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August 10, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Quotes from Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll following Sunday’s practice

Here’s all that Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say following Sunday’s practice:

(On Thursday’s preseason game vs. Denver) It was a good, hard fought game. Both teams played real hard. We got in our own way a lot. We had a lot of penalties and a lot of problems getting any kind of continuity with moving the football. But first time out, they’re a terrific football team to play against and they challenged us all the way. We had a chance to win the game at the end and we would love to win it but we didn’t get it done. But we saw a lot of stuff. It’s a great evaluation tool for us, the one that we needed. I was really fired up that the defense, in that we didn’t play as well as we would like to, but we tackled really well and got off to a good start in that regard so we will build on this thing and get ready for the next ball game.

(On Stephen Schilling at center) Well he shows the versatility. He does a nice job under center and we like him there. He played pretty well at right guard too so that flexibility is real valuable to a guy trying to make the team so it’s helped with his cause.

(On A.J. Jefferson’s ankle injury) It’s a substantial sprain. It’s going to be awhile. It’s going to be a couple weeks.

(On Marshawn Lynch performance today) Yup, he’s getting a lot closer. He had a very good practice today. We’re just trying to do it properly. I really liked the way he got after it today. He got stuff in all phases of the practice. Caught some balls well, blocked well, ran the ball real nice, so a really good first day. This is really, I think, the first week he has a chance to really compete and he brought a great attitude today.

(On the battle for the last couple spots at receiver) Well it’s a very exciting group.We’re so fired up that Percy’s [Harvin] been with us the whole way. He’s been battling. He’s shown us why he’s a special player. Doug [Baldwin] and Jermaine [Kearse] have done a great job picking up where we left off. We seem like an experienced group with a lot of play making there. Ricardo [Lockette] gives us a real flashy guy competing. Phil Bates has done a very good job. He did a really good job on special teams as well. Bryan Walters did well. It’s a really good competitive group. To see Paul [Richardson] jump in and play like he did, we weren’t sure how much we were going to play him, because he hadn’t practiced a whole lot, and as the game went on, he looked like he could hang and stay in there so we got him some balls and he did a very, very good job. I think it’s a very competitive group. There are guys that are battling all the way through the ranks. We’re going to miss Kevin Norwood for a while, unfortunately, because he looked really good too. So love the position group right now.

(On O’Brien Schofield) OB’s been really effective. He’s a savvy football player. He plays all out every step of the way, every snap he gets. He contributes on the special teams as well. He can play outside linebacker and play the Leo spot for us, rush and third-down and nickel. He’ll likely get a good look this week in the nickel group opposite Cliff [Avril]. He’s done everything we’ve ask of him. He’s been a great team guy.

(On O’Brien Schofield signing with the Giants and it not working out) We’re really excited to get him back.

(On Marshawn playing in the preseason) He doesn’t need a lot of carries, I know that. We need to get him some work. So we’ll work him a little bit throughout and we’ll see how this week goes first and we’ll make a determination. He looks great. He’s in great shape, he looks just as fit as he ever has. His weight is way down. He’s really worked hard to get here, and even through a trying time, he really kept his focus and did a nice job of getting ready, and it showed today, you can tell.

(On Malcolm Smith and Bobby Wagner practicing this week) Malcolm’s getting closer. He’s closer than Bobby at this point. We have a lot of guys that are really on the verge of coming back out. Russell Okung took some snaps today for the first time in team period. James Carpenter did a really nice job today in the limited reps he got. I think Max [Unger] will come back whenever we come back to work so we’re getting stronger.

(On Bobby’s injury impacting the start of the season) No, we don’t think so. We don’t think that at all.

(On Marshawn Lynch’s weight) He’s in good shape. He’s in really good shape. No need to give you those numbers.

(On Tom Cable moving players around) It’s extremely valuable to have guys that have flexibility. You know, when nine or ten guys make the roster, guys have got to move around. Stephen [Schillings] has really done a very good job. We are really pleased. He played very solid at the line of scrimmage. He went in early in the game and got squeezed out of there. We want to make sure we got him out of the game. We made a big mistake on one play but other than that he did a very nice job for his first time out with us and we were real pleased about that.

(On how Justin Britt did in his first game) He did well. He made the plays he had to make. That same play that looked like it was [Stephen] Schillings play, both those guys made a mistake on the call they made on the pass protection. But I thought Justin did really well. For his first time out, he looked comfortable. He got more aggressive as the game went on. We’re real pleased at this point. First game, really couldn’t have done a whole lot more for us.

(On Tarvaris Jackson and Terrelle Pryor) I thought Tarvaris did an excellent job in there. He’s very comfortable in the pocket, read really well, handled everything. He had a little better protection when he was in. He had a little more time to throw the football, took advantage of it and did well. Terrelle, I thought, did a really good job under the circumstances. He showed us a lot of stuff. He made some terrific throws in the pocket. He did a nice job getting out. He wasn’t as effective on the move as we hoped he would be with throwing the ball and getting the ball out. But he did a very good job his first time out, gave us a chance to win a game and unfortunately, we didn’t get it done.

(On Mike Morgan) Mike’s having his best camp we’ve ever seen. This is the best we’ve ever seen of Mike. He’s healthy. He’s the strongest he’s ever been. I’ve got a lot of reservoir here. This is his best football he’s ever played and it’s really pleasing. He’s a huge factor on special teams for us. He can play three different spots on linebacker, playing nickel situations and all that, just a really versatile guy. He is kind of quietly doing a great job, really is what’s happening. He’s just taking over for Bruce [Irvin] when Bruce isn’t there and done a great job for him. By the time we get everybody back and healthy we’re going to be as strong as we’ve been, I think, at that spot.

(On Brock Coyle) Brock did well. He made some good hits. I think his tackling will be a little more effective. He made his tackles, but I think he got caught a couple times. But he read really well, showed good burst, had five tackles and contributed on special teams well, had five or six snaps on special teams. That was a really encouraging game for him, really encouraging and we’re thrilled that he’s holding his own right now. It’s a lot to ask of a guy and he’s just handled it really well, he’s very smart, really a good worker, and he’s getting everything out of right now and so we’re really fired up about him.

(On battle for third tight end spot) Well Cooper [Helfet] has just done a fantastic job. He did it again today, he’s a great catcher. He’s an excellent, excellent catcher. He can catch the ball as well as anybody on the team. His blocking is improving. He played well on teams also. He’s making a really strong bid. I’m really fired up for him. He’s been here a long time with us, kind of in the background, he’s the strongest, fastest, smartest he’s been and it shows up.

(On health of Korey Toomer) Yeah, he’s run the last couple days, last couple rehabs and he’s done pretty well. They’re getting him closer. I don’t know if it’s going to be this week or next week. But probably next week for sure he’ll be able to get something done, if no setbacks and we’re hoping to get him some work this week. Remember, we’re really excited about him, he had a terrific offseason. It’s been really a disappointment for him to not have a chance to compete right now.

(On health of Bruce Irvin) Bruce is doing great. There are no signs of anything but forward progress with him. He’s running really hard now. It’s still one week at a time to make sure that there’s no setbacks, but his rehab has gone beautifully. We’re very encouraged that he’ll be back, really, he’s way ahead of schedule so he’ll be back soon. I don’t know when that’s going be, but we have got to make sure he’s okay though as well.

(On absence of Andru Pulu) He had a family issue today.

(On Max Unger’s injury) He’s really close to coming back. I think he’ll probably come back–today is Sunday right? Tuesday. He should have a chance to come back on Tuesday, sorry for checking on that. I’m a little messed up on our days here.

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