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November 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM

What they said: Pete Carroll

Here’s more of what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media following Friday’s practice:

On how this week went in terms of the preparation to play against the Falcons: “We had an excellent week. We have some guys stepping up to play that needed all the work and it’s great to see those guys come through and we felt very good about the work. So we know we want to clean up the running game on defense is really something that we liked to accomplish. We also want to carryover the momentum of last week’s running game, on the other side of the ball. So hopefully we can take this week and take another step forward there.”

On Bryant and Unger: “Those guys will not go. They’re not going to play. We’re going to take care of them this week and have them ready for next week, hopefully.”

On how the defense will handle filling Bryant’s shoes against the Falcons: “Well you’ll see when we put it out there, the guys that have played. We have some rotations that we’ve been working and we’ll just adjust it a little bit. But the same guys will be playing, for the most part.”

On Matt Ryan: “We’ve talked about him a lot other than when you didn’t ask about it. But he’s an incredible quarterback. He can do everything; he has great control of the entire game. We saw them years ago run the game at the line of scrimmage, when he was audibling and doing all that stuff. He makes all the throws, he’s got great style about their passing game in that they can do whatever they need to do to attack an opponent. He’s completing sixty-nine percent of his passes. So he’s a fantastic player that we have tremendous respect for. He’s a classic pocket guy and they know how to take care of him and cover him up, protecting him. He does a great job.”

On Lemuel Jean-Pierre’s performance: “He’s done really well. Really, dating back from whenever he’s played for us in the games, he’s come through. So we really feel that he’s played already for us and we feel like he’s another one of the starters going in there. So we’re pleased to get him his chance again and we’ll expect him to play really well.”

On Jordan Hill’s injury status: “He hurt his other bicep. Yeah, and he strained it. It doesn’t look to be anywhere near what the other was. We expect him to come back to practice next week.”

On Okung’s and Giacomini’s performance at practice this week: “Well we got the early part of practice, working the first couple of days. Today, they practiced throughout. So that’s a really good sign. They feel like their able to handle the work, they have had no issues with it at all. So next week, they’ll come back going full speed and that’ll be really exciting to get those guys back in. They’re dying to play, as you can imagine they’ve had to sit there and watch for so long, that there really worked up about it. So we’ll go into next week with them, practicing with them on Wednesday, and we’ll expect to see, if they can handle it, that they would play.”

On if Giacomini is in a position where he could be on the reserve list: “He is in a position where could be active, in a reserve situation if we chose to, yes. We’ll have to wait and see.”

On Percy Harvin: “Yeah Percy [Harvin] is the best he’s been. He had another excellent day; he’s not ready to play this week. He’ll return to practice hopefully next week and we’ll just go one day at a time then. But all of the signs are really encouraging, he feels good, he’s not having issues after he works out or next days. So I think that we’ve built up enough days here to take a real good positive step. I don’t know what that means, in terms of playing next week, but we’re hoping that he’ll be able to get some extra work and really jump back into it.”

On if there are any personnel changes in terms of improvements of the defense stopping the run: “No we’re just going to continue to rotate our guys. We don’t think that’s then issue. We need to play better and tackle better. So those have been big points of emphasis for us the last couple weeks. We need to see it come through this week.”


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