Here’s what Seattle coach Pete Carroll said to the media today after Friday’s practice.
However, one note — as of now the team is not expected to add a player to the roster for Sunday’s game to fill the spot created by the release earlier today of DT Travian Robertson.
(On preparation this week) We had a good week. It worked out great. We had a bunch of guys competing to get on the roster right now –guys coming back from injuries and things like that which is good. The holidays are built around it and had a nice day off on Christmas which was good and everybody understands what’s going on as far as getting ready for this game and we stay in the same mode we’ve been in for months now. Giving everything we have to every game we play and this is a championship game like we’ve looked at it, so we’re ready to do this. Hopefully we’ll play really well and the opportunity to come back home for this chance at finishing the season is really special for our players.
(On facing a QB with eleven years of experience vs. no experience) Well certainly it’s different. Shaun’s [Hill] been around. He’s been through a lot of stuff and he shows it in his plays and his decision making and I’m sure that’s something they feel very comfortable with. They have a very young team so it’s probably very nice to have a guy who’s been around. So we’re going to have to do a lot of good stuff to rush the passer and make it hard and all that. They have a lot of offense, a lot of weapons, and he’s right in the middle of it all.
(On Russell Okung and Max Unger) Both those guys practiced again today. Max [Unger] made it through. We’ll see how that goes, we’re going to take it one day at a time. Russell [Okung] had a full week and he’s been cleared to play so Russell [Okung] is in good shape. We’ll take Max’s [Unger] situation one day at a time.
(On possibly getting snaps from Max Unger) That’s not a consideration –we’re trying to win a game.
(On Jermaine Kearse and Tharold Simon) Jermaine [Kearse] will not make it. We’re going to list him as out right now – he just pulled a hammy and it’s just not enough time to get back. Tharold [Simon] practiced today. If everything works out in the game tomorrow then he could be available to us.
(On Chris Matthews) Chris [Matthews] worked out today and did a nice job. Same with him. He has a chance to be available also.
(On how Aaron Donald is able to be so disruptive) Well he’s really fast. Just to start off with his speed and quickness is exceptional for a defensive lineman. That’s why he was such a high pick, because he’s so rare. Then he has a great motor to go along with it and he’s a very savvy football player too. He takes advantage of any mistakes you make. You can really block him normally like you block another guy and he just jumps around you and is in the back field. He’s a problem. We really liked him going through the draft process too because he is so unique.
(On Coach Fisher’s capabilities) He’s always especially dangerous. He’s a terrific football coach who’s been through everything and we have great respect –it won’t surprise us that he surprises us. It’s kind of how we’re going to look at it. We’re really going to be tuned in and see if we can play a real thorough game and really see everything that’s coming at us. We’re on full alert right now.
(On putting the defense in to historical contexts and if it means anything to him) Not really, no. I think it’s just opinion and stuff like that. We’re just trying to play a good football game this weekend.
(On Michael Bennett being disruptive with his speed and how valuable it is) Mike [Bennett] has just continued with what he did last year. We’ve played him more because he was so effective –we’ve played him more this season. He has a real knack. He has a real sense where the ball’s going and he can play the defense and then take advantage of that knowledge in special ways. He’ll get in the backfield, he’ll penetrate, and he’ll take a shot at plays and we trust him. He really has a great sense and really effective. He causes the problems that helps other guys around him play well too.
(On Michael Bennett jumping off sides) Trying to beat the cadence. Sometimes you can’t tell that he’s right, he’s so quick and that happened to him last week. I thought he was so acutely connected to the cadence it looked like he was ahead of everybody else.
(On if he was okay with some of the penalties) No, no, not really. But when Mike [Bennett] keeps making plays there’s a balance in their somewhere but we’re not asking him to beat the cadence we’re just asking him to get off in great fashion.
(On the NFC West goal and why that) Because of the benefits of that. If you win the division and you do it right, then you have a chance to be at home in playoffs. We were a great beneficiary of that last year –we saw what that was to have home field advantage throughout –we’re finishing this season and then we start all over again. When it comes to next week we’ll see what it means and where we are in all that. This is really the prize that you can get right now, so we went for everything in our goal. That’s the only thing that’s important is to position ourselves for the end of it so it’s clearly been our mantra so I don’t see any reason why we would ever change that. ‘Why don’t you ever talk about the Super Bowl?’ We never talk about that. We’re not even close to doing something like that right now. Trying to maximize the opportunity of the regular season which is to win the division, be at home, and see how far you can take it. If you don’t get that, then you take the next level of it. That’s why it is that way.
(On how encouraging it was when Robert Turbin and Christine Michael were in) Yeah I thought it was a really, really good indicator that our guys are ready to play every week. There’s a lot of guys who have had to step into roles with opportunities like Patrick Lewis has done and Lemuel Jeanpierre. They’ve just stepped up and really come through for us. That was another illustration of that and really we didn’t skip a beat, we ran the ball well in the first quarter. We wanted Marshawn [Lynch] in the game but not having him, those guys really came through and I thought Robert [Turbin] did a great job.
(On the roster move of releasing Travian Robertson and is there will be a replacement) Yes.
(On what makes the games against St. Louis so close) They’re really good. They’re a good football team. Jeff [Fisher] does a great job of coaching. Their whole staff puts guys in the right positions. They make it really difficult on us. Like I said earlier, this is one of the most athletic teams that we play. They’re really fast and they’re dangerous in all areas. They’re just part of this division and they’re tough. That’s kind of the way it’s been.
(On first round bye) We can’t control that. All we can do is try to win the game and we’ll see what happens after that.
(On Tony Moeaki and Cooper Helfet) Both guys practiced this week and made it through the week. They’re both banged up and we’re going to see how that works out all the way to game time.