Here is the transcript of what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say following today’s practice:
(On B.J. Daniels’ progression) Well he’s had to take a back seat here, you know, through camp as we’re taking a great look at Terrelle Pryor. We got to get him ready to play the game. We’d like to see B.J. play this weekend so we just need to get him some more reps.
(On B.J. Daniels’ performance today) Yeah, he’s doing it, for the opportunities he’s had. He has not had a great chance to get prepared but he does know the offense, he knows what’s going on and he is a playmaker and he showed that [Saturday] in the scrimmage.
(On the overall health of the team at this point compared to last year) You know, I don’t remember last year at this time as far as our health. But I do know that we have some guys coming back. You know, Kam [Chancellor] came back to practice today, Russell Okung came back to practice, Paul Richardson got back on the field and we know that there’s a number of other guys that are just on the verge of coming back too. So we’re in a pretty good health situation as you look ahead for the next couple weeks, you know if everybody returns well, returns right. But I don’t even remember this time last year.
(On Percy Harvin, Chris Clemons, Cliff Avril all being out last season) That’s a terrible story, let’s not talk that. We’re doing fine. Really, we’re in pretty good shape. Our guys had a fantastic offseason. They came to camp in great shape and we’re hoping to be fast and ready to go come Thursday night.
(On Jeron Johnson filling in for Kam Chancellor when he was out) He’s fit in beautifully. You know, he’s a great communicator back there now. He can take charge. Make the calls, works with Earl [Thomas] really well. He’s been in the rotation for a couple years now so it’s not new for him. But he’s handled it really well. We feel like the system as really been able to flourish and keep going and growing and all that so he’s done a great job.
(On Kevin Norwood’s injury) No, I think we’re waiting for some more information. We’re going to take our time with him. He’s not going to come back right away. It’s going to be a bit.
(On loss of Michael Bowie and managing the competition between the new guys) Well it’s a big competition going on, you know, and there has been since the start of camp. It’s unfortunate that we don’t get to keep Michael [Bowie] but we have to keep moving and keep going here. This is a very competitive situation with [Justin] Britt and with [Eric] Winston in there and I think Alvin Bailey will be mixed into this thing too eventually so it’s a really good spot for us in that we do have depth and we have competition. But unfortunately Mike wasn’t able to hang with us so unfortunately he had to go.
(On Alvin Bailey getting into that right tackle spot now that Russell Okung is back) Absolutely, Alvin’s got the flexibility to play a couple different spots. He’s played guard a little bit too so he’s a valuable guy in that regard.
(On decision not to hold Michael Bowie’s roster spot for a few weeks) That’s the decision that we made, yeah. You know, he came in twenty pounds overweight too.
(On Phil Bates today) Yeah, he just wasn’t feeling well today, under the weather.
(On Marshawn Lynch’s conditioning right now) We’re going to take our time, make sure that we do that right. You know, we’ve always been very patient with him, making sure his body is in great shape and all so we’re just going to bring him along. He missed a lot of offseason with us. He did work very hard. He had a really diligent routine that he went through and regimen that he went through. But it’s still football shape that he has to get in. Our guys are in shape year-round. They’re in condition, we have to get them in football shape and that takes some time so these other guys, they are a long ways ahead of him, you know, in terms of working with us through all the OTAs and mini-camps and all that so, got to be patient with it.
(On Kevin Williams) Kevin really is the guy that does bring intangibles, he’s a great competitor. He’s been a fantastic leader, he’s been a great guy in their (Minnesota’s) locker room for years. Everybody speaks so highly of him, he’s just got tremendous character. That kind of wisdom you bring to your club is always beneficial. He’s a fantastic guy, he was excited to come here – had choices to go other places and wanted to come here – so we think he’s a great addition. I think Kevin is going to be right in the mix for us and play on a regular basis, so we’re really pleased about that.
(On the health of Bobby Wagner and James Carpenter, and if they’re close to coming back) Carp more so than Wags, his is going to take a little bit longer. We may get a chance to get James back tomorrow, or in the next couple of days, so we’re hoping to see that.
(On if he’s interested to see how pass interference will be called this season) I think I know, we had a real good session with the officials, and they’ve done a very good job of clarifying what they’re going to call. I think we know that, we just got to do a good job of making sure we play within the rules.
(On the new offensive linemen) We’re hoping that Wade Smith and Cory Brandon can bring us something. We want to continue to work to make this position as competitive as possible, we have a lot of young guys at the spot. These guys – Wade in particular – bring a lot of experience and tremendous flexibility. He has started at five spots, so that kind of flexibility might fit with us. They’re real good guys, and smart guys, so that helps us as we try to mold this thing together. We have flexibility in how we’re going to do it, we’re going to take our time figuring it out.
(On if it feels like a “game week”) Oh yeah, it does. It definitely feels like game week to us. It’s coming quick, Thursday night. It’s going to be fun. It’s a great opportunity to play an incredible football team, they’re a tremendous team and they’ve got some great additions to their team I know they’re really excited about seeing. We’re anxious to see what they look like to, knowing that we’re going to see them in the season. So it’s a really cool matchup, I’m sure there’s a lot of people who will have a lot of interest in this thing.
(On what happened to Dion Bailey) He sprained his ankle, pretty good ankle sprain yesterday.
(On how the new guys have embraced the team’s training camp schedule) Just to clarify, this is competition Wednesday and it’s Monday. So turnover Thursday is on Tuesday, so that means Thursday we’re going to play, so Wednesday is going to be Friday. So if you can get that figured out then let me know, okay?
(On if he thinks other teams are looking at the Seahawks defense as a blueprint) I don’t know anything about that. We have unique personnel, we’re trying to use them in unique fashions here, based on what they can do. That’s always the way we’ve looked at it. I don’t know how that affects anyone else though, I can’t help you there.
(On Percy Harvin being able to practice every day) It’s been really fun, it’s been really fun to see him. He’s an incredible football player, he’s a great competitor. He shows it every day when he’s on the practice field. We’re trying to figure this out with these short weeks, how to monitor it just right. He’ll practice in kind of a rotating fashion here during these next couple of weeks. His playmaking ability, the extraordinary speed that he has shows up daily, it’s really cool. It’s really good for Russell to have a chance to work with him and figure him out and feel him, because he’s that much different than other guys. We’re really excited to have him out.
(On if he has a better feel for Percy Harvin now) I think we’ve known the person, we just needed to know the reps and the turns out here, and get him the opportunity to kind of dig in with the offense. It’s just, there’s a lot of stuff that goes on and a lot of intricacies. It just takes time. We’ve had that continuity throughout the offseason, and it should pay off for us.
(On the likelihood that Malcolm Smith will play on Thursday) It’s not likely that he’ll play. That’s not one of the traditional categories, but we’ll call it “not likely to play.”
(On if anything is new with Kevin Norwood) No, we’re just going to have to take some time here, and continue to evaluate it. It’s a situation we got to wait out a little bit.