Seahawks adjusting to finishing season without preparing for playoffs

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The Seattle Seahawks will wrap up their 2021 NFL regular season in Arizona this Sunday with, at best, a 7-10 record. Coach Pete Carroll and his Seahawks haven’t had a losing season in a decade and aren’t used to finishing a year without having to prepare for the playoffs.

“Yeah, it is different. It’s been different for two months. It hasn’t felt the same,” Carroll told reporters on Monday. “You’ve got to do what you can. What I’ve found it, you have to stick true to who you are and what you’re all about and try to find the messaging and the teachable moments and the opportunities to get better in every situation, whether it’s going the way you want it to or not, and keep working to get better and staying at task there and standing for that.”

While fans might think the Seahawks have very little else to play for than spoiler for the Cardinals in Arizona, Carroll wants to make sure his roster knows much more than that is really at stake.

“Making our program stand for that, making our players understand that’s what this place is all about, and get comfortable with it or get out of here,” Carroll continued. “You’ve got to get with it. That’s the way we’ve been doing it.”

The Seahawks will square off against the Cardinals Week 18 to close out their season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:25 p.m. PT.

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