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October 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM

What they said: Pete Carroll

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll met the media for one last time today prior to Sunday’s game against Tennessee.

Here’s some of what he said:

On how well the Seahawks’ practiced this week: “We had a good week. Good week getting home. This is a… that’s really been the feel of it and its good timing for us to get home and get right and everybody practiced pretty hard today and throughout the week; to give us a chance to have a good game this weekend. So we’ll see a few guys coming off of the injury lists and a couple of guys are still being questionable until game time. But we are feeling good about the roster and ready to go.”

On Max Unger being ready to play against the Titans: “Yeah Max [Unger] had a good week. He’ll be playing.”

On if there are any other players that are coming off of the injury lists: “Well we’ll see about Jeremy Lane. He had a good practice today. He was a guy that we didn’t know if we had him at the start of the week. Could be a real good chance because he did work today. So if he makes it through and recovers okay tomorrow, we’ll give him a chance on game day.”

On Zach Miller being cleared to play: “Zach [Miller] is really close. Zach [Miller] ran very well this week. We rested him today. He’s got a chance. We’ll work him out on game day.”

On Bobby Wagner being cleared to play: “Bobby [Wagner] outside chance, if you’re really optimistic.”

Here’s some video of Carroll’s session today, with more quotes below:

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On how much of an impact does Max Unger have for the offensive line: “He’s a huge addition to us because he’s grown up with the system and with Tom [Cable] and all that. He’s a tremendous captain out there on the field for all of identification, all of the signals, all of the stuff we need.  Great awareness to help the other guys. He helps people around him to play better and that’s a big factor and it’s obvious when he’s out there.”

On Max Unger helping Russell Wilson out in terms of communication with everyone on offense: “It does. It does. Yeah, because they have a conversation. He and Max [Unger] have a conversation together as they identify stuff and talk through it that wasn’t there. Russell [Wilson] worked with Lem [Lemuel Jean-Pierre], but it’s not the same. So that does take the burden off of Russell [Wilson], which is a good thing. That’s what Max’s [Unger] job is all about.”

On how the Titans’ defense is similar to the Seahawks’ defense: “This is a scheme-oriented defense in that they do a lot of stuff. They have a lot of change ups, they do play aggressive coverage-wise, they’re a lot of man-to-man. But they do come after you, quite a bit, with multiple looks that gives us problems and that’s why they do it. So it’s been a challenging week for the guys to get straight. We have to identify really well. That’s why it’s so important for Max [Unger] is back this week and hopefully we’ll able to sight their stuff, pick it up properly, and give ourselves a chance with the football. It affects the running game as well. But, it’s more so in the pass rush.”

On Malcolm Smith adjusting to the middle linebacker: “No problem. No problem for him. He’s been doing it for years. We’ve been coaching Malcolm [Smith] since he was a fourth grader. So he’s deep into our system.”

On what the key is in containing Chris Johnson: “He’s an incredible player. He really is. He’s very unusual because of his speed and his change of speeds as he runs the football. He’s got a great knack. He’s not just an outside runner, he’s very elusive and the burst that he has just shocks you. So we have to really keep the run lanes tight and not give him a lot of space because he just gets into high gear and he’s really hard to stop. He can score form anywhere. He did last week on a crazy little play and went 50 yards with a play, in a heartbeat. So he’s different than some of the guys that we’ve faced and we have a lot of respect for him.”

On how different the Titans’ offense is with Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starting QB: “They didn’t change you know? They stayed wide open, like I said earlier in the week. They threw the ball 41 times last week, which you might think that they wouldn’t; a team that’s a dedicated running team. But they did. They trusted him and they did a variety of things. They had him throwing the ball down the field and all kinds of different challenging throws and stuff and he was right comfortable with that. So I don’t see them changing at all. They look like trust him, and they believe in him, and he knows their system, and he can carry it out because they have not backed off at all.”

On B.J. Daniels and if he’s just a quarterback for Seattle: “He’s not a running back for us at all. We’re not thinking that at all, we’re thinking of him as the guy that’s a quarterback who can run with it and he’s very talented. We’re able to see him in the preseason really play at running back, he covered kicks, and he returned kicks. So we’ve seen him do a number of things as well as quarterback, but we like him, and we have always liked him as a quarterback. He’s made a really good impression with us, he has a great arm, he’s picking things up really well, he’s obviously a really talented athlete, and he’s got good quickness and stuff. The things that we liked about him are maybe a little more stringer than we thought. We didn’t realize that he would be as accurate as he is and have such velocity. We’re really fired up about it; it’s just going to take a long time. At this time of the year it’s really hard to get him caught up. It’s going to be a long commitment to get that done.”

On if needed could B.J. Daniels help on special teams: “There’s no question he could, no question he could. We’ve seen him do it already so that could be possible. We’re not going to limit what he does, but we think of him as a quarterback.”

On Sidney Rice: “We just rested him today. He had two great days and we’d just thought we’d rest him and make him strong for the weekend.

On Marshawn Lynch: “We were treating him for a little hip thing, but he’s fine.”

On the Win Forever wristbands going on sale: “We got the wrist bands going for sale at the stadium for the first time. It’s an opportunity for us to raise awareness, and also raise money for a Better Seattle, our foundation here that we work with in town, and it will be a wonderful gesture if people do recognize that. They’re for sale at the stadium and hopefully we get a little buzz going about it. All of our players where them, it’s kind of a fun thing for us. we got a little ‘Win Forever’ and ‘Always Compete’ on there and representing a Better Seattle is a cool thing. So thank you.”



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