The Seattle Seahawks are heading into unfamiliar territory in the Pete Carroll era, plummeting towards the bottom of the NFC West standings. The numerous veteran departures, especially on defense, and a depleted offensive line have been the downfall of the Seahawks early on in the season.
But Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears has only added to the trying times.
Following their loss, Carroll said that starting running back Chris Carson barely received any carries in the second half, due in part to being "gassed" from playing special teams.
Prepare to hold your craniums, as Carroll flip-flopped on Tuesday, saying Carson wasn't gassed from special teams, and that he "misread" the situation. Huh?
Pete Carroll corrects himself from last night, says Chris Carson wasn't gassed from special teams snaps. Says he misread it on the sideline. I'm still confused.— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) September 18, 2018
So, to make things clear, Carroll thought Carson had no energy from playing special teams, and wanted to give rookie Rashaad Penny some carries. However, he then realized a day later that the running back participated in just two special teams plays on Monday night. Either Carson wasn't tired and just looked to be in rough shape, or Carroll made a decision on performance before trying to spin it.
Pete Carroll on decision to sit Chris Carson: 'I can screw up too' https://t.co/fTwZUeW17z— The Seahawks Wire (@TheSeahawksWire) September 18, 2018
Carroll went onto say that he encouraged offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to take shots down the field in the second half, which explains Seattle's pass-heavy offense in the second half.
The head coach will have to get a better read of his players this weekend, as the Seahawks face a tough Dallas Cowboys defense this Sunday.