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RENTON Steve Largent Color Rush Jersey , Wash. (AP) — Going overseas to play a regular-season game for the first time in franchise history, the Seattle Seahawks did as expected for their trip to England — looking at studies, analyzing options of when to leave and when to arrive and how to keep the week as normal as possible.Added into that mix of planning was coach Pete Carroll reaching out to an old friend who became accustomed to making the trip to London on a yearly basis.Carroll said he spoke with former Jacksonville coach and current Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley extensively about how to manage the trip. Bradley made the journey once a year for his four seasons as the Jaguars’ head coach, a job he got after four seasons as the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator under Carroll.Carroll said the message Bradley relayed was making sure the distractions didn’t become overwhelming.“They had made it through the difficulties really and they had become so familiar,” Carroll said. “It was making sure that everyone was focused and not distracted by the trip and the event of being in a foreign country and all that kind of stuff. Just so there was a process of normal focus going into game time, they were concerned about that always.”Seattle will practice on Wednesday at home before packing up and heading to the airport for a roughly nine-hour flight that’s scheduled to land in London at midday Thursday. The Seahawks are leaving a day earlier than their opponent, the Oakland Raiders, who plan to depart post-practice on Thursday from the Bay Area.Carroll compared the situation to a bowl game like he experienced during his time coaching at Southern California. Except instead of spending a week in one place preparing, the Seahawks will have about 72 hours on the ground in England leading up to kickoff.“We have enough days to turn it around,” Carroll said. “There’s a lot of different ways people have done it — go over at the first of the week or wait as long as they can — and we have chosen our options after a long study and we feel really good about what we’re doing. We should be OK. We’ll be fine.”Seattle started asking its players to begin altering their sleep schedules following Sunday’s 33-31 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the hopes that when they board their flight at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday night, they’ll be ready to get a little bit of sleep on the plane.The players will need it because once they land in London, the Seahawks intend on holding a practice shortly after arriving. It’s partly to make sure they’re staying with the normal routine of game preparation and partly to help keep the players awake in the hope they’ll get into a regular sleeping pattern on their first night abroad.“I’m gonna try to sleep. Apparently right when we land, about an hour and a half later we have practice,” wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. “They’re trying to keep us up, trying to get our internal clocks ready for this game. So hopefully sleep.”Sleep has been a valuable commodity in recent days for offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy, whose wife gave birth to the couple’s second child late last week. Sweezy said he was looking forward to the chance to play in London, but he didn’t like the idea of being away from home for five days.“That’s going to be rough. It’s unfortunate but it’s got to be done Patrick Kerney Color Rush Jersey ,” he said.NOTES: Carroll said LB K.J. Wright (knee) will not play in London, meaning the earliest he’ll make his season debut is Week 8 at Detroit. Wright had what the team called minor knee surgery following Seattle’s third preseason game but now will have missed more than one-third of the season. Carroll sounded optimistic Wright will be able to play when Seattle returns from its bye. … DE Rasheem Green (ankle) will also miss Sunday’s game. Green has been inactive the past two games. RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Once Pete Carroll was finished answering for the shortcomings of a disappointing playoff loss, the oldest coach in the NFL started articulating why he’s so excited about what the future holds for the Seattle Seahawks.After listening to his enthusiasm it’s no wonder Carroll signed a contract extension to stick around Seattle a few more years to see if this group of Seahawks can develop into another championship team.“That connection they have to what we are asking them to do, and the willingness to practice that on a regular basis, to bring their attitude and bring their energy all the time, that’s rare. It’s special,” Carroll said on Monday.“And that’s what gives me the thought; I can go back a few years, I said the same thing four, five, six years ago, whatever it was now, you know? You can tell that the nucleus and the core of the team that you need to have a championship club is here.”Carroll’s feeling about the direction of the Seahawks after an unexpected 10-6 regular season and opening-round playoff loss to Dallas mirrors that of many of his veterans who believe Seattle is on a similar track to its 2012 team that unexpectedly made the playoffs with a mix of young talent and important veterans, and a year later won a Super Bowl.No one is going as far as to expect Seattle is going to be playing for a championship a year from now, but the Seahawks overhaul last offseason ended up being a quicker rebuild than most expected and has them in a place with fewer question marks headed into 2019.Instead of continuing a rebuild, the Seahawks could be more supplementing with the belief they are a contender.“We’re pleased with the progress that we’ve made with the guys we have, so we know we’re adding to. We don’t feel like there’s big voids and big holes Germain Ifedi Color Rush Jersey , so we’re going to add,” Carroll said.“To make this roster more competitive across the board is really the intent and make guys have to work harder to hold their spots and have to get better to do that. That’s right at the heart of what we’re all about, so we’re really looking forward to that.”In the short term there was still disappointment about last Saturday’s 24-22 loss to Dallas that ended Seattle’s season.Much of the frustration about Seattle’s loss centered on the offense and a game plan that seemed conservative and slow to adjust.Carroll tried to deflect criticism being thrown at offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, pointing out the success the offense had during the season both developing the top running offense in the NFL and having one of the best scoring teams in franchise history.Seattle was held to just 73 yards rushing by the Cowboys and was 2 of 13 on third-down conversions.“For somebody to look at this game and (say) somebody didn’t do this or didn’t do that, and try to hold that against them or whatever, is really unfair. Hold it against me, I’m the guy that’s in charge of this thing,” Carroll said.“There’s nowhere to look at an individual guy, it’s a team thing. But I’m on top of it and I’m the one to be pointed at. We couldn’t have been more committed to being an aggressive football team than we were this year.”Carroll did note that perhaps they were asking too much for starting offensive guards J.R. Sweezy and D.J. Fluker to play against a top defensive line after missing time with injuries. Fluker had not played in three of the final four regular-season games because of a hamstring injury, and Sweezy played against the Cowboys with a chipped bone in his foot.“They hadn’t been able to practice full speed for some time. (Fluker) had some plays a couple weeks ago, but no preparation for that and no preparation (last) week to speak of,” Carroll said. “They were very limited in the prep. That’s why I felt like it was a lot to ask of them but we went for it, and that’s the way we decided to do it.”Eventually Carroll is hoping the playoff disappointment against Dallas is the same kind of catalyst as the playoff loss to Atlanta in January 2013. That Seahawks team felt they let a chance slip away and it became a driving motivation in their championship run a year later.“It was a blast,” Carroll said of the season. “I love that game (vs. Dallas). I know it was ugly and hard at times and all that, but I loved that we were in it fighting and clawing and scratching up and down the sidelines seeing guys find their belief and again rediscover that belief and why we should keep believing.“Sure enough, Russell hits Tyler (Lockett) and here we go. We’re coming back. It’s an exciting part of it. This season was just kind of the tip of it with so much more. There’s so much more out there.”