Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant, the second-longest tenured player on the team, said today he thinks the Seattle defense is “one of the best” to ever play in the NFL.
“I feel like we’ve got a lot of diversity that allows us to have such a great defense,” Bryant said. “We’ve got cover guys. We’ve got athletic guys at the skill positions. So that gives you a lot of flexibility when you’re getting ready to attack opposing teams.”
Winning the Super Bowl, of course, would help greatly to aid in that perception.
Here’s some more of what Bryant had to say today:
(on Head Coach Pete Carroll) “Energetic. He definitely wakes up every day looking forward to the opportunity to get better. He does a great job of motivating us to go out there and do our deal.”
(on whether Carroll’s unconventional methods are a good thing) “I believe so. Just his approach to how we do things, it’s allowed us to get to this moment right here. So you’d definitely have to say it’s working.”
(on the biggest strength of Seattle’s defense) “The biggest strength, I would say, would be all 11 of us. Like I said, we’ve got arguably one of the best secondaries in the league. We’ve got some of the most athletic linebackers, and our defensive front is so multiple and has so many different schemes in it, that it really allows us to really put a strangle hold on different offenses when we’re playing at the top of our game.”
(on whether playing in the NFC West has made Seattle a better team) “I’d definitely have to say it makes us a better team. We’ve got three of the best teams in the league: the Cardinals, the Rams and the 49ers. All three of those teams, on Sunday, you know what type of game it’s going to be. Very physical games. Both teams are going to be beat up afterwards. I definitely feel like playing in that division, winning it, really set the stage for us to make this playoff run.”
(on the Rams as a team on the rise) “No question about it. Coach (Jeff) Fisher’s doing a great job over there. Our first outing against those guys, I feel like they physically beat us up up front. They were able to control the line of scrimmage, run for 200 yards. They’ve got a great defense. They’ve got all the things in place to continue to progress. Like I said, our division…and it’s even special to me because when I came into the league, our division was viewed as the worst in the league. So to be viewed as the best and probably one of the most physical divisions in the league is a testament to what the coaches can actually do.”
(on the use of medical marijuana as a pain-killer) “That’s above my pay-grade, so I’m going to leave that up to the medical professionals. I don’t have a viewpoint one way or another, so that’s how I feel about it.”
(on if he feels a lot of guys are already using marijuana as a pain-killer) “I’m not sure. I’ve got a wife and two kids, so when I get done with practice and work, I go home and I spend time with them. I really can’t (comment) on that either way as well.”
(on how he’ll combat the cold weather) “I don’t really have a method in particular. I’ll go out there and I’m going to just approach it like I approach every game. I’m pretty sure once my adrenaline gets going, once that first contact happens, it’ll be football as usual and I’ll just block out the cold weather. So for me, it’s just mind over matter.”
(on if he feels ownership on the defensive line after being there for years) “I just think with me, I just have a leadership role given the fact that I’ve been here and given the fact that I was one of the building blocks to help us get to where we’re at. The great thing about the defensive line, we’ve got so many guys with experience. (Brandon) Mebane – seven years. Cliff Avril – six (years). Mike Bennett – five (years). Tony McDaniel – eight years. Chris Clemons – 10 (years). Clinton McDonald – five years. Those guys make my job easier. They’ve got a lot of football under their belt.”
(on setting ego aside when Seattle brings in new defensive linemen) “It’s easy to set your ego aside when you’ve got the character of those men I just named. They make it real easy. We know it benefits the team because all those guys I named can take over a game any given Sunday. When they’re all doing well, our team does well. So the ego thing is just pushed to the backburner for the team success, because at the end of the day that’s all that matters, whether you win.”