Here’s all that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say today when he met the media for the final time in advance of Thursday’s game against the Packers. He talked about the challenge of repeating, the return of Bryan Walters, the health of the team, and more:
(On how the transition from training camp to season practice went this week) Seemed to go fine. We stayed in our routines this week like we do so that the guys feel comfortable with it so we were able to have a really good solid week. It wasn’t a short week for us it was normal as much as possible so it should be okay. We’ve been practicing for this so we should be alright.
(On if Earl Thomas returning every punt tomorrow) You’ll have to wait and see.
(On Jeremy Lane) He’s listed as probable. He did practice yesterday and did a good job so there’s a good chance he will be alright.
(On Bryan Walters coming back and if he is alright) The fact he was so versatile for us and he knows the system so well. He plays right behind Percy [Harvin] and all that stuff. He returns punts and kickoffs for us just such a versatile guy I will say it that way. We just want to get him back for this game. Yeah, he is fine. We plan on him dressing in this game.
(On Bruce Irvin saying he was playing) It is, it’s accurate. He’s listed as probable also, but he’s got a good shot and everything goes well between today and tomorrow then he will have an opportunity to play.
(On how Kevin Norwood came through on his first week) He did very well. It looked like he was fine. He really went through the rehab process once they released him to start running about twice as fast as these guys normally do. So he was fine to go out and he worked hard and was just a normal guy in the rotations and stuff so he will be ready to go. He is ready to play this week if we need him.
(On Tharold Simon) Yeah, it looks like he’s going to have some work done on his knees. Get real minor stuff to get done. Got to get some things cleaned up, we are going to try and get this done really quickly. If all stays on course, he will get a little something done in the next couple days. There’s still a little bit of questioning because what’s going on is real minimal but we think it might be the time to do it, we will see.
(On if there is anything special with opening the season on a Thursday night) Yeah, it’s an honor. The league recognizes you, gives you this chance to play on a Thursday night. It’s going to be the first game to kick off the new season, yeah we are honored by that. Hopefully we will play accordingly and we are playing a great team. It’s a great match up and we are excited we are playing home for this first game celebrate with the twelves. It’s a unique opportunity really to start the season so we are kind of happy about it and we will try to do real well.
(On if this is the type of game to make extra attention to Russell Wilson about turnovers) No. this is not that. If we don’t do that every single week forever for every game before and now on then I’m not doing it right. You can’t emphasize it more than we emphasize it and if you can we are going to try to figure out the way. This has nothing to do with this first game different, no.
(On Justin Britt going against Clay Mathews) Yeah, he’s got [Julius] Peppers and Clay Mathews. Julius Peppers is about as good as you can get on the other side. He will get tested in a big way. He’s worked a ton against Cliff Avril all camp in preparation for the speed and the strength and hopefully he will be ready to handle that.
(On the charged up atmosphere of the games, is he telling the guys anything as far as focusing on the game and keeping emotions in check) No. no more than normal. We’re always trying to stay focused and keep everything in check and do really well. We had the two games in preseason when the crowd showed up. We had a big time turn out for those games. The noise, the excitement and the statement I’m sure they’re familiar with. Will it be a little bit different, maybe. Everybody gets amped up so I’m expecting that we’ll play right with them like we always have. I think that we’re comfortable in that atmosphere I surely wouldn’t want to talk them down from that.
(On Tharold Simon’s issue, does Deshawn Shead become the next one up) He’s in the mix to jump in, yeah. We’ve had really good work from Marcus Burley too, he’s done a nice job.
(On what he as seen in CB Marcus Burley this week) Really quick and he’s a tough guy. The reason we liked him so much is because he was such a tough guy on special teams. He shows the mentality of our other guys and fits right in. So he did a good job in this week’s time. He’s been coached by guys who we’ve coached before so he has the background of techniques of stuff we’ve done. We thought it was a nice fit.
(On what he is expecting from RB Marshawn Lynch) Let it rip. He’s had a great camp. All throughout the camp I’ve been so happy with the way he’s worked, his quickness, and his fitness has been terrific. He’s ready to go. We’re really excited about cutting him loose. The shot we gave him on game three, he looked exactly on point. He hasn’t missed a snap at practice, he hasn’t missed anything. He’s just done a beautiful job in getting ready. Everybody is excited to see him play, we love the way he plays.
(On the way running backs body changes with age) He looks the fittest he’s been since we’ve been around. This is the best we’ve seen him at this time of year. Hopefully that’s a great indication that he’s ready to go and age has nothing to do with it.
(On C Lemuel Jeanpierre’s situation) We’ll find out in a little bit. I’ll let you know later.
(On if C Lemuel Jeanpierre can’t play, will Stephen Schilling be backup center) Yes, [Stephen] Schilling is ready to go. Steve had a great camp for us playing guard and center for us. We’re ready to go with Schill this week. We know that he can play. He did a great job this camp.
(On if he expects CB Jeremy Lane to be a Nickel) I expect him to be a Nickel, yes.
(On election of the captains) Yeah, every year we choose captains and the players pick those captains. They do a great job at representing. We have terrific leadership on this football team and I’m really proud to say that. They singled out a few guys – on offense, QB Russell Wilson, on defense SS Kam Chancellor, and on special teams they love their kickers P Jon Ryan and K Steven Hauschka will be our captains there.
(On if RB Christine Michael is out this week) Yes.
(On what he sees with the defense in the upcoming game) I am anxious to see what their pace is. We’re real aware of what we’ve seen. We’ve seen teams that can go faster than they’re known to go. It’s really about how successful they are. They’ll go really fast if they’re doing really well, and hopefully we can do something to slow that thing down. We’ve practiced the whole camp really, and even in the off season. Knowing that a number of teams, two of the first three games anywhere are no huddle teams. So it’s just become hopefully a normal aspect of our preparation. Just like I said we’re a no huddle defense so that’s what it amounts to. We’ll have to wait and see. The games can surprise you and I’m sure they’ve been working really hard doing that. It’s a great accent to an offense and we’ll see how we handle it. I think we’re going to do fine.
(On if other teams are going to be working harder to beat the defending Super Bowl champions) I think it’s natural. We anticipate seeing everybody’s best shot. That’s exactly what we need to know. We need to know that. That we prepare every week that we put together our best effort. There’s a real constant aspect of that, which I think is good for us to understand and know. That’s about respect. Everybody understands why teams are going to get after you and go for it. That’s what drives us to be at our best every time we go out.
(On who, if anyone he talked to about the pressure of trying to repeat a Super Bowl) I haven’t really talked to anybody. I have been studying this for a long time and watching what’s going on. I’m aware of how it goes and we’ll see what happens. I’m not asking for anybody to help me on this one, you know? We’re going to do it how we know how to do it. We’ve been preparing for this all along, we didn’t just start the off season in February, we’ve been preparing to be in this position so that we can handle it really well and hopefully we can. Everything has just looked just on point through the off season, and the off season has been great and we have handled all of the issues that have come up with the celebrations and all of that. If I can tell from anything that it’s the way the guys have prepared. Prepared to get here, once they were here they work like crazy through the offseason, camp has been on point the whole time, and that’s all we can go with right now. We’ll see what happens. That’s why we play them to see where we fit. We haven’t changed anything. We haven’t adjusted anything we’ve just dealt with the truth of what’s happened.
(On where Russell Okung is at in this stage) He’s ready. Ready to go. He had two really good games and he’s ready to go.
(On Green Bay having a lot more linebackers than defensive lineman and what he is expecting compared to two years ago) They’re geared up. It helps them in special teams, they’ve got a lot of athletes that can play. They’re really aggressive and tough. But they can only play 11 guys at a time. There is really nobody more effective than Clay Matthews. He is a big of factor in a game as anybody. He’s going to be all over the place. They’ll use other guys to kind of mask where he is, we know we’re going to have to try and find him and figure out what Coach Capers is doing with him. It does give them a chance to be multiple and they’ll do that more in 3rd downs in their Nickel packages. They’re very challenging. Coach Capers has been around forever and he knows every trick in the book. He has a great notebook and we have tremendous respect for what he’ll do.