Seahawks RB: We Didn't Listen To Outside Noise

Chris Carson reflected on the Seahawks' season, which resulted in their sixth playoff appearance in seven years

Tiki and Tierney
January 15, 2019 - 6:17 pm

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After missing the playoffs last year for the first time since 2011, the Seattle Seahawks, many assumed, were in rebuilding mode. And after the Seahawks started the season 0-2 and 4-5, those suspicions were all but confirmed.

But then a funny thing happened: Seattle started winning. In fact, the Seahawks won six of their final seven games to notch 10+ wins for the sixth time in seven seasons.

If you were surprised by this, well, the Seahawks weren’t.

“We don’t really pay attention to outside noise,” Seahawks running back Chris Carson said on Tiki and Tierney. “We knew we had a young group and everybody was hungry. We didn’t have the big-name people besides Russ (Russell Wilson) and Bobby (Wagner). We know that we’re all young, and we was all fighting to get our names out there, to fight for respect. The Seahawks had that same situation in 2012, 2013. A lot of people didn’t really know anything about those guys, so we kind of took the same approach and just continued to get better.”

Pete Carroll, who has coached Seattle since 2010, played a big role in that.

“(He’s) not the youngest coach in the NFL, but he acts like the youngest coach,” Carson said of the 67-year-old. “There’s days where a lot of guys don’t feel practicing, including myself, but he brings out the best in everybody. He does a great job bringing that energy every day.”

Carson is proof of that. A seventh round pick in 2017, the Oklahoma State product rushed 247 times for 1,151 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns this season. He was the perfect complement to Wilson, who threw for 3,448 yards, 35 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

“He’s always positive,” Carson said of Wilson. “I haven’t really seen him get on somebody. He hasn’t like raised his voice or like snatched a guy up and go off on somebody. Me, myself, (he’s told me), ‘You can’t make that mistake.’ I’ve talked to him cool and calm, but I’ve never seen him go off on anybody. He’s just a good guy to be around. He’s always there if you want to ask questions. He’s always there if you want to get some extra work in after practice. He’s a great leader – one of the good guys that you want in your locker room all the time.”

While the Seahawks lost to the Cowboys, 24-22, in the Wild Card, Seattle should be in the mix for years to come. As for this weekend, the NFL might have its best final four in years, with the Patriots taking on the Chiefs at Arrowhead and the Rams taking on the Saints in the Superdome.

Carson, 24, doesn’t plan on watching it.

“No, I don’t watch football at all,” he said. “Even during the season, I don’t watch football.”