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October 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

What they said: Russell Wilson, and a few other players

Here are a few quotes from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and a few other Seahawks following today’s win over Tennessee:

QB RUSSELL WILSON

On a crazy win: “That was a battle out there.  We did a great job of finishing the game, that’s what we talked about at halftime.  The score was 10-7 at half.  Our whole thing was, let’s just finish the game, let’s continue to execute our offense; defense keep getting the football for us, and that’s what we did.  We had some fluke plays out there today.  We had, I think, 5 fumbles today, we lost 2 of them. I was able to scoop that one up; I felt like I was playing shortstop again.  It’s just one of those things where we did a great job today.  Marshawn Lynch ran the ball really well.  The guys really caught the ball well. I felt really good out there.  I thought that me personally, even though I didn’t throw a touchdown today, I felt like I was really in tune with the game, and that’s where I want to be every week.”

On the bounce back plays: “The key is to be able to bounce back and continue to make big plays.  I thought we did a way better job on third down today, we still made some plays.  We would have made another one, I think we had a holding call on one of them, we would have converted that one too, as well.  I thought we did a great job.  The communication huddle was great again.  Obviously, having Max Unger back in the huddle.  I thought Lem did a tremendous job the past two weeks of stepping up, but when you have a Pro Bowl center in Max Unger, it really makes a difference in terms of the communication and the knowledge of what he’s trying to do, and his skill level is just unbelievable.  He’s a tremendous center.  I thought we did a great job.  Sidney Rice made some plays, Doug Baldwin made some big plays.  Jermaine Kearse did, Golden Tate did too, I believe.  And then Marshawn Lynch, sneaking out on that back side that time was pretty awesome.  We made some great plays today.”

On the long pass play to Marshawn Lynch: “It really wasn’t designed for him.  We did that a couple of weeks ago, I believe, but it really wasn’t designed for him.  Coming out of the huddle, Marshawn and I just talked, and said, hey, you never know, but I really wasn’t thinking it to be honest with you.  We had a guy in the flat, we had a guy in the over, we had a guy on a run back going deep, and we had a guy going to the far side of the field.  I got space, I got away from the defensive end, and everybody was kind of covered, and sure enough he comes out the backside and makes a big play for us, and that was a big gain.”

On whether he wanted to go for it at the end of the first half:  “I always want to go for it.  I told Coach Carroll that I thought that was a great decision to kick the field goal.  It was 2 seconds left in the half, go ahead and kick the field goal, give us a three points.  It was a crazy play.  We have Steve Hauschka out of the game, Jon Ryan is kicking, who has done a great job before, stepping in kicking for us in years past.  It was just a fluke play.  We fumble it, and they get the ball and score a touchdown.  You don’t expect that to happen.  I thought that was a smart decision to kick the field goal.  I don’t think it was a bad decision at all.”

On trying to get the ball to the referee after the play before the field goal attempt:  “I always tell the guys in the huddle, in a 2-minute situation, make sure you hand the ball to a ref.  Turbin was trying to make a play, I think he was trying to run over a guy, and he got up, excited to get back, because we had to hurry, and let the ball sit on the ground, so I had to run over and get it.  I had to hand the ball to the ref, and he dropped it, maybe somebody knocked it out of his hands.  It was just one of those situations.  Luckily, we got the kill.  We clocked it, and ironically, they get the fumble and take it to the house.  That never is a good thing.  I thought we did well in that situation.  You think about it, we drove the ball all the way down, the goal is to score a touchdown or get some type of points, especially right before half.”

On if he his long-term concerns about the offense: “I’m not concerned about our offense at all.  I think that we’re doing a great job.   I think that with the circumstances the past two weeks; before this week we have a lot of guys out; we have 3 of our starting offensive linemen out.  The past 2 weeks we went to Houston, against a very, very good defensive line, and then we go to Indianapolis on the road, and a very hostile crowd against a very good football team.  We shouldn’t have lost that game, but we did, and so we come back this week, and I thought we did a great job.  Like I said, I felt like I was in tune with the offense, I felt like I was really clicking with the guys today.  Obviously, you want to score every single time you get in the red zone, you want to do that.  When you’re playing in the National Football League, it’s not that easy.  It really isn’t.  At the end of the day, if we’re able to turn it over for just 3 more plays, or I think we were 2 for 5 in the red zone, if we can make those 3; and they did a good job of stopping us.  They made some good plays.  But if we can turn that over, it’s going to be lights out, so you look forward to those things.  At the end of the day, the ultimate goal is to win, and that’s what we did.  The defense made some big turnovers.  The offense made some big plays when we needed to.  Going in to that fourth quarter, it was a close game, and we were able to separate ourselves a little bit there, and get a touchdown when we needed to.”

On trying to draw the Titans offsides on the final drive: “Yeah, I went a hard count on them.  We had done that once or twice in the game, on third and longs or whatever, or third and mediums.  We didn’t quite get them before, but I knew that they were going to be excited to go.  It was third and four right there, if they go offsides it’s an automatic first down.  We almost came down with the catch, too, which would have been really big, too, but we didn’t.  That was a big play in the game.”

On whether he is looking to run more himself: “Not at all.  I’m not really looking to run any more.  Just trying to keep the drive alive; continue to have positive plays.  Whether it’s me running for 4 yards, or me throwing it for a first down, with a 5 yard throw, or a 20 yard throw, or a 70 yard throw, or whatever it is; I’m always keeping my eyes downfield.  To be honest with you, I hate to run.  I really do.  I’d rather give the ball to our playmakers and let them go to work, and we have one of the best running backs, if not the best running back, in the National Football League, and we have tons of receivers, and great tight ends.  So, I want to facilitate the ball to the right guy at the right time, and if it’s not there, then get something positive.  And, sometimes you have to salvage the play as well, and throw the ball away.”

K STEVEN HAUSCHKA

On his injury: “I just felt it in my chest and I had a little bit of a bloody nose. I felt it a little bit in the side of my jaw as well. They had to check me for concussion protocol, that’s what took me a while to get out there.”

On the status of his injury: “Yeah it wasn’t a concussion.”

On maybe it being a good idea for him to avoid contact: “You can say the same thing, but you never know when it’s going to be a game breaking play. Who knows, he could’ve broke through. I was just trying to help out our coverage team.”

On where he was the last play before halftime: “I was trying to get out as fast as I could, but with the concussion protocol I had to follow that. I didn’t know what was going on, but I knew that they probably needed me, especially towards the end of the half. I haven’t actually seen the play yet, I was still in here. So it’s unfortunate with what happened, but I was hoping to be out there.”

C MAX UNGER

On if the game seemed a bit unusual: “Yeah. I looked up the offensive numbers in the fourth quarter and I think we had like 350 plus yards of offense and we only had 20 points or something like that. It’s just the redzone. It was a point of emphasis, and third down was a point of emphasis. I thought we did a little bit better on third down, but redzone is still kicking our ass. We need to get in the zone.”

On if he feels like the redzone problems will eventually be solved: “Yeah you know I don’t have the answer for you right now. We’ll go check it out on film and then come up with something.”

On if Russell Wilson scrambling saves the team: “I mean they have a good secondary too. Our guys were covered, and he has to make a play. That’s just something that we have to live with.”

WR DOUG BALDWIN

On what was the feeling at halftime after the muffed field goal: “It was frustrating. At the time I think everybody on offense wanted us to go for it. Steven Hauschka was hurt, we had our second string holder in there. Chris Maragos is usually pretty good at it, but it just felt like we should’ve just gone for it at that point. I don’t think it deterred us in any way. We knew it was going to be a battle. We always talk about ‘ we don’t win games in the first half, we win them in the second half.”

WR GOLDEN TATE

On Marshawn Lynch being there when the team needed him to be: “Yeah that’s the type of player that we know him as, he’s going to come up big when you need him. He had some great runs, he played hard through the whistle, gaining those extra yards with the offensive line pushing him. We still rushed the ball pretty well considering that we have two of our guys missing. We got Max Unger back today, which is huge. He’s definitely a leader on the offensive line. We’re still excited, we’re excited. I can’t wait to get out there and play some more football, but I think it’s key that we really pay attention to detail this week and take care of our bodies.”

On how does it feel when everything breaks down that Russell Wilson can still make a positive play out of it: “That’s what Coach Carroll wants. He wants us to be special. He doesn’t want us to do what everyone else does. That’s why Russell Wilson is here. He can make plays everywhere on the field. Throwing it, handing it off, he’ll even go out there and throw a block on a reverse, recover fumbles, his wheels are great, he’s shifty, he just brings another dimension to our offense, and we don’t even have Percy Harvin right now. I think we’re just going to continue to get stronger, and I’m really excited for the future.”

WR SIDNEY RICE

On his catch on the sideline: “It’s just having awareness. I know if I would have moved my foot one moved my foot one more time I would’ve ended up out of bounds. If you look at it, I think I was leaning before the ball even got there trying to keep my feet inbounds. It’s just field awareness and we work on it every day during practice.”

DE RED BRYANT

On the Seahawks’ defensive performance: “…We checked the line, we eliminated explosive plays. The only thing that I felt like we could’ve done better was contain the quarterback just a little bit better. But all in all, extremely proud of our effort and definitely affected the outcome of the game.”

On ever seeing anything like the failed field goal attempt that was returned for a touchdown: “Yeah you know, that was a tough situation for [Chris] Maragos. You never anticipate that scenario. We’re just glad that we were able to get our kicker back and we got our holder back. [Chris] Maragos was in a tough situation and he was doing what he felt like was the best thing to do and Tennessee just made a great play. Sometimes, they thought football was easy and you just need to know how to respond to adverse situations like that and that was an adverse situation at that particular time and we responded well.”

S EARL THOMAS

On Ryan Fitzpatrick not throwing the ball towards Richard Sherman: “But they got to throw at him. If they see me going that way, it’s just one-on-one. They got to throw at him. So we were in zone right there and he does a great job with his technique. So polished, best corner in the league, and he just shows up week in and week out.”

On how it good it feels for the Titans’ offense to not score a touchdown against the Seahawks’ defense: “I think it was just us. We’ve been normal. A loss doesn’t define us. If we have a bad game, in our guys’ eyes, when the quarterback only throws for 220 yards, that’s just high expectations and we appreciate that. So we just looking forward to the next opportunity that we have.”

On Earl Thomas chest bumping Kam Chancellor:“Yeah. See, they sleeping on me now. I might be short, but I’m strong. Especially, when my momentum is pumping and stuff like that. It’s all fun and games; we’re enjoying this journey. We know that it’s not going to be smooth sailing. There’s going to be bumps in the road. But, I appreciate my teammates.”

S CHRIS MARAGOS

On the field goal attempt that was returned for a touchdown: “I think I could’ve been a lot more aware, especially too, if we did botch it because obviously, it’s a possibility. All three of us never had that timing like that and obviously, game experience. So you know, just going down with it and having the opportunity to just eat it at that point and go into half time. So that probably would’ve been a good move.”

On things happening so fast when situations like a botched football hold happen: “Yeah it is. Like I said, I should’ve done a better job of just controlling the situation. When the snap got mishandled, I should’ve just went down with it. Our defense was playing well right before the first half. Really all game. So to be in that position, I should’ve just knelt it.  But like you said, things move fast and you’re just trying to make something happen with it.”

On how much Chris Maragos has practiced holding snaps: “Well I held four years in college, so I have previous experience doing that and then I’ve held a few times in practice; things like that too.”

CB RICHARD SHERMAN

On if the Seahawks’ defense has fixed their mistakes from the game against the Colts: “You know, we cleaned up the things that we needed to clean up. It wasn’t anything crazy that we had to do. We just played discipline football, we played sound football, and we made plays that were there. We didn’t do anything… we didn’t make ordinary plays. We got a lot of great football players on the D-line. They made great plays. They (faced) a great running back. They kept him inside, they kept him bottled up, the D-line played a great game. Linebackers, they were flying around, making plays, popping balls up, tipping balls. Earl [Thomas] made a great interception,; coming over the top to save us. I was able to make a play on the ball. That’s an ordinary play that we expect from one another.”

On Earl Thomas’ chest bump with Kam Chancellor: “I don’t know if that’s going to be on C’mon Man or Not Top 10. But he’s going to be on top 10 too.”

On Richard Sherman’s interception: “Yeah. I mean I played receiver for a long time. You get good at locating the football; you got to find that dark dot. And (when) you look up into the blue sky; you got to be able to find that dot. I was able to find it. He pushed the ball kind of inside. I went to eye-point it and get the ball before Nate Washington got it.”

S KAM CHANCELLOR

On the defense helping the offense staying positive after making a mistake: “We’re all a team. It goes hand-in-hand. Some days, we might be down and the offense might be up. Some days, they might be down and we up and you know, both be up one game. So it’s a team thing and if they’re down, we’ll be up for them; give them the energy.”

On Kam Chancellor chest bumping Earl Thomas: “Yeah man. He’s been delivering big hits all game and that was just one of them. That’s all I can say man. That was just one of them. A part of the big hit”

On expecting Earl Thomas to knock over Kam Chancellor when chest bumping each other: “No I didn’t. I didn’t expect that at all. As you just got up under my chin, leverage wins.”

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