Pete Carroll thinks Jimmy Graham will have better games than he did on Sunday at Green Bay.
The numbers didn’t lie when it came to Jimmy Graham’s performance in Green Bay Sunday, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
The Seahawks tight end was held to just eight yards on three receptions on seven targets in a 17-9 loss to the Packers, his lowest yardage total in his three seasons in Seattle and fewest since he was held without a catch in a game in 2014 while with the New Orleans Saints.
Graham dropped a first down catch on a third down play early in the fourth quarter that would have gotten Seattle into Green Bay territory when it was still a 14-6 game and also had a pass thrown his way broken up on another third down later in the quarter.
“I thought Jimmy had a hard game,’’ Carroll said. “There were a couple of throws he had chances but they got broken up — they got legitimately broken up. But he had a couple of chances on big balls we went to him in critical situations and they did a nice job covering him and there were a couple of things we could have done better.’’
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Of the drop, Carroll said “he’s really disappointed in the ball that got away from him on the sidelines.’’
Graham was also the focus of one of the more controversial plays in the game, a pass thrown his way in the end zone in the third quarter in which the Seahawks thought pass interference should have been called on the Packers.
“It was unfortunate in the back of the end zone,’’ Carroll said. “Should have been our ball first and goal at the 1. He didn’t get a chance to make the play.’’
Carroll also gave a candid assessment of Graham’s blocking saying that he did well pass protection but that “the running game, it wasn’t his best game. He’ll do better.’’
Garvin not solely to blame on Green Bay TD: Other than a touchdown that followed a fumble at the 6-yard line the Packers’ only score came on a 32-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson on a play when Green Bay went no huddle and caught the Seahawks with 12 men on the field.
Given a free play Nelson broke off his route and Rodgers hit him behind the defense for a relatively easy score that made it 14-6 in the third quarter.
Carroll reiterated that linebacker Terence Garvin simply had to get to the sidelines…