Ask John Carlson
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM ETJohn Carlson
Seahawks tight end John Carlson answered your questions about Pete Carroll, this weekend's divisional matchups, and more during a live chat on Friday.
Cody Anderson, Port Townsend, WA
1:32 PM ETHey John, I'm really excited and confident that Caroll and the new coaching staff can turn things around for us and bring us back to Super Bowl form. How pumped are you for next year, and how do you think this will affect your performance next year?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksWell, there's going to be a transition period. As players we're going to have to learn a new offense obviously and get used to dealing with different coaches. That being said, this year wasn't acceptable. We didn't win enough. I'm excited about getting at it in the offseason and re-focusing on preparing to have a good season next year.
Chris Rudin, Seattle
1:34 PM ETBoth Mora and Carrol have been labeled "Player's Coaches". Do you find this to be an accurate description of Mora and how do you think Carrol's style will lead the team to more success than his predecessor?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksThat term, "players coach," is thrown around a lot, and I'm not sure I understand it completely yet. The biggest difference between Holmgren and Mora was that Mora was defensive-minded. Comparing Mora to coach Carroll, I haven't met him yet or practiced with him yet. But again, he's defensive minded. The label has been thrown around with him, and we'll wait and see about that.
1:36 PM ETOne of the most exciting things i've heard about Pete Carrolls philosophy is that he believe in tailoring his basic system to best suit his players strengths. It seemed to me that you weren't put in the proper places to suceed last year.Are you excited about working in a more adaptive system?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksI'll say that it is important, as a player, to be put in position to use your abilities and talents. Everyone at this level is talented and fast and strong, but we're all unique. Hopefully we will be allowed to do what we do best and put in position to make plays.
Joel, Tacoma, WA
1:37 PM ETJohn- I'm a big fan of yours and you're one of my favorite Seahawks. I have 2 questions: 1) What are you looking forward to most about playing under coach Carroll? 2) How excited are you that Alex Gibbs is coming to town? If he improves the OL's blocking, it could potentially mean bigger numbers for you as you wouldn't be needed to help the tackles as often. Thanks!
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksI'm excited at just improving our offense and being more productive. Anything we can do to improve excites me. As a tight end, I want to catch the ball and make plays in the passing game. But I also hope we run well, too. Whatever we can do to improve our offense, bringing different coaches or changing schemes, it excites me.
1:39 PM ETJohn, first, thanks for all you do for the Seahawks. I can't help asking this: How surreal is it going to be for a Golden Domer to have a USC coaching legend as your head coach?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksWell, it'll be interesting to transition from the coaches I've had and going to Weis and now Carrol. But really, transition is part of this business. If you're in it long enough, you'll come across a lot of different people. To me, it's funny and ironic, but I'm in this to win games like everybody else. Hopefully that'll come to fruition.
Ryan M., Seattle
1:41 PM ETDo you think the teams number 1 priority should be improving the O-line?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksI think every aspect needs to be better. Problems last year weren't just O-line. In order to win on the road, every position needs to play better.
Darryl Althauser, Indianapolis, IN
1:42 PM ETHave you talked to Lofa, Jackson, or Williams about once again playing for Pete Carroll? What is was their reaction and what do you think?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksI haven't sat with any of them, just some text messages. But they are excited because of their tremendous success with coach Carroll at the college level. We're all excited about what he can do at this level.
Josh Barker, Barnum, Minnesota
1:43 PM ETWhat made you leave our beautiful home state of Minnesota and play for Notre Dame? Did the Gophers not show much interest?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksOne of the main reasons I didn't go to Minnesota was that they didn't have an on-campus stadium. Playing at the Metrodome as a college kid didn't really excite me. But I think it's great for the program that they have one now, and I look for them to steadily improve.
Eric, Renton, WA
1:44 PM ETDo you think the Seahawks need more leadership on the field?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksFor me, this was my second year in the league, so I still consider myself relatively new. On offense, Matt is a great leader. But it hurt to lose Walter Jones. He's such a great leader. We've got veteran guys at the receiver position. I felt we had enough leadership on the field, we just couldn't score enough points to win games.
1:46 PM ETHi John. What do you think, who was the best TE in the NFL this season? go seahawks!
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksDallas Clark had tremendous numbers, and he's a phenomenal receiver. But I'm a big fan of Jason Witten. He's such a complete player and stiff arms people after the catch. He would be my favorite. Antonio Gates is also a great talent. There are a lot of great athletes at the tight end position right now.
1:47 PM ETWhat LB do you fear the most?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksI'm not going to concede fear, but I will say there are linebackers I respect more than others. As an OLB, DeMarcus Ware is a tremendous talent. At the inside, Patrick Willis is a guy we see twice a year. He's got great speed and is smart and can hit. He's also a phenomenal player.
Trevor, Kelowna, Canada
1:49 PM ETHey John - love the "game" that your bring! My question is this - how tough or difficult is it going to be adjusting to a different offensive scheme/verbiage for the third year in a row. Ever been through that before? Thanks and best to you and your family in 2010.
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksI've never had to do this three years in a row. In college I had two different head coaches with two offensive systems. It's challenging, but at this level you have so much time and so many opportunities to sit in meetings and learn the offense on paper. And then OTA's and minicamps. It's easier to do it now than college, because you don't have to worry about classes, which gives you more time. Hopefull there will be some carry-over in the terminology.
1:51 PM ETDo you think the saints will beat the cardinals this saturday?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksI think homefield advantage is significant. The Saints are great and have a ton of weapons. I do think the Saints will win.
Lenny Lara, Alta Dena, Calif.
1:52 PM ETJohn, Great to have you hear for a chat on NFL.com! Who do you like in this weekend's division playoff games? I'm picking the Vikings, Cardinals, Chargers and Colts. What say you?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksSaints, obviously. But the Vikings-Cowboys is going to be a great game. I'm going with the Cowboys. Gotta go with the Colts and Chargers.
sam marteka ,10, connecticut
1:53 PM ETwho do you think will be super bowl champs and who would your dream machup include?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksI'd love to see the Saints and the Colts, and I think the Colts are going to win it.
Scott, Fayetteville, N.C.
1:53 PM ETYou have done really well since entering the league in 2008. How do you see your role evolving over the up coming years with the addition of housh on the team? Will it hurt or help your catch/yards ratio?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksAt times stats can be misleading, because there are a lot of factors that shape those numbers. Having another offensive weapon is a benefit to me. Housh is a tremendous talent. They have to focus a lot on him, and the more they have to focus on him it's going to open things up a lot for me.
Ryan Moore, Richmond Beach, WA
1:55 PM ETHi John, Where is the toughest place to play on the road? Why?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksThis year, the Metrodome was a difficult venue. It's so loud there in the dome stadium. I've also heard playing in New Orleans is tough for the same reasons.
Daniel , Tacoma
1:56 PM ETcan they move you to wideout or do you like where you at?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksWell, if I were faster and a little more nimble then they might consider it. But I don't really anticipate that move. I really enjoy playing tight end, so it really works out.
gerald, salt lake city
1:57 PM ETwhat do you think and or hear from outher seahawks about the need for a QB change? Matt is in my oppion the greatest QB in seahawk history. having said that injerys have realy slowed him in the last 2 years,is he gona be able to return to his former self?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksWell, to be honest, I haven't had any discussions with teammates about Matt. In my opinion, he's a great leader and smart. I don't think the casual football fan realizes how smart of a player he is, how many times he changes calls at the line based on the defense. I'm a huge fan, and as a young player he has really helped me along. I'm always going to be a supporter of Matt.
1:59 PM ETWhen a new coaching staff comes in, what are the players thinking? What are they worried about, and what are they excited about?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksWhen transition happens, we all wonder if we have a job or not. That's the first thing on our mind. If that's secure, then you move on to learning and knowing the coaching staff, getting a feel for their personlaities. Once we're at that stage, it's all about preparing for the next season. It's a process I'm going through for the third time in three years, but I'm ready for it.
Jordon, Green Bay
2:01 PM ETHey John, What do you like to do for fun in the offseason?
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksWell, I really love working out and training to prepare my body. But right when it's over, it's about healing. That's where I'm at now, resting up. In a couple weeks I'll start training. I really love to read, so we do a lot of that. And my wife and I like to do a little traveling and spend time with our dog.
John Carlson, Seattle SeahawksHey, everyone... I appreciate all the questions from you. Thanks for all the support, and I'm looking forward to a great season next year.
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