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September 21, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Quotes from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll following win over Denver

Here’s what Seattle head coach Pete Carroll  had to say following Sunday’s 26-20 overtime win over Denver:

(Opening…) “That was really a championship game today. That was one of those games where we try to prepare with the mindset that that’s what it is every week. A great opponent, a great matchup. I am really fired up about the way we played. I thought we played really good throughout, and then there was that little spell there in the second half when the safety happens and then we get backed up a couple times. I thought we weathered it really well, the guys handled it really well. The fact that we had to go into OT, I thought Tom Cable did a great job on the sidelines, got the offense together, got them all squared away and cleared up. We were kind of disappointed we were going in, we thought we had the game won, but those guys came out and threw just a championship drive, 80 yards, 13 plays, Russell [Wilson] was all over the field. The guys up front did a fantastic job. Marshawn finished it off with a great play. It was a really cool day of work for our guys. I thought Marshawn [Lynch] ran as hard as he could run, so tough today. I thought that Jon Ryan just had an incredible influence in this game, throughout. Taking a safety back there really isn’t the worst thing that can happen if you are fortunate enough to change the field position, and Jon, he kicked it I don’t know far he kicked it, it might have been 80 yards in the air, I don’t know what it was, but the coverage and the kick and all that was extraordinary. But that wasn’t the only one, he was banging the ball all day today. He kept them deep and all that. If there was anybody who was MVP, it might have been Jon Ryan today with his effort, because he had probably the best day of his career, I would think. It was unfortunate that we gave up the drive we gave up. We played so well on defense, in all phases we were on it. Then, they got down the field with a couple plays. A great job by Peyton [Manning] of course. Of course he’s going to do something, and he did it. It all got erased because our guys rallied and finished the game off. It was a great win, we go into the bye, take a good break here and we’ll get back and get ready to go, in Washington.”

(On the offense getting the winning touchdown, after struggling in the second half…) “Russell does not get phased. He knew he made a mistake there; he saw the coverage and he tried to knife the ball through there, he thought he could get it in. He’ll tell you he shouldn’t have gone for it. How many times have we ever seen him do that. He so rarely puts himself in that kind of situation. He was fantastic today, just an incredible effort. The finish to that day, making those first downs, just an amazing play by the quarterback.”

(On the defensive breakdowns on Denver’s game-tying drive… ) “I know exactly what happened on the touchdown play. He was just throwing the ball desperately how there, and a couple, I don’t know why we weren’t able to find the ball, because it was up forever.  That’s Peyton figuring out where to drop it in. We really had our chances. Kam [Chancellor] just about destroyed Marcus [Burley] on that play, which was a chance we had to turn the ball over there. Then, they got us on a little double-move up the sidelines for the touchdown, and made a big play for them. We had them right where we needed to win that thing, and we just didn’t get it done. I’m talking about the defensive side.”

(On the injuries to Earl Thomas and Russell Okung…) “Earl’s OK. He had to go in to get IV’d during the game. He was OK. He was starting to cramp up. Russell came back and finished the game. We weren’t sure what happened. He hurt his shoulder, but it just seemed to come back to him, and he could finish it, and he did. He did a great job to do that.”

(On the injury to Burley…)   “Burley had the wind knocked out of him. Kam took his wind.”

(On Ricardo Lockette’s touchdown catch… ) “What a great play. What a great throw and catch. That was just a chance to go for it with Rocket and he ran a great route on a great DB and made a great catch with a perfect throw. Really good call by Bev to go for it right there. He was kind of jumping on him a little bit, a really good sequence. Then, the guys came through with a great throw and great catch. ”

(On Lockette saving an interception…) “That was a big play. He went on defense on them. He got a penalty, but it was worth it at the time, because that might have been a touchdown for them, because he had a really great break on the ball. It was really a heads-up play by Ricardo.”

(On Lockette’s play on special teams…) “He’s been incredibly significant. He’s really shown up. He had great coverage all day long. He forced a couple fair catches, and the great play he makes, on about a 60 yard punt anyway. I don’t know that anybody’s doing it any better than he is right now. He’s incredibly effective and he is so fast, and his intensity, and the attitude he has, that he brings to the coverage teams is phenomenal. Watch him on kickoffs, too. Steve keeps kicking the ball out, but he’s flying on those, too. He’s doing a great job. ”

(On whether he thought the game was wrapped up after Chancellor’s interception…) “I thought we had a chance to finish it. We tried to. We want to knock out a first down; a first down and the game’s over. We didn’t get it. We put it to 8. There’s a question as to whether you even kick there, but we trusted out guys. You don’t want to screw it up and get the kick blocked. That’s a thought. We kicked it, and there wasn’t much time left.   But, it’s still Peyton Manning, and it was enough time for him. “

(On Sherman covering Welker on third down…) “There was just some matchups that turned out that way. It was part of the way they deployed their games.”

(On any other injuries….) “No, we’re in good shape, going into the bye pretty healthy.”

(On Wilson maintaining the drive during overtime….) “He matriculated the ball down the field. He’s an amazing football player, he really is. He has the sense of when to get out and when to go, and also the savvy about making the first downs. There were something like 3 first downs, 2 anyway, in that drive. Just to keep it alive, it’s really hard to stop us in that situation. He’s just so good at it. We went into semi-hurry-up mode right there to put him in that kind of situation. You give him those spread field opportunities, and his open-field awareness, he just makes something happen.  He’s very, very good with the ball, he didn’t waste a pass. We love him, he’s playing great.“

(On how much better this Denver team was compared to the Super Bowl team…) “I don’t know. I can’t tell that. They were terrific today. They were really hard to play against, and tough and all that. I thought that the plan worked out like we had hoped. We thought we could keep them in front of us, and bang on them, and our guys did a great job. I was really curious if our breaking on the football would look the same as the Super Bowl, because we were phenomenal in that game in that regard, and that was the difference on the defensive side. I didn’t know if it would take a Super Bowl to get that kind of effort. Our guys played championship football today. I think they had 80 yards passing at halftime. We got ahead on the third down situations. I thought the guys played fantastic. I mean, that is a great, great offense and a great quarterback, and a great system. I loved the way our guys matched it up today.”

(On what the defense did better today, compared to the Chargers game…) “That’s a game I don’t even want to think about. It wasn’t anywhere near what this game looked like today, or the first game, or a lot of times that we’ve been playing over the last few years. I don’t know if that game was just a different deal. Today it looked like the last time we were in this stadium.”

(On his feelings during the last drive by Denver…) “We were trying to make the right call, and get out of there. I was so disappointed that they hit us on that double move that they did. We had the guys on the other side all ready for it, and they got it going. [Denver] did a great job with it. I was disappointed that I didn’t get the word to the guy to alert him on it. A little bit stunned that we let it happen so easily, that was lousy. It set up for a great finish. I kind of like the dramatics. It was pretty good.”

(On the threat of Percy Harvin…) “Percy, all day long, was flying around the field, and he kept drawing attention, and it allowed us to run the ball up inside. It was a really significant part of the plan. Sometimes we give it to him, and sometimes we can use him like that. He’s so talented, and he draws such a crowd. He did a nice job throughout that. There wasn’t a time to give him the football today, but his factor was still felt, and he did a nice job in that regard.”

(On Jon Ryan’s impact…) “We did talk about that. I thought if anybody would be the MVP, it would be Jon. He had a phenomenal game, and you can’t expect a guy to do any better than that. Pinning them deep, which we love to do. We’re trying to put that ball right around the 5 yard line. He was right there a couple of times. The booming kicks, the great coverage that matched up with it, the gorgeous kick on the safety, it changed that whole opportunity right there, I think they got the ball on the 20. It was a ridiculously long kick. I was really happy for him to that on Canada Day. Can we have Canada Day next time we show up here?”

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