nov. 25th game against the Dolphins in Miami. “Wherever they are,” Carroll said. “But I really don’t want them to try and do very much in terms of conditioning or strength work. We talked to them about, ‘Don’t go back to your guru workout guy and start carrying sandbags up hills.’ We’ve given them pretty strict guidelines.”

“I do feel good about where we’re going,” said Carroll, and he wasn’t talking about the trip to Miami. “We have worked really hard and the guys have performed very consistently. They’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do in terms of the prep and the focus and bringing it week in and week out.”

“Now we do have to see how we respond to the break,” he said. “But the motivation for me is that I believe these guys get it and they understand what we’re trying to get done. Now we have to prove that by how we perform next week.”