Here’s all that Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say today as he met the media for the final time prior to Sunday’s game against Denver:
(On TE Zach Miller injury update) Zach [Miller] practiced today, he did fine. Looked like he was ready to go.
(On LB Bruce Irvin injury update) He didn’t go today, but he feels a lot better and so we thought it was the best thing to do is to rest him again and take him right up to game time.
(On the results of last week, how has this week been) Good solid week of work. Really focused on this plan. It’s a really good team and we’ve really got to be on our stuff. The guys understand that, they have a lot of respect and it showed in the way we worked.
(On what changes with a healthy OT Ryan Clady) Well he’s a great football player. He’s a premier athlete at left tackle. He’s a sure bet for them and it’s a great confidence builder I’m sure for the quarterback to know that he’s there. He’s a really good player. He’s a really good blocker and pass protector.
(On the fact that FS Earl Thomas might have lost his championship spirit, and if he can sense that in him) No I don’t sense anything different. I watched him, he worked like crazy all week long.
(On Denver investing in defensive) I think they’re just trying to do the best they can. They made some great decisions in the off season and got some terrific guys coming in. As far as we’re concerned, we always think it starts on defense. They sure loaded up, they look good.
(On RB Christine Michael) He did fine. He made it through the whole week and is ready to play.
(On LB Kevin Pierre-Louis) He made it through the week and is ready to play too. He had a good week. The rehabs for both those guys worked just right. They were full speed all week.
(On LB Mike Morgan) Mike [Morgan] made it back to practice today, yeah. We were waiting on a report on a hip injury and it looks like he’s okay. He lucked out.
(On RB Marshawn Lynch) He’s fine. He practiced both Thursday and Friday full speed.
(On what he expects the Super Bowl rematch to be like) I don’t expect it to be anything but crazy and wild and our fans loving every minute of it. They’ve been incredible. There’s never been a time where they haven’t been. The opening game was fantastic crowd-wise and I’m expecting they’re going to have a blast and all revved up for it.
(On SS Kam Chancellor previously on injury list) He missed Wednesday. He worked Thursday and Friday. He was fine.
(On missed tackles) We just got to keep working at the fundamentals of it and getting it right. Other than that, we’re working like crazy at it. I think we’ll be fine.
(On if injured preseason defensive guys are up to speed now) We’ll see. I think we’re still coming along. That’s a lot of football to miss. If you look at Kam [Chancellor], he’s in week three of preseason games and really just four weeks of practice even so it’s all going to help these guys. I think we’ll get stronger as we go.
(On who replaces Bruce Irvin) O.B.’s [O’Brien Schofield] ready to go and Cassius [Marsh] is ready to go too.
(On what offense must do to avoid what happened in San Diego) We got out of our game plan because we didn’t get enough plays to demonstrate it; so that’s what happened in that one and it was because we couldn’t get off the field and we had so few opportunities on offense. We actually scored pretty fast a couple times when we had the ball in the first half, but we only had the ball four times. So you got to get off the field in order to get the ball back to the offense.
(On Marcus Burley’s challenges against Denver) He’s right in the middle of it. He’s done a very good job. Like I said about him, he’s a really disciplined, passionate kid about working, learning his job and fitting into this defense and he’s just been perfect in that regard. In week three, he’s feeling better about it, we’re learning to count on him, and we can see him make the same plays over and over now. The discipline is coming up. He’s got a very tough matchup in [Wes] Welker in the slot and anybody that they wind up putting in there; and it’s a go to guy too so he’s going to be checked out. He’s got great quickness though, and this is the kind of guy that can matchup with him. We’ll see, nobody beats Wes Welker very often so we’ll see how he does.
(On does he see a faster Denver defense than the Super Bowl) They’re fast anyway. I don’t see anything but speed on their football team. They’re hard on us so I think their speed is part of it, I think their playmaking is part of it. They got some really good football players and they position them really well too. I don’t feel the difference in that sense, I just feel they’re experienced and a little bit better.
(On him seeing team being serious throughout the whole week) Yes, I did. I don’t know if serious is the right word. We’re a little bit more quiet; focused really well, and really determined to get back on track.