The Seattle Seahawks used the classic Pete Carroll plan of keep the game close with good fundamental sound football in the first half then shut the door with a brusing running game.
While the Seahawks gave up 429 total yards on offense 329 of which was passing yards by Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton the Seahawks managed to win the contest.
Ugo Amadi on completing first game as a pro.
(On if it was part of the game plan for him to be quiet early in the game and then be targeted late in the game…)
They had a great game plan against us. They did a lot of good things, especially against me, that I’ve never seen before. It was pretty good just to be able to experience that and see what it might be like down the road. I thought DK [Metcalf] did a great job. I thought he did an amazing job with the opportunities he got. He made some big catches, especially on third downs when guys were right there on him. He continued to drive and I think he’s going to have an amazing season this year, especially given the opportunities that he’s going to get.
He’s already a big reciever and already knows how to get open so I’m already excited to see everything that’s going to come from him. He’s doing amazing coming back from the stuff that he went through and like I said, I’m excited to see what he’s going to do. I think Cincinnati did a great job in game planning, but we just found different ways to execute. On the touchdown play, me and [Russell Wilson] were on the same page. We saw the opening and he threw it to me. I was kind of waiting for it to come down so I didn’t get knocked out and once I caught it, I was able to thread the needle and get in to score.
(On if defenses trying to take him away is going to be part of his role now that Doug Baldwin isn’t here…)
Your guess is as good as mine. I’m just taking it day by day. But for me, it’s all about keeping my head down and working regardless of the outcome and regardless of the results of how a person plays me. When I go out there, a lot of people are going to play me different ways and it’s all about being able to observe the game, learning what they’re trying to do and being able to take advantage of it.
I think that’s something that I was able to do in the second half and a lot of stuff was able to work out. I should’ve caught that pass on the go route and I missed it, but at least I got the perfect passer rating out of the way.
(On how bothered he was by no targets in the first few quarters…) I think for anyone it’s frustrating but it’s more frustrating just because you go into the first game and Cincinnati did a lot of stuff against me that I didn’t think they were going to do. When you’re looking at that, it’s kind of like, you have to be able to calm yourself down and really see what it is that they’re trying to do. It’s different to be able to scout a team outside of practice, you have to be able to scout a team inside of the game to see what it is that they’re doing.
Once you’re able to see what it is that they’re doing, now you can be able to play that game in your head of okay this person is guarding me, this is how I need to set this person up. But it’s hard to be able to do that if you’re not in that good place. So for me, I stay in that good place and just knew that when my time came, I just made sure that I made that play. Yeah I dropped a ball, but I was able to catch a touchdown and be able to help the team to where we got on top. I’m just going to continue working on my game.
(On if it felt like an ugly win…) It was very ugly. But if we can win playing like that, then imagine what we can do playing at our best. I think the defense did a great job keeping us in.
Regardless of how a game is going to go, you never know how a game is going to go, but as long as you continue to keep pounding and keep pounding, eventually something is going to work out. Like I said, I dropped the pass, but I was able to make that one play. DK was able to make a lot of plays. Chris [Carson] was able to make a lot of plays. A lot of people might try and point out that he fumbled, but he put us in a lot of great situations.
It’s not really about that bad stuff, it’s about being able to take advantage of the opportunities and knowing that mistakes are going to happen, but it’s not being able to dwell off of them and being able to overcome them. I think this win shows how we were able to overcome everything.