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September 25, 2013 at 9:27 PM

What they said: Pete Carroll

 Here’s some of what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say during his weekly press conference today:

(Opening…) “Well we are back at it, ready to go. Take us on the road this week, going to Houston and we know that we’re going up against a team that is a really loaded team. They had a fantastic game last year. They had three tough games out of the shoots here and had a chance to win them all, at some point there and I know that we’re up against guys that run the football. They play really good defense, their tough on special teams. It’s a matchup of a team that, formula-wise, is very similar to ours and so we have a lot of respect for these guys. We are looking forward to this match up.”

(On stopping JJ Watt…) “He’s really good. He’s a fantastic football player. He just causes so many problems, he plays with incredible effort in intensity and consistency and stuff. So we really have to pay attention. The thing that also makes him good is the guys around him. [Bryan] Cushing does a lot of stuff, is right behind him all the time. Cush [Bryan Cushing] does a bunch of stuff too. Between those two guys, they really cause a lot of issues for us. So it’s going to be a big challenge for us.”

(On solving the road trip issues…) “Well I don’t know if we solved it but we know what we are doing and how we want to get it done and we feel comfortable about the formula of how we go and the days that we go and all of that. But each time you go, you have to crank it all up again and make sure everybody is focused and tuned in when we travel, with the right mindset to get this done. It’s a very special challenge for us because this is the second of five. So it’s really important that we get good at this. I don’t know how successful we were the first time at really owning it but we got through that game and made it. But I do look forward to it because we have to get good at this.”

(On the challenge of facing Matt Schaub…) “He’s really good, he’s really accurate, he has a tremendous group to throw to, they have a style of getting the ball down field. It’s really effective. They are such a committed run team, that their passing game is huge and they know to try and strike you dead when they get into the play action of the offense. So he just does a really nice job. He’s really a pinpoint guy against tight coverage, like the really good guys are. You can be all over a guy and he can put the ball where the receivers and the only guy who can get it and he does that a lot. So we think a lot of him. He’s a pocket guy. A little different. Not going to run around a whole lot. But, they handle that system really well with that system. He’s in the pocket with their protection and he does a great job. So it’s tough.”

(On moving Richard Sherman around to certain players in the future…) “It’s an option. That’s really what it is. It’s an option that we exercise every now and then when you can and when it makes sense. We have a really unique player the last time around, so we thought that might fit. We consider that every week. You know, those kinds of match ups and things. So I can’t tell you much about that.”

(On Bryan Cushing and coaching him at USC…) “Well Cush [Bryan Cushing] was an outside guy for us all along. He was always coming off of the edge. But, he was an extraordinary, all-around athlete and he could play anything. He played every position in high school, he was the star at everything, he was a great great player. One of the best guys that we ever recruited in all around ability and all of that. It’s not a surprise to me at all that he wanted to play on the inside just because he is so instinctive and he’s so tough and aggressive and he wants to come at you. I’ve said that during the process when the scouts had come in at SC that, ‘You might be surprised. I could see him playing inside’ because they hadn’t looked at him there. They hadn’t seen there. So tis not a surprise to me that he’s a factor. Very aggressive, really instinctive, really tough, and runs well, and plays biog. He’s a big issue for us as well.”

(On Gary Kubiak talking about the Seahawks’ speed and Carroll’s thoughts about that statement…) “Well it’s always been one of the aspect of building a defense that we wnate3d to stand by because you need to chase the football. It’s just such an advantage when your guys can fly. The hard part is when you want to be big and strong and also be able to fly around, so we kind of mix. If you notice, we have a couple of big guys that sit inside and we try to have a lot speed at all of the spots around it. It just for pursuit really and the activity and the pressure, and the playmaking ability, we’ve always found comes better out of the guys that are the most mobile. So we’ve been doing it for a long time like that.”

(On what stood out to Coach Carroll about Michael Bennett…) “Couple of things. One, Dan Quinn knew him. You know, Dan [Quinn] had some background with him and really championed him. Thought that he could really help us. He had close to ten sacks last year. All of the same kinds of activity. Stuff that we are seeing now. So we saw him as a guy who could have a special role for us and make up of the guys that we didn’t have because he’s kind of slippery and sneaky fast. So he’s just been intense and more physical than we could picture you know. So we were really pleased with him.”

(On Red Bryant practicing today…) “Red [Bryant] won’t go today. He’ll go tomorrow. We will hold a few guys out today and make sure that we get him started with the week on Thursday. So there’ll be a few of those guys like that that you’ll see.”

(On Red Bryant playing this Sunday…) “Yes.”

(On similarities of the Texans’ offense to the Seahawks’ offense…) “Absolutely.  Yeah they’re a zone running team. Big commitment to the zone running game and so they do really similar stuff and it really makes you bite up in the line of scrimmage to play the run and then get the big separation in the stuff they throw downfield in my linebackers and all. So there’s a lot of the same stuff. They’ve been doing a lot of the same stuff. They’ve been doing it longer than we have in this style and been getting the ball downfield better than we have over the years,. So we are kind of growing into it now.”

(On if designing a game plan being easier to prepare for because of the similarities…) “Not as much as you would think. However, we have seen a ton of zone plays throughout camp and OTAs and all of that. They’re a little different. The run it a little bit differently than we do. But, it’s generally the same. So there’s a lot of carry over. They have the same advantage.”

(On Jermaine Kearse…) “Yeah he’s going to try and go tomorrow. We are going to rest him today too. he’s making a very quick recovery it seems. Matter a fact, he’ll be running now to see how he can do for tomorrow. We don’t know all of that yet. But we have our fingers crossed that he has a chance to play.”

(On being comfortable playing Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie…) “Absolutely. Yeah they have made great progress and if that was the case… I went back, matter a fact, and watch the game over again just to watch those guys and see how they’re doing. They did a very nice job and they’re coming along quickly.”

(On Breno Giacomini’s knee…) “He’s sore today. He’s not going to go today. We’ll see how he is. he’s got some more information to get in and to see where he is. But he got nicked a little bit in this ball game.”

(On integrating Bruce Irvin back into the line…) “I think he’ll fit in great. We can’t wait to get him back. It’s amazing how fast it’s gone. We’re just one week from getting him back in here. We’ll find out how the layoff affected him, but we’re jump right back in just as we have. When other guys come back we fit them in, and as they show as they’re ready to go, he’ll definitely be a factor. We don’t have anybody as fast as Bruce. He roars off the edge, and the position that he’s played, playing SAM backer for us on early downs, allows him to be an effective blitzer too. We really like that part of what he brings. The other guys have been playing really well to you know, so he’s going to have to work his way back in, but we’re anxiously awaiting him coming back.”


(On protecting against Andre Johnson playing…) “Yeah we totally prepare like he’s going to play, we have to. He’s a fantastic football player. The fact that they’ve targeted him over ten times a game, that’s a big statement that they’re making about him. We’re counting on him playing and if he isn’t then we’ll just adjust, but we think he’s going to be out there, and we need to do some stuff to make sure we know where he is at all times. They really rely on him. And they have other good players too. Owen Daniels is really good, and DeAndre Hopkins is doing a good job. So they have good players to go to, but he’s just their favorite so we need to acknowledge that.”

(On anything new with Percy Harvin…) “Yes matter of fact there is something new. Where he is is the question, he’s in New York right now. He’s back in New York rehabbing and making sure that we really do everything just right. Like we said he was very positive about how he’s coming back. We want to make sure we do a great job and support it in every way. So we’ve made a couple of choices to send him back, and he’s doing great.”

(On Jordan Hill…) “Jordan Hill is going to be on the practice field today, his first time. He’ll go out in limited basis, but we’ll finally get him back out there which is great.”

(On if Jordan Hill will play Sunday…) “I don’t know that yet, I may be lobbying for him during the week here, but just the fact that it’s been a month or whatever is good. We just continue to be patient with these guys to make sure that when they’re back they can stay back.”

(On Jeron Johnson or Spencer Ware…) “Spencer is not going to make it back, and Jeron is limited this week. He’s not going today.”

(On grading the offensive line for the past 3 weeks…) “I thought Paul McQuistan made it through the first game and survived it. He played better in the second game because he had a week of preparation at tackle. He was sharper on stuff, his communication was better and he utilized his help more so. Those guys are continuing to progress. I’m still waiting for us to really hit it in the running game, I don’t think we’ve gotten back to that level that we had the second part of last year where we were really precise and really moving it, and we’re really being explosive. I think we’re going to continue to get better. That’s a big jump though for Paul to become a starting left tackle in the league and he’s been playing guard. He has played tackle in his history, but to play up to Russell Okung’s level is a lot to ask, but he’s performed well so far.”

(On DeAndre Hopkins…) “He’s really active, really tough, a really aggressive playmaker at the ball, and he made special plays. We knew he was an explosive guy, he’s already shown that playing for these guys. We thought a lot of him, everybody liked him.”



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