Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spoke to reporters after practice today. Here’s the transcript of what he said:
(On how good it is to play against this defense in practice) I mean a lot goes in to it. We have to be on our stuff, I mean we’re talking about the best defense in the NFL and they’ve proved that. You know, in every position there’s a competition going on. Whether we’re competing against [Richard] Sherman or Earl [Thomas] or [Brandon] Mebane, every position is a strong position so it makes our guys better each and every day as we come out here. It’s an opportunity to compete and they are competing against the best players.
(On getting a better read on the offensive players by going against this defense) Yes. All of the sudden you have a rookie stepping in against Richard Sherman or [Byron] Maxwell or Earl [Thomas], you’re going to get a really good feeling for them really early.
(On throwing a “curve ball” on occasion during practice) We’re trying to win. We’re trying to compete and we have a very strong defense. Our offense has been solid and we want to continue to improve and get better. We want to be able to put ourselves up against those guys and whatever you need to do to win, we’re going to do it.
(On the depth at wide receiver) It’s deep. It’s a deep group. We have a lot of different styles of guys. We have big and tall, fast, and the little and quick. It’s really good for us to see them out here each and every day and compete and let the roster start to sort itself out because there’s a lot to choose from and there’s a lot of guys we really like and we’re ready to go and see how it comes out.
(On Anthony McCoy’s injury disappointment and who will step up to play) You know it’s a big blow for him. We felt horrible for him. He did such a great job at working his way back and it was a long way back from last year. For him to get back on the field, he worked harder than anyone in there to be able to do that. So we do feel horrible for him, but the thing is we have to move on and we had guys who stepped up last year like a guy who’s going to go to like Luke Willson. Who really had a good year for us and he needs to continue to improve. Now it gives guys like Cooper [Helfet] and RaShaun [Allen] and those guys who are behind him opportunities.
(On what they see from Terrelle Pryor so far) I’ve seen a guy who’s come in and put the work in. He’s done a great job of learning our system. We’re kind of doing things with the position. You know obviously Russell is the guy, we’re giving the guys behind him the opportunities to be two’s one day and kind of moving them around and keeping them on their toes a little bit. He’s done a nice job. He probably had his best day yesterday and he was getting the ball out quick. Putting the time in to work and to learn it has been the best thing he has done. You can see each and every day he comes out he improves a little bit.
(On pass protection expectations of the young RB’s in comparison to Marshawn Lynch) That’s a huge part of the game. Being able to protect the quarterback and Marshawn does a great job for us and he has a great understanding of this. I think our guys understand it. They kind of know who to go to and who they’re supposed to block so they’ve got to be sharp on that, but then they’ve got to be able to do their job when they get there. The physicality it takes to be able to protect him, the strain and the effort and the finish that they need to be able to keep that guy away from the quarterback.
(On Terrelle Pryor possibly playing another position) Right now he is playing quarterback and he’s doing a nice job of it.