RENTON, Wash. -- Pete Carroll could tell the frustration was growing in his team, with Marshawn Lynch animatedly throwing his arms around in disgust and later vehemently talking with a coach on the sideline as Seattle's run game continued to flounder.
"There's already frustration now. I think you could see it in our play. I addressed that," Carroll said.
There were plenty of questions facing Carroll on Monday, a day after the Seahawks dropped a 34-12 decision to Cincinnati for their second straight loss and fell four games behind San Francisco in the NFC West.
Carroll said he can see how a rift could be developing with the Seahawks defense playing well for the second straight week and allowing the Bengals just three offensive points in the second half, but Seattle's offense continuing to stumble.
And he was left to explain his decision to start Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback.
Whitehurst took most of the snaps in practice last week as Tarvaris Jackson continued to recover from his strained pectoral. Jackson got his most extensive work on Friday and went through an early workout at the stadium on Sunday. But the situation with Jackson's injury was so tenuous, Carroll said, that Jackson asked to take very limited snaps during the regular pregame routine.
It was Carroll's goal to use only Whitehurst and give Jackson an extra week of rest, but by early in the second quarter it was clear Whitehurst wasn't the answer. Jackson went on to throw for a career-high 323 yards in just 2 1/2 quarters.
"I told him I was going to try to keep him out if I could, 'But you need to be ready because you never know.' And he was right on it and so we went ahead and went with him," Carroll said. "When he went in the game, I told Charlie, 'Charlie, be ready. You may have to go right back. He may not be able to handle it. We'll have to wait and see.' So that's where that all sat. We were very clear on it."
Carroll said he's going into this week with the idea that Jackson will be his starter in Dallas and that fixing Seattle's run game is a top priority. The Seahawks were held to 61 yards rushing and Lynch managed just 24 yards on 16 carries.
Even though he expressed his frustration visibly on the field, Lynch put much of the blame on himself afterward.
"I just felt the first half was kind of my fault that the offense didn't get going the way it should have. There were a couple plays out there where I feel myself, I didn't execute right, and I think those were plays that would have put the game in a different perspective," Lynch said. "Just got to man up and say 'I didn't execute the way that I should have executed on those plays.' I kind of felt like I put us in a hole."
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