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November 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM

What they said: Darrell Bevell

Here’s some of what Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had to say when he met the media this week to discuss the offense and the game Monday against the Saints:

On the Saints’ defense: “Yeah well they present as lot of issues in terms of the things that he calls. He’s going to bring a lot pressure, he’s going to try to give you a lot of different looks, he uses his players in a lot of different ways. The same guys, you’ll find them in different positions, not afraid to bring everyone at you. So you have to be prepared to answer those questions like which blitzes he’s going to bring at you and obviously what helps us is being able to run the football and that’s where it all starts with us as we know.”

On the offensive line getting healthier as the season progresses: “Yeah I mean it’s good that they’ve got a few more reps under their belt and then had a little time off and now we’re back out there practicing again. So it’s always good to have your starting five out there”

On recognizing improvements to the offensive in terms of the offensive line getting healthier: “Well I think we’ve improved, but there’s still a long way to go. I mean both of those guys; it was their first time back out there. They’re still a little bit rusty, still some things that they can improve on technique-wise, communication-wise with the guys right next to them. Sometimes you get… whether it’s [J.R.] Sweezy or James [Carpenter], they get used to the other guys that were next to them and how they communicated and how they moved and came off combinations. And now, you got Breno [Giacomini] and Russ [Russell Okung] back in there so you got to get used to that again. So just still continuing to get better each and every day.”

On how the Saints create pressure on the quarterback in terms of sacks: “They do it a lot of different ways. I would say first and foremost is the pressure that they like to bring, they really game plan well. They game plan the offense that they’re playing, the protection that they have, they have good schemes, they put their players in a position to be successful, and they’re trying to get free runners at the quarterback and it happens a lot.”

On if he saw Drew Brees as a role model for Russell Wilson: “Well you know I think he’d done a great job of that already. I mean he came in talking about it and how much he’s emulated him and has looked up to him. Another Big 10 quarterback as well. So he’s kind of patterned his game, he watches what he does and he really kind of had a bunch of that under his belt. That wasn’t something that we needed to show him that was something that he already had.”

On Percy Harvin’s performance against Minnesota:  “None of the stuff that I saw surprised me. I was fortunate to have him for the years in Minnesota. So I knew the type of blocker he could be. He’s really a tough kid and then the special plays that he makes; I was just excited that they happened as fast as they did. We really weren’t looking to do that. I mean it wasn’t like we were trying to make a splash with him. We just kind of wanted to get him into the game. Almost like a preseason game, get him started, get his pads hit, get him knocked around a bit and if he didn’t catch a ball, then that was going to be okay. But he stepped up, he made a really big catch on that third down for us and obviously when coach puts him in a few plays later on a kickoff and you go 58 yards or whatever it was, it’s hard to ignore that. I mean he’s a special guy and he has all that ability in him and we just hope that he could continue to do it.”

On how Harvin impacts the offense in terms of being a threat to an opposing defense: “Well you have to worry about him and I know Minnesota was. I know that they were worried about him in all facets and all the different ways that we could use him. So they have to prepare for it. Even if we hadn’t prepared those things, I know that they were preparing for him. Whether it was how you were going to throw to him, how you were going to hand it to him, all the different places that you could find him. So it’s a real nice weapon to have.”

On if bad weather would impact their play calls: “I think it can. Yeah definitely I think it can and it all depends how the game is going and what type of whether it is, how sloppy it gets or how windy it gets, I definitely think there would be some things that could impact it.”

On how basketball players such as Jimmy Graham benefit an offense: “Well I think that they offer a special skill set, whether you are talking about [Tony] Gonzales or [Antonio] Gates or Jimmy Graham. I mean all of those guys, they have a great feel for the game, the way they set up their routes and then just being able to kind of… you can even still see [Tony] Gonzales and how he goes in and box a guy out, gets big. Almost like he’s going up for a rebound and those type of things. You can see [Antonio] Gates set routes up and they have really good eye-hand coordination and ball skills from those basketball days.”

On the Vikings game being the best performance that the offense has performed since the Seahawks played against the Vikings last year: “I think our last couple. We’ve kind of put some good games together. I think Atlanta kind of started that and then we continued to build ion that in Minnesota. But each and every game is so different. I mean a defense could present different things to you; you can take advantage of it sometimes. Sometimes they get the best of you. So you really have to gout and each and every game, you have to be at your best. We try to put that game out there every single time. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, but those are the results that we look for and those are the things that we can attain; that our offense is able to do.”


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