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October 28, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Post-game quotes: Seahawks-Rams

Here are a bunch of post-game quotes from the Seattle locker room following the Seahawks’ 14-9 win over the Rams Monday night:

SEATTLE COACH PETE CARROLL

(On the game)

“We are very fortunate to get out of here. I think everyone that watched that one knows that we are very fortunate. The Rams played a great football game and did a lot of good stuff. They ran the ball down our throat, the time of possession, they just did a fine job under the circumstances with a new quarterback and all, they did a great job.”“We just couldn’t get going at all on offense. Fortunately our defense hung together in the end and gave us a chance to win the game. I think if there was a positive on offense, it was that we didn’t turn the ball over for the first time this season in a game. Had we done it one time, we would have loss. It was absolutely part of holding this thing together when it was as tough of a night as it was. There were a million problems in protection again. They rushed like crazy and we did a ton of stuff to try and offset it, but nothing really helped us. It was a very difficult night to watch the Seahawks, but we are proud to get out of here with the win. This is what we came here to do. This ends the first half of the season for us and we almost got them all. Seven and one is as good as we could have done under the circumstances so that is a good finish for the first half for us. Now that we are at the turn of the season we get to go home this week and we will play at home a little more than we will play on the road for the finish of the year, and hopefully that will be a real positive for us. We have a lot of work to do in a short week coming up, and we just have to right some things and work like crazy to get it done. So everyone will be dedicated to doing that.”

(More on Rams offense)

“That is as challenging a situation that a defense can get in. They just kept hanging on. We gave them an extra play down there and kept stopping them and stopping them. (Dan Quinn) did a great job of calling the defenses down there at inside the 5-yard line. With a couple of those sequences down there he did a great job for us and gave us a chance to make the plays that we made. The guys came through. A very difficult night, but a very happy win, but we have to go back to work.”

(On the last two plays of the game)

“They could do anything they wanted to do on that drive, it seemed. We were a little bit behind the 8-ball on it. We thought they were going to run the football. On the last play of the game they could have done anything, we called something very aggressive to get the heat on the quarterback and it was a one-on-one deal for the guys across the board. It was a great job.”

(On if the win covers up concerns about pass protection)

“I don’t think so. We have a long haul here, we are just at the half way point of the season. These are the guys we are going with and we have to fix it. We are trying. We knew that these guys would be a difficult match up for us, so we tried to help them, but it just didn’t work out as well as we liked. This was a very tough night on the quarterback. I thought under the circumstances (QB) Russell Wilson did an excellent job once again. He was pounded all night long. To make the plays he made and to keep the football and not give it up, you could see he was more aware of when he was getting hit and did a better job of wrapping the ball up and making sure he got to the ground. That is an improvement for us, not a great positive, but an improvement.”

(On the touchdown celebration by WR Golden Tate)

“That has nothing to do with our football. That is not the way we want to play, that is not the way we want to present who we are and all of that. He at times has demonstrated like a young man, he is more mature now and he said something about it. He is a playful, wonderful spirited guy who had too much fun at the wrong time. That was not the right thing to do. He knew it, he apologized to everyone and admitted that he screwed it up. It still happened. It kind of washes away a fantastic football play, by the quarterback and by him catching and running all that way. It fired me up because the kick off team went out and recovered the kick off and you know it is coming off. We don’t get many kickoff opportunities in this league anymore and that was one of the big crucial one and the guys totally rallied for it and kept them around the 20-yard line, which was an enormous play for us.”

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

 (On the game)

“I’ve played in some close games before, obviously. To win that game in that fashion against a very good defense in the Rams … I mean when you think about what they were doing with (DE Robert) Quinn and (DE Chris) Long, I think we just found a way. (WR) Golden Tate came up with some big catches when we needed to. The ball was on the 2 yard line and he catches that touchdown, and he came up with the long distance one where he raced to the end zone, that’s a big touchdown and we needed those plays. Then you think about the defense. The defense just stepped up. It’s always going to be a team effort. I think to be a great team you have to stay in the moment. You have to stay in the situation and keep believing. The whole time the defense was out there on the last possession I completely believed they were going to stop them. I had no doubt in my mind.”

(On his touchdown pass to Golden Tate)

“On the long pass to Golden I rolled out to my right and was reading through my progressions. He was my last guy in my progressions. He just kept running deep and it was one on one. I gave him a chance and he went up and caught the football. He waved at the guy, which he didn’t necessarily need to do, but he was so in the moment. He made an unbelievable catch, you’ve got to give him credit for attacking the football. That’s what we need. I truly believe the Rams defense is one of the best defenses we face because of the front seven, how active they are, how quickly they can get to the quarterback, how they stop the running game, and we just found a way. Despite the situation … special teams came up big, defense came up really big for us. Not turning the ball over in those situations was huge for us.”

(On setbacks on the offense)

“The thing about the first three drives, we started off, got a couple good plays then had to bring it back with different penalties. We can’t have those penalties, especially when you’re playing on the road. So whatever it takes, and we were moving the ball and had to come back. We got a nice run, I threw a nice ball to (TE) Luke Wilson who made a nice catch on that and got a first down, then we had to come all the way back again. Then we had a sack … you just can’t do that against a very good football team. We’ll fix it. The great thing is we found a way to win. At the end of the day when you look at the record books, nobody really remembers the score. You’ve just got to find a way to come up with the Ws, and that was a huge one for us on the road. Once again, what, have we played on the road four or five times already? That’s a tough schedule and we found a way.”

(On fixing issues on the offensive line)

“I definitely believe we’re going to fix it. There’s no doubt in my mind we’re going to fix it. You’ve got to remember in terms of offensive line, we’ve got (RT) Michael Bowie, who’s a rookie going up against one of the best defensive ends in the game. Chris Long is very active, and then Paul McQuistan, who plays guard for us, was playing left tackle and just trying to step up and slow those guys down. Those two rushers are as good as it gets for the most part. You have to give that defense a lot of credit. They’re a very good defense, but at the same time you just move on. One game at a time you stay in the moment. You stay in that moment, stay in that game, stay in that situation, keep believing, keep playing. At the end of the day we just want to find a way to win no matter what the circumstances are.”

(On his ball security)

“It was definitely something I was conscious of. I think it was something I could’ve gotten better at in the first few games, just making sure I get down. Those guys obviously were bringing the pressure all night so the quarterback coach and I were talking about all week, ‘If it’s not there, sometimes you just have to surrender.’ That was a term we talked about, going down and just protecting the football. At the same time we still found a way to make some big plays when we needed to. We kept believing. I still give credit to the offensive line to keep battling, for what they did tonight against a very good defensive line. They just kept believing in themselves, and we’ll fix it. There’s issues that we can definitely fix. Go ‘hawks.”

Seahawks WR Golden Tate

(On the team’s play)

“It’s tough to get wins in this league. No matter how we played, a win is a win. They’re great to have. Offensively we’ve got to be better and protect (QB) Russell (Wilson) a little better. We’ve got to get open better. But a win is a win.“

(On his touchdown reception)

“They gave us a couple things to work on. We had a perfect play on, to put the safety in the box. Russ (bought) some time, he threw it as far as he could and I made a play. Then, after that I let my emotions get to me. I’ve got to represent this team a little better than that and act like I’ve been there before. My mistake. That very easily could’ve given them momentum. They had a great returner back there. He could’ve cracked that one open and gave them good field position, but thankfully, special teams came through big and shut him down.”

Seahawks FS Earl Thomas

(On the goal-line stand at the end of the game)

“It showed grit. Everybody focused in on the little details and when you prepare well, it might not go the way you want and envisioned, but at crunch time we are going to stand up. We have been in those situations in the past and it didn’t work out for us. It just felt good for us to finally get a win in a close situation like that, especially on the goal line. Shout out to the big guys up front, Heath (Farwell) with the big stop, and the DBs at the end with the all out blitz. I’d rather go down swinging if we all out blitz at the end. I’m just excited to get the win.”

(On why they succeeded this time when they have failed in similar situations before)

“We have been there before. The funny thing about it is we learned from the situation that we failed. Today we persevered. That’s the positive that we can take from this game. We didn’t do well in the running game, but we have to get better. It’s football, you are going to have these days but you also have to pull these wins out, so it’s good for the team.”

Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin

(On adjusting to his new linebacker position)
“I had a good game, but then again, I feel like I could have done a lot of stuff better. I still have a long way to go, so had a good game but I’m hard on myself so just have to get back next week and get better at what I don’t think I did good at.”

(On his interception)

“I aint going to lie, Earl (Thomas) helped me out. He called the route out before he ran it so I was kind of alerted. We were working on the play all week and they ran it and I stepped up and made a play.”

(On how much more comfortable he is at his new position now than when he started.)

“I’m much more comfortable. I have a great room, great coaches. These guys really help me out when I don’t understand something. It’s just all about getting the flow and repetition, I’m a repetition guy and I have to keep doing it for it to really become second nature. I have eight more games and hopefully the best is still to come.”

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman

(On the goal line stand at the end of the game)

“Man up, stand up. We were in cover zero, wanted to bring pressure on the quarterback, and we knew it would be up to us in the back end to cover man up and we did a good job. Brandon Browner made a great play on the ball and that’s how it happened. Good ball game.”

(On not playing their best game but still finding a way to win)
“We can win ugly ball games. I think we have shown that a couple weeks in a row now, that we can win ugly. That’s what it’s about. I think championship teams are able to win the ugly games, where things aren’t going right, ball isn’t going their way, and they are still able to stand up when they need to, make stops when they need to, get turnovers when they need to, and score points when they need to.”

(On the play of the defense)
“I think the defense as a whole played a lot of plays and we limited them to nine points, we didn’t let them get in the endzone, so I think we are pretty proud of our effort. I know we have things to clean up, the explosive plays and things that they got on their last drive, but I’m proud of our front seven, our linebackers and the Legion of Boom. We have to find a way to play better, but Earl (Thomas) made some big stops down there when we needed him and that’s how we play.”

(On the mindset of the defense at the end of the game)

“We believe. It’s a lot of faith in one another, a lot of trust in the defense. That’s what you have to have to win games like this. You have to have trust in your front four, your linebackers, the back end. Everybody has to be working hand in hand and that’s what we did. We bent a little bit but we never broke.”

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