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November 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

What they said: Pete Carroll

Here are the non-Percy Harvin-related quotes from Seattle coach Pete Carroll from his session with the media today after practice:

On how the team has handled the distractions this week: “Yeah well you know when you work as hard as you did in the off season to get our mentality together and everybody getting committed to how we’re going to do this on and off the field, as far as our commitment. When somebody slips, you go through a range of emotions, but what really came out was compassion. Guys really felt bad that our guys weren’t able to hang with us. So when you get down to it that we were concerned for them because they don’t get to enjoy what they’ve been working at and working to be a part of. That’s the first thought because there was a big commitment in this offseason for our guys to be together and we are very, very tight. So it was a disappointment that they’re not with us. On the other side of it is as far as the football concerned, we’ve had guys all year long that have had injuries and the come in and they go and our players step up and answer the call and so that’s exactly how we look at it. It’s not something that we drag with us at all. We feel bad for the guys that they’re not with us, but then the other side of it is its football. Football, these guys are like they’re injured and so the next guy step up and here come the guys that is going to answer the call and those are the guys that we’re focusing. I think that we’ve handled it really well. Again, I’m disappointed in our guys because we would like to have them with us, but we’re moving on and we will carry on like we have earlier in the year.”

 

On this game being the biggest game that the Seahawks has played so far: “I don’t know that. Each one of them is huge.Any one of these games, you look back, if we make the mistakes at the end that don’t get us the win that would be the game that we might look back to. So we honestly realized that every one of these games are championship opportunities to us and we practice like it’s the biggest game you’ve ever seen. I mean that’s how we did and we’ve attempted to do that every week, with the thought of holding that kind of discipline because that’s what its going to take; to finish this thing off right is every week is an enormous opportunity and challenge. So that’s how we’re taking it. It happens to be a great football team we’re playing. With tremendous coaching and tremendous players and leadership and all that that will tax us to the fullest. So that’s understood. We understand that. But other than that, it’s the biggest game as we can get and it’s going to be awesome running at it at length. So we’re really excited about it.”

On Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung being back for a second straight week: “It feels great on the practice field in the run game and the pass game this week. They’re just sharp and on it. It’s really the communication and the continuity that comes from those guys that have played so much, it’s obvious. So hopefully that will help us in a number of ways. It might be more subtle than obvious, but I know the quarterback can tell, and we can tell day after day working against the ones when we do that in pass rush and running the ball that they’re just sharp and they’re on it. We look like we did late last year when we were really going so I’m excited to see how this helps us finish with all of the challenges we have.”

On what happened with Perrish Cox: “You kept asking me about the roster and I couldn’t tell you about how we were going to do that. We didn’t know what we would do with Brandon Browner really at the time, and we’re still waiting to figure out what his status is going to be. That really is what happened, just to keep that spot alive.”

On Tharold Simon practicing this week: “We actually got more work with Tharold than I thought we would. He had a very, very good week for us, he’s back in action, and he practiced on the service team all week long. That’s a great start for him; he hasn’t done anything football wise so our expectations are very low at this point. Just getting him out there is really a value, but he did well, he did very well.”

 

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