Pete Carroll's focus last week was third downs; this week he added turnovers to the list.
The Seahawks fumbled the ball five times against Tennessee on Sunday -- Chris Maragos lost it twice on that comically botched field goal try at the end of the first half.
"We counted up four fumbles in this game that we can’t accept in any way. So our attention to that issue will be as acute as we can make it," Carroll said. "We’ve been turning the ball over a couple of times in every game (the past four games), and that’s way too much for us. We've got to get some games where we shut it out and don’t give them one, and hopefully we can get that started soon."
The Seahawks have turned it over 10 times, including twice in each of the past four games. But their defense also has forced 17 turnovers, tied for second in the league, and the Hawks are tied for third in positive differential.
The Tennessee game was as sloppy as the Hawks have been with the ball. They were fortunate to lose only two of the fumbles -- the Maragos play and Sidney Rice's ill-advised reach for extra yardage as he was tackled in the third quarter.
Carroll has pointed out the Rice reach-fumble as a complete no-no for Seattle ballcarriers.
Derrick Coleman fumbled out of bounds inside the Seattle 20-yard line. "The tackler got underneath him and got his helmet on the football, knocked the ball out," Carroll said. "(It's) something that’s another big deal to us, and so it’s another good illustration that we fortunately survived."
Russell Wilson had thrown an interception in four straight games, but he prevented a turnover in this game when he got a lucky bounce on Marshawn Lynch's fumble inside the Titans' 5-yard line in the fourth quarter (the Hawks ended up with a field goal). Lynch has coughed it up twice in the last three games.
"Usually guys don’t get to the football on him," Carroll said. "He’s very good on not allowing guys to get to the ball, and those were unusual situations, both times, the last couple of weeks. So they’re all unique learning opportunities and hopefully we’ll do better."
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Carroll is happy to be 5-1 while knowing his team still is not anywhere close to as complete as it should be later in the season.
"It's nice to learn while you’re winning, and I think that’s where we are and that’s what we’re hoping to continue," he said. "I don’t know if we’ll be able to reach the levels that we saw late last year, where we were scoring points at a huge rate and all that. That was an enormous run that we had (150 points in a three-game stretch in December). But that’s good to expect that and I’d like to see that, too.
"We can continue to grow and expect to continue to get better," Carroll added. "We really feel positive about it. More so than you guys (media and fans) feel after watching this (Tennessee) game, we feel good about what happened because I think we made some progress in this week.”
Carroll obviously is not completely satisfied with the play of the offensive line, but he said, "I think that (rookie right tackle) Michael Bowie played better. Again, (substitute left tackle) Paul (McQuistan) had a nice game at his side. Those are still issues for us, you know, those guys coming on and filling in, and they have to get better because they’re still going to be there for a while. Breno (Giacomini) and Russell (Okung) aren’t coming back right away. So we hope to continue to grow there."
Giacomini, dealing with a knee injury, is likely out for 2-3 weeks longer. Okung is on short-term injured reserve with a toe injury and will not be able to return until Week 11 against Minnesota, at the earliest.
Carroll was satisfied with the play of the linebackers without Bobby Wagner (high ankle sprain): “They did real well. Malcolm Smith jumps back to the WILL linebacker position, where he’s played so much for us in the past; he had no problem at all. He had some really good plays, good coverage work and some real nice tackles. K.J. Wright ran the whole show. He did a great job of making the calls and the adjustments and all of that. He played a good, solid game as well. He’s real comfortable inside, it’s not a big transition for K.J.; he loves playing inside. We’re very fortunate to have the depth to be able to withstand that. It’s worked out fine for us, and I was really proud of those guys that they played so well with short notice.”
The Seahawks, who have let two linebackers go in roster moves this season, tried out several linebackers Monday, including former 49ers Larry Grant and Tavares Gooden.
The Hawks surprisingly released backup middle linebacker Allen Bradford after Week 1 in order to add a third tight end, Kellen Davis. They then dumped John Lotulelei to claim quarterback B.J. Daniels on Oct. 2.
Percy Harvin (hip) did not practice this week because it is a short week, Carroll said, adding that "he’ll have a rigorous (workout) week … to see where he is for next week and see what that tells us.”
The Seahawks have good reason to be very certain about Harvin's readiness to practice and play. They will have only three weeks to activate him once he does begin to practice. They can keep him on PUP through Week 11 if they so choose.
"Everything is going great, and there have been really no setbacks now, and he’s ahead of schedule in a number of areas," Carroll said, adding that Harvin ran hard at the stadium before the game Sunday. "It’s looking good, but I can’t tell you if that’s a month or three weeks. I don’t know. We’ll just have to wait and see."
Injury report: DE Chris Clemons (elbow) practiced Wednesday and is questionable. “He definitely has a chance,” Carroll said. … RB Marshawn Lynch (hip) is probable. “He feels good enough and he should be good,” Carroll said. “But we won’t really know until we get out there and start playing.” … Giacomini, LB Bobby Wagner (ankle) and RB Spencer Ware (ankle) are out.