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November 12, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Quotes, video of Seahawks defensive tackle Kevin Williams

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams, signed as a free agent in the off-season after 11 years with Minnesota, now becomes a really key part of things, as he’ll be called on to start Sunday at Kansas City in place of Brandon Mebane.

Here’s some of what Williams had to say to the media, as well as some video below, when he met the media today:

(On how tough is playing defensive tackle without Brandon Mebane) It’s big shoes to fill. I mean you guys have seen ‘Bane play the last eight years and you know the things that he does upfront and it’s tough. I hate to get increased reps because of that situation but they brought me in to help the d-line play and me, Tony [McDaniel], and Jordan [Hill]—we’re going to have to take that role and try to fill those shoes.

(On him starting again) Yes—I don’t see it being a big problem. I played a little Nose [Tackle] last year before I got out here so we’ll just study some tape, look at different blockers, and be ready.

(On being fresh because of the rotation) It’s definitely easier to walk around during the week without taking such a beating on Sunday but once you hit training camp, no lineman is kind of fresh anymore. It’s been a big help to share the reps with the guys but I’m anxious to get going this week.

(On challenges of Kansas City run game) They definitely believe in the run game—they have two great running backs with [Jamaal] Charles and Knile Davis running the ball. Great perimeter guys, make you miss if you give them the opportunities. We just have to get off blocks, get to the ball, have a lot of guys around to gang tackle, not putting it on one guy to make the tackle, and I think we’ll be fine.

(On what Brandon Mebane does well) He clogs the middle—I told you when I got here that I’ve played with two really great nose tackles and that’s Patrick Williams and Brandon Mebane. They’re the key to what we do on defense because you have to look at it—the nose tackle gets two blockers almost every play to hold up the ‘A’ gap and make the plays that he makes. He doesn’t get the credit for tackles but he makes some plays up front.

(On the challenge of taking on two blockers) You’re used to it—if you sign up for d-lineman, you’re going to have to take on blocks every play so they’re just coming from a different angle now.

(On Jordan Hill) Jordan is working his way back. He had a lot of plays on Sunday, he got a lot of reps, and he’s still progressing. He’s a young guy and he’s coming along—I think he’ll be a great player.

(On how much has he played nose tackle) Pretty much in the base defense, we had some guys go down at nose short-week, and I was nominated unfortunately.

(On difference in preparation) Well kind of how we role the d-line here is that everyone is kind of versatile. If you watch, you notice that everyone plays a different spot—no one is in the same spot ever. You have to get your studying at each position and when your number is called you have to be ready.

(On how has it been in Seattle) I’ve had a lot of fun—definitely being at six wins already is a plus. Coming from Minnesota, we might have three this year, win two this year, might win six this year so it’s definitely been a plus as far as winning. I’m playing with a great group of guys and I couldn’t ask for anything else.

(On perception of Seahawks) Watching from afar, before I got here, you could tell that they played hard, had fun, and I think they’ve continued that since I’ve been here. We’ve played really hard, sometimes things don’t go the way we want all the time but it’s a group that plays really hard and really cares about each other and really has true love for each other and you can tell that just being here.

(On choosing to play here with less reps) Well sometimes you have to face reality—you can’t play 100 snaps a week or 60 snaps a week going into your 12th season. If you want to play at a high level, you have to cut back on the reps you get and maximize the ones you get and that’s kind of the approach I get—if I get five, 10, or 15 reps I want to try and make them the best that I can throw out there.




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