Here’s the transcript of what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media today following the team’s Friday practice:
(On preparation for the week) It’s an interesting week because we’ve had a couple of extra days. We had a really good practice Monday and we’ve had solid work this week. So we’re ready to go and it’s real important for us in the first opportunity to get on the road that’s really where we’re focusing; taking our play on the road with us and the intensity, the tackling, the hitting, and the running. All the things that we count on, we want to see if we can do that down in San Diego and put together a championship performance.
(On how often he emphasizes winning on the road) Every week that it’s at hand really, it’s the same story and the same language that we hold to. We want to play regardless of who it is, where we’re going, what the circumstance is, or what the storyline is of the game. We want to play our game and try to be really disciplined about that. So that’s what we continue to talk like and expect but this is our first chance to go out and test it and we’ll see if we’re on point. We’ll find out.
(On Christine Michael & Kevin Pierre-Louis injury status) They’re still in rehab. They’re not working with the team yet. So next week will be their first chance to do that.
(On how Kevin Norwood looked this week) Kevin is in great shape now. He looks very good. He’s really competing to get on the game day roster. He just looks really good doing everything so we have no hesitation to put him in there if we can get that done.
(On learning Kevin Norwood in spite of being injured) He’s such a natural football player, that we felt like we understood his ability, him physically, and his ability to learn really early. Right away, we just had a real sense for him. Things come to him very easily; he’s got a lot of flexibility in where he can play and what he can do. He blocks well, he can play in the slot, and play outside. So we kind of felt pretty confident about that right off the back within the first few days we were out there. So we’ve had no trouble in that regard. He’s got a very versatile package that he’s bringing to us. So we’re really happy about that.
(On what he plans to see from Bryan Walters on punt return) I’m just going to make sure that Bryan gets lined up right and let him go. We really trust him. He’s a really good natural returner. He understands and he has a lot of returns in his history so I want him to make really good decisions and take care of the football first; that’s always the first thing that we’re looking for. The ball got away from us last week, but I’m hoping that Bryan will do a nice job.
(On Josh Thomas being up to speed to play) He’s kind of an emergency status that he could play, but that’s all we could possibly get done in a week’s time. He is ready to play if we need him, but he needs work with us. Our style of play and things we are asking him are different from what he’s been asked before. So he’s got a lot of ground to make up, but he picked up things and looked good in practice, but it’s hard to really hold him responsible for everything in the short time that he’s been here.
(On Cooper Helfet being available this week) He practiced the last couple of days and did a nice job. He’s eligible to be up now physically. We’ll see what happens on game day.
(On preparing for weather in San Diego) We did the best we could with the sun here. We had good hot days here, but it is going to be over 90 like 92 or 93 something like that. So it’s just going to be just as hot on their side. We’re just going to go play.
(On Marcus Burley’s week) He’s doing well. He’s a fun player and exciting guy. He’s really quick, a very aggressive kid, has jumped in now. He’s had a couple weeks, we feel good about him like he’s really tuned into the nickel spot and could play outside for us if we need him. He’s got a couple jobs to do on special teams too so he’s fitting in very well.
(On Bruce Irvin) He’s ready to go. We feel like he’s just had a terrific week. He seems to be full speed so he’s going to be a regular part of the game plan.
(On determining 4th man pass rush in nickel package) We’re just going to take in all the information and just wait and just figure it out. Jordan [Hill] is going to go first and get a good look at it, while I’d like to see Cassius [Marsh] get some shots in there too, and we’ve got the big guys to put in there when we want to change it up. You’ll see in the nickel packages different guys play. On third down, Jordan will go first. He did a nice job last week so we’re really encouraged by that hoping he can really take that role, but it’s still competitive. I would think it could be another two or three weeks before we have a good sense, maybe even longer than that, to really know if we’re going to zero in on one guy in particular. We’re going to keep rotating it right now.
(On did it take a while for defensive lineman to buy into rotation when he first arrived) It’s never really been that big of an issue. Now a guy it’s a first time for is Kevin Williams. Kevin played 900 snaps or something last year. He’s played close to 1,000 snaps last couple years so it’s different for him, but that’s the way we talk to him in recruiting him to come and he was up for it. Everybody else has really adapted well, he’s taken to it and he understood that this is the way it’s going to be. Most of the guys really like it because they get to really feel good about the snaps that they get. They can really go for it so we haven’t had an issue with that at all.