Here’s more of what Seattle Seahawks’ players had to say following the win over the Bears Friday night:
WR JERMAINE KEARSE
(On offense this year vs. offense last year) I just feel like we’re actually doing well right now. We get a great look every day against our defense and I feel like the timing and our chemistry is starting to come along.
(On impact of Percy Harvin) He’s an explosive player so every time you get the ball in his hands you just can expect big things.
(On what Percy Harvin can do for other receivers) It opens things up for us. It just gives us more opportunities to get open and just try to make a play.
(On tonight’s overall offensive goal) Just stay consistent and execute the way we know we can.
(On role of the offensive line) They did a good job and I felt like the offense as a whole just executed well, the chemistry was there, the timing was there, and it was a good game by us.
WR Doug Baldwin
(On number one offense) I think there’s still a lot of things we can improve on especially in the passing game, but for the most part our guys played excellent. The receivers caught everything that was thrown to them, they ran their routes crisp and clean, and they were on their assignments. Also in the run game I felt like we were on point with our blocking assignments. I can only speak for other receivers, but I felt like the offensive line played pretty well too, but there’s a lot of improvement that we can still have.
(On game three of the preseason, being final test for regular season) For the most part I feel like the ones will get a series or two at most next week. We’re still going to prepare for that game like we prepare for a regular season game. We will get to that mode so that when we do get to the regular season it will be like we’ve been doing it for the past four weeks.
RB Robert Turbin
(On first team offense) Everybody’s feeling confident. Percy (Harvin) talks about how he’s feeling faster and getting his legs back. Doug (Baldwin) is feeling real confident, and Russell (Wilson) is feeling real comfortable with all his receivers and running backs and using us in the passing game as well. We just want to get better.
(On offensive explosiveness) For us and really any team if you put in the work the sky is the limit. We want to be the very best possible, whatever it is that the best is, that’s what we want to be. We’re going to continue to work, we’re going continue to work to get better, we’re going continue to find something on film from this week even though it looked good. We’re going find something to improve and we’re going work at it until we achieve the goals we want to achieve.
(On getting game action with the whole starting lineup) It’s definitely great to get those guys out there. It’s good for us and it’s good for them to get some game action, get the feel of it, try to get themselves prepared for the regular season, it’ll be much faster, but it’s good to feel it. Feel one another, feed off one another, kind of get that continuity together. So now we’re going into the regular season playing like we’re playing right now it’s definitely a good feeling.
RB CHRISTINE MICHAEL
(On his feelings about his performance this preseason) I try to come out here every day and keep working. I’m trying to help contribute to the team as much as possible. This is a great team. It’s a hard team to make and I’m just trying to put my hand in and improve every day.
(On what else he needs to do before season starts) Just keep getting better at the small things. Knowing where I’m supposed to be, knowing who to block, protecting the ball. You can never stop getting better. You have to always keep getting better.
OT JUSTIN BRITT
(On learning during the game vs. learning in practice) You learn different things in different ways. With practice you’re not going full contact all the way, and in practice a guy isn’t really trying to get to the quarterback, there’s different experiences, different learning tools. As I transition into the NFL bad things will happen and I’ll make sure I learn from them so they don’t happen again.
FS EARL THOMAS
(On punt return) It’s about staying true to yourself and knowing what you can do. I just want to help impact the game. But it wasn’t just me, it was the team. They open up the holes for me. I made them right [the holes] when I had to. Initially on the take off, if it wasn’t for that big gap, I wouldn’t be able to do anything. It was a great great job on the hold up and the vice, in the interior, and everything works hand in hand. Everything works together.
(On team performance) I’m just pleased with the hard work we been putting in. The way we are in practice, we’re bringing that same person to the game. It’s a lot of distractions out there, but we’re not letting that get in our way. We’re playing beautiful football right now. From the first group to the second group, guys are just coming into their own. You see guys like Jeremy Lane take over a game and we’re just out there having fun. It seems like it’s sandlot football at times.
(On what has to happen between now and next week) You just excited for the week that’s ahead of you. We just take it day by day, but last week I learn so much. I had my scuffles, I had my good times, laughter in the meetings, and you just take in all of that and you love it and enjoy it. When you put in the work, you got to play with confidence when it’s game time. It’s no reason for me staying at the VMAC 10:30 at night, 11 at night and not come out here and let it hang and let it go.
DE O’BRIEN SCHOFIELD
(On is the defense what you guys thought it would be) It was. All week we talked about being physical and building on what we did last week, really pinning our heels back. Mike B [Michael Bennett] didn’t get to play last week so it was good to have him out there with us and just to see what we can do as a group. We mixed a couple rushes in, different types of looks, I think coaches just wanted to see how we problem solve.
(On what do you take away from everything the defense was able to do in the first half) It’s a lot of hungry guys out there. It’s inspiring to see, with guys coming back, what type of leadership that we have. It’s something to build on as the defending champs. Everybody has the mindset that we already know what it takes to go all the way so we’re trying to make it happen.
(On how important it is to get a feel for everybody together) It’s a great feeling. You see Earl (Thomas) and Sherm (Richard Sherman) out there, then to have Kam (Chancellor) back and next week we’ll have Bobby (Wagner). We’re getting all our starters back and guys are going to be fresh and ready to go. To play as a group, I think it’s going to be a very fast and physical defense. Probably faster than last year.
(On how much far along are you guys from last year as far as knowing each other) I think we’re pretty far. Last year Clem (Chris Clemons) was out, Cliff (Avril) was out, and Bruce (Irvin) didn’t play the first four games so it was kind of me and Benson (Mayowa) at DE. Now since the rotation is going like it’s been going since OTA’s, I think we have a pretty good feel for what we do, but more so when we get in the game and see guys turn up.