Upbeat and enthusiastic at all times, what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is thinking may be more evident when he doesn’t hand out effusive praise.
For instance, this was his assessment on Monday of left tackle Paul McQuistan:
His thought on the other side, where rookie Michael Bowie started at right tackle Sunday against the Houston Texans:
“He survived the game.”
When the ability to inhale oxygen is the most positive thing Carroll says about a player, it’s actually an indictment.
Both McQuistan and Bowie will likely be on the field this Sunday when the undefeated Seahawks (4-0) travel to face the upstart Indianapolis Colts (3-1) at Lucas Oil Stadium because right tackle Breno Giamcomini had knee surgery Monday.
Giacomini had the surgery to clear out “loose bodies.”
“The surgery went really well and the doctors were really pleased that there wasn’t a lot of problems with his knee structurally and that he can get back quickly from this,” Carroll said. “So we’ll hope, whatever that means I don’t know because he has to do the recovering, but they think that he’ll get back in a pretty short time here.”
The news about All-Pro center Max Unger, and his backup, was better.
Unger was inactive for the game in Houston because of a triceps injury. Carroll said the team is going to be cautious with Unger early this week.
“Hope by the end of the week, he’ll be able to go,” Carroll said.
Carroll did say that Unger’s replacement, Lemuel Jeanpierre, played “a great football game for us.”
That wasn’t the case for McQuistan, right guard J.R. Sweezy or left guard James Carpenter. Each was beaten by a menacing J.J. Watt and the Texans’ defensive line throughout the game.
With Pro-Bowl left tackle Russell Okung on short-term injured reserve, the Seahawks have few options beyond McQuistan. Rookie Alvin Bailey is next on the depth chart. He’s followed by newcomer Caylin Hauptmann, who is so fresh, he briefly went the wrong way in the VMAC last week after practice when trying to find the locker room.
Since Giacomini is out, the right side will again consist of Bowie, who made his first career start Sunday, and Sweezy. Carroll expects another week together will produce improved results.
“They’re going to improve,” Carroll said. “It’s going to be easier for Mike with the second time out at right tackle and where he’s really starting a game and he gets the whole week’s preparation. I thought that he and Sweez did better as the game went on together working on the right side. (They) struggled earlier and got better in terms of working together.”