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October 2, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Quotes from Seattle coach Pete Carroll

Here’s the transcript of what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say when met the media Thursday:

(Opening statement) It’s good to be back getting ready for a ball game, some of us didn’t fare so well during the break, but it was a great break for us to get fresh and get ready to go again. Guys have come back with a great attitude. We’ve had a couple good days of work leading up to the start of our work week here so we’re in good shape. We’re looking forward to a big time matchup, going across the country and doing the whole trip and all of that. We want to get some work done. We’re excited to get back to football.

(On what the 2012 comeback win in Washington did for the young team at the time) It took a long time in that game, if you remember, to get ahead. I think it was under eight minutes somewhere, seven and half minutes before we got ahead in the game. I wanted to remind our guys how hard that game was as we talked about it today. Just to respect it because it was a very difficult win for us. But it was a great win for us to go across the country and do that whole thing and come on back and get ready for the next one.

(On his past success with pimetime Monday night games and if he has a special philosophy for them) No, we don’t have a special philosophy. We really count our regular philosophy to take care of business so that we don’t treat those as something different than what they are. If that’s special, I don’t know. It’s real important that we recognize there’s a bunch of hype about Monday night football, the Thursday night games and all of that. We want to make sure that we’re able to play like we’re capable and not get involved in that build up and that hype and it usually works for us.

(On if Bruce Irvin will play Monday) I think so. He’ll work today. He looked really good a couple days ago so we think he’s going to be fine but he’s got to get through the week to see if he’s right. It’s still just two weeks coming back from a strain that he had.

(On how much the offense will have to adjust with Zach Miller not being available) Hopefully we’re not going to have to adjust. Hopefully, we don’t. Luke [Willson] is going to step up and Cooper [Helfet] is going to step up and play ball. They have been preparing all along to do the same thing so we shouldn’t have to do anything.

(On after playing three experienced quarterbacks, they now face a less experienced quarterback, Kirk Cousins, and if it changes what they will show a quarterback from a defensive standpoint) Not necessarily. The three guys that we went against were the premiere quarterbacks in the league and we understand that and dealt with that accordingly. But Kirk threw for 400 [yards] just a couple weeks ago so he’s done some really good things, in a wide open offense too. So we’re not going to do anything different. We’re going to try to play ball, starting at the front and do a good job in the running game. It’s a very well grooved running game. Alfred Morris is a terrific player and they know it and they go to him and we kind of stop that first and stay on top in the passing game. If we can do those things then we have a chance to play well.

(On if he looked at Kirk Cousins coming out of the draft the same year as Russell Wilson and what he thought about him) We did extensively and we interviewed him and the whole thing. We had him at the combine and all that stuff. He’s a really cool kid, really great competitor, real bright, hardworking, kind of a squeaky clean guy. He’s just had such great history and background. He’s mentality was so on it. We were really impressed with him.

(On QB Robert Griffin III taking hits and the importance of Russell Wilson to stay healthy) It’s really important. Fortunately for us, Russell has a great feel for that. He understands and respects the position he’s playing and he’s accepted the way we’ve approached it from the start. I think some guys have a knack. I think Russell definitely has a knack of knowing when to and when not to go for it. We really appreciate it. I know he does too. He’s not trying to prove anything. He’s just trying to stay healthy and stay as the number one quarterback so he’s got a good sense about it.

(On if he recruited WR DeSean Jackson when he was at USC and if he knew about him coming out) Absolutely. Yeah, we went right down to the nub on that one.

(On what type of player DeSean is and if he has become everything that he thought he could be) He’s an extraordinary athlete. He was a great baseball player too. We had seen him at our camps, really up close and personal. I will never forget the day. There were a bunch of great players at our camp. He was really special. At the end of a double session day, at the end of the camp, he was still flying around and doing great stuff. He’s got a real natural skill for playing the ball. He’s extraordinarily fast and really well equipped in body control and timing and stuff like that. He’s a tremendous athlete.

(On how it became clear Griffin was not operating at full strength during the 2012 playoff game and if that changes the defensive game plan) We had seen him the week before and felt like he wasn’t going to be the dynamic runner that he had been earlier in the season so we just adjusted accordingly. In the game, it kind of bore that out. He still made some yards against but he wasn’t going to control the game running the football. So we had to adjust accordingly, yeah.

(On how tense it was waiting for Russell Wilson in the 2012 draft and how you balance being patient and making moves) John [Schneider] has a tremendous amount to say about that because he has the most experience in those situations and all. I listen to him really, really carefully. He kind of has a sense for what’s going to happen and what we can expect. He’s been really good about that. When we get to that time, I’m not as tense as he was. We had set the plan in motion. We knew what we were doing. He was pretty uptight about it at the time but he was right. He was dead on. It’s just a matter of talking through it and gaging the draft and the people that are coming up and who’s available. There are a variety of variables that decide that but basically when it comes down to it, you go from your gut and I trust John to have a great sense for that. If I’ve got something, I’ll give him my two cents about it but I really trust him to lead us in those kinds of decisions.

(On the last two times these teams has played there has been a coin toss issue and an issue after the game and if he has to watch anything in that regard) Nothing different than normal.

(On if their offense looks different with Head Coach Jay Gruden as opposed to Mike Shanahan) They look very much the same. They look very similar. Their running game has been the same. They have a tremendous commitment to the zone run game and they’re really good at it. The throwing game is still wide open and they use the perimeter stuff and they use their receivers deep down the field to really go after you. With [Defensive Coordinator] Jim Haslett there as well, the defense even looks the same. They look very similar.

(On if in his experience the team coming off a bye week tends to have a letdown or are they more excited to get back on the field) I don’t know about tendencies but I know our team is ready to go. They really want to play football. They’re excited about this season and staying on track. They played real well last week and would like to come back and do it again. It’s a long haul. We’re just finishing the first quarter of the season right now and we would like to finish this thing right. This is a young hungry team. This is not a team that’s living in the past. These guys are ready to go for it and that’s what I’ve sensed all throughout the offseason and this is another indicator – the way they came back from the bye, it was like we were gone for three weeks. They were all getting around each other and having fun being back together and all that so it was a really good sign.

(On how big of a test their pass rush will be) Their front seven is really good. They’re really good. Jim [Haslett] does a really nice job to utilize them. They’re on the attack so it’s going to be a challenge. There is nothing easy about playing these guys. Jim has a background of being very aggressive and getting after it. His players fit that mold. That front seven is really good.

(On when you face a player like DeSean Jackson how much of a priority is it to keep him from getting behind the defense) It’s huge. We always think that way but some guys are better at it than others and he’s caught a lot of long touchdown passes in his career. We played against him for years in college and treated him the same basically then too so we have a lot of respect for his ability to get you. We pay good attention to that.

(On if they’re a more dynamic receiver group now with DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts compared to when you last saw them) I think so. Andre Roberts is a really good player too. We’ve seen him for years. He’s a really good player. Of course, Pierre Garcon is really good and DeSean gives you all the strike ability that you want. So I won’t make a statement about what was before but right now they’re a very good group.

(On other than Zach Miller or Tharold Simon if there is anyone else he’s worried about health wise this week) We have to get Bruce Irvin back on through the week. That’s probably the biggest concern. Otherwise we’re in pretty good shape. We’re going off bye very healthy otherwise.

(On how Eric Pinkins is progressing) He’s right on track. When we can bring him back out, we will take a good look at him and see where he fits in. He’s in good shape right now. I’ve seen him running numerous times. He looks very, very good.

(On if Kevin Norwood is one hundred percent now) Yeah, he’s in great shape. We’ve just had trouble getting him on the roster. Just because he was kind of the last guy added to, the competition of it but not for any other reason, he’s a fine competitor. We would love to have them all out there playing, it’s just hard to get everybody out there.

(On what Russell Wilson wrote about domestic violence) Yeah, I did read it this morning and I talked to Russell about it yesterday. I’m really proud of him. He’s involved himself in a very critical issue that maybe he can elevate awareness like we’re all trying to do for the right reasons. I think his statements were very well thought out and very clear. “Pass The Peace” is a pretty cool thought and I think it fits him very well. I’m hoping, more than that, I’m hoping it has a great impact and people will pick up on it and add to it. We will see what happens. We will support him in every way.

(On how Russell talks about being guarded sometimes and if he thinks this is part of the maturation of growth for him) I think so. He spent some time of the bye talking about some issues and things like that and really was inspired to go ahead and take the next step to utilize whatever he could to help a situation he was very keen about.

(On if he likes when his players directly reach out to fans through their blogs and things like that) I have no problem. No problem at all with our guys doing what they’re capable of doing. Some of our guys are extremely gifted and they have an ability to connect. There’s a risk that guys take by going out there but I support our guys. We have some really, brilliant kids that have a lot to offer and are willing to see what they can do to influence social change. I couldn’t be more proud of that. Richard [Sherman] has done a great job of putting himself out there, so many guys. Marshawn [Lynch] has done a bunch of great work. All of our guys are really tuned into it so the fact that Russell is entering, I think it’s very fitting. We will support our guys in every way that we can.

(On if he got a chance to watch any of the halftime ceremony when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at USC this past weekend) No, I did not. I was across the country then went to a ball game out there.

(On if he has any thoughts on Native American groups’ request for media outlets to avoid using Washington’s team name this week) Well, first off, it’s a very sensitive issue. So many issues are coming to the front. It’s an amazing time for social change right now. I don’t know if I have enough background to comment on it astutely. I’m so glad that these topics continue to come up because it’s about change and giving us an opportunity to look at things for the first time again so I’ll just follow along and see what happens. I don’t have a real definitive thought for you but I’m really happy that things are happening and there is conversation and people are considering things differently than they have in the past. Evolutionary moments keep popping up here and it’s really cool that it’s happening and we’re there when it’s happening. Hopefully we will continue to make really good decisions and make the right choices and support the groups properly and do the right thing here. It’s very much at hand in so many areas. This is a really legit topic as well.

(On how difficult it has been to be able to get Kevin Norwood and Paul Richardson into the rotation and if it there is any difficulty in evaluating these young players) I don’t think it’s about evaluating. We’re really confident in what we see and what our guys do in practice and stuff, going against our best guys. It’s just everybody is healthy. It’s hard with the roster limits that we have don’t let these guys play. Some time I would like to talk about that. When we get a chance, I’ll talk about 46 man rosters and we’ve got 53 guys practicing. We’ve got some great players that are sitting down every week. I wish more guys had a chance to play. I don’t know why they don’t because these guys are legitimate candidates to be playing in the games and they could do stuff and help themselves and help our team and all that. They just don’t get the chance. It’s unfortunate.

(On Bryan Walters as the punt returner) He’s extremely gifted at catching the football and securing it which is a top priority for us. We’ve seen him enough to see that he has got some shake to get loose. We have other guys that can do it too. Doug [Baldwin] is a really good returner and catcher as well and of course we worked Earl [Thomas] at the spot but he’s done a very good job for us.

(On the peculiar deal to have production meetings with Jon Gruden and then his brother is the coach of the team you’re about to play and if he considers that) Absolutely. Jon has all the integrity in the world but we will have fun with it.

(On how Tharold Simon is progressing) Very well. It still looks like it is a couple weeks though before he will be ready to go but it’s not because he can’t do a lot of stuff. We just want to secure and make sure that he’s well. We don’t want to rush this thing back. We have to get him back to full speed and very securely bring him back into the rotations and stuff. He looks good. He’s making great progress but it’s still a couple weeks before we will be ready to even think about throwing him out there.


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