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November 20, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn laments missed tackles against Chiefs

The film didn’t lie after Seattle’s 24-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday.

Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said Thursday missed tackles were at the root of the defeat, and a key reason the Chiefs got 190 rushing yards, the most allowed by the Seahawks this season.

“The explosive plays were the things that hurt us the most in the game and what we call explosive is a run that’s plus-12,” Quinn said. “We’re usually pretty tight in that area so for us to have those explosive runs that were long ones and one of them being a touchdown—not good for us in the standard that we got and it’s important for us to hit our fits in the way that we play the run game. So it was a combination where we missed some tackles, but really the explosive runs made the difference in the game.”

Quinn said tackling would be stressed in practice this week.

“For us, anytime there is eight, nine, 10, or 11 (missed tackles), that’s a lot for us” Quinn said. “So big emphasis this week going against another guy who’s got real quickness coming out of the back field in [Andre] Ellington and the way that he can bounce out. So tackling in this game, with Larry [Fitzgerald] and how strong the receivers are, will be at a premium—that part is definitely going to be in effect.”

The game was the first in which nose tackle Brandon Mebane did not play for the Seahawks. But Quinn said the running game issues could’t be attributed solely to Mebane’s absence.

It wasn’t like they were hitting in the A-gap for the plays,” Quinn said. “They were some explosive plays that hurt us in our scheme and that hurt us on missed tackles. So of course we missed Brandon being out there, but certainly not a function of what we’re capable of playing like.”

As for this week, Quinn said a key will be defending against the inevitable deep shots in the passing game that the Cardinals will take.

Quinn, in fact, said he thinks the Seahawks defensive backs will be excited at the prospect of a team that seems certain to try to some deep passes after playing a number of teams that have been more conservative in their approach.

“We’d rather have that matchup then some of the guys we’ve played outside,” Quinn said. “So it’s going to be a heck of a game and knowing that, the fact that they’re going to take shots down the field, we’re going to contest them so it’s going to be awesome environment—one we’re ready for and looking forward to.”

Below is some video of Quinn:

Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn talks to the media Thursday.

 

 

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