Here’s what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say after Seattle’s practice today (which, to reiterate, was held just as news was breaking that Marshawn Lynch had returned but before it was confirmed by the team):
(Opening) Pretty exciting day out here. We had a really good day at practice the guys worked really hard. We got a lot, a ton of situational work done which was great. Then the real situations happened here with the Marines landing after practice which was really exciting for everybody, so it’s a big day here and right in the mix of camp everything is going. We are leading up to a big game on Saturday. We have the mock game on Saturday to get us ready for game week coming up.
(On Jesse Williams) He’s got knee issues, I don’t have all the details for you right now but he’s got a serious situation which we have to take care of.
(On receivers and players being out today) We’re resting guys today, we rested some guys. Doug [Baldwin] and Percy [Harvin] both got a break today. As you watch there will be guys throughout, Michael Bennett had a break today, we are trying to keep guys in rotation so that we can keep them fresh we don’t want to wear anybody down too far. So as we make our way through it, we are just picking and choosing so those aren’t injuries at all.
(On Jesse Williams having surgery) It’s a potential surgery. I don’t know the details of it yet.
(On Anthony McCoy’s injury) It’s a heart breaking injury and it’s because he worked so hard to get back. He looked so good. He was the hardest working guy in the program to get back to shape to play and his other Achilles goes and it’s just a real incidental step coming off the line of scrimmage. No contact, nothing involved at all, much like the last one. There’s no way to predict that that would be there and that he would be venerable to that in any way so it’s really disheartening for him but as we communicate he is going to go for it again, bring himself on back and get back out here as soon as he can.
(On if they’ll add a player at the tight end position) We will see. We still have five guys at the spot so we are in pretty good shape right now.
(On the depth of the tight end position) Cooper Helfet, he’s done everything we’ve asked him for a couple years around here. He’s been a terrific guy working his way through it. He’s been better every season he’s been with us. He is stronger and faster. He knows everything, he is a specials team guy for us as well. He has great hands. So this is a tremendous opportunity for him for sure.
(On more flags being thrown today) I appreciate you noticed that. The NFL official showed up today and they will meet up with us this afternoon. I asked them to be active and they certainly answered their call.
(On the young guys adjusting) Just good. To see their interpretation we have to clean things up. We have to play by their rules so have to make sure they are out here, it’s very very important day for us and an important indication that we need some work in this area and it was really both sides of the football. So we will clean it up from here.
(On Kevin Norwood being out yesterday and today) His foot has not responded the way we hoped. It was okay today but he’s not better. So we are just going to try quiet him down and see what to do next. He’s had a MRI and all that kind of stuff. There is nothing we could do at this point but we are trying to find the right solution. The footwear, the orthotics and all the different things we could do to try help his foot. At this point really it’s just one day at a time.
(On Paul Richardson) He banged his shoulder but he will be okay, he will be back in a day or so.
(On Cassius Marsh) Little bit of a groin thing that we just want to make sure doesn’t go the wrong way. He has had a great camp so far. He has had one of the biggest loads – workloads – and so we are going to back off him today and see how he does here on Saturday.
(On Brock Coyle) He’s done a great job; he really has. He’s applied himself in every way, he’s smart, he studies it like crazy, he gives us the confidence that he can make the calls and handle the adjustments. At this early stage, he’s really done a great job. He’s physical and he’s done really well at special teams. He’s going to play a lot in these games early on and we’re excited to see what he can do at full speed tempos.
(On Percy Harvin’s performance last season) I don’t really put it to what happened in the Super Bowl or any of the game last year. He’s out here working like everybody else. He’s busting his tail. He’s in incredible shape. We’re making sure that we don’t overload him as we go through it, but I see him in the middle of everything we’re doing. He’s going to be a very intricate part of our offense and he’d be crazy not to. He’s a fine football player.
(On interaction with the officials during practice after a flag is thrown) I was practicing. I was practicing how I interact with the officials. I want to make sure that my demeanor was really on point. There were some questions–just questions about their interpretations to make sure I knew what they were calling and all. This is a big deal for us. We’ll meet with them [the officials] again today. We need to really latch on to how they interpret things. We’ve tried to adjust things. We’ll find out and we’ll grow more today. We’ll be asking questions. It’ll be an open forum with those guys this afternoon.
(On a recent incident with the officials) No, we’ll hear from them again this afternoon. The team will hear for the first time. We’ve heard what the league has to say. Now we need to just watch the dialogue and see how it goes and just make sure we’re hearing from the actual officials on the field and how they’re going to call stuff. So we’ll learn more.
(On Jackson Jeffcoat playing Sam) He’s got the versatility; he’s an outside linebacker/rush guy, a Leo at times, he’s a Sam backer. He’s always been a rush guy. We wanted to see what he could do at linebacker and he’s adapting. He’s doing well. We’re still using him in the nickel packages on the outside.
(On Jordan Hill getting a chance at the Clinton McDonald role) There’s a great competition going on between he and Greg Scruggs and D’Anthony Smith. Those guys are really battling at this spot right now. We’re watching them every day–every play that they take and keep comparing to see who’s getting the edge. Scruggs has gotten his last couple of days; went with the first nickel group. Rewarded for his good play and the production he’s made. Jordan is right in there. They’re all battling. And so it’s a really cool position to watch, but right now, you can’t call it. But we’ve got a month to figure this out.
(On figuring out the defensive line rotation) With Cliff [Avril], we understand what we’re getting. We know what Bruce [Irvin] will do for us when he comes back. We understand what Tony [McDaniel] will do. And now we need to see how Kevin [Williams] fits in and what he can do. Kevin’s an in-depth football player and he can do a lot of stuff. He’s the bigger type rusher opposed to the quicker one that we might use inside. So yeah, we’re still solving those problems with the new guys that come in and we need to see how it all blends. It’ll take us some time; not as long as last year though.
(On any receivers who stood out today) The guy who’s had a great week is Phil Bates. He has really been productive. He’s been active. He’s made a bunch of big plays. This is a combination of a couple years of work to get him to this point. Remember he adapted from the quarterback spot and he has really shaped and sculpted his body. He looks like a receiver. He has all the movements now. And he’s a very tough competitor too. So we love what he’s doing. He’s had a great week.
(On James Carpenter and Bobby Wagner sitting out the past couple of days) Bobby’s got a first degree hamstring thing, so he’s got a slight hamstring pull. And “Carp” has a calf that just tightened up and we just don’t want to over-do him when we don’t have to. Nothing major. Just looks like days.