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December 22, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Post-game quotes from Seattle coach Pete Carroll

Here’s all that Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say after the win over Arizona 

Opening Statement:

“Well, that’s about as much fun as you can have playing NFL football in the regular season. That was really an exciting night of football against a really good team, an extraordinary, tough defense. Our guys found a way to do all of the things that we had hoped to do and I don’t even know where to begin to praise these guys. First off, to not give up a touchdown tonight is an excellent job by the guys on defense; 49 yards rushing, or something like that. That’s a phenomenal night, and they wanted to run it. And to keep them out of the endzone, it was great stuff. A lot of guys played their tails off again. The thing I’m most proud of, we talked about it, what we did last week is nice and all, but can you do it again? To continue to play like this at this kind of level gives us real confidence going into the last football game with a chance to put a lot of this stuff at stake with the division and all, we can do it again. On the other side of the ball, you know, that’s a lot of yards against a really tough group and it happened with some extraordinary execution by a lot of guys. I think I should start up front. For Tom Cable to put that together with the guys he had playing, just a fantastic job with all of our guys. With James Carpenter banged up, Sweez (J.R. Sweezy) was banged up going into the week; Alvin Bailey plays his tail off and Patrick Lewis to get in there and play another game for us like that was just fantastic. Can’t forget (Justin) Britt either. It’s a great job by those guys. To rush for 260-some yards, that’s huge. Guys made catches. Luke (Willson) had a fantastic night. Showed you right away how fast he is on the 80-yarder. He had a great night all-in-all. And I thought Paul Richardson had a fantastic contribution tonight. Doug Baldwin did as well. Seven big catches. I’ve never , I don’t know, I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve never seen a better run than Marshawn’s (Lynch) run tonight. It reminded me of OJ Simpson against Ohio State, I think, whatever the heck that was. Cutting back and finishing and all of that stuff. It was as good a run as I can ever remember seeing. It was so much fun to watch that. So, he contributed big. He was sick to start the game. He had some stomach issues and just couldn’t get well, so that’s why he didn’t play at the start. But then Russell (Wilson) was just ridiculous tonight. He was so good tonight in so many ways. All of the yards and all of the conversions on third down, the fantastic big throws he made, the plays to get out of trouble so that he could make a big play. It’s just as good as you can get. We’re so lucky that he’s playing for us. And the beautiful run that he had to score a touchdown. It’s the combination of all of this that has happened with Marshawn and Russell, the guys up front. This attitude that we’re playing with, it gives us a chance to really have high hopes going into the last game. And we will try to crank it up all over again this time out. Again, personally, I couldn’t have had more fun. I had a freaking blast tonight. Not that that matters, but that’s as much fun as you can have.”

On what went in to Patrick Lewis starting at center:

“We were looking at the film from the last time we played and he did a really nice job. I thought the match-up looked good, so Tom (Cable) thought he’d give him a shot at it and it worked out pretty well.”

On if this is as well as this team has ever played:

“Oh, I don’t know. You can’t have more penalties than what happened in the first half. We probably had the greatest halftime adjustments of all time. We had one penalty in the second half, so we’ll give that to the coordinators, they did a great job, a great speech. Dan Quinn had a great speech for the guys to keep them from getting the penalties in the second half, so that’s fantastic. But it’s pretty crazy. I think it was eleven-to-one tonight. I think it was eleven-to-one, it was amazing.”

On what he thinks of his team’s play over the last five-game stretch:

“One game at a time. We’re doing things the way we want to do and we’re playing defense the way we want. We’re committing to the running game. We’re taking care of the football; we did not turn the ball over again, which is such a winning aspect of our play. We’re just going to try and keep going. We have another game to see what we can do.”

On if he predicted the opportunities that he’d have with Luke Willson:

“Just regular game plan stuff. Nothing out of the ordinary, no. It just kind of popped and then Russell (Wilson) delivered the ball so beautifully to him so he could make the big play. It’s always part of the offense, nothing special.”

On how he felt about holding the Cardinals to a limited amount of yards:

“I think that Dan (Quinn) did a great job of recognizing that it was going to be hard on Ryan (Lindley). We knew that and we didn’t know how well he would do. We knew it’d be challenging for him starting against our group and all that, so we really went in thinking that if we did a really good job in the run game and not let them get a rhythm it would make a big difference. Obviously that worked out perfectly for us. He’s got a lot of arm strength. He got the ball down (field), I think they went deep on us nine times in the first half. So they went after us. Our guys did a great job on the deep end of not letting that be a factor.”

On if this was Russell Wilson’s best game:

“Gosh, I don’t know. He did a lot of great stuff tonight. There is just so much production on some of those big plays.”

On how injured Jermaine Kearse may be:

“It’s his hammy (hamstring). We don’t know. He didn’t pop it. He felt banged up and we shut it down right then. That’s exactly what he told me, so that’s all I know.”

On the status of Cooper Helfet and Tharold Simon:

“Coop (Cooper Helfet) got hit in the ribs, got banged pretty good. He’s going to be really sore tomorrow. He made it through the game and did a really good job for us. Simon (Tharold Simon) had a hurt shoulder. I don’t know how badly.”

On if it was an off night for Steven Hauschka:

“It didn’t pop really well off of the turf. He just didn’t hit it as sharp as he usually does. He’s been phenomenal and I know that he is going to be phenomenal the next time out.”

On if there was ever a point that he thought Marshawn Lynch may not play:

“No. It was just a matter of him trying to throw up. He couldn’t throw up, you know? He was sick to his stomach. I don’t know if he ever did, if he ever got to it or was holding it back.”

On if the new grass that was laid played a factor in the kicking game:

“I don’t know. I don’t know.”





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