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September 23, 2013 at 5:59 PM

They said it: Pete Carroll

Here’s some of what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say at his press conference today:

Opening statement: “Well usually want to know what it looks like, when after we watch the video. So, what it looked like was a good solid football game for us. We played well across the board and had the opportunity to get better in some areas. We did better on offense, function better, cleaner, sharper, got rid of the major penalties that could hurt you, and that was the biggest, obvious difference. We played really solid on defense again. Got the football well, we got after it nicely and rushed the passer better than we have. So we put together a good win. It also worked out for us in that we were able to get our young guys some playing time and help them develop and get into games and with enough plays,; to get enough plays to kind of get a chance to evaluate them and get a sense for them. So that was good. It was a really good opportunity to do all of that. It was great at the stadium again. The whole crowd was going and even though they didn’t show up early, they waited until game time. But buy the time we came out of the locker room, the place was rocking and so we had a good day doing that too. Getting three games behind us is really important and we’re off to a good start. Now, we got to see what we can do to wrap up the first quarter of the season by going to Houston. See if we can get a win.”

On Chris Clemons: “He looked good. He did a good job. I think we played him 13 plays or whatever and he got enough done to you know, he’s in. He’s playing. This week we will get more out of him and he’ll be close to just normal I would imagine. He’s still going to feel new out there and so we’ve made some good progress.”

On the defense feeling disappointed after the Jaguars scored 17 points: “It’s good. Yeah, it’s good that their standards are set very high and they played really well for a long time and then Jacksonville was able to make some plays and move the ball down there. We gave them the ball on the two. That was a great challenge; to see if we could get out of there. We couldn’t get that done. We love the attitude of our guys. They’ve been together enough now, they know what they want to get done and how we’re trying to get it done and so they have very high expectations. That’s not really as important as how we’re playing and how we’re doing and getting wins and all that kind of stuff. But, that does show you where their heads are at. They want to do great stuff.”

On handling the penalty issues: “I don’t know. We’re trying. We’re trying everything we can think of; to get something… the awareness across to the guys and all of that. I would like to think it was our coaching sometimes but I don’t know. But, the emphasis is really obvious; our guys want to do right. They don’t want to put ourselves in to situations where we are helping our opponent and that’s what really is the biggest issue is for us. It’s hard enough to win, when you are doing everything right and you make mistakes and you just give them opportunities, it’s difficult to get that done. So we are trying to get better at it.”

On which young players stood out during the game: “Yeah I thought Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie did very well and Christine Michael. Those are the three guys that really jumped out. They had enough plays… played most of the fourth quarter, if not all of the fourth quarter and had enough plays where you could see them and you could make some corrections and all. Both guys came off the ball really well they did fine in pass protection, a little raggedy at times in a couple of their sets in things, some of the small things. But they show that they have the ability to play and that’s all they’ve shown us throughout the preseason. So we are really excited about them coming up and concerned about the fact that they haven’t [played very much. Just the background isn’t there. But, physical; ability looks like it’s there.”

On Michael Bennett, O’Brien Schofield, Chris Clemons, and Cliff Avril being on the field together at times: “Well that’s what we’re shooting for is to get those guys out there. We want to see all of the fast guys out there and see where we could best situate them and we’re learning. OB [O’Brien Schofield] had a really nice rush, standing up on the guard you know and got clean coming through. We know that the fast guys are going to… they’ll benefit from all of the activity we can get inside. The more attention that we can get them to focus on three inside guys, the space has worked to our advantage. Even when Clem [Chris Clemons] and they were good and steady… and we will continue to work with those combinations. We like to keep mixing those around.”

On O’Brien Schofield’s performance at SLB: “He did fine. He did fine. He had a couple of plays that got away from him but all in all, he does a really nice job of setting the edge, he’s very physical, and he’s very comfortable playing there. That’s where he’s most comfortable playing there at is outside backer.”

On Paul McQuistan’s play against the Jags: “Paul did better. He played better. He played really solid, he took care of his responsibilities well, he had no break downs to speak of, and he showed his experience in understanding the system and all of that. We had a pretty good game called up front; he identified well and got things done, so he did a good job.”

On the passing game against the Jags: “I think that we took advantage of everybody. Everybody did something yesterday. The tight ends did a great job, I think there was nine catches from the tight ends, and we got a couple of touchdowns there. We got to see Luke Willson catch and run a little bit. I just think the whole group contributed, and everybody made plays. Sidney Rice had his plays, Golden Tate had his plays. Golden I thought had a very, very good game. Unfortunately for Doug Baldwin he didn’t get a lot of chances, but he made the best play of the game. The whole group did a really good job and that’s just a good positive thought. Kellen Davis did nicely also with the couple of balls he caught. We’re really pleased with what’s going on. We think we have a good competitive group, we have different dimensional guys that we can mix in there and do things with, and we’re going to continue to grow with that.”



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