Carroll praises Bryant and McDaniel

RENTON, Wash. -- Defensive linemen Red Bryant has played a lot of great games for the Seahawks in his career, but coach Pete Carroll believed Bryant’s effort Sunday stood out.

“Red played his best game he’s played for us,” Carroll said. “I don’t know if you guys noticed that, but he was really in the backfield. It was really clear how forceful he was on a number of plays.”

Bryant missed the Atlanta game the previous week because of a concussion he suffered in the Tampa Bay game. But Bryant wasn’t the only defensive player Carroll praised on Monday. Carroll thought defensive tackle Tony McDaniel had one of his best games, along with defensive tackles Brandon Mebane and Clinton McDonald, who had the first interception of his career.

The Seahawks held Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson to 65 yards on 21 carries in the 41-20 victory over the Vikings.

“But it was really Tony and Red that made a big difference,” Carroll said. “Those two guys combined to really hit the line of scrimmage. Both guys got better, so it’s just another indication that there’s room for improvement. Their consistency and intensity was great, and they tackled well because of it. It was really obvious and exactly what we hoped.”

McDaniel had seven tackles, including one in the backfield. Bryant had three tackles, but that doesn’t show how disruptive he was up front all game. He had two tackles for losses and one quarterback hit.