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September 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

What they said: Pete Carroll

Here’s what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say following Seattle’s 45-17 win today over Jacksonville:

Opening: “This was an interesting game because of the matchup with Gus and his new team and all.  We were real happy to get the win and to play well.  We did a lot of good things today.  Across the board, we played cleaner and sharper, the way we wanted to, and I was really happy that we did.  I was fired up for us that we played just the way we should.  A lot of people expected and asked questions about letdowns, and all of that type of stuff, and we didn’t see it that way at all.    Our guys really understood and demonstrated by the week of preparation.  So, we have a good week and get out of there.  The most important thing to report is that we had 4 penalties.  That’s awesome.  We finally took care of an area that’s been a real problem for us, so that was good stuff.   I thought Russell played great.  He was all over the place making great plays and throws and he used a bunch of receivers.  It was really exciting to see that.  I thought the receivers came through catching and running, too.  Golden had a big day.  Doug’s catch was awesome.  Sidney made his big plays.   The tight ends had a big day if you put all of their numbers together.  Luke looked really good, Zach scores twice.  All of that stuff is really good stuff, and defensively, we had the game controlled pretty early.  We could feel it.  We had a shot at these guys to hold the score way down.  Unfortunately for us, they made some plays on us and got some stuff going.  They did a nice job.  I thought it was really obvious that Gus’ team played really hard, and they finished tough, and they stayed in it and kept working to take the ball down the field and try to get off the field   I was fired up for him in that regard.  They came back after us.  I’m sure he’s going to make some positives out of that.  An exciting day for the NFC West.  Big day for us; the other teams struggled and all that.  Glad we could take advantage of the opportunity to get this win.   The last thing I have to say is that when we have these back to back games at home we have to come through and play great, if we’re going to be really substantial at home and we did that. First shot that we got, we got two games and it puts us in a good spot right now.  I’m looking forward to next week already.”

On Tarvaris Jackson: “T-Jack played great.  I just thought he played lights out.  He did everything just right, he handled himself beautifully.  A variety of throws and actions and things, he came through and did terrific.    It’s really a big deal, and I’m sorry I didn’t mention it earlier, that he’s able to play like that.  Run the whole offense and use all of those people, and run the ball into end zone one time for us.  I thought that was an obvious demonstration that he’s a big asset for us.”

On how Paul McQuistan played at left tackle: “He did alright, and hung in there pretty nice.  It was much better for him this week because of the preparation and all.  To have a chance to get Michael Bowie in the game and Alvin Bailey all that time, it was really awesome.  We got everybody to play today, and they got significant playtime.  Christine Michael as well, to carry the ball a number of times.   We’ll benefit from that in the long run.”

On the injury to Red Bryant: “Red had back spasms.   Just out of nowhere, it just kind of popped up and I don’t know what that means, but he’s pretty uncomfortable right now.  Kearse sprained his ankle in the first half.”

On cleaning up most of the offensive problems they had in earlier games: “The big thing was the penalties.  We weren’t playing behind the sticks at all, and when we did we overcame it.  That’s a big move for us now.   Whether or not we can do that next week, we’ll have to wait and see.  I’m glad that we could make that much emphasis and see a real change.  We’ll try to build on that.”

On Michael Bennett: “He’s alive.  He has such a great motor.  He plays so hard, he really compliments our style of play.  He fits in really, really well.  He had a sack and a half today, is what I saw.  He’s just a factor. He’s very, very active.  He really adds to the speed guys on the edge.  For Clem and Cliff and the guys rushing off the edge, and Schofield, it makes a difference to have that presence inside.”

On getting aggressive with the play calling late in the first half: “We just felt good about what was going on on the other side of the ball. It was because of that.  We felt very sure that we were playing good defense, and so if we made a big mistake, we felt we’d have a chance to slow them down.  We just went ahead and went for it.  That was a fantastic drive.  Russell was at his best right there.  He did a great job.”

On easing Chris Clemons in the lineup: “It worked out perfect.  We wanted to get him 15 plays, and he was somewhere in there.  I think he had 6 or 7 in the first half, so we were right on course to get that done.  He felt good, he felt a little rusty, but he was really excited that he got through the game and he’s ready to go now.”

On the great catches by Baldwin and Rice: “I think Doug’s catch might be the catch of the year for us so far.  It was an amazing throw and catch, going down and sliding into the end zone.  That was really cool.  Sidney almost came back with one on the sidelines the other way. Sidney had a great game.  Russell did kind of throw that ball kind of up for grabs on the one in the end zone, but that’s because he trusts Sidney, and he believes Sidney can go make that play.  He came through for us.”



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