Here’s a bit more of what Seattle players had to say following the loss Sunday to the Chargers:
FREE SAFETY EARL THOMAS
Comments on today’s performance:
“It wasn’t anything we did not prepare for. We just did not execute when it really mattered. Sometimes games are just funny and strange. It was hot out there. We were out there for a long time and there was a lot of cramping up. We just have to fight through the situation. This was a great learning experience. Chargers had a great game plan. They were ready for what we were throwing at them. We didn’t execute like we normally do.”
Comments on being Super Bowl Champions:
“When we are on the road you are always are going to get everybody’s best, especially us. We have to hold up and stay true to who we are. We are going to learn from this and communicate better. We are going to be prepared when we get in this situation again.”
Comments on cramping:
“As soon as I came in here I got an IV and then gutted it out. I exerted a lot of energy out there. Moving from sideline to sideline, I am always going to exert a lot of energy. When you add this heat, it was hard for me at times. I think I left everything out there. I do not have anything to hold my head down. If somebody beats us, I always feel like it was luck to me. It’s not about them. No matter if we win or lose. It’s not going to dictate who we are. We will understand what happened out there today when we watch the film.”
STRONG SAFETY KAM CHANCELLOR
Comments on cramping:
“I never make excuses, but it was a hot game. Something we do not practice in. Something we are not accustomed to. We will not make excuses. We still have to play our ball and make our plays and make our adjustments.”
Comments on not used to losing:
“I never look at a game as losing. I look at it as lessons. There a lot of lessons from this game all around the board. We have to bounce back and it starts with practice. We have to get to practice, find where the mistakes were and correct them and get better. We are not accustomed to losing. We always talk about winning. We have to get better and get back to the drawing board.”
Comments on Antonio Gates:
“I think he had a great game. He definitely capitalized on every opportunity he had. He showed why he is an all pro tight end. He also has a good quarterback that looks to him and knows him and his timing. They have the quarterback tight end bond. He is a crafty tight end.”
At this point in his career, what makes Chargers Tight End Antonio Gates tough to cover?
“He’s definitely crafty and smart. He has a great quarterback that looks for him, knows the moves he makes and gets the ball to him.”
In terms of defense was it more of an issue of stopping the run or putting pressure on third
“It was third downs. However, we were allowing them enough movement that they were getting the third and shorts. That’s what you’re hoping for and they were able to do that. They didn’t run the ball real effectively. I think they had 100 yards and 34 carries or something like that. I wasn’t a tough day on the running game, but it was enough. This is the way that they played really well last year too. Philip (Rivers) was able to manage the down distance and stay on schedule and be really good on third down. He did terrific today and that’s enough to control the football. It’s a really good way to play the game.”
SEAHAWKS WIDE RECEIVER PERCY HARVIN
What happened on your touchdown?
“The first read was Marshawn (Lynch) up the middle. Everybody crashed down on him and Russell (Wilson) felt I could get to the edge. Once he pitched it Doug (Baldwin) did a heck of a job on the block.”
Talk about rebounding from this loss:
“We are fine. We just have to go back to the drawing board and fix our third downs. We weren’t on the field a lot. I think they said we only ran about 30-something plays. We would like to get it in the 50’s.”
Did the offense have a hard time finding a rhythm today?
“With 30 plays we just felt like we weren’t on the field a lot. Some of it was our fault. We couldn’t stay on the field on third downs. It was hot. We left our defense on the field and guys started cramping.”
SEAHAWKS CORNERBACK BYRON MAXWELL
On playing with new guys in the secondary and the challenges it posed:
“It’s not really difficult because our scouting department does a good job of bringing new guys in that already have the mentality, so it’s easy to just plug them in.”
On Chargers offense not challenging the Seahawks deep down the field:
“Philip Rivers played a great game. He knew when to throw it and when to run for a first down.”
Were there any surprises with the Chargers play calling?
“No, not really. It was just 3 third downs. We got to get off the field on third down.