SEATTLE -- Pete Carroll pumped his fists and hugged players, greeting nearly every one. He ran a lot on the sidelines -- on a left knee the 58-year-old had surgically repaired just two weeks ago.
And all that was before the national anthem. Then he high-fived the guy who sang that.
Carroll's first NFL game since Jan. 2, 2000, when he was coaching the New England Patriots, was more notable for the new leader's energy being as advertised than it was for anything the players' did.
Chris Johnson scored a touchdown to end Tennessee's first drive, on the same field where he became the sixth player with 2,000 rushing yards in a season last January.
Johnson had five carries for 7 yards on Saturday's initial drive. His score came on his third try from the 1, a cutback behind tight ends Bo Scaife and Craig Stevens.
"It felt good to get hit a few times because I really haven't felt that since last year," Johnson said in quotes provided by the Titans at halftime. "We still have some work to do together, (but) we'll be ready to go when it matters."
Chris Simms replaced Young with 4 minutes left in the opening quarter. The rest of Tennessee's starting offense was out by the start of the second period.
Tennessee got the ball back with a minute left, but Smith threw an interception to Kam Chancellor with 25 seconds remaining.
The toasty home crowd on an 87-degree night got its biggest thrill from Mike Williams. The receiver, a top-10 pick by the Detroit Lions in 2005 who ballooned out of the league for two years, caught a short pass from backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst midway through the second quarter. Williams, a former star for Carroll at USC, then juked Ryan Mouton with one step and ran 51 yards untouched for a touchdown to put Seattle ahead 10-7.
Chewing his gum intensely, Carroll bolted from the edge of the field to the bench in the second quarter to congratulate the Seahawks' defense following a three-and-out stop in the second quarter. He had a hug for Charlie Whitehurst after the backup threw the first of his two scoring passes, the 51-yarder to Williams that gave Seattle the lead for good midway through the second quarter.
Carroll had hugs galore -- even one for Mare after he kicked an extra point following Whitehurst's second TD pass, to rookie tight end Anthony McCoy from the coach's USC team last year. That made it 20-7.
And the new coach laughed throughout the game, often smiling as he talked to assistants upstairs on his headset.
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