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September 4, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Quotes from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll

Here’s all that Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say after the Seahawks’ 36-16 win over the Packers Thursday night:

(Opening…) “I’m really pleased with this night, it’s a terrific night for us to get started. What a great celebration going on around the state and the city, and around CenturyLink today. To have all of that going, everybody had so much fun and get a great game to watch, too, was really cool. So we’re real excited about that. I thought it was a continuation. We’ve been doing some really good things. In the offseason and the preseason we could feel our first groups playing real good football and we were hoping that it would carry over to this night against a really good Packer team. So, it’s a real good start for us. A lot of things happened. To keep Aaron (Rodgers) down like that for the whole night, I know it might not have seemed like it, but when they only throw for 175 yards in a game, and he threw a lot and tried, I’m really excited about that. We had our formula on defense hold up real nice, so that was good. Really big plays by guys across the board. I thought Cliff’s (Avril) sack on fourth down was the one that really kind of put us in command of that game. That was a cool play. Of course, Maxie’s (Byron Maxwell) pick was great. Kam (Chancellor) and Bobby (Wagner) were just knocking heads and playing great football for us. A real nice night on defense, in general. Probably most excited about running the ball for over 200 yards. That’s really cool for us to do that, it’s so important for us. I would bet that our guys up front played real well in the running game. I can’t single anybody out, but I would just bet that Sweezy and James (Carpenter) did a nice job tonight, as well as the other guys. Marshawn (Lynch) ran great. He’s looked so good all the way through camp, and he just showed it tonight. He showed terrific explosion and vision and stuff. So, he was on fire tonight. Also, Russell played a really good football game tonight; did so many good things for us and so many good decisions, and controlled the game all night long. They had one really big play where they had a shot to get the ball away from us, and other than that, he did a great job with the football, and the line of scrimmage and the calls and all that. We’re off to a good start in this game, and that’s what that is, it’s one game and we’re happy to get it.”

(On the play of Percy Harvin…) “He was fantastic. He is such a good football player. We had a ton of different ways to show how we’re fitting him together in the offense. There’s a bunch of other stuff that we’ll do. But, he’s such an explosive athlete, and so tough. He made a bunch of great plays; I loved the third down catch he made, we really needed it in the third quarter. A slant, just banged his way to the first down. Getting out on the edge with the ball, too, was fantastic. What a terrific guy to add to this football team. It’s what we’ve all been hoping for, and I don’t think in either of the games we’ve played him to date were like this, for us. As we’re able to involve him in so many things and stuff. We’re just getting started and I thought Darrell (Bevell) did a great job of moving him around and Percy was just on it. He did a great job tonight.”

(On choosing one big moment from tonight… ) “I thought the big sack we got on fourth down when they were getting across the 50 there. I thought that that time was when we really had a chance to let them keep going or not, and I thought that was the play that really gave us the momentum. I might be missing a bunch of other ones, but that’s the one I liked the most.”

(On the Packers avoiding throwing the ball to Richard Sherman’s side…) “That’s obviously a real statement. I talked to Richard about it in the locker room, and he was kind of disappointed that he wasn’t able to help us more. He helped us immensely, by the fact that they are cutting the field in half. That was their choice, and that’s just the way they went with it. It that’s the way it is, that’s the way it is. I’ll help him through it. We talked about it, and he’ll be good about it. They certainly did put the ball on the other side of the field.”

(On whether the Seahawks have a legendary defense… ) “I don’t know about that, yet. We’re just getting started. We had a nice year last year, we have a long ways to go. But, it’s a really good group, and they really have a great mentality about them. They’re very tough and very determined to be a really good group again. This is a good football team. Their running back is good, the receivers are good, the quarterback is fantastic, the coach knows what he’s doing, a great offensive guy. So, we take a lot out of that, to be able to hold them down.”

(On whether Green Bay’s no-huddle offense was what Seattle expected…) “It really was. We practiced it, it was really no factor for us. I’m sure that they are able to get a few more plays because of it, but our guys, conditioning-wise, was not an issue. We had no communication issues that jumped out. Danny (Quinn) did a great job of getting them prepared, and all the coaches, and Kenny (Norton) handled the sidelines. All of that stuff worked out beautifully. We were ready for it.”

(On the injury to Jeremy Lane…) “He tweaked his groin again. It was really cool to see Burley get in there and get some plays and get some play time, particularly if Jeremy’s not able to make it back. That will help us. A nice job of him jumping in there within a week’s time to play for us.”

(On the effectiveness of the rushing game…) “That’s what I’m really pleased about. For us to knock out 200 yards, however you get it. We had contributions. Percy (Harvin) had 40 or something tonight, that’s big. And Russell (Wilson) added another 20 yards or something like that. Of course Turbo had some. We don’t care how we get it, we just want to keep that ball pounding down there. Whether we’re going around the end with Percy (Harvin) or not, it’s still a running play for us.“

(On holding Aaron Rodgers to under 200 yards…) “They didn’t get on top of us at all. They had a lot of plays where they could have taken shots over the top, and our guys didn’t let them. The big play of the night was the interference play. Oh, I didn’t mention; nobody asked me about the penalties. We had 4 penalties tonight. I’m really fired up about that. That’s showing up in this preseason with our first groups who are not getting penalized the way we have in years past. That’s a tremendous improvement for us. I don’t know how long the PI penalty was, but that was a huge chunk, and it really changed that drive for them, but other than that, our guys played great in that regard. I hope that maybe we’re making a move and getting smarter and making good decisions that aren’t getting us in trouble. That will really help us down the road.”

(On the relationship between the city, the team, their fans….) “We’re so fortunate to play with a fan-backing that is like this. It’s just a perfect match for a team that is ready to do some cool things and a fan base that just is nuts and crazy and can’t get enough of it. It’s been a great celebration, the last couple of years really. We’re so fortunate to have the celebration of the championship, to share with them. And then everybody enjoyed the heck of it over the summer, it was great. The whole off-season was a blast. Then to kick it off like this with such a big gala affair and let them jump start us again. It’s really, really good stuff for us. We’re having a great time with it, I hope we can keep it going.”

(On Sherman staying disciplined despite the fact that he was never thrown at….) “I’ve said that Richard has his best off-season. He had his best camp. He is determined to play great football, and he is only focused on doing that. He was doing his stuff all night long. He just has to stay with it. There have been some great corners over time and they have to get accustomed to inactivity because it’s going to come. They’re going to get their shots and all and not get lulled to sleep, and he’s determined to do a great job at that. The fact that the ball didn’t go there is a big factor for us. He’s had his impact on the game for sure tonight. “

(On the fumbled punt….) “I didn’t get a good look at that one. Earl felt like he did not get a clean shot at catching the ball. He really should have fair-caught that ball. In both of those, he’s so aggressive with it, he got vulnerable that second time, and he got pounded the first time, too. We’ll keep working on it, and get better.”

(On whether they are still exploring how to use Percy Harvin….) “It’s not exploring as much as it takes time to unveil what our thoughts are. We have a million thoughts we love. That’s not hard. The ideas aren’t hard. It’s getting everybody prepared and continuing to unveil those things when we get to it. There’s a ton of stuff that we have in mind. He’s so capable, he makes everything looks good. He’s a wonderful mix of player, and then he’s so physical and he runs the ball so well, as well as receiving it.“

(On the success of the read option….) “I think there was a time two years ago, late in the run, whatever year that was, like ’12. I think that was the best. We were really on it then. We were ahead of some people at the time, and we had some real easy yardage at that time. Everybody has kind of caught up with it, and are more prepared. But, it was a good night. I hope that you guys enjoyed the variety of things in the way it looked, and the speed of it. There was some really good counter stuff that worked for us tonight.”

(On what it says to beat Green Bay by 20 points…) “It’s a one game deal. I really don’t think it’s any more than that. They’re a really good team, and we’re really happy about this win to get it like that, because we have such respect for them. It’s just the first game. We have to come back all cranked up again and start up over again and get ready for another championship matchup in San DIego.”

(On any injuries besides Lane…) “As far as I know, no That was the only one they reported to me. So that’s really positive.“

(On not getting as much pass rush pressure…) “He’s really quick, and their whole offense is designed to get the ball out, and they did that. They really did that all night long. We finally got some situations and stuff where we were able to get it. We weren’t quite as good on third downs as we wanted to be, but I felt that we were effective. I felt like we were giving them problems, and he was having to work. He’s a terrific moving around. He’s just phenomenal getting out of trouble and staying alive. You saw him just floating out there so many different times because has the knack for finding the space and stuff. He’s really hard to get to. Our guys worked really hard at it.”

(On how he sees Russell Wilson evolving….) “He’s had a great offseason. His preseason has been as sharp as you can be. He kept it going tonight. We just do it one day at a time.

(On whether Wilson has points for improvement…) “Sure, there’s plenty of areas. We have a lot of things we need to do better. He would be the first one to tell you that himself. It’s a good place to start from, and we’ll keep working at it.”


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