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October 31, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Friday quotes from Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on injuries, the Raiders and more

Here’s the official transcript of what Seattle coach Pete Carroll said to the media Friday:

(On game preparation for the week) We’re ready to go—we’re ready to be home. It’s been a while and we know how much fun it is to play here at CenturyLink for the 12s so we got a chance to do that—we’re grateful for it. The guys had a very good week of work and we’re ready to roll so I’m excited to get this thing started.

(On the team carrying over from last week’s game) Well I don’t know—we’re trying to get better. We’re trying to improve—we did a really good job on third down last week; we’d love to see that continue. The pressure was there last week—we’d love to see that continue. So we’re trying to build some momentum and consistency certainly.

(On Max Unger) Max is going to dress—he made it through the week and so that’s a real good sign. We’ll see how much he can play, but happy to have him back out there.

(On Steve Schilling) Steve Schilling will dress for the game also and we’ll see how he does. We took good care of him during the week but he’ll be ready to go out there.

(On Byron Maxwell) Maxi won’t be able to make it.

(On Brock Coyle starting) Yes—he had a terrific week and really KPL [Kevin Pierre-Louis] did as well. Those guys are ready to play for us and when you go back—Brock played a lot of football for us. He started games for us in the preseason—got a lot of comfort with being on the field, making the calls, and adjustments; we had no problem with him doing that. Really—we raved about his ability to do that so early. So he’s ready to go and we feel very comfortable with him playing.

(On Jordan Hill injury status) He’s still suffering from an ankle—he hasn’t come back yet. He has not been able to get back out; still working it.

(On Jeron Johnson) He will not make it—he did not make it through the protocol; couldn’t get it done.

(On team carrying over from last week) Yes—we’re trying to get moving in all phases. When we do something well—we want to see if we can continue to do it. So we’d like to keep playing good football. We’d like the mix that we’re trying to get here—we want to run the football every week—we’d like to get that going again and protecting Russell [Wilson] so that he can make good throws. A couple weeks ago, we were really good on third down—we’re not quite this past week. We want to see if we can stay on the upside of that one. What’s really important to us is that we control the ball and play the style that we want to play.

(On what he’s been missing with Max Unger out) Well you miss his leadership and his connection with Tom Cable. His ability to communicate, adjust, and do the things in the middle of a game that experienced pros can do. It’s hard—there’s no other way to get that but through the years of work together. So with Max—you miss that part of it. We’re very fortunate that Steve Schilling did a very solid job for us, kept it together out there and did some good stuff. So having Max back is important—just to have him all through the week, communicating with everyone else, and helping everyone but of course you miss his play—he’s a very good football player.

(On Kam Chancellor) He’s banged up a little bit—we’ll see what happens. He’ll be worked out on game day and we’ll see if he can go. He’s questionable with a groin.

(On Malcolm Smith & Russell Okung) Malcolm is not going to make it. He’s going to have to take a couple weeks before he gets back. Russell was a little sore today, so we’re going to bring him back tomorrow and see how he does and we’ll just go day to day. I’m thinking that game day we’ll make a decision if he’s ok to play.

(On Will Tukuafu) Will was really impressive—he has way more experience playing the position than we thought. We went back a couple years to make sure that we accumulate a lot of plays to see him play fullback and what he could do there. He can out here and showed understanding of the game, ability to pick stuff up really quick, catches the ball really well. When he’s laying into somebody, at 280, there’s a difference. He’s a difference at that spot in that style, that was exciting to see. So Will is going to be playing in the game and we’re excited to see what he could do.


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