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December 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Friday quotes from Seattle coach Pete Carroll

Here is what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media today:

(On re-signing DE Cliff Avril) Yeah I think we’ve really been able to make a couple really strong statements right here with K.J. [Wright] and Cliff [Avril] in the last couple days that we really follow and what we’ve been trying to do the whole time. We found the core guys that we really like and we’re trying to keep them here and keep them together. With the opportunity here and closing at the end of the year we had the chance to do this financially so we jumped at the chance. Both of these guys are great team players. They’ve been in it in every aspect of our program and have done everything we could ask of them. It’s great to be able to reward those guys and really create more stability for the future. In particular we had the chance to do something on defense back to back. You can see how much we’ve leaned on our D and how much believe in it and have the chance to be together for a long time and that’s a big statement and a big commitment and we’re really happy to do that.

(On making continuity more common in the league) Well we hope so. That’s what John [Schneider] and I have thought that we were going to try and create here is a real stable program. We’ve told these guys for years that this message that the core is here and we want to keep it together and we want to grow together and see how far we can take it. We’re proud to be able to do that.

(On the timing) It’s really just because we’re getting to the end of the business year and we’ve been working on things for some time, but we’re coming down to the end of that and we want to make sure we get everything in line as best we can and as you know we have a huge plan and it goes on and we’ve been at it the whole time. John’s [Schneider] done a fantastic job at orchestrating it and keeping us on track and giving us a chance to feel this sense of stability that we’re trying to create.

(On the key to pulling off stability) I give John [Schneider] a ton of credit in formulating the plan not just helping us find the players, but also mapping it out and the process of it. Really so many of these things have been planned for such a long time and it was just a matter of timing and there’s always questions but it’s a direction that we’ve set our course on and we’ve been able to accomplish it and we’re doing it. Our players know it, they understand it, and we’re not done. There’s more things to do here as we go through this –as we finish now and get into the offseason there’s a ton of stuff to keep moving in the direction that supports stability and the confidence in the players and the belief in where we’re going and the direction and all that.

(On how important honest communication is between coach and players) What’s important about that is doing what you say and backing that up and we’ve been able to do that throughout. Our players have confidence in what we’re doing football-wise and they’re learning confidence in the administrative part of this as well because the examples are so clear. John [Schneider] and I feel really good about standing for that. Doing what we say and coming through and it’s really important to us. We really haven’t taken a step back very many times in that regard and we really feel good about that.

(On how much involvement he has when deals are being finalized) For me really, John [Schneider] keeps me abreast and Matt Thomas keeps me abreast what’s going on. We’re talking about it and we’re really kicking it around. It’s a sounding board type of situation for us. We’re going at it hand in hand. The actual dealing of it and all that, Matt Thomas does that and John [Schneider] does that when it’s appropriate. But we’re right there. We’re doing it ongoing, in an ongoing fashion. I’m involved but not doing the negotiating at all.

(On seeing the way the defense has been playing and if this reinforced this decision) No, no. It has nothing to do with that. We’ve counted on our guys to play well and give us the kind of performance and spirit of what we’re all about for some time now. Nothing’s changed during the course of the season.

(On preparation for this week) It’s really exciting right now. It’s really fun to be involved and going for it with all that lies out for us. Each week becomes just another event and it feels like it’s championship game time and that’s the way we have always talked and prepared so that when we get here we can handle it really well. But guys are having a blast, they have fun practicing, they have fun in the meetings, they’re looking forward to the learning and the executing on the field and all of that. It gives us great sense for going in, we’re ready to go and we’re ready to play. It’s kind of how we do it.

(On Russell Okung and Max Unger’s status) Russell [Okung] will not play. Max [Unger] did not make it either in terms of getting back on the practice field so he won’t be able to play either.

(On where Max Unger is sitting currently) Yeah he just didn’t recover from that. We always talk about how do they handle the workload and it set him back a little bit and he was pushing to get there for last week’s game and couldn’t make it. It’s one of those high ankles that take a long time. Sometimes they do sometimes they don’t and this one is capturing him a little bit. He did work and ran yesterday and he did today again, so he’s got a chance for next week and we’ll look at it in that regard.

(On J.R. Sweezy) He had a great day today. He’s ready to go.

(On how much of a difference a week of preparation would do for Alvin Bailey) It makes a big difference. Every snap that he takes and practices is focused on playing left tackle. Every moment in the meetings is all focused on playing as opposed to looking at guard/tackle, right side left side and all that kind of stuff that he’s had to do in the past. It certainly helps. It certainly helps and he had a good solid week.

(On Paul Richardson) Paul [Richardson] was fine today. We just gave him a break yesterday.

(On Chris Matthews) He tweaked his hammy yesterday right at the end of practice so we rested him today and we’ll see how he goes the next couple of days. The MRI didn’t show anything but we gotta make sure he’s okay.

(On Tony Moeaki) He’s getting better. He felt better today. We went real easy on him today. We’ll see where he is when we get to the stadium.

(On Demarcus Dobbs) He’s coming back. He’ll make it back before the end of the season. He’s making good progress but he’s not ready yet.

(On having Russell Okung and Max Unger out who fills in) You’ll see Alvin Bailey play. Lemuel [Jeanpierre] will be ready to go and Patrick Lewis will be ready to go. Both those guys took snaps this week.

(On Max Unger’s knee) Yeah that’s not the problem, it’s just his ankle.


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