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December 20, 2013 at 3:43 PM

What they said: Pete Carroll

 Here’s some of what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media following practice today:

(On if there were any snow related absences on the team today…) “We made it, everybody made it in. We had a couple of slips and slides but everybody made it.”

(On J.R. Sweezy…) “Well he’s going through the process of the protocol and did not make it so we’ll keep him out this week.”

(On if J.R. Sweezy’s concussion happened in practice…) “No it happened in the game. We didn’t realize that it was an issue until afterwards.”

(On who starts in replace of J.R. Sweezy…) “You’ll wait and see on game day please.”

(On who is he considering starting there…) “All of the usual suspects.”

(On Jeremy Lane…) “He made it through practice today so he’s fine.”

(On Percy Harvin…) “He’s not going to be dressing this week.”

(On Richard Sherman…) “We just gave him a break today.”

(On if he feels like his defense is hitting a peak…) “Well we had a big game last week, that was last week though. We’re playing good football. We love it whenever taking the ball and hawking it like that. That’s an awesome outing. That was last week though; we have a whole new group. I think you have to look back and see how you have played, instead of trying to call it right now. We’re playing good football. I’d like to see the running game stay intact like it has, and if we can stay on the deep end like we have, we have a chance to make it hard on our opponents that’s for sure.”

(On what kind of difference can it make having both starting tackles playing in this game…) “Their presence just gives us a confidence that’s nice. They have been around; they’ve been through it a lot more than the young guys, a little more continuity and all of that. We’re grateful to have those guys back playing and it feels good. We’re not forgetting, it was a long spa that we went without them, weeks and weeks, and I think Michael Bowie started eight games or something in there during that stretch. It’s great to have those guys back.”

(On how practice went this week…) “Everything went good; we had a very good week. We had a spirited week, everybody understands the buildup of the end of the season here, we’d like to really play well as we finish this fourth quarter of the year, and this game is an enormous opportunity to do that. It’s great to come home, we start a chance to be at home for a while if we can do this right, and we want to maximize that opportunity so it’s a big deal.”

(On when Russell Wilson scrambles how much of it is him improvising…) “We have a real specific plan in terms of a route runner finding their way to getting open. There’s a real specific system there. He’s on his own, he pretty much creates. He’s got a way about him, he knows where the receivers are and that will dictate sometimes which way he goes and how he fights to get back in the proper direction where the receivers are and all of that. He pretty much is going on instincts from there. He has great instincts about it, so whenever it happens the receivers are the ones that have to click in to the discipline of it and then he utilizes their positioning.”

(On does J.R. Sweezy being out change the rotation at left guard of Paul McQuistan and James Carpenter…) “We’ll have to wait and find out.”

(On if he has always looked for guys with unique attributes…) “Yeah I think it’s always been on my mind trying to amplify the strengths that guys have. But really at USC when we got there and got in control when we could really go out pick out the guys and then choose them and play them and make all of those decisions. I think getting in that position really brought that to the front and when you think like a general manager and a coach it’s different than just thinking like a coach. It kind of opened the doors for a little more flexibility and stuff and it’s worked out pretty well.”

(On if he thinks the playoffs should consist of teams with the best record, regardless of division…) “No, I don’t know the long story of that. The way the system is is fine and I support it, but I’d have to understand what you’re really getting out there and the changes that it would take to get that done. Right now the system is pretty good. I kind of like that when you win the division you get it, whether it’s 7-9 or whatever.”



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