Due to the compressed schedule this week with the Seahawks playing at Arizona Thursday, both of the team’s coordinators — offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn — met with the media today.
Here’s some of what each had to say.
On the offense scoring on their last three possessions last week and what was working for the offense at the end of the game: “Any time you’re going through the game you’re trying to make adjustments, you’re trying to see how the defense is playing you, and as the game goes on we get better at what we’re seeing, sometimes we make adjustments, play more consistent at times. At the end I think we got into a little bit of a groove. We can still improve, there are a lot of areas that we need to work on, but just trying to continue to find that rhythm, make the adjustments that we need to make, and continue to make plays.”
On the challenges of a short week for the team: “Just our preparation time is cut way down so we really have to grind it. I’m not one of those guys that looks ahead so I didn’t look at Arizona before I was playing Tennessee. So we had to come in and really start to get into the tape, and spend as much time as we can, but the preparation time is cut down. So we have to do the best that we can to still put a good game plan out there to put our guys in the position to be successful, and as far as the players go, we have to make sure that we take care of their bodies, that we’re able to have them recover from the last game and still get enough practice to be able to function in this next game.”
On what was the most encouraging thing that he saw in his offense against Tennessee: “There are a lot of encouraging things. I think the protection was improving in the game. we kind of find a little bit of a groove in the run game at times, we made some adjustments that was just mentioned about the passing game and kind of what the defense we were facing, facing more zone so we made a little bit of an adjustments there. But it’s just us trying to continue to find that rhythm, get in the groove, and finish the drives. Whether it’s the third down issue you want to talk about, whether it’s the redzone, two of five there in the redzone, there are still things we can improve on, and that’s why we continue to come to work.”
On what can the offense do better to improve their numbers in the redzone: “There’s different things. I think we run the ball often down there so sometimes we can give him more opportunities to throw it. Our run games usually works; obviously we ran the ball in for the couple of the touchdowns. The two passes that we ran, one was a minus yard right there on the goalline, and the other one we had two guys run into each other. That’s not good execution. So just continuing to mix it, finding out what’s going good during the game, what we’re running well, and me being able to still mix those runs in and find what’s working down there. Everything happens faster, windows are smaller, we have to throw to our spots, we know all of things that we need to do, we just continue to work on it and execute. I think if you look back to last year too, or even earlier in the season I think we were dead last in the redzone to start the season. We kind of improved, we’ve kind of moved up, and we’ve kind of made that same jump last year. I was hoping we wouldn’t do that same climb, but we’re still working it out.”
On Arizona having playmakers at cornerback with Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson: “Between Tyrann and Patrick Peterson as well, they definitely have skilled athletes over there. you just have to be conscious of where they are, what their strengths are, and really how you want to attack them, but just make sure you’re conscious of where those guys are.”
On how nice was it to for the defense to only allow six points against Tennessee: “We made it a big emphasis for us to eliminate explosive plays. That’s easier said than done, but for us we knew that was going to be a big thing, and throughout the first few games of the season that had been a big emphasis for us that when we didn’t give up explosive teams had a harder time driving the driving the field. That was a big emphasis for us so for us to go through that because I believe one of them maybe even came on a penalty on the hit out of bounds on the scramble. So for us to kind of go through and not get some of the explosives, we knew they would have a harder time driving through. So I was real fired up to see that with the guys.”
On Brandon Browner: “We have total trust in Brandon and I’m sure you guys are well aware of that so we let him relax and then we put him right back and he did a really nice job throughout the rest of the way. It’s a learning experience and I know he has and we certainly have all the confidence in the world in him.”
On when you sit a guy like that what are you wanting him to look for on the sideline: “Just mainly want him to get his thoughts and composure back, and let’s go back and do it again. The one play happened so we let him recompose and get himself back together, and let’s go back and play your style of ball, which is really good. So that was really the main theme, let’s get back, get it under control in terms of the style we play, which is terms of the way and the action that he plays so for us that was really important. Right when he went back in he was playing just exactly like he thought it would.”
On if he tried to have guys take fewer snaps knowing the Thursday Night game was coming up to try to keep guys a little fresher: “We knew it was going to be important to roll the guys through, and it just kind of worked out that way that in the second half it turned more into a nickel game, and in the first half it was really more of a base game. everyone kind of came in think it was going to be hard ball run game, and they kind of did that when they brought some of the extra tight ends in in the early part of the game. It was in our mind to roll the guys through, but it just kind of worked out that way where it turned into more of a nickel game. I think maybe a big portion of their plays might have come in that last drive or so where they went down and kicked the field goal. That was in an all nickel one too. It was in our mind, but I think it kind of balanced out just right for us.”
On what has he seen from Arizona: “Number one you can tell it’s a well-coached team. They have weapons outside when they get into their three wide stuff, and they have a quarterback that can get the ball to them. I think that’s where it starts for us when you first put on the ape of this team, you see that they have some playmakers outside and they’re a committed run team. When we saw Tennessee we knew that they were a team that was going to stay committed to the run, and I feel that way with Arizona too with Coach Bruce Arians there you can tell they’re committed to the run game as well. For us they’re a balanced offense in that way.”