Carroll: Seahawks wanted to be aggressive with late defensive play calls

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Washington Redskins v Seattle Seahawks

RENTON -- The Seahawks gave up back-to-back big plays defensively to Washington as they moved 70 yards in four plays for the go-ahead touchdown with a minute left to play.

On both big plays, the Seahawks were burned playing press man-to-man defense. Justin Coleman was beat by Brian Quick for a 31-yard gain as a five-man pressure was just late in getting to Cousins. Washington came back on the next play with a 38-yard pass from Cousins to Josh Doctson, who beat Shaquill Griffin up the sidelines.

Carroll said the decision to play man coverage was born from a desire to remain aggressive and pressure Cousins.

"We had had a pretty good day rushing the passer and we wanted to see if we could get after them and continue to be aggressive in that mode and that's what happened," Carroll said.

"Often the outside observations are that you play too soft and you give up too much when you're playing prevent and all that kind of stuff. Well, we certainly weren't doing that. There's a time to mix and in that one they got us. It happened really fast. It was bang-bang and they were there."

Carroll said both plays were well executed by Cousins and the Redskins offense and took advantage of the openings that were available to them.

"The one to Justin was a fantastic throw by the quarterback under duress," Carroll said. "The catch was good too. They just got separated a little bit on the break. And on the go ball, Shaq was in good position until about the 30-yard mark and there was a little bit of separation that occurred, a little bit of separation that happens sometimes and the guy made a great catch on a great throw. Both of those were exquisite throws and catches and sometimes that will beat it."

Said Griffin: "In a situation like that, I just have to be on top, and I feel like I let the guy get behind me on the last seconds of that route. I have to play the route all the way through and that's something I've got to do better at even if the ball's coming to me or not."

After allowing a touchdown to Donte Moncrief in the Indianapolis game on Oct. 1, Griffin vowed the experience would make him better because he didn't want it to happen again. He said he'll take the same approach to Sunday's game.

"I learned from the Colts game and I don't want to give up touchdowns and I learned from this situation to finish the game all the way through," Griffin said. "I'm going to continue to learn different things. I'm going to continue to go through different scenarios but one thing about it is I never make the same mistake twice. I learn from it, I went through it and it won't happen again."

Injury Updates:

Completely unsurprisingly, Seattle's injury list is lengthy the day after a game.

The Seahawks did not practice on Monday. They held a walkthrough Monday evening and participation for a regular practice is an estimation only.

Thirteen players were listed as not participating in "practice." That's seven new additions to the injury report coming out of Sunday's game. The new players listed are fullback Tre Madden (calf), defensive end Marcus Smith (concussion), wide receiver Tyler Lockett (shoulder), running back Eddie Lacy (groin), linebacker D.J. Alexander (ankle), guard Oday Aboushi (shoulder) and tackle Germain Ifedi (finger).

That's in addition to the six players that are holdovers from last week's injury list: guard Luke Joeckel (knee), tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle), cornerback Richard Sherman (Achilles), safety Earl Thomas (hamstring), cornerback Jeremy Lane (thigh) and defensive end Michael Bennett (heel).

Madden and Smith are the most significant injuries coming from the game. Carroll called Madden's calf issue a "serious injury." Meanwhile, Smith sustained a concussion that kept him away from the team's facility on Monday altogether.

The Seahawks could look to bring back Marcel Reece at fullback if Madden is going to miss significant time. Dion Jordan also appears set to be activated off the non-football injury list this week, which could serve as a replacement for Smith while he recovers.

Lockett, Lacy and Alexander all were injured in the game as well and their status for this week is uncertain. Thomas and Sheldon Richardson, who was listed as limited with an oblique injury, will also need to be evaluated later in the week to see if they can play.

Injury Report (Neither team practiced on Monday, participation is an estimation only):

Photo Credit: SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 05: Wide receiver Brian Quick #83 of the Washington Redskins is tackled by cornerback Justin Coleman #28 and strong safety Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on November 5, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Redskins won 17-14. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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