​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?

​​"I need to do better," said Carroll, during an appearance on ESPN Seattle. “I make mistakes, you know. I was off about that thing I said about Chris. He was on special teams a couple plays but I thought that was what happened. I just misread him on the sidelines a little bit and didn’t clearly understand. I just wanted to give Rashaad [Penny] a chance to go play and when he did Chris never really gets back in the game."


When asked if it qualified as a benching, Carroll said, "That didn’t happen. It just was the way that things turned and I missed it a little bit."


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.

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.