Here’s what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media following today’s mock game:
(On what was seen today at practice) It was really good defense today. The guys played really tough. I was really happy. We have measured all the way to this day and we wanted to get a really good output. We had 80-some plays today. The effort across the board today was really solid. We were really happy they ran hard and played hard today and got a lot of work in preparation for Thursday’s ball game coming up. This is the last big day to get that done. I think we accomplished that. A little sloppy with the communication on the sideline calls and a couple delays that we don’t normally get. All in all it was very good. It was really good having the officials out here the last few days for clarification on things and we really tuned it up with them in terms of offense and defense pass interference stuff that has been in question and the line of scrimmage with cut blocks and such. Also with the new emphasis on hands in the face, I think it really helped us. It’s a great crew we have, they did a great job.
(On how big of a deal pass interference is) It is definitely different. It’s much clearer now. You’re looking for a guy pulling on his shirt, you can see that. Before, they had to declare whether or not it affected the play. Those guys said we did a great job on the days they were here. So the emphasis was there. The other side of it is the offensive guys. They’re more apt to get called now. It’s been a very common place for receivers to make space with extending their arms so we’re taking heed to the warnings and trying to play it right. I think they missed one today, but other than that it was a pretty good day.
(On Justin Britt’s situation) No, we do not know that yet. His shoulder was sore today so we rested him.
(On having Eric Winston at camp) Eric’s done a good job. He’s really done exactly what we’ve hoped, you know, stabilize a little bit. Of course he’s really bright and he gets the game. So he really helps us a lot, and he jumped right in there today and did a good job.
(On any players particularly sticking out today) I thought the pressure up front was really good. I thought they had trouble blocking Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril today, they were a big problem. I thought Bryan Walters made some big plays today, and I thought Christine Michael and Robert Turbin both looked good when they had their chances.
(On where Kevin Williams will play on the defensive line) We’re not sure yet, we’re spotting him around just to see, just getting information. He’s done a good job though. He’s competed really hard and done well. I’m anxious to see him when he gets in the games. He’ll get to play a lot.
(On Brock Coyle playing with the first team defense) He’s done a fantastic job. Here he is, first camp as a rookie, and he’s running the first team defense out here. Everybody really likes him. He’s doing a good job on special teams, he’s very bright. It’s not too big for him to handle the calls and all that. We won’t really know until we get to playing, and see how he’s running and hitting and making his plays. But he’s done a great job. To command this defense like he has, he’s done a very, very good job of it. I’m really excited for Kenny (Norton) for sticking with him and making him have to fight through it, seeing that Bobby (Wagner) wasn’t going to play. He dove in with Brock and he’s done a good job.
(On the injuries to this year’s rookie class) I noticed that too, both receivers are banged up a little bit. Paul (Richardson) will be back on Monday, he’s ready to go, Kevin (Norwood) is not. Cassius (Marsh) will be ready to go on Monday as well, he’s fine. The first eight or nine days wore them down a little bit; fortunately they got a chance to bounce back here.
(On the defensive intensity he’s seen so far) The guys are very, very prideful about their work. We’re working really hard at being really disciplined about everything that we’re doing. It will be great to see them tackling, they’re ready to go hit somebody. They’re looking forward to this game I know. They just want to play some football finally. Again, they’re prideful, they care, it matters a lot to them that they don’t take any steps backward at all. They practice like that the whole time.
(On any second team defensive guys that have stood out to him) There are a number of guys who are fitting into the rotations right now. We don’t know what we’re going to do with the nickel right now. Kevin Williams is playing like a starter. He and Tony (McDaniel), both those guys can start for us and do a really nice job, which is great. O’Brien Schofield has done a good job too. He missed a couple days, but he’s playing at a really high clip. He’s in great shape and he’s really been flying around to help with Cliff (Avril) in his spot. Michael Morgan has been playing with the first group for some time – in place of Bruce (Irvin) – we haven’t even felt like we skipped a beat right there. Mike (Morgan) is doing a good job. We’re probably a week away from Malcolm (Smith) being back out here too. So we’re going to get real strong here in a couple of weeks, and hopefully it’ll hit us at a good time and we can keep it together until then. Jeremy Lane has done a really good job at the nickel spot, with Jeron Johnson getting all the time that he’s had – playing strong and free safety – he feels like a regular to us. Kam (Chancellor) is on the verge of coming back also. So we’re pretty excited about the depth that we have.
(On the format and structure of today’s “mock game”) We really just played the game with automatic punts – forty yard punts – and kickoffs were automatically at the 35. It worked out great. We played two quarters, and then at halftime we came out and it was the fourth quarter when we started up the second half. We got a two-minute situation for the starting offense and the starting defense, which was great. We had a four minute situation to kill the clock. So, that’s what I hope for, that we’d get a lot of situations. That’s why we structured it like that, and it worked out great.
(On Russell Wilson diving into the pile after an interception) He’s competing. We’ll talk about it later.
(On the health of Dion Bailey) He sprained his ankle, we think. He landed on it coming down. The first indications of the X-rays were that it was negative.
(On the prognosis of Jesse Williams’ injury) He had significant damage; we got to get it worked on. It was his otherknee, this was his good knee. So we’re really disappointed about that. He had such a great return with his rehab knee, but it’s going to take him quite a while. Being a big man, it’s going to get him well into the schedule and all that. So we’re going to have to IR him and leave it at that.
(On Marshawn Lynch being back at practice) It’s good to have him back out here. It’s going to take a while to get him going. He’s missed a lot of time in the offseason and all that. We’re going to take our time getting him in shape, but it’s nice to have him back.
(On Michael Bowie’s health) He’s going to have to get some work on his shoulder, it’s just coming out today that he’s going to get IR’d here. It’s a significant shoulder surgery that’s going to come up, so we’re going to miss him.