He’s heard the ugly stat before.
Since 2007, the Seattle Seahawks are 6-18 on the road, and besides three wins at St. Louis, the only teams they’ve defeated away from home during that span are San Francisco and Philadelphia.
Last season Seattle rarely competed away from home, losing seven games on the road by an average of 22 points.
Of course, the Seahawks haven’t been that great at home over the past two seasons, winning only nine games.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has not concocted some complex formula for winning road games.
He just wants his players to treat it like any other situation.
Just ask quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
“We haven’t beat many teams in general in the last two years, so that stat doesn’t really surprise me that much,” Hasselbeck said. “We’re really not doing anything different. Pete came in and his philosophy is a little different than the philosophies we’ve had in the past and basically we’re not talking about it.
“We’re not doing anything different and we’re just going to have the normal practice week that we have.”
Carroll is 11-21 on the road in his NFL coaching career, including a year with the New York Jets and three years at New England.
He’s aware of the Seahawks’ recent failures on the road, but like Hasselbeck says, Carroll is more focused on getting his team ready to compete in a hostile environment at Invesco Field today than what’s happened in the past.
The Seahawks are 5-20 against the Broncos on the road, one of the toughest places to play in the league.
“It literally just doesn’t mean anything at all,” Carroll said. “So I make no reference to it. I don’t talk about it at all. Even when you can draw the good stuff from it I’m not going to. That’s not the way we think, we’re looking ahead always. Maybe there’s something to that kind of history, but I don’t know.
“As far as I’m concerned there isn’t. So I’m not going to allow that to be something we’re talking about or dealing with.”
To help his team prepare, Carroll put his players through the same routine as when the team traveled to Minnesota for the third exhibition game, so guys are familiar with the weekend schedule and pregame workouts leading up to the game.
Linebacker Lofa Tatupu said the defense needs to help the offense by creating turnovers and getting the Denver offense off the field in order to take the crowd out of the game.
“Absolutely,” Tatupu said. “Your defense has to be sharp and your special teams (have) to help out because any time you’re taking a road trip, it’s going to be hard for your offense to get that communication and everything down. Just like when somebody comes to us, we get that crowd going and we use it to our advantage.”
Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley agreed with his veteran linebacker, but also emphasized Carroll’s philosophy of taking care of what the team can control and forgetting about the other stuff.
“I hope that is the case,” Bradley said. “That we go out there and take over the tempo of the game with our defense.”
For Hasselbeck, playing well on the road is just an extension of what his team accomplished at home last week in defeating San Francisco.
“Part of the point is that you need to dominate at home and you need to learn how to win when you’re not at home,” Hasselbeck said. “That is part of it. In terms of what we’re going to do differently, probably just concentrate a little more, communicate a little better and get a (good night’s) sleep.”