Pete Carroll: Seahawks ‘just need to get better’

The Seattle Seahawks routed the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.  Coach Pete Carroll hopes to keep the team together next season.

“We have what we need,” Carroll said, via the team’s website. “We just need to get back to work, when the time comes, with the right attitude and the right focus. That’s all I’m concerned about. We’ll have an opportunity to add some players to our team through the draft and all. We’ll take a good look at free agency.

“I don’t see anything that we need to add. We just need to get better.”

Carroll and general manager John Schneider will try to retain their own players who are scheduled to become free agents.  The list includes defensive lineman Michael Bennett and wide receiver Golden Tate.

“We want this team together, we want to see if we can keep this team together,” Carroll said. “Every decision is difficult that we have to face. And guys that are at the end of their contracts, those are big issues for us. We love the guys; we love what they do and what they bring. And we’d like to keep it together as best we can.

“John will be faced with some really challenging discussions and things to get that done, but we’ll be very much in concert on it and what we want to get done and then we’ll go set about it one step at a time. And it’ll take us a good while, always with our eye on what’s going on with the draft and all that, and we’ll see if we put it together just right.”

Carroll won’t talk about repeating as Super Bowl champions, he’s focused on improving the team.

“Let me say it even more specifically, it’s not about repeating to me,” he said. “That isn’t it. We’re trying to do something really good for a really long time. And we want to see how far we can go, and someday we can look back and see what we accomplished. In the middle of it, I don’t think it’s time to assess it.

“In this year, I never talked about the Super Bowl. I talked about trying to help these guys be the best they possibly can be.”

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