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September 5, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Quotes from Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll from Friday press conference

Here’s all that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media today:

(Opening) After watching the game film we were really impressed with how hard the guys played across the board. All three phases were really very aggressive. The effort was really there, and they were really excited to play on opening night. It turned out to be a terrific effort in general for the fellas. That’s what really jumped out. I think that we can see how the game unfolded now as far as their game plan. They tried to throw the ball away from CB Richard Sherman. As you guys noticed last night, it was a real concerted effort. We’ll see how that goes as we take on the next opponents. All in all everything worked out fine, we came out pretty good injury-wise with the exception of Jeremy Lane. He’s going to be down for a while so we’re going to see what we have to do to get him right, but he injured his groin again unfortunately.

(On having CB Richard Sherman take away half of the field opposed to mixing and matching with opposing receivers) Yeah he plays on the left side and they know that. So that’s worked out real well for us over the years, we haven’t flipped much at all. It’s a choice that we make because we believe in the guy’s technique. But guys can flip, but there’s reason to do that and match up guys to avoid it. That may come up during the season, it just depends. We feel really good about the way our guys play. The routes that they caught on Byron Maxwell were routes that you can catch on anybody. Really nicely timed, underneath routes and that can happen. There’s no issue we have at this point and no reason to do anything differently than what we do. But there may come a time. I was just really proud of how Maxy (Byron Maxwell) played. He did a fine job and got a pick when he had the opportunity. He really stood up to the test and that’s a really good statement. We’ll see how the teams do as we go down the road.

(On how well CB Byron Maxwell has done) Maxy has been very effective in his mindset. He’s been very even keel throughout. He’s handled the challenge of jumping in when he did last year and when he played before. He’s been very calm guy about the activity of the game and the challenges and matchups and all that kind of stuff. He’s really got an even-keel mentality that’s going to really help him throughout his career. He’s excited, but yet he’s very poised. He’s doing a good job and I don’t see anything changing, now that he’s looking very consistent.

(On how DB Marcus Burley played in the game) He did well. He did a good job. He had a really good challenge route down the field and did a nice job on the one time [Randall] Cobb got up on him knocked the ball away, it was a beautiful play. He’s looked really solid in practice and we really like the kid coming in and he did a fantastic job of being ready to play in that game, you know down the stretch. So we’re really pleased. He’ll play for Jeremy [Lane] at this time. We have no other alternatives we can think of at this point but we’re real happy with the way he played.

(On his thoughts on blocking) We did a really nice job. Guys came off the ball like they have been all preseason. We’re real active with the guards, I keep going back to those guys they were really flying off the football. Russell Okung played really well and [Justin] Britt did a good job too. So I mean the whole group played well. There were a couple times we highlighted in here for the players, blocks that Zach [Miller] had in compliment, and also Derrick [Coleman]. Derrick had a big touchdown block and a couple other big blocks. We really asked our guys to do the things that they’ve been working on going in to the game, and they carried it out really well. They played just like they have been so it’s been a really good mark for us.

(On what was the issue with C Lemuel Jeanpierre that led to signing WR Phil Bates) He had an issue with a nerve in his neck, a stinger thing that we had to put him on IR.

(On how good of a job QB Russell Wilson did on getting the ball to the play-makers) Oh he did a fantastic job. He’s like the point guard. He just has to move it around and make good decisions and takes care of it really well. He did a great job, and even the one play that almost got away was really well played by their defense and then Zach [Miller] came through and knocked the ball away. Also Doug [Baldwin] came through on one we took a shot on. But other than those two, he was really on it. Threw the ball away well, which is a really good trait of our quarterbacking and was able to get the ball to a lot of different guys and use the guys in some tough throws and some tough situations. We’re really pleased with it. He’s just continuing to do what we’re asking of him. He’s been managing very well and he surely did it again.

(On if CB Tharold Simon has had his surgery) He did. He did have his surgery and everything went great. He’s moving around well already and we hope he’ll have a speedy recovery. It was a minor cartilage injury that they had to fix and we’re hoping to get him back very soon. Meaning like four weeks or something like that.

(On how impressed he was by G James Carpenter) He did really well. He really did well. It’s the same thing I keep telling you. Guys that have played like they have been, James [Carpenter] did the same. He’s been very aggressive and very confident and has come through really well. He’s had some big blocks for us, we’ve scored on his side a couple different times and he’s just at the top of his game at this time. We’re just thrilled that he’s coming through like he is. It’s great to see him playing so well.

(On how G James Carpenter commented on not feeling tired after the game and being in great shape this year) Watch him run off the field after those drives. He comes flying off the field to the sidelines, he’s still got juice to get off the field. He’s in superb condition. That’s just a real credit to his off-season and the work that he put in.

(On how S Kam Chancellor and LB Bobby Wagner played) Terrific. Kam [Chancellor] missed a couple of tackles by trying to knock guys out. He went after some hits really aggressively, like he was dying to do. He hasn’t had that many shots here in this preseason. He’ll tackle a little better but he was all over the field. He had some significant plays and really sent the message of how we want to play and the style. Bobby [Wagner] did a great job blowing the sidelines. They had a couple of runs early in the game but when their big guy rushes for 30-something yards, that’s a nice job by Bobby [Wagner], he’s right in the middle of everything. Again, he was one of the guys who didn’t have that many plays in the preseason so this was really their startup game for them. Hoping they’ll continue to improve, but it’s great to see them that active.

(On drop off between first team defensive line in the pass rush, and second team) Yeah, there’s a little bit of drop off. You have your guys feeling their way. But they’re active and they moved. We played everybody just like we planned and I think it was a good outing for Cassius [Marsh] and for Jordan [Hill] to get their play time. I think they did well enough to really be encouraged.

(On philosophy of CB Richard Sherman on one side, and how that helps the entire defense) If the team lets you know they’re not throwing the ball to one side of the field that helps everybody that’s playing pass defense. If it’s not going over there, it’s going over here. If they would tell you before the game they were throwing it over here, that helps you. It’s just simply that. You know where the ball is going. We can’t bank on that totally, but after a while in a game it’s pretty clear. You know where the underneath droppers, the corner backs coming back their way and a better breakdown then. As the game wears on and the stories told it helps us some.

(On his words to Richard Sherman after the game) This is an extraordinary competitor that wants to be in the middle of everything and it’s frustrating. He didn’t feel like he was an active part of it and I’m telling him that he was. He did a really good job and it’s been interesting to watch, I don’t know if it will keep up. At times, great corners have spoiled other guy’s careers. Back to the old 49er days when Jimmy Johnson was playing, he made it real hard on Kermit Alexander. That’s the first time I ever noticed that happen and it made it a real rough career for that guy because he was so good. Maxi (Byron Maxwell) is holding up, that’s what so exciting. He’s playing great football and I think he’s had four interceptions in the last five games. I don’t know if that’s going to go away if we keep getting picks over there, that’s great production on his part. We’ll see what happens and it’ll be interesting to watch it.

(On how long Jeremy Lane could be out) We’re not going to put any numbers on that one. I don’t know what they’re going to actually do yet.

(On his cornerback [left/right] philosophy) Basically over the years we’ve always played left and right. We really bank on guys getting a feel for how they play on their side. It’s different when you flip. It’s not that you can’t, a lot of guys can do it. It never seems that lop sided that we needed to do something about it. We’re watching too, we’ll let you know when the time comes if we need to do something about it.

(On Bruce Irvin rotating as a DE/LB) The first week we wanted him to play just one position because we were getting him ready to play 19 snaps just rushing the passer. He played defensive end this whole week and he’ll come back in and that gives us some flexibility to do some things with our guys. He came out great, he played real hard on his plays and that’s just one full week of practice. We felt like that was his first preseason game and try to get him out of there and we’ll build and try to get him half a game this week and he’ll be ready to go. I would think after this next week, he’ll be up to a full workload.

(On rookie T Justin Britt’s performance) He did a really solid job. First time out against those two guys, that’s a marvelous job for him. He had fun playing football. He came off the sideline a couple times, he made a little joke. I was so glad to see him poised and in command of it. That’s a big accomplishment for our club. That was a big spot we needed to figure out. He was the option and we needed him to come through and he did. That was a good first game for him. I’m sure his confidence will be moving upward and based on the fact that he made it through.

(On drafting process of Justin Britt) Our guys do a tremendous in-depth study on these guys to figure them out. They interview everybody multiple times, they do all kinds of tests, watch them through all their workouts, combine efforts, etc. We watch them like a hawk to figure out who are they and what they’re all about. Our guys really nailed it. Justin is a really solid character, fine competitor, and tough guy. We love the wrestling background he had and he’s a really settled family guy. It was all of that that we took into account and we always do. We just do a long months of studying and sometimes it goes back years dating back to their junior year. You start hearing about them and asking questions and that’s why local scouts are so valuable and they do a great job. They develop a whole background on guys so when it comes to meeting time they can say, “we can count on guys being like this.” It’s never a perfect science, but our guys do a great job of it. I think all of that background for Justin is what made him so available for us so early. He’s got his head on straight and he’s a terrific competitor.

(On speaking with Cassius Marsh about scuffles) I spoke with the ref about that. He was good and level headed; he was just tired of getting grabbed. He got grabbed a few times and that was his first confrontation of dealing with it. He handled it fine; the ref did mention that, ‘you might want to watch this guy, he looks like he’s getting ready to do something.’ He was just trying to draw a little attention so he can get a penalty called.

(On Earl Thomas’ punt return fumble) He was surprised that the guy got shoved into him but it was in traffic and he should have fair caught the ball.

(On evaluating Earl as Punt Returner) We’re evaluating everything. It’s his first time out and we have not had a lot of catches and we do not have a lot of background in live situations. So we’ll just grow and he’ll get way better at it. He’s done a terrific job of preparing for it. We have other guys that can get back there at kick off as well. I’m going to really try to manage that well and the reps that those guys get. We’ll see how it goes. Percy [Harvin] won’t return every kickoff this season, but we’ll have him in there whenever we need him to. Those guys work so hard in these game plans that they need a break sometimes. We’ll be working on it as we go but we do have to learn as we go. Percy has done a lot of kickoff return, it’s just Earl has to get a lot more reps. So we’ll try to get him right.

(On Earl being punt returner for next week) Sure.

(On Russell throwing the ball away) We’re so tuned into the football that it’s all about how we take care of the football and how we get after it. That’s the main theme of our approach; controlling the football and owning it. It goes right at the heart of quarterback play and his decision making. Russell has bought in; he totally knows what we’re talking about. We’re not asking him to save the day and make great, miraculous plays. We’d just as soon kick the football. If it’s third down and he has to throw the ball away, we’ll just punt it and go play ball. We’re fine with that. We love our punt team and our defense. During our time together, he’s a great champion of our philosophy. So when he throws the ball away and doesn’t take a chance and chuck the ball down there just hoping something happens, those are really good decisions. It shows his wherewithal and commitment to what we believe in. So I encourage him to throw the ball away.

(On Marshawn Lynch’s performance) He played great. He was so explosive and decisive about his cuts. He really got just about everything out of every run he could. There may be a couple reads he feels like he might want back but all in all he just hit it. He was very aggressive and took care of the football well, scored quickly when we had shots and a couple nice screen plays. He played an excellent football game.

 

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