Carroll: “We Played Like Garbage”

From Qwest Field, Seattle

There were not too many Saturday like this Sunday for Pete Carroll when he was at Southern Cal. Seldom was his team dominated like the Seahawks were controlled by the Chiefs in a 42-24 Kansas City victory.

“It was a disappointing day,” Carroll said. “We didn’t play anywhere near like we had planned. It didn’t work out in really any phase. It was a bad day for us out there, for the showing and the fans were ready to crank it up and get going.

“We played like garbage out there.”

So disappointing was his team’s performance that Carroll said they need to start over on Monday.

“We need to get a new start,” said Carroll, who is now 5-6 on his third trip through as an NFL head coach. “This start isn’t the one we wanted, so we’re going to start it again next week and see if we can get going.”

Carroll gave credit where credit was due, especially to the Chiefs running game.

“I thought the running game they brought in had been the best in the league,” he said. “We thought we saw some stuff that we could do and boy we couldn’t handle it. They ran the ball beautifully today. We got knocked around.”

QB Matt Hasselbeck was not happy with the play of the offense.

“We didn’t really accomplish any of the goals that we set out to do before the game,” he said. “We knew how they would play us for the most part. We had some ideas of what we could do against them, running the ball and throwing the ball we were pretty unsuccessful at almost all of those things.”


The Seahawks announced a paid attendance of 66,370 and they were an involved and loud group, and Chiefs head coach Todd Haley paid them their due.

“I’ve got to take my hat off to these fans,” said Haley. “They do a really, really, really great job. Other than our place, I don’t know a place like this. They can really swing the momentum; you can feel it. It could have gotten rolling the other way in this game, but we were able to put a stop to it before it did. That’s one of the keys to us winning.”

They sell the “12th Man” idea around the Seahawks and they like to brag about how many false start penalties they get at every game. They got the Chiefs, as LT Barry Richardson was called for a false start.

The temperature was 43 degrees at kickoff and there was no wind at all. The sun broke through the normal Seattle overcast and it was actually a pleasant day on the shore of Puget Sound.


This part of the Chiefs performance was not up to standards and the fact they were able to overcome not one but two blocked kicks speaks to how well the offense and defense played.

“Generally when you give up blocked kicks and blocked punts for touchdowns, you’re not happy at the end of the game,” said Haley. “But we’re happy.”

Here’s how the teams broke down, starting with the two blocks.

PUNT TEAM – CB Kennard Cox came through the middle of the Chiefs protection unit and blocked Dustin Colquitt’s punt. FS Earl Thomas picked the ball up at the 10-yard line and ran it in for a touchdown. “We’ve seen a couple things on tape that they showed and we just took advantage of it,” said Cox. “We timed it up all week. Coach talked about it and that’s what happened.”

It’s the third blocked punt of Colquitt’s career and the second in a row that was returned for a touchdown. San Diego got one last year at Arrowhead Stadium from FB Jacob Hester.

Other than the block Colquitt punted four times for a 45.5-yard average and a 36.8-yard net average. Three of his punts ended up inside the 20-yard line. The Seahawks returned one punt for minus-2 yards.

FG & PAT – Ryan Succop’s 43-yard field goal attempt was blocked by DT Craig Terrill.

“I got up between the guard and tackle and was able to get a hand up on it,” said Terrill. “I wish we could have picked it up and made something happen with it, but that’s the way it goes.”

Over his career, Terrill has now blocked six field goals. It was the second block of Succop’s career; Dallas got hands on a 53-yard attempt last season.

It was Succop’s only FG attempt of the game.

RETURNS – The Chiefs got nothing in the return game. Javier Arenas handled the punt returns, grabbing two for returns of 14 and three yards. On kickoff returns, Arenas got some relief and both Terrance Copper and Verran Tucker handled a return; Copper went 17 yards and Tucker 15 yards.

KICKOFF COVERAGE – This was a point of emphasis for the Chiefs as they were concerned about Leon Washington, who had a pair of TD returns earlier this season against San Diego. That’s why they had Succop punching out mortar kicks – kickoffs that went high and not as long as normal kickoffs. In the end, Seattle had seven returns for an average of 16.4 yards. Washington had five of those returns, his longest going for 23 yards. He did cough the ball up once, but was able to recover his own fumble.

OVERALL COVERAGE – Press box statistics gave Jackie Battle, Reshard Langford, Ricky Price and Verran Tucker credit for two tackles each on special teams.


Tony Corrente’s crew came into the game as the second ranked officiating group for penalties so far this season. But they finished up well under their average, walking off eight infractions for 76 yards. Five of those flags were against the Chiefs for 50 yards:

  • Offense – LT Barry Richardson, clipping, minus-15 yards.
  • Offense – TE Leonard Pope, holding, minus-10 yards.
  • Offense – Richardson, false start, minus-4 yards.
  • Defense – ILB Jovan Belcher, pass interference, minus-6 yards.
  • Defense – CB Travis Daniels, roughing the passer, minus-15 yards.

Todd Haley threw the red replay challenge flag once and hit. It came on the blocked field goal, where officials ruled that the block, an attempt by holder Dustin Colquitt to run with the ball led to a fumble and then Succop kicked the ball out of bounds. They were going to give Seattle the ball at its 47-yard line.

But Haley challenged the ruling and after taking a look at the play, Corrente ruled that Colquitt had recovered the block but was down by contact before he lost the ball.


First-year CB Jackie Bates made his first NFL start on Sunday against the Seahawks, filling in for the injured Brandon Flowers. Bates went out of the game in the third quarter with a left knee injury and did not return.

Veteran LB Brian Waters started his 144th game, tying him with Kevin Ross for the ninth highest total in Chiefs history.

The inactive players for the Chiefs were Flowers, WR Dexter McCluster, DB Donald Washington, FB Tim Castille, S Jon McGraw, LB Charlie Anderson, LB Justin Cole and DT Anthony Toribio.

While he was on the active roster, OT Branden Albert did not play in the game because of the groin injury he suffered last week. The only reason that he would have been dressed was as an insurance policy if either one of the other tackles were injured.

Inactive players for the Seahawks were WR Mike Williams, FB Michael Robinson, G Chester Pitts, DE Clifton Geathers, OT Will Robinson, DT Colin Cole and DT Amon Gordon. Seattle’s inactive third quarterback was J.P. Losman. With Williams out, Deon Butler was in the starting lineup for the Seahawks.

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