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August 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talks about QBs, Percy Harvin, and more

Here’s all that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media today, including thoughts on keeping two or three quarterbacks, the potential impact of Percy Harvin, and more:

(On how the Chicago game looked on film) Well, it was a really solid game for us. Really, all aspects performed well and made things happen to help us win. I thought we played smart football. I’m really pleased with the last couple of weeks, taking care of business, decision making and penalty situations and things like that, kind of liking the way it’s going. We got to see what happens. When the first group can get through really two halves of football, both sides of the ball, and only have a couple penalties that’s really, really good for us. So hopefully we’re becoming more mindful and we’re figuring it out and that will really help us.

(On penalties decreasing) If you go back to the first halves of the last two games, everything was in sync. We were on schedule, we were moving it. The offense was functioning really cleanly and you haven’t felt that – stoppages they just mess you up and make you have to overcome. It’s really been good football so far so see if we can keep it going.

(On Bobby Wagner returning to practice today) He did fine. He made it through practice today and that’s really good sign. We really are judging how he feels tomorrow – is probably the most crucial. But it’s been a long haul for him, waiting it out. I think we probably waited well and he’s ready to go. He looked very, very good today.

(On his take away from the offensive performance the last two weeks) What we’re seeing is really good execution and a lot of positive things. No negative plays, minimal negative plays that challenge the drives. The penalties are really hard to overcome and sacks. Negative plays are really hard overcome. We have enough of those as it is to go ahead and tack on a bunch of penalties so that’s part of it. The third down efficiency has been great. We’ve done a nice job there. We were 7 in a row last week at one time. I think that goes back to the quarterback and really being confident. Russell’s [Wilson] getting the ball out really quickly and when he isn’t he’s moving efficiently and finding a place to put the ball and he’s keeping the drives alive. When he can move, it’s really hard to stop us. He’s just out there. He makes so many things happen so you add that with good efficiency then that is why it’s hitting like it is.

(On if there’s anything he wanted to see Russell Wilson do this summer that he isn’t) No, he’s doing everything right now. Shoot, he’s almost completing 80 percent of his passes so he’s on it. To see the third down numbers go in the last couple weeks, that’s really cool. It’s really hard to keep it at that clip but we’re going to try to be great third down team and make a big difference. So many games when we’ve talked about in the past that we’ve been frustrated, it’s gone back to not converting on third down. Those drives don’t stay alive and you miss out on that next 1st and 10 call and the chance to mix it and all those things that you miss out on. So hopefully we can be a really sharp third down squad this year.

(On how Percy Harvin’s end-around carries threaten the opposing team’s defense) Well, I hope it makes it hard on them. He’s a tremendous threat. You can feel his speed and that burst that he has, really challenges you. You don’t know if he going to go all the way so just the opportunity to give them that problem makes them stay up a little later, trying figuring out how to stop him. That’s good because it helps everything else. Really good players have always helped other guys play well. I think Percy’s factor could be one that really does help other guys also. It won’t always be his stats and numbers and that. And he’s fine about that. He’s got a great attitude about helping.

(On if seeing Percy Harvin in these last couple games has given him a better idea of what he is) We have no question on what he is. We have seen enough in the past. Now that he’s practice with us all this time, we’ve seen him get in the games. We don’t have any doubt, what we want to do and what he’s capable of doing. We are really, really excited about it.

(On how close he is to naming Earl Thomas as his number one punt returner guy) Well, I’m one week closer I guess.

(On Bruce Irvin’s status) He’s doing great. This week is a big week for him to get ready to practice next week. We plan on him practicing next week if all goes well and we will see what that means once we get him out there. He’s working really hard, all his changing directions stuff and full speed running. All of that’s happening but we’re going to wait and make sure that every day goes well and hopefully get him out there cranking next week.

(On Health Farwell) Heath is going back east to get evaluated. He probably has to have surgery on his groin. So that’s a very, very difficult situation for him. He had extensive damage and everything points to surgery. I think he’s traveling tomorrow to get out there for Thursday, possibly.

(On Cooper Helfet) He came back a little better than we had hoped. He’s still got a sore knee. He got a little strain. We will have to wait and see. We’re just going to day to day with that.

(On Kevin Norwood) I don’t think he will make it this week to practice but he is running and he’s on the field doing stuff. Next week would be his chance to get back.

(On Terrelle Pryor taking a step back at the game Friday night) He didn’t get a chance. He really didn’t get a chance to do much. He threw a ball away, hastily but he needs to get out there and play so hopefully this week we will get a good dose of that.

(On how Terrelle Pryor will likely play a lot against the team [Oakland] that traded him this upcoming week) Yeah, that’s how it goes sometimes.

(On how he will fit Kevin Norwood back in once he’s healthy again) We will just kind of start and go one day at a time. Just see how he’s doing and see where he is. We think we have seen a lot of him and we really can evaluate him already based on the work that he’s done. It hasn’t helped him knowing the offense and having his timing down and the discipline of the reps and the routes and all of that. But athletically, he’s really talented. He can catch the football like crazy. He runs good routes. He’s strong. He’s very competitive at the point of the ball. We’ve seen all that stuff already. We already know that so he’s just behind so we have got to just catch him up and see what that tell us when we get all that information.

(On Ricardo Lockette growing into special team’s role) Yes. I can’t remember what year this was when we went down to San Diego in preseason and we put him on kickoff coverage team. I was really excited to see him because knowing how fast he was. He ran maybe a 4.9 on his kickoff coverage. He just couldn’t get going, couldn’t see where he was going so that visual is in my mind to see what he look like at one time to see what he looks like now, he’s come a million miles. He is a big factor. He is as an excited player as anyone we got. He’s just getting going. He loves participating and contributing in that way. He’s really tough, he’s as fast as you can get, and he’s learning. He’s putting himself in good position. He had two great plays on kickoff coverage. The big play, unfortunately for the penalty, on the punt coverage. Those are extraordinary plays he made. He tackled a guy at the 8 yard line on kickoff coverage and another guy at the 12. He’s a big factor. We’re really excited about him.

(On Okung leaving the game after a couple plays) He’s ok. He’s trying to handle the conditioning thing coming back and making sure he was fresh, we didn’t want to overload him so he made it through, got back out, and did fine.

(On WR competition) It’s a really good group of guys. Everyone got their strengths and qualities we like. You look at Chris Matthews, the big guy that he is. He’s so unique for our group. All the way to the other end you see Paul Richardson show the speed and quickness. There’s just a whole range of guys in there. Phil Bates has had a good camp, Bryan Walters had a terrific camp until he missed this week. He’s done great stuff, that game he had against San Diego was fantastic and showing his versatility. It’s a really cool group, these guys have grown up with us and they’ve really developed. Kippy’s done a great job bringing those guys along. They all now really have obvious strengths that it’s going to be a really difficult situation.

(On forced development of Brock Coyle) He couldn’t have had a better break for himself. The opportunity to get out there and get his work done. Bobby was so kind to sit back for a little while and give him a chance to get in there. He took full advantage of it. He busted his tail to learn everything and he’s had great guys around him to help him come along. Kenny (Norton, Jr.) has pushed him really hard. The play time is just invaluable. He’s been very comfortable and he’s look very good. It’s great to get Bobby back but on the other side, it’s really help Brock come along and show what he really means to this team.

(On seeing everything from Turbin & Michael) This has been a great preseason for those guys. They’ve really have had enough chances to show that they can do good stuff. I think their styles are real clear to us now. Robert had a really good 2nd game. I thought Christine had a really nice 3rd game, but he’s had spots in all the games where he’s done good things. He’s grown a tone like we’ve said. I’m anxious to see it again. Here we go again, just let another game come to us and see how they play. We feel good about those guys. We feel like they can be really good contributors to us. Turbo’s a terrific blocker as well as the running and catching. Christine’s done all kinds of stuff for us; he picked up the blitz against a really good linebacker last week and stuffed it pretty good. So we’re really pleased with these guys.

(On Terrelle Pryor’s growth) He’s been a really good student of the game. He just dove into it taking great pride in commanding in the huddle. Right from the start, he was very impressive right from the beginning. Got a good way about himself in handling it. We can call the whole offense. We can do everything that we want to do. He’s an explosive, dynamic football player. He’s done a good job.

(On Maxwell’s preseason) Maxie’s finishing this camp really well.He may have started a little slower. The conditioning stuff that he feature right near the end after the 5 weeks that we broke I thought didn’t help him as much from some of the stuff that we do. He came in and as always, he’s done everything that we could ever ask him to do. He looks great now and back to full speed. He had a great play last week to show you his burst and play making ability. He’s a terrific football player. The dynamics that he brings is that he gets the football. He gets after the ball, I mean he knock the ball on the ground last week again almost got that turnover. He’s just a big play guy that is really strict and discipline too. We love the way he plays.

(On how Okung & Unger fit in the game) Max did great. Probably played a little bit more that we thought he would. He did a really good job, Russell got through it, a little bit more condition factor for him that’s why we work him in and out a little bit. He needs to work this week again but he looks great in practice. He’s making great progress. It’s been a long haul though, it’s been a long offseason. Max is in really good shape and Russell has had to get in shape while we rehab. He’s a little further behind there but we’re real pleased we got a whole another week to get him going and another week after that so we have plenty of time.

(On Jeremy Lane injury status) He’s got a sore groin from the game. We don’t know how serious it is. We did check it out and it looks like he’s going to be ok, but he’s got to respond to come back. I don’t know but we’ll check him again tomorrow.

(On 3 QB philosophy v. 2 QB) Sometimes you just can’t afford not to have 3 guys because they’re so good and you just got to have them. We were very fortunate that we made it through with the 2 QB thing last year. Russell’s a young and physical that can handle the pounding. He does a great job. He’s not a guy that puts himself in harm’s way very often. The 2 QB thing really helps you because you get another football player on your team but sometimes you can’t afford to do it because your guys are too good.

(On B.J. Daniels not getting many reps) He’s done well. We had to make sure and get the good looks to get Tarvaris back and make sure he knew what he was doing. He had to see Terrelle that really took a lot of reps away from him because we knew less about him. In the last two weeks, he’s been getting more reps, showing what he can do and he’s done well with it. We know he’s a really good competitor and he does a lot of cool things for us.



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