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August 13, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Talking defense with Dan Quinn

Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn met the media Monday to review the exhibition  opener against the Chargers and also comment on some individual players.

The game was obviously largely an opportunity to get some of the team’s younger players some serious time on the field.

Asked who stood out, Quinn said:  “Really I thought, from the down lineman, that Jordan Hill and Benson Mayowa were two guys that really jumped out on film in terms of making some plays that said ‘Okay, they’re really challenging for some more play time.’ I thought that John Lotulelei had a nice game both on special teams and on defense. He played fast. Those were kind of the young guys that we saw. And then, there’s no new guys in our secondary, but there’s some new guys that haven’t played a lot like DeShawn Shead and some other guys that did a good job. Like I said there’s no rookies in that group, but a bunch of guys did well out there.”

Asked specifically about how rookie DL Jesse Williams played, Quinn said: “There’s a lot of plays where he’s giving us exactly what we’re looking for and then there are some other plays where we hope that he could do better. I know that we’re going to get him some more work as we move forward, like you said he has been limited some, but I think that his arrow is still going up. We know how strong and stout he is as we’ve seen out here on the practice field and I’m sure that we’ll see that during the game coming up too.”

Asked about the pass rush, he said: “Yeah there were a lot of rushers that were standing next to me on the sideline so it was nice to have some other guys. Our philosophy is next man up. Those guys, although Cliff (Avril), Bruce (Irvin) and Chris (Clemons) have been out for training camp, we’ve gotten to see some of the other guys get a good amount of work. I’m talking about Mike (Morgan), O’Brien Schofield, and Benson (Mayowa), and Ty Powell as well. We saw some of the same things that we’ve been seeing out on the grass. They’ve been working hard as rushers. That’s going to be an important thing for us. We use the term ‘Affecting the Quarterback’ a lot. Not just sacks, but how many times we can either bat a ball down or get the quarterback to move his feet, so those are important ones for us.”

Asked about the play of Hill and Williams rushing the passer, he said: “For Jordan, there were a couple of chances where we thought that he could get to the quarterback in the middle but he didn’t. We did like the rush that we saw from him, so hopefully he can provide some stuff for us. As far as Jesse, he was in on more run downs, so we didn’t see as much from him in rushing the quarterback as we did with Jordan.”

Here’s a little video of Quinn’s session with the media:

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