Here is what coaches and players had to say after the Seahawk 12-17 loss to the Giants who rushed for a season best 190 yards. The Seahawks had the 3rd best rush defense going into the game.
HEAD COACH PETE CARROLL
(Opening…) This game was a defensive ballgame, right from the get go. They played really tough and gave us a hard time all day long. We had trouble scoring, moving the football. We were giving them trouble scoring and moving the football, as well. It’s just an uncharacteristic type of feeling that we were not putting any points on the board. That 5 points just didn’t hang very well. One score, and you’re out of the lead. I was really surprised that we weren’t able to slow them down in the third quarter running the football. They ran some basic stuff, and they got away from us. There was two drives in there where they were able to get enough going where that was the difference in the ball game. Offensively, we had trouble all day long. Give them credit. They’ve been playing really good ball. I need to look at the film to see what the heck happened, and why it was like that, so much so. So, these games are hard, these games are tough. We can’t let this thing knock us off getting going and moving forward. It’s really important we get right back in business again, and that’s the only choice we have, really. So, that’s what we’ll do.
(On what made the game feel uncharacteristic today…)
We didn’t move the ball. We weren’t making plays to change field position, we didn’t chunk them at all. We actually ran the ball pretty well early, but throwing the ball was a struggle. We took just monster losses in the sacks, that just take you out, the whole drive is just totally challenged from there on. Because, they weren’t like 6 or 8 yard sacks, they were like 20s. So, unfortunately all of those situations just kept us from getting any momentum at all. We never got moving. It just isn’t like that. None of us have seen us play like that, so it was very difficult.
(On how much of the passing game struggles can be placed on Russell Wilson…)
I mean, he’s in the middle of it all. I need to look at the protection to see how long we were hanging on to the ball. It felt like he was taking a good look down the field, like we weren’t immediately rushed, and so we’ll see. I need to talk to Russ, I haven’t even visited with him at all yet about it. We’ll talk about it.
(On why so few rushing carries for Chris Carson today…)
We really went into the game hoping to mix between he and Carlos, because both guys are just barely getting back and feeling right, and we weren’t going to load up anybody. Really, that really didn’t come to light until we made it through the whole week and got all the way to the weekend, here, and we were hoping the guys would improve. They both played a little sore from the first week, last week. So, really, that’s the way I thought it would turn out. We would mix those two guys, not go heavy on one guy or the other.
(On the fourth down decisions, first to punt and then on the Wilson rollout…) That was at the end of the distance that we wanted to kick, it was beyond it. Every game you have a marker in each direction for which way you’re going to kick it and where you aren’t, and it was beyond it. So, I was happy punting the ball and putting the ball in deep and playing that kind of style at the time, rather than try a monster field goal. And, then we didn’t make it. They did a nice job of stopping the fourth down call. We put Russ out on the edge. He had three big options there, as well as run, and they did a nice job of defending it.
(On whether was anything amiss with the energy or focus…)
No, not at all. That didn’t feel like part of any of it. We didn’t execute against them, and we weren’t able to move the ball like we wanted to. That’s what happened.
(On the difficulty with the run defense in the third quarter…)
The big run, we had a pressure that didn’t catch up with the play. It was unfortunate, because it was a one time call, and they hit it against it. And then, we were just a little out of whack finishing, making the tackles and knocking them back and doing the things that we normally do. There was just a space and time in there, where they were able to run the football. It wasn’t in the first half, then it happened in the third quarter, and then we slowed it down after that. So, we just weren’t clicking. As they shifted gears, you could see it to where they weren’t even thinking about mixing, they just wanted to see if they could run it and try to play the game that way, and it worked out for them. They kind gained control of the game by doing that, it was a nice job by them.
(On whether Tyler Lockett was OK after his big hit…) Yeah. They cleared him. He was alright.
(On the play of the wide receivers…)
We had some chances. I need to look at the film. They did a nice job of adjusting and changing the way that they played their coverages. They made it very multiple within the structure, and gave us some problems. We just have to handle it better. We didn’t handle it as well as we thought we would.
(On whether he is concerned about Russell Wilson’s recent play…)
I’m going to look at this game and break it down and figure it out; talk to Russ, talk to Schotty, and get to the essence of it. I’m not going to just throw out some thought right now, randomly. I’m really surprised that this is how we looked against this game plan that they had. I thought we could do a lot of stuff that just didn’t happen for us. I need to see why, and really break it down. I can’t tell you right now.
(On calling time out before the Giants’ field goal attempt…)
We were uncertain if we had numbers right, right there, and we didn’t want to screw it up.
(On whether that was indicative of the day today…)
No. Just that situation.
(On not rushing Chris Carson on Fourth and one…)
That’s easy to say now. Stuff works sometimes, and sometimes it doesn’t. This is what you get to say when you don’t make it on Fourth Down, and you get to ask the questions. I wish we would have made it, too. There are different ways to do it, and we want the ball in Russ’s hands to give him a chance, there. He had all kinds of options, and that didn’t work on one.
(On whether Carson is fully healthy…)
He’s making it. He’s making it to the game, is what he’s doing right now. His foot is still sore, but he can play. So, you can see. He looked good. But, it’s just not 100 percent, and so we’re trying to not overload him. We have a lot of games left, and we’re just trying to make sure that he can play and contribute, which is what he’s doing, and I thought they handled that pretty well. But, he’s not to the point where we can just let him stay out there and keep on going and let’s run him 25 or 30 times and see what happens. We’re still trying to bring him along.
(On the offensive line rotations, due to injury concerns…)
I can’t tell you about Jamarco’s play, but Jamarco’s been around a lot with us and he’s played a lot of different stuff, and he has the kind of versality that he can jump in and do that. But, it was in a walkthrough, and Cedric tweaked something. It was very late in the week, so we didn’t have any time to prepare for it, for Jamarco. I can’t tell you how we played yet. That’s an issue, it’s a problem. And then, Jamarco pulled his groin a little bit or something in there, and he came out, and Chad Wheeler had to go in and play, and Chad battled his tail off there, to try to help us.
(On the performance of Michael Dickson and the blocked punt…)
These guys continue to really play well, and they gave us an opportunity. We went after it. A great execution by the whole group to get that done. That’s never just one guy. Just, unfortunately, we didn’t get the touchdown there, which we had a shot at it. It would have made a big difference in this game at the time. But, it was still a terrific play. The special teams have played really well, consistently, in all phases. Mike’s kicking it and Jason’s kicking it, and they’re doing a great job for us. Again, I think that’s a real constant for us.
(On what aspects of the game plan that fell short…) We’re continuing to have trouble on third down. I don’t know what it was today, it was 4 for 13 or something like that. It’s really hard to overcome that if you’re not doing that kind of an output, if you’re not doing well on first and second down. The first and second down was very quiet for us. We didn’t have a lot of big plays and explosive plays. So, the third downs really tell the story. We kind of have lived with a lot of big plays, and a lot of explosion, and that didn’t happen today, they did a nice job of keeping that from happening. That’s a nice way to play us, and they were able to get it done
GIANTS HEAD COACH
HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE
First off, I’m happy the way the team played today. I’m proud of the way they worked. They had a good week of preparation and the way we prepare always carries into how we play and how we perform. I’ve seen this group make consistent improvement day in and day out which carries over week by week. It didn’t necessarily show in the results we were getting but I’m proud of the way they work on a weekly basis. We put them through a lot of stuff and I’m proud that they get to receive some tangible results for their hard work. The Seahawks obviously you have to give them a lot of credit. They’re a well-coached team. They play very fundamentally sound, they’re an explosive team. That’s one of the best quarterbacks in the world over there. We have a tremendous amount of respect for all the players we saw today. Obviously that tied into the game, we had to account for how explosive they were, how well-coached they are on defense and how explosive they are in the kicking game as well. I thought our guys received the game plan well. I thought [Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham], [Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett] and [Special Team Coordinator Thomas McGaughey] all did a good job throughout the week as did all of the position coaches. All of our guys came prepared to play today, mentally, physically and emotionally. It showed up in a 60 minute game. We knew it was going to go down to the wire, it always does in a place like this. You have to fight to keep yourself in a position to have a close game here and close it out in the end. Exactly what we thought was going to happen happened throughout the week of practice and it happened in the game today going down to the wire.
(On the quality of the defense and how they were able to perform so well today…)
These guys work hard. [Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham] has a good plan and I think there’s really good position coaches on each side of the ball. They’re very detailed in their approach. Our players have gotten more comfortable in our scheme and they’ve been able to build on the multiples. You have to have multiples to play a lot of these quarterbacks that we’re playing. You’ve got to be able to play guys like Russell Wilson where you can go ahead and stop him in the run game. Again, that’s a lot easier said than done. At the same point, you want to try and confuse them a little bit in the passing game which again is a lot easier said than done. This guys has seen a lot of different coverages over the course of his career. He’s beaten pretty much everything you can throw at him defensively. I think our guys are just working hard, that level of play is raising right now. The coaches have done a good job, our players have executed and the level of play is rising.
(On what changes were made at halftime in order for them to run the ball effectively in the second half…)
There were a couple of small adjustments in terms of some of the things we call and the way we design a run play but I don’t think there was anything radical. We talked about it at halftime, but the biggest point of emphasis was to stay committed to the game plan we had coming in. And they were going to keep running the ball and that we had to keep wearing them down over time. We had to give our runners opportunities to get in space and finish the runs. Obviously those guys did that and ran well. I don’t have the exact numbers right now but our guys ran for somewhere around 190 yards. So you come in here against one of the top run defenses out there, they’re coached very, very well year in and year out. Part of our game plan obviously was to run the ball, it starts up front with the guys blocking. I thought they did a good job of playing hard and wearing them down over time. I thought our [running]backs ran tough and finished runs.
(On if this win validates the team with their first win against a winning team…)
I thought there was a lot of validation for the way our players executed the game plan with how they prepared. To me, that’s more validation, trusting that the process will pay off on the field. These guys do a great job. They’ve done everything that we’ve asked them to do. And they’ve done it as well as the possibly can and you
can see the results coming. We’ve got a special group of guys, we have a very tough group of guys who have bought in to what we’ve asked them to do. They’ve done it without questions, they’ve done it 100%. They’re a tough group. We ask them to play a physical brand of football and that’s helped us have tangible results. In terms of beating a team with a winning record, we’ve got a tough stretch coming up [and] we’re going to have to beat teams with winning records. But we still focus on the same thing: one win at a time and one week at a time. We’ve got to get ready for a tough opponent going back home next week and that’s the only thing that really matters, nothing before that game matters except the lessons we learned from previous games and nothing after that game exists until we get past next week’s game. We keep our sights short on what we’re working for and we’re going to look at this game, correct mistakes, build on what we did well and then we’re going to get ready for another opponent next week.
(On what they did to take away explosive plays today…)
Well I think against a group like this, and they’re such a deep threat, you have to account and make sure they snap the ball again and again and not give up those big chunk plays they can make so often. [D.K.] Metcalf and [Tyler] Lockett, those are two explosive guys, they’re as good as anyone in the league. You just have to make sure that they don’t walk by you, you have to stay on top in coverage. There’s different variations of coverage, different ways we can play it, but ultimately, it doesn’t matter what you call, you just can’t let these guys run behind you because that quarterback Russell [Wilson] is really, really good at throwing deep balls. He’ll go ahead and throw it as far as he needs to in order to get the ball down there. It always starts up front, you have to stop the run. If any team can run and pass, they’re really playing with power. If you can stop the run, eliminate the run, it forces them to play a little bit left-handed with only throwing the ball. It gives you a little bit of an edge. That’s easier said than done. But I think our guys did a really good job responding to this team in whatever situation they’re put in. You look at our defense today, there was a lot of waves in the game today. There was a lot of waves from Seattle of energy and momentum and things that maybe come together. Our defense just kept responding. Every time they got put out there, they just responded. They converted and got a first down, okay, so what, now what? Okay it’s first down, play the next down. And they responded and were able to get them off the field. They went down there on the first drive and got the field goal. I thought our guys did a good job in the right area to hold them to the field goal. Again, this is one of the top red zone teams in the league so to be able to do that and hold them to three [points]. We settled down a bit defensively and then I thought they finished the game really strong.
(On an injury update for Blake Martinez…)
Nothing yet, he’s with the trainers right now. We’ll have more information later tonight or tomorrow. But I don’t have anything to tell you right now.
(On Colt McCoy’s performance today…)
I thought Colt did a really good job today during the game. He made a lot of tough throws. We extended some drives and moved down the field. He did a really good job for us. He does a lot of things that you wouldn’t notice on the stat sheet in terms of managing the game and controlling the flow of the game, talking to the guys on the sidelines, relaying information in the huddle. Colt really stepped up and had a huge game for us today. He made a lot of big throws when we needed them, he made some tough plays down the stretch, he made some right decisions and some checks on the line of scrimmage to put us in the right play that led to big plays in the runs. So he did a lot of things that may not show up in the stat sheet, but he played a big time game for us. He did a hell of a job preparing this week. Our quarterbacks work tirelessly, but him and Daniel [Jones] worked hand-in-hand together the entire week. They were looking at the game plan, studying the defense together, going out the field and working and talking a lot together. Jason [Garrett] did a really good job of mixing
him in and getting him reps to keep him ready as well. I thought the plan was really good and I thought our guys went out there and executed it.
(On how Daniel Jones looked before the game…)
I thought he looked better as the week went on. This guy wanted to go out there and play today. Ultimately, I just had to protect him from himself today. I just made the decision to hold him out today in terms of I didn’t want to put him in a position where I wasn’t 100% certain. But he couldn’t defend himself on every play. I have to make those tough decisions sometimes and this guy is a competitor, he’s a tough dude. I have no doubt that he would’ve gone out there and fought through whatever pain he had. But that wasn’t the decision I was looking to make. Obviously, we had a lot of confidence in Colt and he did a good job for us today and we came away with the result that we were looking for all week.
(On the defense getting production from young players…)
We coach every player on our team the same. We try to develop every player on our team. I don’t care how you got here or where you were before. I don’t care what your role was in the beginning of the season. We’re coaching everybody hard, we’re coaching everybody to improve. We’re evaluating everyone on a consistent basis as to the improvement that they’re making. We’ve very honest with our guys to make sure they know exactly what they have to work on and improve on. We’ve seen a lot of these young guys make improvement throughout the season. There’s a lot of young guys on defense, there’s a lot of young guys on offense as well that we ask to do a lot of jobs and they keep getting better. They give us confidence because of the way they prepare and the way they demonstrate the execution in practice. Overall, we’re a young team, but we really don’t care about that. I told you guys a long time ago, I love the fact that we’re a young team. I really do. It means there’s a lot of guys to develop, a lot of guys to work with and grow. I’ve seen guys, I don’t care if they were on the practice squad two weeks ago or they’re a veteran in this league, all of our guys are improving and all of our guys are helping us have results.
(On how Leonard Williams played today…) That guy is a man. That dude is a man. There’s things about Leo that you may not know by not being in the locker room with him. First off, this guy is a pleasure to be around. This guy smiles all the time. He’s a great teammate, he’s very coachable. You give him something to work on, he’s going to work as hard as he can to master it. He gives us a lot of versatility on the defense because of his skillset. And this dude is just a guy that when you see him in your locker room before the game, he makes you feel a little bit better. Obviously there’s statistics on the field that you see, what you don’t see is what kind of guy he is to coach, what kind of teammate he is away from it. That’s as important if not more important than all the statistics you see on the sheets. This guy helps everyone else raise their level of preparation and play.
(On the biggest difference in this team from early in the season until now…)
We talked about it earlier in the year with the same questions I got then, it’s all about you want to win those game that are close at the end and it really comes down to what did you do for the entire 60 minutes. It’s not just those final two minutes. It’s what did you do the entire game to put yourself in a position and capitalize on it. What plays were you able to make earlier in the game that you had to go ahead and execute down the stretch as well. I think our team executing a lot better down the stretch, they’ve made a lot of improvement. A lot of that is from comfort of being around these coaches for a length of time. Holding on to the multiples that we have in the game plan on a weekly basis, the adjustments we can make on the
sidelines going into the locker room. Guys just making plays. These guys prepare hard and they play well.
(On what gave him confidence to play Colt McCoy in this game…)
Confidence comes from practice execution. He’s a guy that we see on a daily basis make plays in practice. Whether it’s with our offense or whether it’s against our defense, he does a tremendous job just making plays. He’s as competitive as anyone in this league. You put this guy against our defense, you put him in a two-minute drill, he gives you headache after headache. This guy comes to work every day and this guy is a ballplayer. He grew up on the ballfield with his dad coaching. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s not a guy who’s out of his comfort zone stepping into a huddle. That’s really where he’s meant to be. You put him in the huddle right there and that’s not something that he’s not prepared to do. He’s done that his entire life.
(On guys who weren’t on the original roster contributing now and what that says about the personnel department and the GM
…) I think they do a great job. We talk a lot of times about digging and finding. Really what I’m most interested in is just find us guys that we can develop. Find us a guy that has the skillset, toolset and the right mental make up and attitude that we can work with. It’s important for us to be able to build a team that’s got that smart, tough, fundamentally sound scope that we’re looking to build with. We want to find guys who you can coach and you can do more than one thing. We want to find guys who are mentally and physically tough. I think they’ve done a good job of going out there and really digging and finding. We’ve got a lot of guys that maybe someone else may have thought was under the radar, but for us, they were right on our scope. We’re fortunate enough to bring these guys into our program, we’re fortunate enough to work with them on a daily basis.