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November 2, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Seahawks player quotes following win over Oakland

Here are a bunch of the official transcriptions of Seattle player quotes following the 30-24 win over Oakland:

QB RUSSELL WILSON

(On having an 0-7 team coming to Seattle and giving the Seahawks a battle…) “They’ve kind of given everybody a battle. They’ve had a lot of games that have come down to the wire. Offensively, we know that we can better, I know that I can play better. That’s what it really comes down to. I think that the defense played spectacular today, they made a lot of plays, they got some turnovers, and offensively we just have to click better. We just have to do our thing to get the ball in the end zone and find ways to make plays. The positive thing is that you look at all of the guys that had to step up. I know that a lot of young guys had to step up and play line for us today and you think about Marshawn’s game. He had an unbelievable game today, Marshawn Lynch. Then, Robert Turbin had a really good game, as well. ”

(On evaluating his own play…) “I didn’t think I played well at all, for whatever reason. And usually I’d know why. Usually I know why if something is off, footwork wise, or whatever. That’s usually something I try to find out, throughout the game, so I can adjust. I felt like I was in it. For whatever I was trying to do, it just wasn’t working. But, I think the thing is, we won the game, and that’s the exciting part. I know that I can play better, I know that I will play better. I know that our offense will play better, and so that’s what I look forward to. ”

(On how much he is noticing the opposing pass rush this season… ) “I think we’re doing a good job of protecting me. I think the guys are doing a great job, especially with what’s going on in terms of the guys that have to step up. They’re doing an excellent job. I just think that in terms of the passing game, we’re going to pick it up. Things there, and we’re going to hit it, and we’re just going to move on to the next game. We got a huge one today. They played us tough in our own stadium, and we were able to get a huge in. ”

(On whether there were limitations because of the offensive line personnel…) “No. I thought that Patrick Lewis did a great job of stepping up today. That’s not easy to do. He just got here a week and half ago, and now he’s going against the Raiders who have a good front 7. I thought he did a really good job, and then Schilling stepped in there and just finishing off the game there at the end. That’s good football, and that’s going to pay dividends down the road, as you go throughout the season. I think back to last year, we had to win a lot of tough games where we had three of our starting offensive linemen, sometimes four of our offensive linemen, out. And guys had to step in and we still found ways to win. Like I said to you guys last week, we were 3 and 3, and we had 10 games left, and our goal was to go 1 and 0 every week, like I say, every time. So, we were able to win last week and we were able to win this week. And, we just look forward to the next opportunity. We’re excited about the win. I’m more excited than anybody else about the win. So, that’s what I look forward to. ”

(On the importance of Marshawn Lynch… ) “Marshawn was exceptional today. The things that he was doing out in the field, it’s one of a kind. He had a great football game. I thought the line did a really good job of run blocking for him, too, as well. The tight ends did a good job of blocking for him. He made some things happen. He caught the ball really well, too, as well. Robert Turbin came in the game and had some huge runs, as you guys saw. I think one of the things offensively, is we have to stop getting penalties. For whatever reason, we’re getting penalties on big plays. And that really brings us back. So, that’s something that we have to pay a little bit more attention to, and I have to a better job of communicating, if that’s the case, or whatever it takes. Whatever it takes to win, whatever it takes to be successful.”

(On the throw to Kearse that Hayden almost intercepted…) “I was trying to fit it in the seam, and the slot defender did a good job of trying to grab on to Kearse, and I was just trying to get it in there. We hit that 9 times out of 10, 10 times out of 10 usually. Luckily, it hit the ground. That’s something that we do all the time.”

(On the throw to Luke Willson in the back of the end zone…) “I was trying to hit him in the back corner, and it got away from me a little bit.”

(On Doug Baldwin’s big punt return…) “We have so many guys step up, and so many guys show up and find ways to make plays. Doug Baldwin’s punt return, to bring that ball back across the 50 to the 40 or 30 or so, that was a huge play. You think about Paul Richardson’s kickoff returns. He’s doing a great job back there. His ability to step up; he did a great job kickoff returning last week, and has done a great job this week. I thought our defense was lights out, too, the way that they made plays. We had a lot of guys come in and start. You think about Brock Coyle and DeShawn Shead having to step up and make plays for us. We have a lot of talent, and we just have to put it together. We’re still finding ways to win games, and we’re not playing our best. We’re far from playing our best. So, when we put it together, it’s going to be hard to stop us. I think that’s the exciting part. ”

(On how long it will take to get to that point…) “I don’t think it’s going to take a while. I think that we’re going to play great next week. I think that to be able to come back home; we do play a good team in the Giants. So, I don’t think it’s going to take a while. I think we have the right guys. I think we have the right system. I think we’re calling the right plays. I just have to make a throw here and there, and keep the tempo up and stay on schedule and then things will click for us.”

“Go Hawks. Pass the Peace.”
WR DOUG BALDWIN
(On if the weather plays tricks in your head) “I would say it would have two years ago, but you get used to it and you build confidence in your hands and you trust yourself even if it’s raining you get used to feeling the ball when it’s raining. So no I wasn’t too worried about it.”
(On if the weather played an effect on the ball) “Yeah for sure. Anytime the ball is wet it’s going to make it difficult to catch and you just have to make an adjustment mentally to focus in on the football and then trust your hands again. A lot of the issue when it rains is people are worried about it slipping instead of just catching it and thinking it’s a normal football. That’s more so the issue than anything else.”
(On the punt return late in the game) “Yeah we needed every ounce of it today to pull it off.”
WR JERMAINE KEARSE
(On fumble recovery on outside kick) “Yes I just saw-I mean it was to win the game so you have to do whatever it takes.”
(On was he surprised how close the game was against Oakland) “Every game is going to be tough. We have a target on our backs and we have some guys down but we just have to continue to get better. We still won so we’re going to take that and look at the film and continue to get better and fix the mistakes and move on.”
(On his forced fumble) “I was just running down the kickoff trying to make a play-trying to make an impact play. I bully technique the right tackle and got free a little bit and he kind of got loose a little bit in the hole and I just try to punch the ball out from behind.”
RB MARSHAWN LYNCH
(On how important it is for other guys to step up when you lose guys to injuries…) “It’s very important. That’s what they’re here for.”
(On if playing his hometown team gave him any extra motivation…) “It was just next on the schedule.”
(On what it was like for him on the touchdown where he had about ten different people on him and he carried them in…) “I think maybe six of them were my own team so it was all good.”
(On if the win even with having a lot of guys banged up on the offensive line means a lot to the team) “Yeah, it does. It gives us the idea that they can be plugged in and we can continue to move.”
(On the screen pass being a big play for him today and if going in he felt like he could make that happen…) “Yeah, it worked today.”
(On how far does the team still have to go with this offense…) “We have to see what our game plan is next week and try to execute it better than we did today.”

RB ROBERT TURBIN
(On his thoughts on the game) “Obviously there are some things we have to clean up, but all in all, with some of the younger guys who are starting in places that they weren’t accustomed to starting in-I started at PP today on punt, which I hadn’t done all season-I got my reps at practice though so it’s a different situation than fullback but guys have to step up and they did. When guys are playing new positions and they’re starting for the first time, you have to expect mistakes, miscommunication, or miscues-but at the end of the day, we were able to make enough plays to get the job done.”

WR PAUL RICHARDSON
(On his holding penalty while blocking for Marshawn Lynch) It just happened on that play-it was unfortunate. It was spur of the moment. He broke another long run and I had my hands inside, and I drove the guy down field and Marshawn had another big play-that’s one thing that they teach us here and that they harp on, you have to make the next play, you can’t worry about the last one so I’m sure I’ll watch it on film and make sure that it doesn’t happen again but throughout the duration of the game, I made sure that it didn’t happen again.

LB BRUCE IRVIN
(On what he saw on his interception and if he realized Derek Carr was trying to throw it over him…) “Yeah. He threw it and I’m 6’3 so I can jump pretty high so I tipped it and I looked up and it was coming down so I just made a play.”
(On when he saw the quarterback between him and the end zone…) “I should have ran him over, huh? I was like, ‘I can’t let him catch me because if he catches me, they’re going to be talking stuff about me,’ so I just tried to get in. Luckily I got in though.”
(On if there was an added pressure to lift the team up with four defensive starters out…) “We believe in the next man up, period. Wags (Bobby Wagner) was down. Brock (Coyle) stepped in – did a hell of a job. K.P.L (Kevin Pierre-Louis) is playing more. We’ve got a lot of guys down but the great thing about this team is we’ve got so many dudes that love the grind and waiting for their opportunity so any time they get in there, like D. Shead (DeShawn Shead), I’ll tell D. Shead, ‘Take advantage of your opportunity there’ and I think he did pretty good. We’ve got a bunch of good dudes, we just have to keep improving every week.”
(On being able to do things physically that other players can’t do) “Yeah man, I just batted the ball and I looked up and it was coming down. I just try to be optimistic and make a play and I did.”
(On the win) “Everybody’s good. I said at the beginning of the week that the Raiders are a good team. It’s not like they were getting blown out every game. Those guys kept battling. They have a really good team and we’re fortunate to come out on top of it.”
(On players who don’t normally get to play and played today) “Next man up, you know. We believe in that. We’ve got guys who bust their tail in practice, so they prepare when their number is called.”
CB MARCUS BURLEY
(On if there is satisfaction in an NFL win) Oh yeah definitely. To win in NFL, you have to go out every Sunday and compete your best because a win in the NFL because it’s tough.
(On the Legion of Boom relying on him in his mindset) You know, You just have to be ready for things like that. When people go down you have to be ready for the opportunity. Having guys like [Richard] Sherman, Earl Thomas, [Kam] Chancellor, [Jeremy] Lane, guys like that helping you on and off the field that’s when it makes the transition easy.
(On the mindset of the team after this win) Well every game in the NFL can be a slugfest so you have to go out every game and give it your best. That’s the NFL for you.
LB KEVIN PIERRE-LOUIS
(On the difference with turnovers this game) “I don’t believe that there is a difference-we just have to keep going for the ball, keep going for the picks, keep doing our job, and eventually they’re going to keep coming our way. If we keep working hard, they’re going to come in bunches-Coach [Pete] Carroll always says, “turnovers come in bunches.” So it was a great opportunity to get a bunch of turnovers today and we’re just going to keep trying to get more turnover every week.”
(On how important his playing time was the past two weeks) “The past two weeks were great-definitely a confidence booster. I been able to have the game slow down a little bit as I’m definitely getting more confident in my play, feeling more a part of the team, and a part of the defense. I’m just trying to know my role, do my job, and do whatever I can do for the team-special teams, defense, wherever they put me, I just want to make sure I do my job.”
(On being affective on special teams as opposed to past few weeks) “I think it’s just us being locked in-they had a strong left return on us. I personally think I should have done a better job forcing it inside because that was my side. So I just have to stay strong, stay locked in, even if it’s for split seconds. We play so strong on special teams, but if we’re not locked in for the split second-it can cost us. So luckily, we were able to bounce back from that, but special teams just has to keep rolling, it’s great to have that energy from CenturyLink, and we’re going to correct the mistake.”
S DESHAWN SHEAD
(On what the secondary had to do and how legion of boom had to step it up) “We definitely just had to focus in on the details, no explosive plays, don’t let anything go deep over our heads, stay in the technique and the position. We had to keep QB’s contained and keep the receivers contained.”
(On the weather effects and rain gloves) “The normal gloves you see everybody going around have that mat to it so it lets water get in it and it gets a little slippery. So we went around and got the rain gloves so it’s better. So if it’s raining the ball can stick to it. The weather definitely played a factor, the balls were all over the place. But luckily we came out of it.”
(On if last week was the turning point, what did today mean) “Oh today, it’s the same thing now, week after week. Now we have to take each game and play it like it’s our first game. 1-0. We have to go 1-0 every week and take each game like it’s our last championship game. Pete [Carroll] stresses it all the time, every game is a championship game and once you lose a couple of games you get to see how true that is. You can be one game from missing the playoffs, one game here or there for being league champs. So it’s definitely every game is a championship game.”

S EARL THOMAS
(On his thoughts on Bruce Irvin’s interception) “I think he took it away from me-but it’s good and he finished so it’s good.”
(On did he think he would have caught it) “Yes-I think I did just like the Denver play. We’re so keyed in and locked in; we understand how offenses are trying to attack us, and we’re getting back to that smart, intelligent football team that understands situations.”
(On does the defense feel like itself) “We feel the connection that’s the most important thing-the connection, the intensity, and the attention to detail because we’re all tied on a string. We have to fly around the ball, keep celebrating, and just keep having fun-it’s the purest form of the game. Don’t worry about the crowd, don’t worry about what’s going on-just act like it’s a practice and it’s just us out there.”
(On was it different) “Of course, I just have to be more cautious, I have to do a lot more talking and it takes more energy but I got the job done.”

CB RICHARD SHERMAN
(On disruptive plays…) “Yeah, I mean we had a fun game today. It’s always fun to have a competitive battle-Oakland Raiders came with some good stuff. We had a lot of young guys today. Brock Coyle made his first start at middle linebacker, DeShawn Shead got his first start at strong safety, Alvin Bailey started at left tackle, Garry Gilliam came in at the end-we had young guys get some valuable experience today and we were able to come out with the win, so we’re very happy with that.”
(On Bruce Irvin’s interception…) “He’s an incredible athlete. Bruce Irvin is one of the best athletes on this team. Especially to be a linebacker, with his speed and explosiveness, so we got to expect those plays from him. Still, it was an incredible play and I am sure it will be on Top 10 plays or something like that.”
(On his interception…) “Yeah, I just finally got an opportunity. I got my head around, I was able to spot the ball and grab it. I tried to make a big play and spark the offense.”
(On getting his first interception of the season…) “I was being patient. I knew it would come eventually. I knew we would get opportunities as long as we stay at it, stay at the little details, and stay disciplined.”
TE LUKE WILLSON
(On the team’s communication…) “I thought the communication was pretty good today. I came in with Alvin (Bailey), so for me a lot of the talk is between the tackle [and myself]. (Justin) Britt as been here all year and with Alvin, me and him are from the class, his locker is a couple down from mine, so it’s not like it’s a communication issue. For me, I felt really comfortable out there.”
(On the team’s performance…) “I thought we started strong today. We went through a little lull today, but again when it mattered most, when they were one score away, we went down there and had a 60-yard drive and got a field goal. In the fourth quarter I feel like we did a pretty good job.”
DE CLIFF AVRIL
(On his sack today…) “It wasn’t my first sack of the season, first off. It’s been a long time coming. It’s been about a good six weeks since I’ve had one. It just felt good getting one – longest draught of my career between sacks or whatever. I’m just happy to get one and get the weight off my shoulder. They say they come in bunches so we will see.”
(On how he looks at a win like this with the way they came back and if a win is a win or if there is a little concern…) “No, I mean there is no concern. A win is a win but we have to be able to play four quarters completely. Sometimes we come out a little slow then the second half pick it up. This week, came out, played third quarters, and then the fourth quarter we took our foot off the pedal or what not. We just have to be consistent and be able to put a full game together.”
(On if the first half with creating turnovers is close to what they want the defense to be like…) “That’s our goal every week is to get turnovers, to give the offense as many chances as possible and get sacks. That’s our goal as defense.”
(On if there was a sense at halftime that this game was going to be one-sided and if that changed pretty quickly…) “Well we wanted it to go one sided. But they came out and did some things. I think they blocked a punt or something or whatever it was, if I remember correctly, and that kind of gave them a little edge on us. But again, just being able to finish out the game was clutch.”
DE CLIFF AVRIL
(On his sack today…) “It wasn’t my first sack of the season, first off. It’s been a long time coming. It’s been about a good six weeks since I’ve had one. It just felt good getting one – longest draught of my career between sacks or whatever. I’m just happy to get one and get the weight off my shoulder. They say they come in bunches so we will see.”
(On how he looks at a win like this with the way they came back and if a win is a win or if there is a little concern…) “No, I mean there is no concern. A win is a win but we have to be able to play four quarters completely. Sometimes we come out a little slow then the second half pick it up. This week, came out, played three quarters, and then the fourth quarter we took our foot off the pedal or what not. We just have to be consistent and be able to put a full game together.”
(On if the first half with creating turnovers is close to what they want the defense to be like…) “That’s our goal every week is to get turnovers, to give the offense as many chances as possible and get sacks. That’s our goal as defense.”
(On if there was a sense at halftime that this game was going to be one-sided and if that changed pretty quickly…) “Well we wanted it to go one sided. But they came out and did some things. I think they blocked a punt or something or whatever it was, if I remember correctly, and that kind of gave them a little edge on us. But again, just being able to finish out the game was clutch.”

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