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November 9, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Post-game quotes from Seattle coach Pete Carroll

Here is what Seattle head coach Pete Carroll had to say after the Seahawks’ 38-17 win over the Giants Sunday:

(Opening…) “This was a really cool day of football. To have a tough first half, and go back and forth and not get a whole lot done, defensively, really, but offensively we moved it, but not enough done score-wise. Then, to come in at halftime and go back out and not give them anything. They didn’t make any yards, they didn’t make any points. We rushed for 200 yards in the second half and just really controlled the football game. It seemed like the momentum really shifted after Earl’s interception. But, I think we were ready to go and I think we were ready to take off and obviously the guys did it. It’s a really good statement for our guys up front. We saw Max come back and Russell come back and we have a huge day running the football. I understand it’s a franchise record, I guess. 350, which is fantastic. They did a great job up front. It was really exciting to see those guys back together and have that much success. I thought Marshawn was just extraordinary today. His open field work, his tough work in the piles and moving the piles forward was just incredibly good, and he scored 4 touchdowns on the day. It was just a huge day. I’m real proud of him. I really liked the way we finished this football game in general. That’s what we like. We came out at halftime, down 17-14, and we just picked up and took off with it, and that’s so important. We’re going to need these kinds of finishes, we’re going to need these kinds of games, down the stretch here, to do what we want to do. It was a really cool day with the 12s. They were going crazy in the rain and out of the rain and all that. It was good, our two game home stand is now over, unfortunately, but we made the most of it, and I know our fans were great, and we’re grateful for it.”

(On whether he is surprised at how well Marshawn Lynch is playing…) “No, I’m not surprised, because everything he’s shown, I started talking about it from the first couple of days he got back to camp, and I saw him work, he just looked so quick and in such great shape. That’s all we’ve ever said, all the way throughout this whole season, that he’s looked terrific, and his playmaking has been obvious. His toughness has been there, his illusiveness has been there, his burst has been there. He’s making the most of it, and really doing some great stuff.”

(On whether the game plan come in was to run it that much… ) “Yeah, we wanted to. We wanted to run the football. I think we ran it 20 times in the first half, or something like that, which is a great start, we didn’t have to throw the ball much, which was fine. We just as soon do it that way. The fact that we had so much success, and I thought Tom and Darrell did a great job scheming today. You could see the impact that Russell’s running has. He had 100 yards today. That impact, mixing with what Marshawn was doing, it just got to where they couldn’t find us. I thought it was a great job of staying with the running game, and continuing to move it around, and the whole scheme worked out really well. ”

(On whether there is concern about Wilson’s two interceptions today…) “I thought the guy made a really good play on the first one. We had seen a lot of open space underneath him throughout the preparation and he came back and made a nice play on the comeback. But, we got a little loose with the football, and they did get the turnovers today. For our philosophy to work, we think we need to be plus on the other end of it. I think today was a great demonstration that we hung in there and made it happen and got our turnovers in the second half and turned the game in the opposite direction. But, no, we don’t want to give them the football like that. ”

(On the additional rushing from Christine Michael…) “The whole running back group did a great job today. Turbo had some really nice runs, but it was really fun to see Christine get out and get some space. You saw him on the edge a couple of times, he really showed his burst on the big run that he had, as well. He was obviously jacked, to be able to contribute in a way. He’s been coming, we’ve seen it happen in the last few weeks, and we’ve been working for opportunities, and it’s been great to see him get a bunch.”

(On mixing and matching cornerbacks, and having some depth there… ) “I think we probably played Maxy a little over 30 plays, that was the intention, to mix him with Tharold. Burley was still a little gimpy, so it gave Jeremy Lane a great chance to play the nickel spot today. Burley played a little bit, but we needed to hold him out, so Jeremy got play time as well. It seemed like just a total bonus, that we have those guys now. We’ve been without them for so long, it seems. It’s great to have them back. We got a couple of guys nicked today, but we hope to get some other guys back in the next week or so, so we’ll see if we can keep getting stronger.”

(On Brandon Mebane’s injury…) “Yes, he pulled a hamstring, today. Don’t know how serious, yet. But, that’s a big man to pull a hammy. Can you imagine how big his hamstring is?”

(On Luke Willson …) “Luke sprained his ankle today.”
(On Cooper Helfet…) “He just got banged a little bit. It’s worth mentioning that Cooper did a great job. We had one tight end going today, and he was banged up, too, during the game. He did a fantastic job of hanging in there and finishing the game for us.”

(On how the team sits right now…) “I like where we’re going. I really do. I told them that last night, that I think we’ve made a big shift in the last three weeks, and two weeks, and I was hoping it would happen again today. I think we’re playing the style of football that we want to play, and that we’re most comfortable with, and that’s really running the football and playing defense and teams the way we’d like, and then see if the other teams can deal with this when we’re playing like that. It’s been very successful for us. Whereas you might look at it as we didn’t throw the ball very much today, or very well, however you look at it, we’re thrilled about the way this game come off. We love running the football like that. It’s a great style of ball and, it won’t always be a big game like that, but that’s us. That’s what we’re trying to get done, and we love that attitude and that style of ball. Not everybody appreciates that as much, which I don’t really care about, but we love it.”

(On what has changed over the last three weeks…) “I think we’ve made the same kind of shift, it’s almost like a polar shift that occurred here, like it happened after the Tampa Bay game last year. We went right back to fundamentals. We went right back to the basics of what we want to be as a team, and the players, they just decided that they were ready to really take this next step. We thought we were doing all right, but there was another big step to take, and we took it in terms of commitment and accountability, we’ve made that step. Now we have to build on that, and it’s already gone. This game’s over and we need to do it again. It’s a week to week proving ground for us, and we need to keep working at it.”

(On what has improved offensively…) “I don’t know if it’s anything in particular. I think the whole football team has just stepped forward differently in the way that we really needed to, in the intensity and the toughness and really working together and playing smart. We had very good tempo today, I don’t know if you noticed that. There was a couple of times we weren’t able to keep it going, but the tempo was really quick today, and that was something of emphasis to us, we think we’re best when we’re playing like that. I think we still have so much to improve at, we have so many areas we can continue to get better at. I think our third down work was really good, I think we were 7 for 12, or something. That’s a great day for us on third down, that does give you all those extra drives and those extra chances. It’s like starting all over again, with momentum, and we took advantage of that.”

(On whether he expects Kam Chancellor back next week…) “Yes. ”

(On the defensive play…) “I think three weeks of defense has been pretty obvious. We have shifted the guys that are doing it because of injuries, but it’s not about one guy, it’s about the whole group and they’ve really jumped up. Again, a fantastic finish today, of pressuring, and just making the hits, and all those dump offs that wind up being no yards because our guys are flying out of the secondary, it was really emblematic of the style that we want to demonstrate.”

(On the battles between Beckham and Sherman…) “I thought Beckham was really good. He really came out of there and he was the big factor early on, and then Kris (Richard) and Rocky (Seto) and those guys made a couple of adjustments, and he really quieted down. Some nice things in there to keep him from having his opportunities. I thought that he showed that he was a really good football player today, and they’ve got a great one in that kid.”

(On any other injuries…) “There’s a couple guys that got banged up, and we’ll wait and see. No serious ones right now.


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