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December 8, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Monday quotes from Seattle coach Pete Carroll

Here’s what Seattle coach Pete Carroll said to the media Monday:

(On Tharold Simon and Demarcus Dobbs) As far as I know, Tharold is fine. Demarcus has a legit ankle sprain that we will be dealing with – we will figure it out here in the upcoming days.

(On what his options are for depth on the defensive line) Well, we’re figuring that out. Will [Tukuafu] might take some work over there for us – that will help us out a little bit and the rest of it, we will figure it out. We don’t know yet.

(On Will Tukuafu as a defensive lineman) He’s mobile. He’s an active guy. He played tough, real natural – didn’t have any problem jumping right down in there. With all the stuff that he’s given us on offense that would be a real bonus for us. We don’t have any problem putting him in there. It’s hard getting him enough time to prepare for it but that’s the challenge right now.

(On what has led to the team’s turnaround in the past couple of weeks) I think the fact that Bobby [Wagner] has returned has been significant and also, I think Kam [Chancellor] really rounding into full health is helping us too. He feels great and he’s playing like crazy. I think the comradery of all those guys being back in there and feeling right has been resounding. You can really feel it.

(On if the speed and amount of ground Bobby Wagner can cover is more noticeable because he was out for those four games) It’s interesting because I don’t see it jumping out that much different than what it has been. I’m accustomed to the way he plays and stuff so I don’t think that in contrast that showed up. K.J. [Wright] was playing Mike and K.J.’s a pretty good player and he did really well as well. I think it’s more the chemistry of the guys playing together and their sense for one another and playing familiar spots and all that kind of stuff has really paid off.

(On the pass rush group improving and if it’s because Jordan Hill stepped up) No, I think it’s everybody. I don’t think it’s even just the four guys. They’re doing a fine job of going for it. Jordan has been able to really do a nice job to complement. I think the coverage has been consistent. It really has been solidly consistent for a number of weeks now and it’s been pretty good all year but I think all of that working together is getting us to the point where we are more effective.

(On if he’s seen Jordan Hill take a step-up) He’s more confident, sure. He’s healthy too now. He was banged up for a little while in there too. We’re very fortunate that we’re coming together – rounding into really good health as we wrap up the season. That’s a significant part where a lot of teams are battling to try and stay healthy – maybe we’re going in the right direction right now.

(On if tackling has improved in the last couple of weeks) Tackling improves when everybody is playing really fast. It just is better. There’s more guys right there. There’s more hands on the ball carrier. We’ve tackled really well, really well for some time now. In the last couple years that has been a real sign of our performance and stuff but it has been really consistent and noticeable. I think that’s all part of the intensity and the pursuit thing – it really pays off. You don’t notice a guy miss one when the other guys hits. You can’t even tell a guy missed a tackle sometimes because the next guy makes the play – all of that fits together.

(On Travian Robertson) He plays big, he plays big. He’s a big dude. He’s much like Tony [McDaniel] and how we play Kevin [Williams]; they kind of fit in the same role. We haven’t had a lot of action from him but we’ve had enough to get a feel that he can do that so we will play him in that style. Even though a guy weighs 320 pounds, they can be a different 320 pounds. Brandon Mebane had his own style that we played to so we’ve adjusted to Kevin and we will adjust to Travian also.

(On Max Unger) He’s going for it. He’s had some pretty good workouts and all. We don’t know what that means until he gets out there and starts doing it but he’s going to take it as far as he can. He’s going to try and see if he can get ready to play this week.

(On Jeremy Lane) I met with him this morning – he’s fine. He’s ready to go now. He was ready to play on game day but yet he had no work during the week – had limited work to speak of so we decided to wait one more weekend. He will be out there battling. Hopefully he will be able to make it through and all of that this week then we will see where that all fits together.

(On keeping Byron Maxwell at nickel) We’re flexible now. We have flexibility. We can look at matchups and do what we need to do. I thought it was a really good matchup for Maxwell with Jordan Matthews this weekend and he did great and so we will see who we’re playing against and what it looks like.

(On if he knew Byron Maxwell had that versatility) Yeah, he’s worked there before. When he was first coming up through the ranks, he was working as a nickel so he has background in it. He always did okay so we knew he had that in him. We hadn’t featured him it yet. He’s done really well. It was really cool to see that happen.

(On if the camaraderie between the guys is intrinsic) It’s always the personalities of the guys that have to come out. You can’t give them that – that’s them but you can orchestrate some and give them an opportunity to grow together and put them in the right settings and give them the right challenges and give them an opportunity to emerge. Our guys have been together a long time now – even though they’re still only four years old in the league or whatever – they have still been together a long time and done a lot of stuff together so they’re coming together and they’re learning one another and they’re learning what it takes to play at a really high level. Anybody can do it sometimes. The challenge is, can you do it consistently and find a way to always be on your game. That’s the tremendous challenge of the coaching staff and the team and the team leaders and all of that so we’re trying to figure that out and see if we can do it one more time.

(On what point were they feeling it) We saw signs of that at the end of the first year—Kam’s [Chancellor] first year. We thought that we had a group of guys that we could build around and we started telling them. We set our sights on building this team for the future around those guys—Earl [Thomas], Russell Okung, and those guys are all a part of that. Then Richard [Sherman] and that group of guys came on, and we just kept building from there—they’ve been the core guys of this team.

(On Russell Wilson cleaning up the offense) I think we’ve been playing better in all areas—he’s just one guy. He doesn’t do it all; he just does what he’s supposed to do. It’s everybody working together—he certainly has a huge hand in it. We saw things and we were just trying to clean up, zero in on things we wanted to do with him and with the receivers. We’ve been in transition for a while—we had a big change early in the year and coming out of that we had to get right again, but I know he’s feeling great about working with Doug [Baldwin], Jermaine [Kearse], and the fellas and now he’s working Tony [Moeaki] into it—we’re getting a feel for that. As he’s growing with Luke [Willson], you can just see it happening. I thought the second half of this game was just a terrific football game—an illustration of what we can be like. The protection worked well with what we were doing route-wise and Russell had a chance to really hold tough in the pocket, see things, and really get a great look at stuff. He had to run around a lot early, but we cleaned things up during the course of the game and I thought it was us looking very efficient and hopefully we can kind of stay with that.

(On Russell Wilson relationship with Paul Richardson & Kevin Norwood) He spent a lot of time with those guys are the practice field and around the building. He saw those guys right from the first couple days as we all did—really natural players, catchers, smart guys, guys that cared a lot, were tuned in, and wanted to do the right thing. He’s been singing their praises for a long time. He’s said, ‘Hey these are the kind of guys that I get to grow up with.’ It was exciting to see that. So Russell really recognized early on that those guys were going to be a part of it. They’re doing fine—it was a really good job in this game by Paul, I thought he had some really good plays that he had to make; tough catches and things like that and a good play to knock the ball away on the deep ball. We all see that and Russell surely has recognized that and they’re working at it.

(On the Seahawks wide receivers) I think they’re good Seahawks receivers—they’re our guys. We know how these guys play, we like the way they play, we like how they come through—the playmaking, very competitive bunch of guys, they block really well—they work it. They work really well with Russell [Wilson] to try and get open when he gives them a chance on scrambles and things like that. They have a good sense for one another and will continue to grow there. They’re our guys—we really like the way that these guys play.

(On Cooper Helfet) He’s going to go for it this week—we’re going to see how he does. He’s like Max [Unger]—we’ll see what happens on Wednesday and what happens when he comes back on Thursday and we’ll start gauging from there. Both those guys are really anxious to get back—Coop’s probably a little more solidly ahead of Max I would think. His injury was a little different so he has a chance—probably the best chance of the two.

(On Chris Matthews) We’re just going to try and continue to grow with him. He did a really good job on special teams—he had two tackles and caused some problems—he got in the game a little bit. So we’re just going to keep going with him—he seems like one of our guys, we had him in camp during the offseason, really like him and got caught in the numbers, but he’s back out there battling and he’s special qualities are coming to the front and we’re going to try to continue to utilize him.

(On Doug Baldwin letting some punts go on punt return) It was a tricky night and the ball was flying all over the place—a lot of short kicks; a lot of problem kicks. So he took a conservative route, which I’m totally in favor of so we handle the ball properly. They’re giving us the football so we want to wind up with it so I’m not looking for any heroic catches or anything there. It’s worth about twenty-five to thirty yards on the night of the ball bouncing around—we could have done better than that, but I was ok with it under the circumstances. It was a very unusual wind there—it comes through that corner of the stadium and it comes at an angle across the field and it changes as you move down the field. So I thought he made good decisions based on what was going on.

(On Paul Richardson bringing the ball out on kickoff returns) We missed a couple blocks—we want to get that ball past the twenty yard line. So anytime it doesn’t happen, we’re scrutinizing very acutely and he got a couple free runners going at him. So we’re going to try and do better at that obviously and if we can’t, we’re going to take a knee. We’re going to get the ball out of there—we don’t want to start at the nine yard-line.



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