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Seahawks’ Pete Carroll opens up about team’s pass protection

The Seattle Seahawks returned to their old ways of shaky pass protection last Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The offensive line struggled to keep quarterback Russell Wilson upright, as the Bengals got to him four times. In turn, the offense dug themselves into holes they couldn’t dig their way out of.

Never one to mince words, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told the media on Thursday that the pass protection wasn’t where it needed to be in Week 1.

“We weren’t as consistent at all as we had hoped to be. We thought we would be better in our stuff and play passes and all. We got some penetration. We had knocked back on some edges and it just wasn’t as clean as we anticipated,” he said, per Seahawks Wire’s Andy Patton. “They did a nice job and we needed to do better and so we’ll work real hard to get it back because we need all of that to have the offense we want to have rolling out there.”

Luckily for Carroll, Seattle should get a boost to their unit leading up to Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Veteran acquisition Mike Iupati should return soon to his left guard role, while Justin Britt has a week to recover after taking a beating early on against the Bengals.

The Seahawks offensive line has a tough task at hand against the Steelers. In 2018, Pittsburgh led the NFL in sacks with 52. They can create pressure on the outside with T.J. Watt or the inside with Cameron Heyward.