Here are a bunch of quotes from Seattle players following today’s 30-23 loss to Dallas, including Doug Baldwin’s response when asked about his animated conversation with Russell Wilson on the sidelines during the game:
WR DOUG BALDWIN
(On the blocked punt) Yes, it was a designed play; great play by [Brian] Schneider our special teams coach.
(On if he was surprised he ran in so freely) No, not at all; we had good intel on the punt team throughout the week. It’s something we actually installed my rookie season; same situation where I blocked it, somebody picked it up and score a touchdown; very similar to that so we kind of had a good chance to block the punt.
(On what was the toughest thing on offense) That we couldn’t get in a rhythm and I don’t know what it is; we had penalties. We just left so many plays out there on the field. I mean it’s all over the board; we just have to get better.
(On whether he thinks there wasn’t a lot of time on the field) Man, we had plenty of time. We had plenty of time to make plays out there on the field; plenty of time.
(On animated conversation between him and Russell Wilson) We’re frustrated. Offense can’t move the ball. We got too much talent over here not to be moving the ball and it’s not on Russ (Russell Wilson), I’m just saying, in general, our offense; we’re just too good not to be moving the ball down the field. I’m not mad at Russ at all, it’s a collaborative thing. We all have to pitch in and do our part. We all have to be better.
WR JERMAINE KEARSE
(On contact he was getting) There’s always going to be contact, it just comes down to me making a play. I mean, those are plays I can make and there are plays I know I can make and they were separated from me but just got to do better.
(On level of belief on their last two possessions) I mean we still had a chance. We still had a chance to go down there and tie it up, but we just didn’t do enough offensively.
(On the offense taking a step back this week) We just didn’t get into a good set rhythm; penalties stopped good drives, and those type of mistakes will kill you.
WR BRYAN WALTERS
(On what do you do going into next week) We’re going to get after it in practice and really pay attention to film; see where we can get better in a lot of areas.
(On growing up in Kirkland and playing for Seattle) It’s a blast to see it all out there and to play in front of all my hometown fans. It just doesn’t get better than coming out here and playing a game.
TE LUKE WILLSON
(On what happened) We lost but we’ll watch the film tomorrow and get back at it.
(On what happened on the long pass where the defender had his hands in his face) It was sort of a jump ball there and I kind of had to make a play but I guess we’ll see it on film.
(On do they prepare same as usual next week) Yes, same as usual. We’ll finish up with the Cowboys tomorrow and after that we have to move on.
(On how frustrating was this loss) It was one of those games where you feel like if we could have executed a little better, obviously we would have won. Again, we can’t really change that now so we’ll get back to the film tomorrow and go from there.
(On if he was surprised how well the Cowboys played against Percy Harvin) You know what, we played hard and they didn’t really do anything that we weren’t expecting; change your fronts up a little bit here or there, but it’s just one of those things where it comes down to executing.
DE MICHAEL BENNETT
(On the Cowboys being able to run the ball….) “I think we just didn’t tackle well today and a couple times it was on our gap. They’re a gap running team, they’re not really the blow you off the ball type of offense. But look for the open holes and don’t stop for that flag. You need to cut back and find an open lane to run to, so there’s good backs too, they messed up in front, but that’s not going to define our season or define us as a team, it’s just worse to come back. It’s still a long season, so for us to come back and keep our mind on the next game, that’s all we can do.”
(On when the run game is working that allows the quarterback to do what he does….) “Yeah he can have some good action passes and he has some good throws. I mean how many yards did he have? Not that many, not like 400 or nothing. But he had a good 200-yard game. It was good passes, it was a good efficient game by a good quarterback.”
(On bouncing back, here on out…) “It’s the NFL man. You know, you hear the media say oh the Seahawks, this this and that. I mean guys get balls caught on them, that’s just part of the game. Every game is a fight, every game is a Super Bowl championship. We have to go out there and play a championship game every week. This week, we lost this game, but we have to come back next week and just be who we are.”
CB RICHARD SHERMAN
(On how much the defense changed when Maxwell went out….) It didn’t change very much. We ran the same stuff we ran in practice. He did a great job standing up, doing what he had to do. We just didn’t make enough stops.
(On whether playing man-on-man vs. Dez Bryant was the plan….) No. You don’t want to put the young guy in that kind of situation. That’s what you have to do sometimes, in games like this. He’s a great receiver. You don’t want to give them the matchup they desire, so you switch things up on them.
(On the battle with Dez Bryant…) It’s always a great battle. He’s a great receiver. He’s going to get some, I’m going to win some. That’s the battle between two great players. Unfortunately, we were unable to come out with the win, and that’s how it goes sometimes.
(On what made third down so hard…) Nothing I can pinpoint. I would have to go look at the film. They made some great plays, it was a great catch there down at the end. They made some good plays, and you have to tip your hat to them sometimes.
DE BRUCE IRVIN
(On should the defense be alarmed) It’s not a worry; we have to just get back to the drawing board. Like I said, it’s football. Our defense is like a string of puppets; we’re all on one string. When one person is out of their gap, it messes the entire defense up and I think that happened today.
(On difficulty of players substituting in and out) Yes, that was tough. The substitutions were tough, but you can’t make any excuses; you have to just battle through that.
FS EARL THOMAS
(On what he wants to say about the game) “I just gotta watch the film. I can’t really tell what happened. You know, obviously we didn’t stop the run.”
(On RB DeMarco Murray) “Yeah he’s a great back. He’s very patient and he kept fighting all the way through. They outlasted us.”
(On explaining QB Tony Romo’s good game) “He definitely did. He scrambled and did what we prepared for. When he scrambled, we had to plaster. They made a crazy conversion on 3rd and 15 and you know, we just didn’t do enough. Even when offense is not clicking, we still have to stand up if we want to be the defense that we say we are.”
(On if this is the case to losing to a good offense or losing to a good offense while not playing their best on defense) “Yeah. It’s a prime example of if you don’t come with the right mindset, stuff like this can happen. I take full ownership of just not stopping it, but we’ll fix it.”
MLB BOBBY WAGNER
(On how much his injury impacted him) It played a little bit of a role. I was in some pain but I try to fight through it.
(On if he was surprised Tony Romo came back in after his big hit) Not really; he’s a fighter so I know he was going to get back up and try to will his team to a victory.
(On why was it hard to bring DeMarco Murray down) He’s just good at breaking tackles, good at keep his feet running, and he did a good job.
(On similarities of Time of Possession with Dallas and San Diego) We have to do a better job of getting off the field and when they have the ball for that long, it’s kind of hard to put up points; we have to give the offense back the ball.
LB KJ WRIGHT
(On whether he was surprised about the performance of the run defense….) “It wasn’t good enough. They just beat us today.”
(On whether the number of injuries contributed to the 12 Men on the Field penalty near the end of the first half…) “No, it was just a miscommunication, and we have to do better at that.”
(On whether having Sherman shadow Bryant impact what Seattle wanted to do with the defensive scheme…) “No. We did the same thing we always do.”
DE O’BRIEN SCHOFIELD
(On what allowed Dallas to run the ball so well….) “We didn’t do a great job tackling, like we normally do. He was able to pick up some extra yards, those three and four yards are what killed us. I think, this week, just getting back to the basics on tackling. Wrapping up, driving your feet. Next week, you can look to see us a lot better on that.”
(On what to tell fans who might be freaking out right now….) “It’s a long season. This doesn’t say anything right now. We took a loss, we didn’t come out and play our best football. That’s something we pride ourselves on, is playing our best football. A lot of guys, including myself, were disappointed at our performance, because we know we can be better. Next week, I know we’re going to clean that up.”
(On similarities between this game and the Chargers game…) “To me, it was missed tackles. There was a few where he [Murray] was able to break a couple runs down at the end. But, other than that, it was just him driving and getting those extra two and three yards after contact. That’s something that we have to be better at.