2. The Seahawks are expecting the unexpected from the New England offense.
After Tom Brady has been at the center for nearly two decades, the Patriots’ offense looks different with Cam Newton in 2020, when he took over after Brady moved to free agency.
The Seahawks know that Newton has played the Panthers several times, while Newton was involved with Newton twice during the 2015 MVP season, but that doesn’t mean he knows what to expect. This is especially true because, as Carroll notes, the Patriots, “are compatible with opponents as well as anyone in the game.”
Bill Belichick, perhaps more than any NFL coach, will change the game plan week-by-week depending on what an opponent has done well or what is available — a clear example that The New England offense has quickly changed to the 2016 season when Brady was suspended.
In New England’s season-opening win over Miami, the Patriots attempted just 19 passes, while rushing 42 times, including a team-high 15 carries by Newton, with 75 rushing yards and two touchdowns. But just because the Patriots were heavy in Week 1, Carroll knows they can’t assume they’ll see the same on Sunday.
He turned his attention to how he ran his offense in the first game, “Carroll said.” They can do anything in the second game. I leave it open to Coach Belichick … we’ve got to see what they do this time. There are not enough games for us in our new thinking to know what to expect here. We have to adapt to the game time.
“We have a real good background with Cam, but we don’t know what they’re going to do with him. It’s only one game. We don’t even have the advantage of a precision game to try such a figure. Is. It’s out. And they’ve been notorious for changing from one week to the next to see how they approach their opponents and everyone. So we’ll have to go into this game with a broader open-look, it’s almost Like the first game. We have some course information – they showed that they really wanted to play football, participated in the game 42 times, which is a great game. But we’ll see. We don’t know. ”
3. injury update.
The Seahawks hope they will find a player who was unavailable in the opener due to injury, receiver Phillip Dorsett II, while the status of two other players is less clear. Defensive end Rashim Green left Sunday’s opener with a shoulder injury, and although he was able to return to the game, there have been some sluggish issues and his position likely won’t be revealed until the end of the week. This is also the case with Cedric Obaguhi, who missed an opener injury.
“It’s going to take a whole week with us (Green) to find out how he comes back,” Carroll said. “He did some tests today, so we won’t know. Otherwise we’re in pretty good shape. We’re going to get Philippe Dorsett back on the field today, see how he is getting ready for the weekend. So we are very” Are in good shape. Cedric is still being interrupted a bit. We won’t know until the end of the week on Cedric. ”
4. Seahawks are practicing indoors, but expect air quality to improve by Sunday.
Seattle still has a problem with air quality because of wildfires all over the West Coast because the Seahawks drove Wednesday’s practice indoors – they also practiced inside on Friday and Carroll said they are in contact with the NFL , Which is monitoring the situation. Until Sunday’s game. So far the weather forecast calls for things to improve by the weekend, so Carroll hopes there won’t be a problem until Sunday.
“We’re in a direct relationship with (the league), and they’re monitoring what’s going on, as we’re doing,” Carroll said. “Hopefully, we will get a nice change in the weather here over the weekend. It looks like it could change to a few more weekends tomorrow, but we are very cautious about it and are working to find out.”
5. Carroll wants fans to shout loudly even when they are in the game.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, the Seahawks will play at an empty CenturyLink field on Sunday and have at least their next two home games, and the Seahawks remember being the fastest fan in the NFL, which would have made them personally happy is.
“It’s one of the great spectators in the game, playing here in front of our fans,” Carroll said, “especially the highest places you can find. The level of enthusiasm and energy and with the people of the region Relationship. Unique and extraordinary, nothing but a spectacle.
But while fans may not be in attendance, Carroll still wants fans to make some noise when the Seahawks make big plays this weekend.
“It doesn’t mean that when we score or do something, make a big play, sack the quarterback, people can’t go out on their front steps and start shouting, peering out their windows. Can get out, ”Carroll said. “I hope that happens. I’m thinking that should be part of the game, your responsibility is to connect with your fellow fans out the window. I hope that happens. We need you. We can give you something Will feel in relation. ” , We regret that we will not be able to play in front of our fans, but we will get it back. In the meantime, be creative, find out. Let’s rock at home and neighborhood. Wherever you are, the building you are in is all fun. ”
6. The Seahawks will look to include more players in the defensive line rotation.
Carroll generally prefers a deep defensive line rotation that keeps everyone fresh, but in the Seattle opener, defensive end Benson Mayova played 90 percent of the defensive snaps, while Bruce Irwin played 85 percent. Irwin’s snap count will always be slightly higher as he plays with the linebacker and the finish, but Carroll still wants to see that rotation continue to advance.
“I don’t want them to really play that much,” Carroll said. “We want to rotate better. We had some new people – Damontre (Moore) wasn’t around for a long time, we didn’t trust him that much. We want our rotation better than that, more evenly. If We are matched up if we can. Sometimes you can. Sometimes we can’t. Bruce is double dipping because he is playing the ‘backer spot’ on the outside, he is actually doing it. Lol. He’s getting a lot of drama there. Find it out as we go. ”