As Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn met the media today to look back at the San Diego loss and ahead to the Denver game, he seemed to lament most the 12 missed tackles he counted for the Seahawks against the Chargers.
“It’s one of the things that wevwork as hard as we can at in terms of trying to be one of the best fundamental teams in ball,” he said. “I think it starts with tackling. So for us that emphasis is each week so for us to have that many was uncomfortable for us, for sure.”
Here’s some more of what Quinn had to say today:
(On how he reflects on having 80 plays Sunday and not being able to get off the field) Yeah, that was a real problem. Number one, let’s give them credit so we have to tip our hat to them. At the same time, really when we went back to it, it really came back to us, in terms of our technique, our assignment, how we played and the real style that we like to play at. It was hard for sure and all those third downs that got converted certainly extended some drives so that was, to me, some of the biggest factors in the game. In addition to that, for us not to get the ball off them was hard too. One thing from our defense, how many times can we go in and attack it? There were some times where we had some opportunities where the ball was on the group and we didn’t come up with it. So again, I’ll give the credit to them and the execution but it’s good to be back here and be back to work and put the focus on us in terms of the preparation for this week.
(On how the Chargers were really effective with the short little bump offs and some of the quick screen stuff and what he takes away from that) I think really, in the style that we play, we expect some completions that are going to happen. It’s really in the way that we tackle so after the catch… what happens then? Are there any yards after the catch? That’s one thing that we take great pride in and want to stay strong at, in terms of the way that we can close so that’s our real emphasis in a lot of the way that we play on all the underneath stuff. It will be a real factor again this week too.
(On if there was too much after the catch stuff) Yeah, we thought maybe a little bit more. We had more missed tackles than we normally have and again, credit goes to those guys but when we have double digit tackles, that’s a lot for our group. It’s something that we take great pride in so for us to have that many, that was hard for us. Each week the emphasis for us is tackling and how we go about the ball and when we can make it about ourselves and our technique and how we play, it’s one of the things that we enjoy about our process of game planning. So going back to it that’s a big emphasis again this week in terms of the way we tackle. We know we have some great match ups for us in terms of the quickness that they have so we can’t wait to get back out there.
(On if missed tackles were the main reason they missed third downs) Well I think that was a real factor in why some of the drives got extended so for us going to back to it, kind of the keys that came out of it, we didn’t play as we would have like to on third downs, then for us not getting those takeaways that we’re normally accustomed to and then allowing the scores in the red zone at the end. I know that things are three different topics but I think it really started somewhere in the tackling and not getting the ball off them.
(On the pass rush picking up) I‘m hoping so;as you know, in order for us to affect a good quarterbacks, pass rush is where it begins. So for us, adding the mix of Bruce [Irvin] back into it and having Michael [Bennett] and Cliff [Avril] available early has been good for us because those guys work so well together; just in terms of a look or a signal that they can make in terms of the rush. It’s one of the areas that we really stress hard. So hopefully as we’re moving forward, just like most things when you emphasize it really hard and work at it, you see that improvement. On our defensive backs, we don’t do tons of things so the things that we emphasize really hard usually we get a chance to see some improvement and pass rush, for us, is certainly one.
(On Jordan Hill progressing) He is as one of the inside guys as well. Jordan Hill and Kevin Williams will be a factor inside in our nickel package, as well as Bruce [Irvin] and O.B. [O’Brien Schofield] over on the right side and we like to feature Cliff [Avril] and Michael [Bennett] where they are. They’ll move around some, by enlarge, we keep those guys over on the same side.
(On comfort level staying in nickel all the time) We are really comfortable with us staying in nickel. Through the first two games of the season, it’s kind of been that way just from the draw of the opponents. As you know, some games are higher nickel games as other games are higher base games. Just from the way that the schedule has rolled out for us this year, there seems to be more teams that are featuring more three and four receivers sets as opposed to some of the teams that are more two tight end or two back oriented. So I think it’s just the way that it started off where it made you feel like it’s a little more nickel emphasis early in the season for us.
(On being in nickel catering to the defense strengths) Yes, we like it. We don’t have a real preference in terms of being in nickel or being in base. We just try to feature the guys in their best roles. Guys who can rush; to put them in their best spots and when we play our big teams where it’s real hard ball; two back, a lot of inside style of runs that’s where we will see some of our big guys in Tony [McDaniel], Kevin [Williams], and Mebane [Brandon] all in there together. So it really just depends on the style of club that we’re playing.