Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is not blind to the "humbling" nature of the NFL.
He watched his side suffer a surprise loss at the Los Angeles Rams in the Coliseum last weekend, but the 68-year-old is keen to see the positives in defeat.
The 28-12 reverse means they are narrowly behind the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West as they battle for top spot.
They are heavily fancied to return to winning ways when they host the Carolina Panthers at CenturyLink Field.
But Carroll will be taking nothing for granted having seen too many big teams come unstuck over the years.
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“This league will humble you,” said the Seahawks head coach.
“You get caught up in it, it can humble you. The teams are so good, and it doesn’t matter what their record is. It’s just that day. That’s always been the case.
"So, you have to stay on it. You have to stay ahead. We’ve had some really good clubs that got humbled late in the year, too.
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"Hopefully that helps us to make sure that we don’t allow for any latitude at all that can get us and give somebody else an edge on us. We were jacked to play (the Rams). The whole week was a great week.”
The Seahawks have lost more times at their Seattle base than they have at home which is a surprise.
But Bobby Wagner has no doubt the roster will have put the defeat to the back of their mind and be solely focused on the Panthers.
“I think it's our mindset,” Wagner said “The way that we go about it is just to try to live in the moment. You let the whatever happened happen, the good and the bad."
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