5 Takeaways from Carroll's Monday Presser

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll met with the media on Monday. Among the highlights of his press conference was an update on when Max Unger may be able to return (hint, soon!), why the Seahawks aren't surprised by Tony Moeaki's success and what he thinks will be the toughest challenge in facing Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll met with the media on Monday. Here are some of the highlights.

5. Loucheiz Purifoy did not pass the Seahawks physical and therefore the team still has an open roster spot. Expect the Seahawks to fill it in the next few days as rookie linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis was placed on Injured Reserve and will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum.

4. Seahawks were confident that Tony Moeaki would pan out. "Everybody on the staff had a feeling about Tony," Carroll said. "We had seen him play before. We had a pretty good thought that he could be a help and he's taken some time and he's done better. I guess we would say we are really pleasantly surprised in the sense that he could help maybe so early but this is the kind of the player that he was." Moeaki has caught six passes over the past three games. His four receptions against the Cardinals led the team. His 63 catch and run last week against San Francisco is Seattle's longest pass of the year.

3. Carroll is impressed with Chip. "They're really explosive," Carroll said when asked about the biggest challenge the Eagles present. "They have a real style about them. You have to mention Chip [Kelly] - his concepts and approach - when you talk about this offense because it is what he has constructed over the years. It's innovative and it's well run and it's designed beautifully. They're able to carry it out with different players, different quarterbacks." Between LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles and Jeremy Maclin (among others), the Eagles boast the scariest skill-position speed of all of Seattle's opponents to this point in the season.

2. Max Unger is progressing and may even return this week. Carroll said that "the feeling is that [Unger] should be able to make it back next week. Unless, maybe we're able to get a surprise here in the next couple of days - still a little gimpy but getting better." The Pro Bowl center suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 11 and has been sidelined since. Lemuel Jeanpierre did a nice job last week in the win over San Francisco after Patrick Lewis had struggled a year earlier against Arizona. As the leader of Seattle's offensive line, Unger is arguably the Seahawks most important blocker. Getting him back in time for a playoff push would be terrific news.

1. The defense has been terrific but Carroll thinks things could get even better. "Dan [Quinn] has done a great job and the coaches have done a great job on the defensive side to keep guys growing and not get to the point where you get frustrated and it starts to work against you," Carroll said. "There's been frustration because we knew that we could better and the fact that we're just starting to hit stride now, I think our best football is still ahead of us. We have a chance to continue to improve and to grow and that's a beautiful thing at this time of year." Allowing six combined points over the past two games is sure to give the Seahawks great confidence. That's good because the club heads into Sunday's showdown with an equally explosive and well-coached Philadelphia squad.

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