Pete Carroll on emotional outbursts: ‘We don’t need those distractions’

The Seattle Seahawks didn’t handle themselves well during last Saturday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and Pete Carroll isn’t exactly pleased about that.

“I think there was a couple outbursts that we had that we documented well, that really took us to a place we don’t want to be, we don’t want any part of it,’’ Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “The emotional side of it brought out some expressions, took us to a place that was a distraction and we had to get through and we did. . . .

“Sometimes the setbacks can allow you to grow and they did. We don’t need those distractions, it’s hard enough. It’s hard enough to get it done when everybody is in lock step and all of that.’’

Among the biggest emotional outbursts, veteran defensive lineman Michael Bennett appeared to be out for some revenge for having his season cut short with a knee injury suffered against the Falcons in Week 6. He had to be restrained by teammates after being banged up again Saturday. Then after he came back into the game he savagely went after Ryan Schraeder after the Falcons scored a touchdown, shoving his head into the ground and eventually ripping his helmet off (watch here).

Then there was some foolishness at the end of the game when the Seahawks blew up Atlanta’s offensive line as the Falcons were in victory formation, earning a 15-yard penalty.

There were other incidents that marred Seattle’s already frustrating showing in Atlanta as well, causing leader Kam Chancellor to lament his team’s inability to stay composed (more on that here). A team that has experienced more success than most in recent years, the Seahawks clearly struggled to handle themselves with good sportsmanship Saturday as the Falcons showed them up on the field.

Hopefully they can avoid these kinds of embarrassing displays in the future.