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December 13, 2013 at 3:46 PM

What they said: Pete Carroll

Here’s more of what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media today before the team left for its game Sunday against the New York Giants:

On practicing outside today: “Yeah it was nice to feel that it was okay for us today. It’s been frozen so the fact that we had a chance to get out there was good. There was a little bit of mist ad all of that. Not quite like what it’s going to be in New York, but it gives a little sense for it.”

On how does he feel this week of practice went: “I think we went right back to business on Wednesday. Monday started it, and then when we practiced on Wednesday you could tell that everybody was focused on what’s at hand. This is a huge game, and a huge opportunity for us to get right and so it didn’t seem like there was anything at all to do with what happened last week.”

On Zach Miller: “He got work today, and all of the guys were out there that we were taking care of. everyone made it back today.”

On the guys that were out: “Tony McDaniel wasn’t here today, he’s sick today, but he’ll be alright.”

On how did K.J. Wright’s surgery go: “As far as I know it was routine. It was a routine surgery so it should be fine. Whatever that means I don’t know.”

On Percy Harvin: “It’s looking like he’s going to miss this week again, and it’s looking like it’s going to be a bit before we get it right. He’s doing a ton of stuff to get back, but he hasn’t just turned the corner. We’re going to just keep taking the time it takes to get him right.”

On if he feels if there is anything that Percy Harvin can do to reinjure or aggravate his hip” “If they are are not releasing to get back out there then that means he’s vulnerable. So we’re going to make sure that we take our time and see when that time comes. We still have a number of games left, hopefully. If we can get him in there, we’ll take him when he comes.”

On if running the ball helps if the weather goes bad: “The running game is really important. It’s important down the stretch and it’s always been part of the formula that we have it when we need it, and this is the kind of potential conditions where it could be very important. There’s no question that the ball is really the big issue when the weather is bad. Whether you’re trying to take care of it in the running game or whether you’re throwing it. Certainly that works on the other side. The running game is pivotal, and we have to get that thing going and make sure that it is available to us. We can’t emphasize it more than we do, but it would be awesome if it’s a factor when needed. That’s why it’s all a big part of this formula.”

On offense game planning around Earl Thomas: “I think there was a lot of inside running game, so they do tend to cut off the safeties in that. He didn’t get any balls thrown his way, he was pretty clean for the day and didn’t have many chances so he was a little bit frustrated about that. I think they did do a good job of getting down field, the receivers were real active and they were up for it, but he really didn’t have that many opportunities.”

On what’s the balance between being very aggressive on defense and being susceptible to cutbacks: “Well it’s always about technique and the discipline of leveraging the football. It doesn’t matter about the emphasis of being aggressive or anything, you have to do it right. That’s just fundamental football. Good plays and good players sometimes get you over the top, and that happened if that’s what you’re referring to last week, so it’s enormously important. We really have stressed the run game and tackling and pursuit angles and leveraging the football this week in particular, noticing how many big plays were in the league last week with all the weather and all of that. Hopefully we’ll do a really nice job of that, but it’s always important no matter how you’re style is or what you’re trying to do.”

On Tharold Simon and Greg Scruggs: “No they’re down. Scruggs will have a great offseason now because he’s that close, and Tharold it would be huge for him, but he reinjured his toe right at the end of it. That’s a concern. He has not been able to get healthy, but he looked good when he had his chances so we have good information anyway.”

On if there is any good way to practice for snow or freezing rain: “Yeah if you can get out in it, but we haven’t quite had that. If you look at it, the last three games of this season are all going to be weather issues most likely, and in to the playoffs too. This is a great opportunity for us to really click into that mode and do all of the little things it takes to take care of the ball and the focus and the emphasis. It’s going to be crucial down the stretch, and we have an advantage that we have enough weather here that can get us ready. Hopefully we can take care of that and it’ll benefit us.”


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