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October 3, 2013 at 7:40 PM

What they said: Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn

Here is some of what Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said when he had his weekly meeting with the media today:

On Bruce Irvin’s play in practice the last two days: “I think number one, he came back in great shape just like we thought he would. So he’s done a good job in the first two days. Just being on the details and just kind of staying connected in that way. With all of that we do and stuff like that, so the recall for him was really good and so we will take it one more day and then kind of see how big of a package that he’ll play after tomorrow with Coach. But it’s great to have him back.”

On having great depth with linebackers and pass rushers: “I think, like all of the guys that we do is, ‘okay. What can they handle and what package would be good for them?’ And things like that. So I think that you’re right on track by thinking that. Just making sure that the stuff that he has, he handles well and he feels really comfortable because the number one thing for us is we want our guys to play fast and play physical. So when you know what you’re doing, you have a better chance to do that. I’m thinking, ‘Aw what’s my assignment?’ then I have to slow it down. So yeah, your’ re right on it.”

On Richard Sherman getting defensive player of the month: “That’s great for him and really a tribute to all of his teammates in terms of the style and attitude that the guys play with. So we’re fired for him and all of the other guys that are a part of that group that does well. He’s something else.”

On Reggie Wayne and facing a lot of good receivers so far this season: “Yeah and he’s another one and I think just the experience, the craftiness that he plays with, they move him around, so he’s not just at one spot where, ‘okay he’s always going to be lined up there.’ Like a lot of good players, he really has great body control and hands and route running. Just the things that would expect from a really seasoned and talented guy like he is. So yeah, we’ll have our hands full and another talented guy for us.”

On if preparing for Reggie Wayne is like preparing for Anquan Boldin when preparing to play against the 49ers: “Yeah he’ll be in a number of different spots and they feature him in different ways and he’s a really important guy for them on third downs, as you would expect no surprise there. Yeah we hold him in high regard in terms of the balance and the body control and things like that and the way he can catch.”

On Richard Sherman’s interception against Houston and the team having prepared for it: “Yeah. Well I think a lot of it was made up of the call and everything coming together. It’s another example of the guys and how hard they work to study and to go about it. So for him, recognizing an opportunity that would hopefully be there and it was. But really credit to him and the other guys in terms of the amount of preparation, as you know, that goes into… going into each game and that was an example for him of recognizing the situation and capitalizing on it. So we were fired up that he did it.

On how rare is it for everything to go as plan on a play like that: “It’s pretty rare. You’d like to say that happens all of the time, but no it doesn’t. Credit to him and the other guys for recognizing an alert that comes up in a game, in a game where a lot of plays were mad. I gave Houston a lot of credit; they made a lot of plays in the game too.”

On how much adjusting does he have to make going from a line that blocks the way Houston does to facing Indianapolis this week: “Yeah it is different. They are more in the San Francisco mode in what we like to call the gap, trap runs where they are more downhill, north south. Where in Houston it was more of an outside zone and it was stretched out. Each week presents different challenges and things like that, and for us this week that’s one of them. They are talented in the run game in terms of the way that they run it inside. Each week is different, just like in the passing game to there are different challenges, but you are right on in terms of the adjustments that have to be made for this style of run.”

On how similar is the way the Colts use their tight ends to the way Houston used theirs: “That’s different because those were such big pass catching tight ends in the way where they move the people. Indianapolis doesn’t move their tight ends in the same fashion. They still do it, but not at the same level that Houston did. With their guy Coby Fleener, he can catch it. He’s long and fast with a big catching radius. We’ve certainly seen our share of good tight ends, and another one to face this week.”

On Andrew Luck’s mobility and how is it different from some of the other mobile quarterbacks that he has faced: “I think the strength. When he’s in the pocket he can break tackles. Sometimes there is a guy on him, and they have him tackled, but he breaks that tackle. When he scrambles for first downs sometimes there wasn’t space there, he created it. Much like how Cam Newton does when there are guys hanging on him on somehow he gets out of it. Like Ben Roethlisberger. That’s the kind of style of the runner Andrew luck is.”

On the mistakes the secondary made in the game against Houston and recovering from them in the second half: “I think just the fact that we came in, and like you’d expect from our team, there was a time to reset and regroup. We lost the first half, now let’s go win the game. We kind of set our jaw and got back to our ball. Give them credit too because they made some terrific plays as it wen through the first half, and they really showed the grit to the style we have to go battle back and we’re always in the fight.”

On if that is something that he had to point out to them or is it something that they know themselves: “There’s a lot of communication going on the sideline right away so it just kind of gets accented  because we played much improve football in the second half. But it was really from the first quarter on, and at the half we got a chance to all get together and state what needs to get done.”



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