The Seahawks soundly defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, but Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has already put the game in the rear-view mirror, and is more concerned about how the team will play in the future.
Carroll put forth that sentiment in a blog post on the website for his foundation, Win Forever. He celebrated the victory over Dallas, but made sure to emphasize the importance of looking ahead:
But that game doesn’t mean a thing to us now. After our "Tell the Truth Monday" meetings (which happen to be today because we play on Monday night next week), we won’t discuss the victory anymore. It’s in the past. We’ve moved on.
Because it’s what we do now that counts.
It’s a discipline to not let the past have an impact on your present. We’ve got to live it out every game, practice, week. No matter whether what just happened was positive or negative, you’ve got to let it go and perform in the moment. It allows you to play free and unhindered by judgments based on the past.
The head coach goes on to discuss how the Seahawks must approach this week, following a win, the same way they approached last week, following a loss.
The Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers next week in primetime on Monday Night Football. The Packers will be a tougher challenge than the Cowboys, and Carroll's advice to look ahead and treat every week the same will come in handy.