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Pete Carroll true to self in first game back

Arash Markazi's column on Pete Carroll for ESPNLosAngeles.com provides entry into the coaching aspect of the Seattle Seahawks' 31-6 home victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

The column focuses on Carroll's unapologetic enthusiasm and how it came out Sunday during his first game back in the NFL.

There was also substance behind Carroll's coaching style. Early indications suggest the Seahawks outcoached the 49ers in this game. Seattle adjusted offensively by going deep with double moves after the 49ers' aggressive coverage succeeded early. On defense, the Seahawks kept the pressure coming and got better as the game progressed. They were sound in the red zone (as the case was years ago when a healthy Lofa Tatupu was at his best).

For all the emotional energy Carroll brings, the Seahawks didn't panic when things went wrong early. Nor did they lose focus once they jumped into the lead.

The usual only-one-game disclaimers apply, but Carroll and his staff answered some questions this week.

The fact that quarterback Matt Hasselbeck again mentioned offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates by name during his postgame comments is telling. Hasselbeck is a smart player. He knows good coaching. He wouldn't be going out of his way to mention Bates by name if he didn't think the coordinator was doing an excellent job. The Seahawks kept Hasselbeck clean in this game even after line coach Alex Gibbs quit and Tyler Polumbus had to start at left tackle on an emergency basis.

I'm not sure whether all those things are sustainable, but they happened Sunday and that's all that matters for now. The team will get left tackle Russell Okung back from injury. The offense should improve as it plays more together.

Just a hunch: Expect another strong game plan from Bates in Week 2, when the Seahawks face his former team, the Denver Broncos.