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December 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

What they said: Pete Carroll

Here are highlights of what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media today:

Opening statement:“Well we’re looking forward to seeing this weekend underway. A good start to go to New York. Big match up for us. Big, big time part of this finish of the fourth quarter of the season. We’ve got to make sure that we’re ready and right to go. It’s one of those trips we’ll leave a couple of days early and make our effort as we have throughout the season and hopefully we can do this really well. We look at the Giants, we see a team that’s really, really transitioned from an early part of the season to the last seven games. These guys have been going in a whole different fashion. Their defense has been playing great, they’ve been getting the football and getting it that much better than they did early in the year, when they were having some problems with the turnovers and now they turned that around and they’ve shown to be very effective.So it’s a big deal to us. We got to go get this thing done and it’ll be a cool trip going out there, MetLife Stadium. Yeah it’s my first time. It’d be kind of fun.”

On Perrish Cox being active on the roster: “Yeah well that’s because of Jeron Johnson opens up a spot for us. So we liked Perrish [Cox] before and now we’ve got a chance to keep him in here. So we got him.”

On if Johnson needs surgery: “No. He’s just got a bad hammy.”

On if DeShawn Shead will focus more on playing safety: “Yeah he will do that. We’ve prepared him to do that all year long and he’ll focus his time inside. So that’s why we went and got the corner, if that makes sense to you.”

On if Johnson’s hamstring injury any worse than the last hamstring injury he had: “It’s his other leg. So for whatever reason, he’s just had a real susceptibility to his hamstring thing. It’s substantial so he’s going to be done.

On the approach of getting prepared to play a game in potentially bad weather: “It’s going to be pretty cold. It’s going to be like what it is here. We’ve had pretty cold weather here so that we can get a chance in it. So I don’t think it’s going to be that much of a change, depending on how much precipitation and all that. We’ll just wait and see. We saw that the league made it. We survived this weekend, with record setting touchdowns. Probably had a lot to do with the fields and the weather and all that. So we’re on it. We’re on it in areas that we can. We won’t be hosing down the field. We’re not doing that.”

On the timeline of Wright’s surgery: “The surgery was this morning. I haven’t heard what happened. We don’t know any updates on that yet, but it was supposedly this morning in North Carolina.”

On if Harvin will practice: “He won’t practice today. He’s rehabbing.”

On what will happen to Harvin at this point: “It’s week-to-week. We’re trying to figure this thing out and when he gets out on the practice field, then it’s truly day-to-day and we’ll see how he responds. So as of today, he’s not going. He won’t be going, he’s rehabbing. That means that he’s running in his rehab work and we have to see if he can tolerate it and come on back and give us a couple of days work. We’ll have to make sure that he’s right. So we’re going to take our time and I know it seems like, ‘How can you take your time when you’re this close to the end of the season?’ But, we still have to do that to take care of him.”

On if Harvin’s response to his injury has changed: “It has fluctuated. He has gone back and forth, where he’s gotten close and then it got aggravated a little bit. Just hasn’t quite got over the hump where he’s really clear. He has a whole lot of new movement in that hip that he hasn’t had before and he’s trying to become accustomed to that.”

On Unger’s injury status: “Max [Unger] went through the walkthrough today. He won’t practice this afternoon.”

On if Unger will make it in time for the game: “We think he’ll make it. We’ll get him back after hopefully tomorrow or Friday for sure.”

On if he has any problems with playing in the Super Bowl in bad weather: “No. I think the game of Football has always been subject to weather and conditions and settings and all that. We don’t know what it’s going to be like, but it might be classic. It might be a classic setting for a great match up. We’ll see what happens.”

On if bad weather favors one side of the ball better than the other: “Yeah I think bad weather favors the guy with the ball in his hand, if he can keep it. There’s an issue about taking care of the football, but you saw it plainly last week. A lot of big plays, a lot of runs that showed that the tackling was suspect and the field conditions really favored the offense. I don’t know how you can look at it anyway. That was an all-time record at 104 touchdowns.”

On Malcolm Smith’s progress as an NFL player: “Yeah he’s been a really steady part of our team and whenever we’ve called on him the highlight of playing time, he’s always played well. He’s given us play at two linebacker spots and in nickel, he’s been a core special teams guy throughout. I don’t know if he’s exceeded expectations of the seventh round pick, but we certainly have seen him rise up and really be a crucial member of our football time for quite a while now. So when he steps in, it doesn’t affect our thinking in any way. We can do everything that we want to do, he has great experience in the system and he can do a lot of stuff because he’s a good blitz guy as well as a coverage guy.”

On after seeing the Giants struggle with turning the ball over and has experienced running back issues is the reason why he emphasizes the run: “Well I don’t know. I can’t speak for them. I know that when you turn the ball over, they were like negative sixteen or something after six games or something like that and you can’t win. They know that, Tom [Coughlin] knows that, and that’s the big issue. Whatever got them to that, that’s the problem and they fixed it. Since then, they’re plus three. So they’ve really turned that thing around. But in our philosophy, our approach is to have a balanced attack, where you can rely on the running game. That serves many issues and that’s one of them. If the ball is hard to throw and catch and the wind won’t let you do it or the rain won’t let you do it, where are you going to go when you don’t have a running game or you’re not committed to it? So that’s always the thought in my mind. I don’t know how they’re thinking about it, but that’s how we’ve always can justify the makeup in the formula that we have.”

On the running game the past few weeks: “We’re starting to run the ball with commitment, which is good. We hurt ourselves. We had a pretty good day just with the two plays that we’re called back. That would’ve lead to other stuff. So I think we’re fine. I think we’re in good shape. Marshawn [Lynch] continues to run hard and run tough, the guys up front are targeting well and are playing hard. I have no problem with what’s going on. I think we still have a lot of confidence in that we can run the football and that we will continue to.”

On why Robert Turbin was returning kicks rather than Jermaine Kearse: “Ball security. Ball security is most concern to us right now. We can’t Jermaine enough turns to get him experience back there. He’s only had a few preseason games to put him back there. Whenever we put him back there the balls go out of the end zone so much with the kicking format that you can’t get a guy ready for that. Turb [Robert Turbin] handles the ball in traffic all of the time. It’s more important to us because the ball is coming out on the 20 yard line all of the time, it’s about there. Until you have something really special. When Percy Harvin is back there it’ll be different. He’s been the best in the history of the game in his years that he’s been around so he’ll certainly be a different factor. Right now we want to make sure we take care of the ball.”

On Brandon Browner’s situation: “We don’t know anything league wide, but he won’t make it back to full go this week, but he’s trying. He’s trying this week in hopes that maybe next week he’s ready to go.”

On Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane: “I really love the way they’ve played, I think they’ve done great for us. Our expectations were that they could play and that they’ll hold up their end of it, and they’ve done all of that. Matter of fact they were both very productive in the game, and they’re getting some turns, the ball is going away from Richard Sherman so they are getting some extra turns. Maxwell hung tough and played really well, and sure enough Jeremy had three big plays for us in the game. They’re doing terrific and I really think it’s part of the system and these guys have been with us long enough that they’re really our guys and they play with the style and mentality that we want. It’s a real god sign of depth in a program.”

On Dan Quinn: “He’s done a great job. I think he’s done a fantastic job. We’re holding up our end of it, we’re hard to score on, we’re doing great in the turnover game, we continue to play really consistent ball and utilizing our talents. We have a pretty good pass rush so I think he’s done a great job. He had a lot to measure up to because Gus Bradley had done a fine job for us as well. At this late part of the year we are kind of what we are. We’re keeping the points down and we’re pretty tough to throw the ball at, so I’m really fired up and he’s doing a great job.”

On Dan Quinn’s coaching approach: “He’s very aggressive and his style with the players and his expectations of how they have to play to play in our system. He’s very technique oriented, really discipline, he just has all of the right elements to make a good football coach. He’s done a great job.”

On managing personnel in bad weather: “Well you do what you have to do and it’s always about taking care of the ball. Field position becomes huge and it depends on what kind of weather day it is. The wind can really be the most commanding factor when it’s really rolling. It’s the concern for the football in both directions that can really turn the game. You saw a lot of balls on the ground being kicked around and stuff, guys scoring with turnovers last week too. That’s kind of how it goes.”

On Paul McQuistan and James Carpenter: “They’re both going to play again. They both did an admirable job. James is going to start again. We had false starts on a couple, so James starts a couple and we’ll see how that goes. We’ll just continue that competitive situation for those guys, but they played solid.”


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