Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and about 10 of his team's players had a meeting sometime before Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals to discuss the team's struggles this season, reports Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times.
Among the topics of discussion were the team's chemistry problems.
"Hard talks,” safety Earl Thomas about of the meeting. “Arguments. Like a family. And just like a family, we came together.”
The meeting took place before the Seahawks' 19-3 home victory over NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals. The win moved Seattle within two games of first place with five games remaining in the regular season.
After Seattle lost last week to Kansas City, the team felt the need to discuss various issues, as they were in danger of missing the playoffs a season after winning the franchise's first Super Bowl championship. The team's goal to repeat as champions has been more difficult after being beset with rumors of discontent among players after wide receiver Percy Harvin was traded to the New York Jets and Marshawn Lynch's possible departure from the team after the season.
But in the game against Arizona, the defense was stout, giving up only 204 yards. The passing offense, which ranks near the bottom of the league, managed only 169 net yards and quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked seven times.
"There’s a lot of talk out there. People are saying, ‘Aww, they’re not the same,’" said linebacker K.J. Wright. "We showed how capable we are. And we can still get better."
The Seahawks (7-4) take on the San Francisco 49ers (7-4) on Thursday.
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