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January 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Red Bryant: “We might run a lot of nickel”

Seattle defensive end Red Bryant had lots to say today about being the son-in-law of former Seahawk great Jacob Green, what the Seahawks might see from the Denver offense, and more:

(on why he is able to be effective in Seattle’s 4-3 under defensive formation) “I just feel like what I bring to the team is I’m able to stop a lot of the run, the runs that teams like to run, and it allows our rushers on the open side to get after the passer.”

(on the 4-3 under formation) “I feel like against Peyton (Manning) we might run a lot of nickel given the fact that they come out in a lot of (three-wides) personnel, and they like to spread the team. It’s going to play a big role in this game. We’re looking to have Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett because we’re going to be relying on those guys a lot more in this game given the type of offense we’re going to be playing against.”

(on how ready he and the team is for the game) “I feel like every man (is) excited for the opportunity. We were just talking before we came in here, we’re ready to play. This is the longest we’ve had to prepare for an opponent and it being the Super Bowl is motivation in itself. And so, we’re just excited and looking forward to Sunday.”

(on Turnover Thursday translating into games) “It does work. It’s a reflection of our record. Coach (Pete) Carroll from day one, his philosophy is all about the ball. He stresses to the offense to protect, and he stresses to the defensive to take the ball. On defensive in particular, we understand that every time that we take a snap, we’ve got an opportunity to affect the game by taking the ball, and we really believe in that. That’s part of the biggest reason we we’re able to win 15 games this year.”

(on his relationship with former Seahawks DE Jacob Green). “That’s my father-in-law. I married his oldest daughter. We’ve been together nine years. We’ll be married five years in February. (It’s) a great relationship. He’s in the Ring of Honor for the Seahawks. He had a great career in Seattle, and he had a great career at Texas A&M. That’s my alma mater, as well. And so, we can talk on a level that very few people could talk on because he’s been in my position, and I lean on him for advice.”

(on whether he ever saw Green play) “I did. He was a phenomenal player. Definitely if he played in today’s game, he’d been one of the premier pass rushers in the league. He definitely was one of the best at his position during his era, so I have nothing but the utmost for him.”

(on how unique it is that his father-in-law, Green, played the same position) “No question about it. But at the time I started dating my wife, I was a defensive tackle. I didn’t move to D-End until my third year in the league.”

(on how important the success of this Seattle team is to Green) “No question about it. He’s extremely happy for the Seahawks, and he’s extremely happy for me. He tells me all the time, I’ve got an opportunity to do something he didn’t in terms of playing in the Super Bowl, and hopefully we get a victory.”

(on whether there is a different feel to practice this week because it is the last week of the season) “I feel like we’ve been approaching it the same as we have all year. Our goal this year is to get to this game. Our goal is to have the opportunity to win it, and so the way we prepare, the way we study, we feel like we give ourselves the best chance come Sunday.”

(on whether this team feels special) “I believe so. We have a lot of different personalities. We have a lot of different talents. Like I said, Earl Thomas, I’m familiar with him because we’re from the same area. His hometown might be 45 minutes from my hometown. He’s a phenomenal talent. Playing with Michael Bennett, me and him we played in college together. We’ve got history together. We’ve been knowing each other about 10 years now. Just, so many (guys): Marshawn (Lynch), Russell Wilson. He’s wise beyond his years. He’s a franchise quarterback. He’s a great leader. I talk about Brandon Mebane all the time, about how I was able to learn from him, how I was able to become a better pro just from watching him. And Coach (Pete) Carroll, he’s got a winning mentality. Just from being around him for four years, I’ve understood why he was able to create the atmosphere at SC. What he likes to say is, “Win forever.” He means that, and that’s permeating through the whole team. We believe that’s why we’re in this position that we’re in today.”

(on why QB Russell Wilson is so popular) “I just think his mannerisms, the way he handles himself, the way he’s able to communicate and get across to his teammates whatever is he’s trying to do, he definitely feeds off everybody’s energy. He’s always upbeat. He’s cool under duress, and so the Seahawks were lucky to be able to get him in the third round. Everybody that passed on him, I bet they hate it now. We’re really fortunate that he’s at the helm of this team.”

(on how popular Russell Wilson is in Seattle) “I bet he can’t go anywhere in Seattle. I know they love him out there. Everybody wants his time and everybody wants him to do this and do that. But, I think he loves to do it well, and we’re extremely happy for him”

(on Wilson’s personality in the locker room) “Laid back. He likes to tell jokes and laugh. He knows how to have a good time.”

(on why people get so excited when big players score touchdowns) “You very seldom see a 300 pound plus guy get a touchdown. It’s been two years since I got a little one, and that was the first time in my playing career that I ever got a touchdown.”

(on whether DE Michael Bennett is not big enough to count as a big player scoring a touchdown) “No, Mike Bennett is big enough. He plays big anyway (laughter). But, Mike Bennett is a phenomenal athlete, phenomenal.”

(on when he high stepped when he scored a touchdown two seasons ago against Chicago) “You know, Deion Sanders, one of my role models. Somebody that I looked up to early on when I was a kid, so for me to get that opportunity, I just wanted to pay homage to him.”

(on the hallmarks of a defensive coordinator Dan Quinn defense) “Physicality, speed and athletes. Those are three things that stick out most to me.”

(on his impressions when he first met Quinn) “When I first met Coach Quinn he was my D-Line coach my second year in the league. He (was) extremely hard on me. He expected more. He was tough on me. My first two years in the league, I didn’t play as much. We were 4-12, 5-11 and I might’ve played in 10 games my first two years. I used to always ask him, ‘What do I need to (do to) get on the field?’ Something that stuck with me till this day was he told me, “I see better than I have.” Basically, he (was) just telling me that when I show him that I deserve to be out there, I’ll be out there. And I took that to heart. That’s the one characteristic that he has is just being straight forward and honest, and I think that played a big part in my success so far thereafter.”

(on a normal halftime routine) “Normal halftime routine, we come in, we do adjustments. Whether we’re up or whether we’re down, coaches do a great job of getting everybody to focus. We’ll look at our corrections, and then we come out the second half and try to be better. If we are up, we try to finish the game. If we are down, we try to take it play by play to get back in the game and hopefully take control of it.”

(on whether having a longer halftime) “You know what, I’ll see. Usually the normal time you get in there after you go through your adjustments, coaches tell you what you need to work on, then you’re back out. And so, extended halftime is going to be something that I feel like both teams are probably going to have to manage, and I’ll see what the plan is once we get there.”

(on what it means when Head Coach Pete Carroll says he wants everybody to have a “rocking day” today) “It means he wants everyone flying around, energetic, speed. He’s big on speed. He wants everybody to be able to get through their progressions, run to the ball and just compete.”


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