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August 16, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Quotes from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll following preseason win over San Diego

Here’s what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media following the win Friday night over San Diego:

(Opening…) “We had a real nice night tonight; it’s great coming home playing here and getting off to a good start. What jumped out was just in general, I thought we played real hard and ran fast and it looked like we had full energy tonight across the board. Really happy with the first team offense to move the ball like that and score 4 times, it was great. The first team defense held up and didn’t give up a score all night, gave up a couple of first downs. So, that’s about as much as we can hope for in this first night coming home. I think also, we cut our penalties down to a third, that’s a big deal for us. We only had 40-something yards in penalties. We really felt like the night was pretty clean for the most part in that regard, and that’s a big step for us, we really wanted to clean up that line of scrimmage and we got that done tonight. A lot of real positive things. I can’t remember a game where four quarterback touchdowns were scored in a game. Maybe back in the Oklahoma days, when they were running the ‘bone or something, Thomas Lott, remember him? It was a real good night.”

(On the offensive line getting more push…) “We certainly ran the ball well. We had a very good week of practice, it felt like that week of work really translated to tonight. We came off the ball well and all of the running backs were able to get some running room, hit it nice and show some good stuff. Turbo ran really hard tonight, and I thought Christine did a nice job, too. When you get 240-something yards rushing that’s a big night, and we were proud of the offensive line play.”

(On whether there was concerns on Christine’s fumbles… ) “Yeah. Both of them the same. The tacklers got underneath him and he was low on both cases, but they got their helmet to the football, and he needs to protect it more. That’s not something that we’ve practiced. We’ve not been in that situation and I’m hoping that he’ll learn from it because it’s really the exact same situation, I believe. He allowed the defender to get under him where the ball is vulnerable and they knocked it out. He needs to fix that.”

(On the penalty on Simon’s long interception return…) “I can tell you that the official said that he had his hands on him 7 yards down the field, instead of 5. I got to see it again, but I thought it was a perfectly executed two-hand jam and press and turn and roll with the ball and made a great play. It was a great play. We’ll see if it was 7 yards down the field, I don’t know. If it was, it was a legit call.”

(On whether he felt that penalty was part of the new emphasis in 2014… ) “Yes. I think it’s pretty obvious. I know we talked with the officials during the game, too. I hope that the league office will be open to the conversation. They already are, I’ve already heard from them. They’re open to the conversation about how it’s going. It doesn’t seem quite right. It seems like there are too many calls being made and too many incidental calls that seem to be affecting the game. So, we’ll see. They were going to do a thorough job of it, and they’re really tuned in. It’s obviously different. So, the question is, is it better. I don’t know. Hopefully we’ll have a good conversation about it.”

(On the play of O’Brien Schofield…) “He was all over the place. He’s competing his tail off to make this football and make his mark here. It showed up last week and again this week. He’s doing it every day in practice, so I’m really fired up for him.”

(On Michael Bennett not playing tonight…)“His hammy was bothering him a little bit in pregame. He didn’t get hurt, he just felt it tighten up, and so we made the decision not to play him.

(On Unger…) “We just want to make sure we get him back and healthy and this is a big week for us with a few other guys, too. Hopefully, it will work out for us.”

(On playing Russell Wilson as long as he did…) “We were going to play him the half. As things went on, we made the decision to get him out. “

(On the play of Russell Wilson…) “He played really well. He threw the ball away, and he missed one pass on the night, I think. He really made great decisions, moving and getting out, and didn’t let them hit him and all that. I thought Russell, he was really dialed in. He played really good football.”

(On what he saw with the second team defense….) “The running game was better. We did a better job at the line of scrimmage. Because of the score, we didn’t get taxed the same way we were last week. I thought the pass rush was pretty hot. We had four sacks tonight, and we were close some other times, so that was nice. I thought Benson Mayowa showed up a little bit, too, with Schofield. Also, it was great to see Cliff Avril get off the rock so well a couple times. He had a couple great rushes in there. The fans helped us. The 12th Man was right there helping us on our pass rush tonight.”

(On the rushing of the quarterbacks…) “Everything worked out great. They took advantage of the opportunities exactly as they were prepared to, and again they let Terrelle take off, and boy, that was a tremendous play. It was a great burst of speed. We’ve seen him do that before, and so they gave him a chance, and he made it look awful easy, to score from 40-something yards out that easily. Pretty impressive”

(On how Pryor played tonight…) “He didn’t get enough chances. The game just went so fast. We were going to put Tarvaris in there, but then we thought the way the game was going, we wanted to get B.J. a chance if we could. So, Tarvaris will go with the Twos next week, and he’ll get a good dose to get him playing football. None of the guys got a big chance, the way the game went. Russell kind of stole the show early.”

(On Brock Coyle….) “He had 8 tackles from what I heard. He had a couple good knocks. He’s playing really good football, we’re really excited about him. He’s done nothing but positive stuff in every way. Like I said before, for him to jump in there and command that group on defense and call the calls and make the adjustments, and really not have a hitch to it, that’s really a statement of his preparation and smarts and his background. And, he’s tough, so we’re really excited about him.”

(On Turbin’s long run…) “It was a real nice read. He cut back great against the flow of the play. He got out in the open, and I love the finish. I’ve been trying to get Turbin to straight-arm somebody since he got here, and he had a dominant straight-arm. He finally used one in big fashion; I was really fired up for him. It was a great read, a great run, and then a great finish, too. So, it was a hell of a play”.

(On whether he schemed for third downs…) “No, we just kept doing the things that we’ve been doing, but it was a really good night for us. 8 of 11 we had on offense. Again, not quite as good on defense as we want, but to execute like that was really sharp for the offensive side.”

(On whether Baldwin was ok after the hit he took…) “Yeah, he’s fine.”

(On any other injuries…) “Horace Miller hurt his knee. We’ll have to find out. He’s going to get an MRI and all that. He got a good twist on his knee.”


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