The Seahawks returned to team headquarters in Renton on Wednesday to begin preparing for a huge Week 2 matchup with the New England Patriots and their new quarterback, Cam Newton. As is usually the case, head coach Pete Carroll took to the podium to discuss the state of his team and Sunday’s game.
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Here’s a look at what the head coach had to say that stood out.
Hard to prepare for Patriots’ offense
With no preseason this year and Newton having taken snaps in just one game so far for Bill Belichick’s team, it’s a tall order for Seattle to know what to expect from the Patriots when they come to CenturyLink Field.
“We do 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,” Carroll said. “… They have been notorious for changing from one week to the next in how they approach their opponents and all, so we have to go into this game with a real wide-open look.”
The Seahawks can at least expect a lot more running by the quarterback than in previous meetings with New England when Tom Brady was at QB. The Patriots ran the ball 42 times to just 19 pass attempts in a 21-11 win over Miami last weekend, with Newton leading the team with 15 carries and 75 rushing yards.
“They showed that they really wanted to run the football quite a bit, ran it 42 times in the game which is a great commitment,” Carroll said.
What is helpful is that Seattle has a lot of experience playing against Newton from his time with Carolina, who the Seahawks had a seemingly yearly rivalry matchup with during Newton’s tenure.
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