ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia reports that Seattle Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll has been stressing rest and rejuvenation to his players this week. The Seahawks, and the defense in particular, are coming off of a grueling overtime battle that ended in a 6-6 tie with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.
Carroll has demanded that his players get eight or nine hours of sleep every night, drink plenty of fluids and consume as many carbohydrates as possible. The team’s director of player health and performance, Sam Ramsden, has worked with Carroll and the players to ensure they will be fit to hit the field this Sunday afternoon.
Seattle’s defense was on the field for an absurd 46:21 in the 75-minute marathon with a handful of players playing more than 100 snaps. Safety Kelcie McCray logged 108 plays, 13 of which came on special teams. Linebackers K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner were each out there for 102 snaps while defensive backs Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas each played 99.
Sherman was particularly exhausted and even said he wasn’t able to make it from the shower back to the locker room under his own power.
“They didn’t let me lose consciousness, but I definitely wasn’t focused. That’s why they wouldn’t let me go for a long time until I got my focus back, and they looked me in the eye, and they just kept saying I wasn’t right and I was looking clammy and stuff like that. But after a while, you get some energy, you get some food in you, you get your stuff back.”
Sherman received several bags of intravenous fluids once the game ended, but he said he wasn’t feeling like himself until after the team arrived back in Seattle.
The 4-1-1 Seahawks will now head to New Orleans to take on the 2-4 Saints on Sunday afternoon.