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August 29, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Quotes from Seattle coach Pete Carroll following preseason loss at Oakland

Here’s all that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say after the 41-31 preseason finale loss to the Raiders tonight:

Opening Statement:

Carroll: Well I thought we played really good when the first unit was in there on offense tonight, those four plays. And that after that it wasn’t very good. We had a terrible time tonight. There was no doubt. We got our starters in there to play a little bit. We were able to play guys that needed extra plays. Kam (Chancellor) got extra plays, Russell Okung, Malcom (Smith) to get them ready to go for the opener and that worked out well. When I look back at this preseason, the thing that jumps out at me is what our offense was able to do when the first group was in there. I think we scored 11-of-13 times with the first group. Russell (Wilson) had a phenomenal preseason statistically and just in every way and I think that group looks ready to play football. It’s important that we get Russell Okung back and well and it looked like he had enough play time tonight to get that. On the other side of the ball, it was Malcom (Smith) and Kam (Chancellor) and also Bobby (Wagner) played and got through that and played fine. Got it going again. It’s been a long time since he played and that’s really important for us. All and all those are things that we needed to get done. We saw a lot of plays. Our guys really sucked it up and played all night long. A ton of plays out there on defense, so we’ll have plenty of plays to evaluate and to figure out what we’re doing next. All and all I think we’re ready to go for preseason. I’m really happy with how we made it through and we’re healthy enough to really feel like a good-looking group on both sides of the ball. Next time we go it’s the Packers.

Q: What did you think of Derek Carr’s performance?

Carroll: Gosh he was really good. I thought the Raiders played great tonight. Jeeze, they tore us up in every way. Their quarterbacks were really good, their receivers made their catches. You know they did everything well. They got a couple turnovers. They did well in the kicking game. They just took to us. Great night for them.

Q: What were the breakdowns on the Seahawks’ end?

Carroll: They ran the ball really well and they threw it and caught it really well. They converted on third down. They were 6 of the first 7. Whatever they wanted to do they did. We had plenty of chances to get back in it, which was cool. We were going to try to mount a big comeback and we were ready for that. On the third-and-20 or whatever it was they run for first down was kind of a back breaker, so there were some really good lessons for us. This game is not indicative of, I hope, of a whole of how we are going to play. I’m really pleased that we’ve made it to this point and we’ve got the guys who are going to play for us. We’re ready to go.

Q: Any concerns?

Carroll: We got a couple guys banged up tonight. D’Anthony (Smith) hurt his bicep. Kevin Pierre-Louis got a strained hamstring and Cassius (Marsh) got a strained hip flexor. Those are the three guys that got banged up tonight. We still have some guys coming back. We’ll wait and see. Bruce (Irvin) is going to try to make it back and see how healthy we can get here in the next week or so. Other than that we are ready to go.

Q: What did Terrelle Pryor do to impress you?

Carroll: He made some plays tonight. I think it was a hard night. They did a lot of good stuff. I don’t know what his numbers turned out like, but he battled really hard to give us a chance.

Q: How about the job that Bryan Walters did after the fumble?

Carroll: It was a real backbreaking fumble for us. Anytime we give up the ball like that way down there, it really hurts. We continued to use him all night long. We really trust him and believe in him and he did great job. He scored a touchdown, made a big catch on the third down blitz situation. He’s a really good ball player.

Q: What jumps out to you about what your first-team offense was able to do this preseason?

Carroll: They were tremendously efficient. I think Russell (Wilson) was, what were his numbers? He had a QB rating of 130 something. The 11-of-13 drives and we donked a field goal on one of them so there was really only one drive that we got stopped. I think that might have been the first one of the year, wasn’t it? The very first one of the year, so that means 12 of the last, or 11 of the last 12 drives we scored and missed a field goal. We’ve moved ahead. We are better than we were in the past and I think it’s the growth of the quarterback and his connection with all his guys. It’s J.R. Sweezy and James Carpenter. Those guys are really good football players. Those guys played 4 plays tonight in the game with Max (Unger). They’ve just improved. They’ve just grown with us. Hopefully that makes a difference. We are going to need it all.

Q: Have you ever seen as many offsides calls on kickoffs?

Carroll: That was a bad deal tonight. There were still about 4 more I wanted to call on them. I was cracking all night long. There’s a new rule, breaking the plane and the one that Rocket got, he was so far offsides that they almost didn’t call it. He was about 5 yards ahead of the kicker one time. It was just terrible, just terrible job by us. I think we had enough kickoffs where we could have scored 70 or something tonight. We had so many kickoffs.

Q: How ready do you feel this team is?

Carroll: I think we’re ready to go. I really feel that we are. I know that it’s really important getting Bobby (Wagner) back and Kam (Chancellor) back. I think if those guys can hold up their own in just a short return, they haven’t had a lot of work, so they’re a little bit behind. If they can hold up their own, which I’m sure they’ll be able to do, then we’re ready to go. Getting Jeremy Lane back will be important to us too. He’s been a really good nickel for us. We’d like to get him back out there and hope he can return for this next game. That would be crucial. Great matchup for him. I just feel like we’re OK. Let the games begin.

Q: Is there any concern about CB Tharold Simon?

Carroll: He has a sore knee. He’s got an old knee injury and it kind of got sort of ‘boggy’, is the word we use sometimes. But he’ll be OK to play though. He should be fine.

Q: Did you just decide to give WR Percy Harvin the night off?

Carroll: We left a lot of guys home and there’s a bunch of faces that didn’t’ play on this trip.


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