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December 26, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Quotes from Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn

Here’s what Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had to say when he met the media today:

(On does he think about how the defense is rolling) Not necessarily—as we get into it, we make each week about us and the different challenges that come with it so we’ll let that stuff play for it in the off-season. But I will tell you this—there is a lot of gratitude to be a part of this defense, how hard the guys play, and how important their togetherness is—you can sense it and feel it and I guess I have more appreciation for the way these guys are playing for each other.

(On a common theme in the last five games) I think just the special effort—there’s really been some special plays where we’ve seen our physical style really come out—the over the top plays, the tackling where guys are getting knocked back. So the effort of how hard they’re wanting to play for each other and not wanting to let the guy next to them down, that’s the thing that jumps out on tape to us the most and it’s one of the things that we talked about early in our Tell the Truth Monday—those kinds of plays, those are the ones that stand out a lot.

(On comparing how different the defense looks without injuries) I don’t know about comparison, but what we do look at is, ok here are some of the things that hurt us in the first game, or even when we get a chance to go against division teams, a lot of times we’ll go into years past—same play caller for them so a lot of the same players and systems so what we’ll do a lot of times is we’ll get a broader game, ‘ok what did they do against us?’ So this game is certainly one that we looked at hard.

(On Michael Bennett’s first step) I think the inside guys, when you’re talking about pass rushers, that’s one of the things that jumps out most—how quick can this guy jump off the spot. We talk about it all the time—get off for the defensive ends, can they get the tackles to move, but it’s really one of his strengths as an inside rusher. We’ve moved him inside and it’s really playing with three defensive ends on the field so for us, it’s really a weapon and an advantage we try to use often as we can. His get off, his quickness—now having another guy with that kind of quickness who can play outside and inside is really important for us.

(On things that allow Michael Bennett to play inside) I think his strength allows him to go in there because there are a lot of guys that can be smaller, but you don’t necessarily have the bulk and size to play inside so here’s a 280 pound guy who has the quickness to play outside, but he has the strength to matchup on all the runs inside. So that’s really when you’re looking for a nickel tackle, who can be both of those things.

(On Michael Bennett against the run) That’s really been one of the things with Mike—when he’s on the move, he can be disruptive. I really think it comes back to his strength, his technique, because he’s lighter and inside and playing against some of the bigger guards, he has to rely on his strength and his leverage. It’s one of those things, he goes right back to his technique and his strength is, ‘Although I’m lighter, I can play these guys because of my technique.’

(On Michael Bennett mentoring Jordan Hill) No doubt he is—that’s one of the things for a guy who has been in the league now and had that experience, he’s able to share that with Jordan. Jordan is one of those guys who aggressively wants more and more and more and more to find it so that relationship has been good. We talk about Michael and Cliff’s [Avril] together, but Michael has been an important guy for Jordan—just some tips and information that can help him at the line of scrimmage and Jordan has really done a good job—his effort, his finishing, those are the things that stand out and we’re hoping that would be. We saw that in him so for him to develop like he has this season, that’s been an important part of our defense.

(On how important is Jordan Hill’s interior pressure) It’s been huge for us—it’s really the coverage too. All these guys, they work it together. So for Jordan to come alive and where Bruce [Irvin] has as well, we feel like those four guys together now have become a more cohesive unit over the last month. Their connection, their togetherness as pass rushers is only helping and getting stronger.

(On why is Will Tukuafu playing more defense) Well when Demarcus [Dobbs] went down, here is another guy that we thought had the ability to do it so he had been doing it in practice since he’s been here and we knew his background so it’s his quickness and his strength. We wanted to add that versatility to us so we wouldn’t have all the snaps on Michael [Bennett] at the same time—he’s really come through for us in a big way.

(On motivation for defensive guys that didn’t make the Pro Bowl) I think it’s real gratitude for the guys that did and for the guys that didn’t, there’s no jealousy on their end. This is a really tight group so if you asked him, it would be more gratitude for the guys that did knowing that it’s a good time for them, but these guys—it’s all about their unit, each other, and playing for right now in this game. So that’s one of the nice things about being a part of this unit is that there isn’t any jealousy or animosity. It’s really more excitement for the guys who are getting that opportunity.

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