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September 16, 2013 at 12:52 AM

What they said: Coach Pete Carroll

Here’s some of what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say after Seattle’s win over the 49ers tonight:

(Opening…)   What an amazing night for the 12th Man.  Unbelievable. I’ve been coaching for a long time and UoP )Pacific_ didn’t sound like that.  I’ve never heard a crowd like that.  That was so cool, to see them elevate for the night and really sustain it all night long.  To me, that’s the first thing to talk about, what a fricken night for those guys.  It was so much fun to be in the stadium, and our guys felt it and they played to it, and they put together a really good night.  It was not clean, we had a lot of problems, offensively, moving forward, and staying out of our own way.  The defense was so on it tonight, that it didn’t matter.  We overcame a lot of stuff that we hurt ourselves on.  What I saw is that we took this game dead serious and played it like a championship game, just like we did the opener, just like we’re going to go next week and the week after that from now on.  These guys did not get rattled by any part of it.  They were not phased.  Even the break, they were having a lot of fun in the locker room, waiting; they told us we were coming out, then they changed that time, and they changed it again, and they changed it again, and these guys were having fun and getting excited to go back out and play some more.  That worked out great.  I’m sorry for everyone that had to sit around for an hour, but it worked out ok for us.  It was a good challenge.  We’re learning about how strong we can be under all circumstances.  So that you know; on the first punt that got blocked, somebody blew a whistle out of the stands, and our guys stood up and looked around, they thought the whistle was on the field.  The timing just didn’t work, and they rushed when we weren’t ready, and they did a great job to block it.  The important part is that we stopped them, and they didn’t get any points out of it.  It didn’t matter tonight, the defense was just on it.  I think the guys, they are very prideful of this game, because they know that’s a really good football team.  We take the next up; who’s coming in next week, and away we go.  I was really excited about it, and we had a great time tonight.

(On Russell Wilson starting 1 for 9, but it didn’t matter… )  It had nothing to do with nothing.  It was just plays and situations and stuff like that.  I don’t care. He’s going to play a heck of a football game every time he goes out, and he did it again tonight.  He did a great job, legs-wise, and running stuff to get into position, in some bad situations that we were in.  He made the big throws.  He had another really good night.

(On being more aggressive against Kaepernick…)  The scheme worked out really well tonight. We’ve been practicing this stuff for a long time, it’s not an issue for us right now.  He did a nice job scrambling, he had a couple of plays where he got some yards.  He‘s a great football player, and that’s a great scheme that they run.  All in all, it was no factor in the game.  They had 62 yards at halftime, and they took every shot they could at us, with their scheme.  We were really fired up about that.  We’ve worked really hard to understand it and to play well, and we have a lot of room for improvement, but tonight all in all, it was not a factor in the game.

(On whether they made adjustments during the rain delay…)   Absolutely we did.  It was a great opportunity for us, I’m sure they were doing the same thing.  We did all kinds of things in all phases where it was needed.  We coached throughout the time, other than when the music was blaring in the locker room.

(On Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril… )  It was great to get those guys out there.  We’re still a ways away from getting it all just right, and we’ve got some guys coming back to us.  Clem is getting close.  When Bruce gets back, it’s going to be a pretty exciting group.  You talk about competition; those guys will be battling to get those rush opportunities.  We’re going to try to keep getting better.  It was great to have Cliff; Cliff was a factor tonight, and this is the first time we’ve even seen him play.  We’ve had no opportunities until now; he’s going to get a lot better.

(On what was better about the running game…)  I think the numbers turned out well; I didn’t feel like we ran it nearly as good as we can.  It was better.  Russell had some good yards, we had some really nice yards out of the gun.  Marshawn has 98.  We just looked better. But, we’re going to do better than that.  We’ll run the ball better than we did tonight.

(On whether the win is more special because of the opponent….)  They’re a tremendous football team, they were in the Super Bowl last year.  They’ve won a ton of games every year since Jim’s been there.  He’s done a fantastic job there.  So, we respect them tremendously; you get a win against a really good club.  We understand.  It’s 2 and 0.  They’re going to win a bunch of games this year.

(On what excited him about the defense…)  Everything.  They got nothing done.  What were their numbers?  What did Anquan do tonight?  Their quarterback threw for 450 last week.  He threw for 107 tonight.  We did everything we needed to do tonight on defense.  We took a couple shots at them; they had two big plays on their scoring drive.  We broke down in pressures, that’s how they got down the field, or they might not have made it that time.  We had a great night of defense.  Danny’s doing a fantastic job.  He’s adapted what we do and what we’ve done in years past to our players beautifully, so we’re really excited about where we’re going.  We have a long ways to go to utilize all of it, but he deserves a lot of credit.  Dan Quinn has done a great job for us coming in here.

(On whether they made a point to be more physical with Anquan Boldin…)  No, it wasn’t a during the week.  That’s just the way we play.  I thought that we mixed up and put Richard on him a lot in some situations, and that worked out great.  He’s a fantastic football player, he had 200 yards catching last week.   For our guys to hold them to 1, that’s a big night.  It took a lot of guys to do that, but Richard had an especially good night on him.

(On how Marshawn Lynch scored his receiving touchdown; waiting to go across the goal line….)  Yeah.  I’m sure somewhere.  I think it was the Tigers vs. San Jose State, back in ‘ 75.  [laughter]  I just wanted to make sure he got in.  He was kind of surprised that there was nobody there.

(On Russell Okung…)  He’s got a sore toe.  He did something, we don’t know what it is right now, we’re going to figure it out.  That’s the significant injury that happened tonight.  We can’t tell you anything, we don’t know anything.

(On other injuries…)  We had an ankle from Spencer Ware, we had a hamstring from Malcolm that was slight.  I think Richard Sherman’s groin tightened up a little bit.

(On Walter Thurmond stepping up…)  He’s done exactly what we thought he could do.  Our guys that stepped up last year, we learned that they could play.  Walter started right off the bat when BB was out, and other guys; Maxie showed up and Jeremy played great for us.  They’re really good players, so we know that they’re going to go in there and play.  So it’s not a surprise.  Maxwell played a lot in nickel and stuff, Thurmond was inside, he was out there too.  We’re very fortunate, we have a great group of corners.

(On being able to win utilizing both passing and rushing…)  I think that’s hopefully what a good team does.  It’s  not always going to work out just right, and you have to play one off the other.  The defense played the night of nights for us so far, it was a great night against a terrific offense.  It didn’t matter how much offense; we didn’t need very much tonight.  We want to run the football, we’re dedicated to running the ball, and we’re going to keep working until we really own it, and we don’t own the running game right now like we can.  We’ll get better at it.  It was a good night, yardage wise, but not as clean as it could be.  The big issue tonight was penalties.  We had some terrible situations that we put ourselves in.  It didn’t matter, but we got to get better.

(On outscoring the 49ers 71-16 in the last two games…)  That’s a really good team.  They’re a championship club.  They know what they’re doing.  They have great coaches.  That’s a great staff that Jim has over there, and they’ve done everything that you could hope to do.  They just about won the Super Bowl last year.  He could have beat his brother.  That’s pretty good stuff.  We have a big game against Jacksonville next week.

(On the Seahawks ability to resist more penalties…)  Thanks for bringing that up.  Because of knowing about the crowd, because it was the first time coming home, we made a big deal about that.  We wanted to play with great energy.  The last topic of the night last night was about poise, and making sure that we played the way that we’re capable, and didn’t get in our own way.  We did not at all. We kept our cool tonight, I thought we played like a championship group out there.  That’s really important, not getting caught up in the whole craziness of the night.  I was really proud of those guys, particularly Breno.

(On Derrick Coleman…)  He’s a good football player, he’s a really good football player.  And he demonstrates that not just playing fullback, but he’s one of our better special teams guy; immediately he has been.  He just started playing just now.  We’re thrilled about it knowing that he such upside.  He’s a good catcher, he’s learning the scheme; it’s a difficult scheme for the fullback and he’s done a really nice job.  We need guys that understand what it’s like to be a running back to play that position, because there are so many reads that are exactly the same as the tailback.  He’s doing a great job.

(On whether he made his birthday throw…)  No.  There was not enough wind.  I’m going to pick and choose that day very carefully when I take my job.  If I could wait until I get to Denver again, that’s what I did the last time.

(On the left side of the O-line after Okung went out…)  We had a couple of issues, but Paul did a fine job, to jump in there at tackle.  He took no snaps during the week at left tackle, and jumped out there for us.  It’s a big concern for us, but it was great to have a veteran who could move out and jump in there like that.  That allowed James to play left guard, so we were able to handle that ok.  I really can’t tell you how good it was.  I thought Aldon got right by us a couple of times, so we’ll see what happens.  Watch the film.



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