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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

Energetic to an extreme as always, Pete Carroll covered a lot of ground in an end-of-the-season press conference that focused on two hasty developments in particular — the firing of offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and the hiring of recently fired Raiders head coach Tom Cable as assistant head coach/offensive line coach.

There had been speculation that Bates — who had a knack for being rather gruff, according to daily team observers — was let go primarily due to his inability to see eye-to-eye with former offensive line coach Alex Gibbs, whose sudden retirement the week before the season began was a "tremendous loss," according to Carroll.

But Carroll said there was nothing to the rumors that Gibbs bolted because of Bates, citing "philosophical differences" instead as the major reason for making a move.

"We saw things differently," Carroll said. "Let's just leave it at that."

Team insiders believe the Seahawks' 31st-ranked running attack that failed to have a player rush for 100 yards in the regular season was at the root of Carroll's decision to go in another direction.

"Not only did they not have much of a running game under Bates, they didn't even try to run," one source said. "They just threw the ball like crazy; all those 4th-and-1 fade routes got really old."

Suffice it to say new Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who worked with RB Adrian Peterson as the Vikings' offensive coordinator, will approach the run game a lot differently.

Bevell will get a big push along those lines from Cable, whom Carroll called "a younger version of Gibbs" firmly committed to the zone-running principles the Seahawks head coach savors.

"I'm really excited about Tom," Carroll said of Cable, whose Raiders rushed for 239 yards against Seattle in their 33-3 rout of the Seahawks in Week Eight. "I've been watching him for a long time now and have always been very impressed with him."

Carroll also indicated before signing off that he was impressed enough with the way QB Matt Hasselbeck performed in the playoffs to consider his re-signing "one of our top priorities."

We hear a new deal for Hasselbeck, probably for two years, is a good bet before the end of February.

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