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October 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn talks about Raiders, Bruce Irvin and more

Here is some of what Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had to say when he met the media today:

(On how big of a plus it was to have the pass rush find some success last week) We were fired up and as you know, for us affecting the quarterback can be with pressure, with four man rush. It’s an area that we’ve been emphasizing hard and the guys, for them, to have the plan and to feel the four man rush working together, I thought it was important for us to come together and do that. I really did.

(On if part of the reason why they haven’t been able to get after it and send everybody in the pass rush this year is because they haven’t had the lead in games that they had much of the time last season) I don’t know if that’s necessarily the case because sometimes I feel like in the third-down, those are some of the numbers, when we really pin our ears back and go, so for us, creating some of the longer third-downs that will certainly help too. But for us to play better on third-down was certainly a reflection of not just the coverage, not just the pressure but also the four man rush and I think for third-down, in our opinion, to be effective it has to be all three of those elements working together and that’s what we saw in that game.

(On what Bruce Irvin brought on that last possession) The finishing part to me was the thing that stood out the most. In a two minute drive, when you get the chance to go compete with your guys, for him to go finish like that was one of the things that stood out to me. We always take great pride in the way that we want to finish games so for us to finish it in that fashion, to get four shots at it at the end to go win the game. It’s really as a defensive coach and as a player; it’s really the moments that you cherish, to say, ‘Okay, here’s an opportunity for us to go finish and then to show the grit and the battle to go through it.’ It was a great opportunity for him and he totally came through for us.

(On even though it was a preseason game, if Derek Carr has his attention given the way he played in that game) Yeah, we’ve been through all the games. I think coming out, you knew this guy had good talent to play quarterback in this league and he certainly proved that through the first half of the season. He’s certainly somebody that we hold in high regard. For us, the preparation and back into the week from competition Wednesday to turnover Thursday and all the alerts that go in for us, we try to make each week as much about us as we can. He’s definitely somebody that we hold in high regard.

(On if Derek Carr is unique these days because of how much he throws the ball down field especially being a young quarterback) I think you’re on to it there. There are more shot plays. He has confidence to throw the ball deep to some of the guys in all situations, not just on a first or second down, on a shot play but we’ve seen that in all downs and distances. He’s definitely one that’s aggressive and trusts himself to go make plays.

(On what they did better vs. Carolina to defend tight ends and limit Greg Olsen) I don’t know if it was anything different that we did in our approach. It was really, we tried to make that game as much about us and our technique and the style that we wanted to play. So when we get right back down to it, how hard we play, the connecting that we do so there wasn’t a special plan in for a certain player regarding a tight end or the receiver in that game. It was really a function of how well the guys played. I thought that, and third-down as well, there wasn’t a wholesale change in how we did things but we did things better.

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