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November 2, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Post-game quotes from Seattle coach Pete Carroll

Here’s what Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after today’s 30-24 win over the Raiders:

(Opening…) “This was a really interesting game. We accomplished something that was kind of unique today, with so many guys playing spots that they were called on to play. We had a very rough week, getting a couple guys banged up. Russell Okung and Kam Chancellor kind of came in late in the week even, and we went right up to game time and they really couldn’t go. It was really a great accomplishment. We played so well in the first half, and really felt like it was the style we loved seeing. Our guys were all over the football, the ball was coming out. Just ball hawking and taking care of the football on our side. Just a lot of really good stuff. It was great to see that, and then we ran into some problems. A bunch of 3 and outs, and we got a punt blocked, and some things that are uncharacteristic of what we would normally do. We were scrambling with our guys, with our young guys playing. To get the win, get it done, and keep moving forward and feeling really good about how hard we played, we accomplished something good today. I was happy about that. ”

(On how the missing guys on the O-line affected the offensive play…) “I think there was a time when Alvin and Garry Gilliam and Patrick Lewis were in there next to Sweezy, and we had a rookie playing next to him. That’s about as hard as you can get. I think Tom Cable said this was the most challenging game he’s ever coached. But, everybody came through and played hard and did well enough to give us a chance to win a good football game, and I’m happy to tell you that.”

(On whether Patrick Lewis got hurt to cause Schilling to play… ) “No. We were going to try to not play Schilling or Max at all. They were there for an emergency status. When it got where we were so young out there, Tom thought we needed Schilling to go in and just kind of settle it down, and make sure that he could help Garry as much as possible. So, that’s why we got a few plays out of him. ”

(On how does James Carpenter look…) “He has a sprained ankle of some sort. We don’t know yet.”

(On whether Chancellor or Okung are long term injury concerns…) “No. I think we’re going to be ok. Hopefully we’ll get them back next week. It’s a groin and a little muscle thing, so I think we can get through those. They weren’t bad pulls, but they did nag them enough that they couldn’t get through the week and into the weekend.”

(On the interception by Irvin, is he playing better… ) “Sure he is. He’s highlighting it. Last week was a great showing for him. He played really well anyway, but then he makes the big sacks at the end of the game, and that’s an enormous play for us to see. And then to finish it and put in the end zone, too, that was great. It’s great to see him having the impact. I know his confidence has to be flying, and he’s ready to just keep on going. It seems like he’s just getting started.”

(On what happened with the blocked punt…) “We got run right by. Had a young guy in there, and first time, and he got run by. Wasn’t a big scheme thing from what I understand, I didn’t see it all. A first time guy’s mistake.”

(On whether giving up 194 yards passing to a rookie quarterback at home concerns him …) “No, not at all. I liked the 37 yards rushing a whole lot more than that. He was throwing the ball at the end of the game. He probably put on 70 yards on the last drive.”
(On the play of Mebane…) “I really think Brandon’s having his best season. I think he’s having the most impact he’s had since we’ve been here. He just seems to be on his game and causing problems. He knocked the line of scrimmage back a couple of times for big plays for us. It’s great to have him. He’s been around here a long time, and sometimes you forget about the nose tackle, but he’s been a big deal for us again.”

(On whether this game was a challenge…) “That’s what it is; they’re all like that. Every week is a new challenge, a new set of circumstances as the new opponent comes in and we just have to stick to what we do and keep on battling, and find a way. You guys forget, we had 8 games last year that could have gone either way. Everybody forgets that. 3 of them we lose, and 5 of them we won. We could have 8-8 just like that last year. People forget that. I’ve harped on that more than I should with our team so that they realize how tough it is. What was the score today? 30-24? We’re not going to worry about that. It’s a great win at home, we’re fortunate to get it. We saw a ton of bright spots, a ton of great things. Our team got better today, because young guys played and did well. So, we’ll be better down the stretch, and then here we go again next week. You just get all cranked up and do it again. That’s how this is. I know you all like it easier and smoother and cleaner and all that, but it’s a battle. So, suck it up.”

(On the play of Brock Coyle….) “I saw some really good plays. To play the running game like that, he had to be on it, and they had some nice schemes and stuff. I thought he played good solid football. That’s a hard one for me to tell you, other than the plays I saw him make the tackles on.”

(On Russell Wilson’s play ….) “It was hard for him. I spent some time talking to him. It was hard to get in rhythm, and he never really felt it through the course of the game. Fortunately, everybody did their job around us, and he wasn’t having to be the focal point. But, he wasn’t as sharp as he’s been. But, this game’s already gone. It’s already about getting back to getting right for next week. We just finished talking about that in the locker room.”

(On seeing Lynch battle for all 67 of his yards today…) “He was terrific today. He was so good on the screen game. Gosh, it was one spectacular play after another. Those are big plays in the game. It’s always a good job by the guys outside. I think we lost one of those, too, on a penalty. One of those got called back. Those were fantastic plays. That was so cool to see him out in the open field like that, where he could really tear it up and he did a great job. ”

(On how much Wilson’s play today was attributable to the offensive line challenges…) “He wouldn’t tell you that. He took it. But, we’ll have to wait and see the film, and see how much pressure was caused by that. He wasn’t concerned about that going in, and didn’t feel it during the game, either. ”

(On DeShawn Shead…) “He did great. Shoot, he played his first game, ever. He was getting some crucial play time. He did a terrific job, and everybody was really excited for him. He’s such a good kid, and he’s done so much in the program for us behind the scenes and special teams and all that, he’s really grown up with us. To get a start now and fill in for Kam Chancellor and get it done, that was really exciting to see that.”

(On whether some of the special teams challenges were due to personnel changes…) “Oh gosh, yes. It was a circus out there, just getting the guys in their spots and we had to move some guys around. As much as you could call on for the players and the coaches to just get guys in the right spots and all that. I should mention that Jermaine Kearse had two enormous plays today. He forces the fumble on the kickoff return that Hauschka gets. Obviously, Hauschka was celebrating too much, because he came back and missed the kick. [laughter]. Then, he recovered the onside kick, too. Those are enormous plays. But, he works so hard and he’s such a good athlete, it’s not a surprise. He’s just always there with a great attitude, and he came through in spectacular fashion today.”

(On how he deals with the injury situation…) “We’re trying to maintain a level of play that gets us what we want to get done as the guys step up and just keep demanding that they have to play front line, first line football when they get up. Jeremy Lane is going to come back this week, that’ll be huge. I would expect that Kam would get back. Max should play next week. Those are great gets for us. We’ve been going on so long without them, you forget. This is how the season goes. Remember last season, it was Bowie and Alvin, those guys had to play all year, or it seemed like it. 8 games I think they had to play, you forget that. Rookies playing championship football. This is the story line for this year. We have to see if we can endure, but the good thing is they get better, because they get to play, and so we get stronger when the other guys come back. That helps us. ”

(Besides Carpenter, any other new injuries today…) “Baldwin had a little groin thing that he came out with. Scruggs’ knee got kind of sore. A couple little things. That’s about it though.


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