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October 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Postgame quotes from Seattle coach Pete Carroll

Here are the official quotes from Seattle coach Pete Carroll following Sunday’s 13-9 win over Carolina:

RE: The win

Really good, tough win today. Really happy for everybody. Hard-fought game. Had to wait it out, be patient, keep just clawing and scratching, but when it came down to the pitch of it, both sides had to get it done. Offense goes 80 yards in nine plays and puts up the score that we’ve been waiting on all day, and then when the defense had to do it at the end, they just rose to the occasion. A beautiful job of rushing the passer and really just elevated to the moment. We needed a good, tough game like this, a tough win. It’s just good for us. We’re proud to get this one and go back home and get started this week.

RE: Winning games with defense

We don’t have any problems playing games like that with our defense, quality-wise. They’re just good and patient and strong about it. They stayed with it – stayed with the game plan and just waited it out. It’s not a big deal.

RE: Thinking field goal on final drive?

We were talking touchdown the whole time. We hoped we could go for it if we got the chance and even thinking about (how) we were in four-down mode as we were getting there. We weren’t thinking about kicking the ball and waiting it out or anything like that. We were going to try to see if we could find a way to win. It was a great job. A great call on the sidelines for the winning touchdown and a great execution by Russell (Wilson) to make that play and get the score.

RE: The pass rush on the final drive

It was a great finish. That’s why I’m so proud of my defense: because the finish was a surge and that’s how we like to see it, and when the opportunity is there to win the football game and the pass rush is unstoppable, that’s a beautiful thing to see.

RE: What was different about the touchdown?

I don’t know if it was different. We started moving the ball and went down and turned the ball over on 3rd and 1, messed up the exchange and we’d moved the ball. Felt OK about moving it so we weren’t surprised by it.

RE: Kevin Norwood’s catch

I don’t know how he caught the football. I mean, the timing on the rush was so on and the timing – Kevin was just a hair behind it, but somehow the ball stuck on him, which was a really cool play. But those guys have been practicing with us long enough we don’t think of them as young guys. Here we are mid-season and those guys are playing kind of like that. I was hoping that’s how it would turn out for us.

RE: Chemistry in the locker room

The things that have been said have been said on the outside. We have no problem. No problem. Whatever the conversation is, that’s the job of the media to try to figure stuff out. That’s not what’s going on here. I have no problem. It was not a distraction at all. Our guys don’t care about what’s being said. We’ve been prepared all year that there would be stuff like this, there would be controversy, there would be storylines that would try to get in between us. We’re fine. That isn’t the adversity. The adversity is we’re 3-3. That’s the adversity. We haven’t played as well as we wanted to. We had three really close games that we didn’t finish and we needed to finish a football game. Again, that’s why we’re so proud to take this one on the road today.

RE: Robert Turbin’s play

Robert had a really nice day in a couple of different areas. It was great to see Christine Michael jump in there, too. Marshawn (Lynch) really ran hard, but it was a mixture of all those guys that got it done. The catch and the really cool play by Russell to flip the ball to Tharold (Simon) that turned into a big play — you know that’s just guys playing together and feeling comfortable. Sometimes stuff happens in practice and it looks like ‘how will we ever do that?’ We’ve done that a lot of times before. But really, I just thought all those guys played like they’ve been playing and did really well.

RE: Alvin Bailey

It looked a little shaky when both guards went down, but everybody jumped back up. Tom (Cable) was kind of making it up and drawing it in the dirt for a second there. Sweez (J.R. Sweezy) came back and helped us out. It was great to see Alvin get his play time.

RE: Malcolm Smith injury

Malcolm tugged his groin or something. Might have had a cramp, because he came back and played. I thought Kevin Pierre-Louis did some really cool things today. Really, kind of the first time, and I don’t know all of it, but he flashed to me two or three times and showed the great speed on (the) open-field tackle that he made, blitzed really well a couple of times too, so that was great to see that.

RE: Keeping Cam Newton under wraps

I think our guys… Dan Quinn does a great job scheme-wise to make sure it doesn’t become easy for them, because sometimes their plays can look so easy, there can be so much space on the QB reads and stuff like that. Our guys stayed right with it and for the most part kept that under wraps, so that didn’t become an issue. We’ve been able to do that consistently and that’s really Dan getting the guys ready and having a real good mindset on how to do that. But if you think we kept him under wraps, I thought he was all over the place today. Some phenomenal plays by him. We had the sack for the safety and you could win the game by two points right there, but he’s just a monster of an athlete and got out of there and makes things happen. We’re very, very impressed with his play again today. As always, we couldn’t respect the guy more than we do.

RE: The fumbled exchange

Unfortunately, we did a little something on the snap and made a bad decision on how we did the snap and gave them the football. I couldn’t tell. It looked like he kind of jammed the ball in a little bit, really hustled the ball into Marshawn (Lynch) too hard for him to probably catch it. That was unfortunate because there was more scores on the board, so that game became a very close football game because we couldn’t capitalize there.

RE: Defense early

To keep the score at six all day long — they did the same thing, but for us it was huge. To make a field goal from 58 yards and feel like you’re back in the game, you know that’s what happened because we had played so well on defense and kept them from scoring. We can play better. We’ll do better. This team is still growing in this season and hopefully we’ll show that as we turn the corner at the halfway point.

RE: Wilson in fourth quarter

He truly is an extraordinary player in the fourth quarter. He finds a way to make the play that we need to make, the couple of runs he made were huge. That’s just Russell. He’s utilizing a lot of guys. A lot of guys contributed. He got the ball to Cooper (Helfet) right off the bat and he makes a first down. Then he goes to Norwood and he makes a first down. The ball was spread all over the place. He’s able to be the point guard and he’s doing a great job of that.

RE: Luke Willson making a scoring play after dropping one earlier

I didn’t get to see that hit, but I heard he got crunched by (Luke) Kuechly. I don’t know about that one. It was great that he had the opportunity to make the play and came through for a big catch. Luke (Willson) has done a nice job stepping in for Zach (Miller). It’s hard to take a guy who’s such a stellar pro in Zach and miss him for this time, but Luke has jumped at the opportunity and played first-rate football. We’re going to continue to go to him. He’s a really good player.

RE: Going into locker room with a win

It felt pretty good. I particularly like the way we did it. We fought so hard in so many areas and came through across the board and share the feeling of the accomplishment against a good football team in a tough situation. We were up against it all day long. We didn’t leave until we got it done at the end. It was great. If you think there’s distractions, you’re wrong. You’re wrong. We’re playing football. We’re in it and we’re going for it.


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