Pete Carroll excited about matchups offense has with Kellen Winslow

Pete Carroll says the Seattle Seahawks know what it takes to manage Kellen Winslow Jr. and his knee issues.

The Seahawks surprised some by trading for the veteran tight end and they’ll work him into the offense with Zach Miller, the tight end they added in free agency last year.

Zach Miller had a really good year for us last year,” Carroll said in a visit on 710 ESPN, according to “He did a good job of blocking and making the plays we asked him to make. We were pretty conservative trying to grow with the young guys up front, but we will continue to expand. We wanted the two tight end group and the factor that it brings to have a catching tight end that can really strike you. A guy that can block and do all the stuff. Zack can do everything. This matchup gets us back on track on how we wanted to express our offense. We like when Michael Robinson is in the game too. Michael Robinson is a good football player. He’s a Pro Bowl guy at fullback, but when he’s out of the game and we go with the second tight end let’s get a guy like Kellen Winslow that can catch the football and make plays and really change the games and be a factor.

“I think this was a tremendous get for us and as we manage our way through bringing him into our team we see so many aspects of how he can help us and you can just picture the third down and end zone stuff that he can really be a star and we’ll fit that in together.”

Carroll said he understands the knee issues Winslow has and the key is keeping him in shape to perform on Sundays.

“Really doing a great job on how we monitor him,” he said. “I have great sympathy for this knee thing myself. I know what he is going through and there’s time where he just won’t be able to work, but the magic in here will be our ability to keep him up to speed with the quarterbacks, so we have good time and opportunities to sync the timing of the passing game. He’s smart. He gets it. He studies. He loves the game. He is a great competitive kid.

“He wants to practice everyday, so it won’t max out a lot of walk through time and we’ll just have to really be efficient with the reps we get to get him right with the quarterbacks. That’s really the big issue. He’ll learn his assignments. It will be the timing of the whole thing. That will take us awhile, but we plan on doing a great job of taking care of his body, so that he can play on Sundays.”

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