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August 23, 2014 at 12:15 AM

Quotes from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll following preseason win over Bears

Here’s what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say after the preseason win over the Bears Friday night:

(Opening…) “I really like this night to see that we come back here at CenturyLink and kind of continue where we left off last week. We’re trying to just keep working at our game and executing well, and really the first groups again played really good football. We’re moving the ball on offense and making things happen. The defense is stopping them and getting off the field. We did a nice job on third downs on offense again this week, and the defense got off the field well enough to get us out of there. On special teams, I thought our kickoff coverage was excellent tonight. I was really fired up about those guys, a bunch of different guys contributed to get that done, so that was cool. So, we get that and you see Percy bust one a little bit. You see Earl get out on his punt return, too, so we had a lot of good phases that came through on special teams, and then Hauschka hits one from 59. A lot of really fun things happened tonight, and we’re just trying to keep on marching forward here. I don’t know who jumps out at you individually, I just thought it was a really good across-the-board night of playing football. A note that I’m really fired up about is that in the last two games, when the first unit’s on the field, we’ve had two penalties, which is really good execution for us and that’s a big step in the right direction and hopefully we can keep that going. I’m really happy with those guys and their attention to the details to get that done. That will help us down the road. A good night, and we had a lot of fun and a lot of guys got to play tonight.”

(On how ready the starters are for the regular season…) “They’re as ready as I can get them right now. We did just what we wanted, we wanted them to come out in the second half and make the transition from halftime, so we forced them back out there a little bit. We could have substituted, but that was the plan. Everybody hung on to that one. It’s a big change when the squad get cuts down, the practices are about the same, and then you have your first game coming up, and they’re going to play longer than they have, but everybody’s in the same boat. As far as conditioning relative to everybody else, we’re in good shape. We’ll be fine.”

(On whether they will keep 3 quarterbacks… ) “We’re going to go through next week and see what happens. It’s real important. Next week will be a good chance for the other guys to play again. They did not get a great look tonight, and didn’t get one last week either. We’ve had a couple games where the QBs didn’t get as much action as we’d like. Next week’s really important for Tarvaris and Terrelle and B.J. so we’ll see how that works out later.”

(On whether he is concerned by the lack of work for the punter, Jon Ryan…) “He’s a little underworked right now. It’s a good thing. We’re getting plenty of work in practice. We have a really good punt team. We have a bunch of guys that have played a lot together, so we have a lot of confidence in the whole mechanics of the snap and all that kind of stuff. It’s an experienced group, and we know they know how to play. All in all, we’ll take it this way.”

(On injury updates… ) “Heath did something to his groin. Cooper Helfet got banged up on that one play; he hurt a couple things. He got his knee knocked and his shoulder as well and something else, so that was a bad play for him. The fact that we got Luke back in the game; he got hit a little bit but he came back on a really good clean hit, too. Jeron Johnson had a sore foot, but didn’t seem to be too bad. We have to wait and see. Some guys got banged around a little bit. It was a good physical game.”

(On the effectiveness on third downs…) “I think the entire offensive group is executing at a good clip right now. Russell is really in command of what’s happening. We’ve got a really nice receiving corps, guys are all making their plays. A lot of guys contributed to it tonight. I think Percy had three or four balls and Jermaine had four, or something like that. It was good to see Jermaine get the activity and come through. We have good guys to go to, and they really believe in what we’re asking them to do. I think we’re hitting it at a pretty good clip right now, and hopefully we can keep it going.”

(On the play of the offensive line…) “I thought it was a continuation of last week. They looked pretty sharp. I know that Russell and Max got out there, and they felt a little gassed, first chance coming back, so we substituted a little earlier for them. But, I think it was a continuation; last week we executed really well and we did again tonight.”

(On Earl Thomas’ punt return…) “He’s been working hard at it. It was a terrific opportunity for him. It was a good quick punt, the hang-time was not real long for him, so he got a good look at the coverage. We had a really nice scheme up front, everybody got on their guys and he hit it really cool. It was great to see that. We’re all in anticipation of Percy hitting his, and he did exactly what we hoped for. For Earl to get some space finally, and get a shot at it, he looked really good. He said it felt like Pop Warner, and back to his old days when he used to get to do that.”

(On whether Thomas will get a hard time for being caught by their punter…) “I’m not talking about that.“ [laughter]

(On Marshawn Lynch…) “He did great I told you he’s looked fantastic in practice, he gets his first looks, and he looked great. Every carry, I think he maxed it out. He’s just looked really quick and decisive and in great shape. He had no problem with that workload. It was really exactly what we had hoped to do, and it worked out beautifully.”

(On what else the team needs to do before September 4….) “Yeah, we have to keep playing. We have a long ways to go to get it right. It’s about consistency. I’m thrilled with what we saw, both last week and this week. The first week, I don’t know what it was, but Week 2, Week 3, we played nice football. We have to go on the road, pack it up and do a nice job down in Oakland, and then wrap this thing up and get ready for the opener.”


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