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Titans-Seahawks Postgame Quotes

Posted Oct 13, 2013

TITANS HEAD COACH MIKE MUNCHAK 

(Thoughts on the game…) We’re average right now. We can’t keep getting in the same situations. I thought our defense played well. I’m going to look at the tape. Our defense kept us in the game, throughout the game. They did a nice job up here against a good offense. Our offense only scored six points. We had two turnovers and that’s not good enough.

(Was the lack of a rushing attack what caused your team to lose…) I think every Sunday you want to be able to run the football. So you have problems if you ultimately can’t or you can’t run it the way you hoped. I thought I saw in spurts we were going to be able to get something going, especially right before half and in that third quarter there. Then we couldn’t finish the drives and get first downs, as far as getting more opportunities. We kind of bottled them (Seattle) up and then they busted it open for some runs, that’s what we need to do and we're not doing it right now. That’s frustrating and until we fix it or until we do better, we're going to have days like this.

(You’re not running well with Johnson, why use another running back on third downs…) With (Darius) Reynaud? Yeah, we didn’t get it, so we should have run something else.

(How do you think Fitzpatrick played today…) It's hard to see it when we don’t sustain drives. It’s hard to see on the sidelines to see exactly what’s happening to see why one play worked and why the other plays, we had two interceptions, especially the ones in the third and fourth quarters. Our defense had just given up a drive and we needed to make some plays. We can’t throw an interception on the first play of a series and put the defense back out there like we did. Because eventually an offense is going to wear you down, which happened. They (Seattle) started to make some plays the next time they got the ball. We’re just not playing good enough to win on that side of the ball.

(Thoughts on letting the game get away…) We’re putting ourselves in situations where you have to be perfect and you can’t make one mistake. Unfortunately we got the ball back, were up 10-7, we get the fumble recovery, we get a 15 yard penalty and we have to punt in three plays. You can’t do that, that’s unacceptable.

Click here for the slideshow from Tennessee's 20-13 loss at Seattle.

(How frustrating is it to have to make plays in the fourth quarter to win…) That’s what we have to realize. You can still win games that way but it’s harder to do it every Sunday. There are going to be windows in that game, when it was 10-7 and our defense got the turnover on that first drive and we had the ball on their 40. That’s the one that is going to haunt you because we should have done something with the ball there and we didn’t and we punted the ball back to them. In that scenario, we could have put points on the board and put pressure on them and then it changes the game dramatically, we didn’t do that.

It’s similar to last week, we had a third-and-2 and we didn’t convert that and Kansas City got back in the game when we had the lead. They’re the plays that were not making that are costing us the game.

TITANS QB RYAN FITZPATRICK

(Thoughts on his two interceptions..) Yeah they were definitely both on me, poor throws; you’re not going to win many games turning the ball over twice like that.

(Thoughts on run game…) They’re a good defense but I think if you look at the game, we couldn’t get into a rhythm on offense and a lot of that is me. I didn’t play well today, really for the last two weeks, played poorly and we haven’t won a game, it’s hard for me to come in and I feel like the momentum has kind of gone into a halt the last two games and the way that we played on offense because the defense is still playing great and making plays out there and I’m not doing enough out there to consistently move the ball for the offense.

(Thoughts on increasing number of team turnovers…) Every week is different, every team is different, but there are going to be turnovers in games, there’s going to be things that happen but the two that happened today are ones that shouldn’t; just in terms of me not making the plays I needed to make.

(Thoughts on head coach’s comments…) We got to go home and win next week, and that will kind of get the mojo back. The last two weeks unfortunately, especially offensively, we just haven’t played well and I haven’t played well enough for us to win.

(Not capitalizing on huge turnover…) That was big, you have to be able to take advantage. That would have been a big momentum changer right there. The fact that the defense got the ball back for us and we were in good field position. To have a three-and-out there and have to punt is not a good thing.

TITANS RB CHRIS JOHNSON

(Thoughts on struggling run game…) Yeah it’s real frustrating, been going through this for about a couple of weeks now, about three weeks. It just a work in progress, we can’t continue to put our defense out there like that. If we want to win games and the way that our defense is playing, they are playing real good right now. So I feel like the running game is going to have to get picked up.

(Thoughts on available running lanes…) We're working, we’ll say that, we’re working.

(Thoughts on Seattle run defense…) We’re not taking care of what we need to be taking care of.  They’ve got a good run defense, but we got good players up there up-front and we’re just working.

(Why he missed the critical third-and-1 carry…) Yeah, of course I wanted to be in, I got the wind knocked out of me on that play or whatever.

TITANS DT JURRELL CASEY

(On not recovering a Seattle fumble… )  We’ve got to make those plays.  When the ball is on the ground, we’ve got to be able to recover it.  That’s one of the biggest issues we had last year.  When we make guys fumble, we didn’t recover them.  We’ve got to make sure we work on that, over and over.  That’s a critical play for us.

(On the fine line between winning and losing…)  We’ve got to be in tune.  We can’t be satisfied with what we did at the beginning of the year.  We’ve got to make sure we keep on growing.  To be a great defense, you’ve got to keep growing.  We can’t be happy with what we’ve done in the past.  You have to be current.  Right now, we’re not being that great defense. 

(On the fourth quarter…)  That’s one of our biggest things, playing 60 minutes.  We’ve got to go out there and fight hard, but we’ve got to make sure we eliminate their big plays and limit the offense from things that they want to do. We’ve got to be sure we’re making those stops, and we ain’t getting it done. 

(On offensive production…)  If the offense can’t score, you can’t win, but it’s the same on our end.  If you don’t allow them to score, they can’t win the game, and we let them score two times on us and kick multiple field goals.  We’ve got to eliminate those and hold them to the minimal points possible.  I know to be a great defense you’ve got to be able to get to that level and help our offense out any way possible.

TITANS CB JASON McCOURTY

(On the impact of the loss…)  It’s really tough. This is, by far, the best team I’ve been on since I’ve been a Titan. We come out here, play hard, guys are giving it their all, but it’s not good enough. We’ve got to find a way to win games in the fourth quarter. You look at our three losses. Two of them (we) were up. I think this game we went into the fourth quarter 10-10.  We’ve got to make the plays down the stretch to win the game, to be the team we want to be.

(On his touchdown return…)  We were able to capitalize on the opportunity. It was big. It gave us seven points going into the half. We talked about just coming out in the second half and playing our game, taking advantage of it, trying to score points on offense, our defense continues to get off the field. We just didn’t do a good enough job of that.

(On if he was worried his run might be called back…)  On the replay, you always get worried when they challenge it or whatever. But during the course of the play I had no idea. I was just trying to get the ball out. I was just trying to score. When I saw (Michael Griffin) making the tackle, it was already fourth down, so the ball was going to be ours at the end of the half. So I was just trying to get the ball out. Once the ball was on the ground, you try to get seven points out of it.

(On playing Seattle and Russell Wilson…)  It’s tough. The toughest thing about this offense is we got them in third downs and we had guys covered, but Russell Wilson is just a superior athlete. His ability to get outside the pocket and make plays hurts. You see it on film and you prepare for it, but it’s a tough cover. But as a defense, we had opportunities. In the four-minute situation we had the opportunity to get off the field and get the ball back. We had a fumble that we were almost able to pick up. In this league, it’s going to be hard. You’ve got to take advantage of the opportunities you have late in the game.

TITANS TE DELANIE WALKER 

(On losing in the fourth quarter… )  You say it’s the third time, we can’t have reporters saying this is the third time, this is the second time. We don’t need none of that. That’s what’s keeping us from winning games. We have made too many mistakes, we turn the ball over when we need to make opportunities. We’re just killing ourselves. When that stops, that’s when we’re going to start winning games, so we have to figure out how to do that. This week we have a team coming in to our home, the 49ers, we have to play better football if we want to get a “W”.

SEAHAWKS HEAD COACH PETE CARROLL

(Opening…)  Playing a really good football team in Tennessee, we kind of made it rough on ourselves today.  We could have had a better day of it, but some stuff got away from us.  The ball was greased today.  I haven’t seen that many fumbles and that many mishandles and stuff and it really gave them a chance to get in the game and we could have controlled it earlier.  We made enough mistakes to make it a close game, but we functioned pretty well on offense.  We moved the ball great, and we did better on third defense.  On defense, we stopped them all day long, without giving up a touchdown for the day, which in the NFL is awesome to do that.   We did some really good things; it was kind of a game of situations that kind of messed with us having a better time of it.  We get out of it, it was a good win over those guys   We’re done with the AFC, and we have to get cranked up and get ready for Thursday night already.  I’m glad our guys came through.  I thought some guys did some really good things, in particular Russell (Wilson), I thought played a terrific football game today.  He threw for a bunch, completed a bunch, ran for a good amount as well, and just played football.  You could see him making things happen and coming through in a lot of really crucial situations for us.   Our third down numbers were better on both sides of the ball; not great, but they’re better.  We looked like we were functioning better.   Without the scrambles, we would have done really well on defense today, but those got away from us a little bit.  It looked like a total collapse at the end of half.  It was really my call, the way I screwed it up.  We should have just gone for it, and not worried about those guys.  We thought those guys would handle it well, they had plenty of time; they practiced enough, we thought, but it didn’t look like it.  I would take that back in a heartbeat.  Fortunately, we won the game and we get out of it, and that’s the way we deal with it.  The guys did a good job at halftime, they didn’t give me a hard time about it, they just came out and played well and put together a good second half to get a win.  It’s kind of how that went.

(On eliminating the big plays on defense… )  They did a really good job.  They stayed on top the whole time, did a nice job.  The one play that got out, they had another shot at us one other time, but throughout the game they did a very good job.  They couldn’t run the ball at all, which was great.  It’s a good front, and a good offensive line, and a committed running team, and so that was great to shut them down like we did.  

(On Brandon Browner not playing much in the first half…)  Just gave him a break.  We have plenty of guys to play and I wanted to make sure we were fresh and going and I had a chance to talk to him about some of the stuff that was going on in the first half.   We were happy to put Walter (Thurmond) in the game, and give him his playtime.  That’s all.

(On the concerns he has about the offense…)   We had some untimely penalties in there.  I would like to see our third down numbers better; we need to be around 50 percent if we’re doing it right.  I think we’re making it through right now.   Zach (Miller) will be back next week for sure.  He was all but ready for this one, that will be great to get him back.  The other two kids will come back in a couple of weeks.  Percy (Harvin) is coming around the corner.  We have some guys that are going to juice us up a little bit here in a couple of weeks.  It ain’t going to change right away.  Zach will be the first guy back.  I think we need to keep getting better, and keep improving.  They made some plays today, you might look at some balls like we dropped them; they defended them, and made a couple of nice plays on Golden (Tate).  So, give them some credit, too.  We had 400-something, and they had 200-something. I kind of like what happened today in that regard. 

(On whether the struggles inside the red zone are because Zach Miller is out… ) No, I don’t think that’s it, I don’t think so.  I think we made a couple of errors.  We fumbled the ball for like a 12-yard fumble; I don’t know how that happened.  That was what was so alarming today was that the football was so loose.  Sidney (Rice) made a terrible lunge with the ball and gave them the football.  Marshawn (Lynch) got it knocked out.  That’s just too many loose footballs for us, that’s just not the way we play.   So, we’ll be all over that one for sure.

(On the play of the offensive line…)  Solid.  A good job of pass protection. They gave Russell a ton of time.  He was able to sit back there and see what he needed to see, and ran when he wanted to, as opposed to when he had to.  I thought he handled all of that well.  I thought that was our best pass protection day in the last few weeks.  I think Max (Unger) had something to do with that for sure. 

(On what he would have done differently at the end of the half….)  Yeah, just not to put those guys out there.  Just go ahead and take one more shot with two seconds left, and not make (Chris Maragos) and those guys have to do that.  That’s a lot of pressure on those guys, and we didn’t handle it very well, obviously.  We couldn’t have handled it any worse, as a matter of fact.  I put them out there, they didn’t have to be out there, I shouldn’t have done that.

(On whether Maragos had been designated as the backup holder…)  That’s under question right now, don’t you think.  I think the next time out, Russell’s going to handle that. 

(On Marshawn Lynch helping in the passing game…)   That’s just what happened, just what was there today.  He’s a very good pass receiver and we prepare him to be involved in all the games.  He just got a few more great plays.  The throwback to him was a pretty exciting play in the game.  He’s very capable to help us in the passing game. 

(On the injury to Chris Clemons….)  A hyperextended elbow.  X-rays were negative, he has a sore elbow right now.  Coming back on Thursday, that might be hard.  We’ll see what happens. 

(On other injuries…)   A couple guys got nicked.  Kam (Chancellor’s) ankle is sore.  (Steven) Hauschka got a bloody nose.  I’m not making any kicker innuendos here, he got a bloody nose.  Other than that we just got knocked around a little bit.

(On whether he knew whether Hauschka could play in the second half…)   They were saying that he was, but I didn’t believe it until he went out there.  We were all the way up until that decision, and the first chance to kick a field goal; I was giving him time to go one way or the other.  They said he was fine, he did a good job.  It sounded like he had a pretty good hit, that knocked him; I didn’t get to see it.

(On the conversation he had Brandon Browner…)  I just told him we’re going to go with the other guy for a little bit here.  I couldn’t wait to tell him at halftime that he was going back in to start the second half.  He’s an excellent football player.  He answered it and went at it and did a nice job in the second half.  They tilted some balls at him all of a sudden there, they were going after him.  I just wanted to give him a break, that’s all.

SEAHAWKS QB RUSSELL WILSON

(On a crazy win… )  That was a battle out there.  We did a great job of finishing the game, that’s what we talked about at halftime.  The score was 10-7 at half.  Our whole thing was, let’s just finish the game, let’s continue to execute our offense; defense keep getting the football for us, and that’s what we did.  We had some fluke plays out there today.  We had, I think, 5 fumbles today, we lost 2 of them. I was able to scoop that one up; I felt like I was playing shortstop again.  It’s just one of those things where we did a great job today.  Marshawn Lynch ran the ball really well.  The guys really caught the ball well. I felt really good out there.  I thought that me personally, even though I didn’t throw a touchdown today, I felt like I was really in tune with the game, and that’s where I want to be every week. 

(On his fumble recovery, was he preparing to make a tackle…)  I was getting ready to make a tackle and just try to slow the guy down, obviously, and, yeah, I saw the big hop and went and got it.  That’s what they teach in baseball.

(On the bounce back plays…)  The key is to be able to bounce back and continue to make big plays.  I thought we did a way better job on third down today, we still made some plays.  We would have made another one, I think we had a holding call on one of them, we would have converted that one too, as well.  I thought we did a great job.  The communication huddle was great again.  Obviously, having Max Unger back in the huddle.  I thought (Lemuel Jeanpierre) did a tremendous job the past two weeks of stepping up, but when you have a Pro Bowl center in Max Unger, it really makes a difference in terms of the communication and the knowledge of what he’s trying to do, and his skill level is just unbelievable.  He’s a tremendous center.  I thought we did a great job.  Sidney Rice made some plays, Doug Baldwin made some big plays.  Jermaine Kearse did, Golden Tate did too, I believe.  And then Marshawn Lynch, sneaking out on that back side that time was pretty awesome.  We made some great plays today.

(On the long pass play to Marshawn Lynch…)  It really wasn’t designed for him.  We did that a couple of weeks ago, I believe, but it really wasn’t designed for him.  Coming out of the huddle, Marshawn and I just talked, and said, hey, you never know, but I really wasn’t thinking it to be honest with you.  We had a guy in the flat, we had a guy in the over, we had a guy on a run back going deep, and we had a guy going to the far side of the field.  I got space, I got away from the defensive end, and everybody was kind of covered, and sure enough he comes out the backside and makes a big play for us, and that was a big gain.

(On what he is thinking when he sees Lynch that open…)   Just deliver the ball right on the money for him.  Let him do his job.  Just catch and run. He’s a tremendous football player; he makes so many different plays for us.  His effort, his knowledge of the game, is great.  He’s so enthusiastic about the game, he just plays the game so hard.

(On whether he wanted to go for it at the end of the first half…)  I always want to go for it.  I told Coach Carroll that I thought that was a great decision to kick the field goal.  It was 2 seconds left in the half, go ahead and kick the field goal, give us a three points.  It was a crazy play.  We have Steven Hauschka out of the game, Jon Ryan is kicking, who has done a great job before, stepping in kicking for us in years past.  It was just a fluke play.  We fumble it, and they get the ball and score a touchdown.  You don’t expect that to happen.  I thought that was a smart decision to kick the field goal.  I don’t think it was a bad decision at all. 

(On whether he has been a holder before…)  Yeah, I have held before.  I got a couple of snaps at halftime.  Ironically, I’ve held for Steven Hauschka before, playing at N.C. State and stuff.  I’ll definitely start working on that, throughout the weeks. 

(On trying to get the ball to the referee after the play before the field goal attempt…)  I always tell the guys in the huddle, in a 2-minute situation, make sure you hand the ball to a ref.  (Robert) Turbin was trying to make a play, I think he was trying to run over a guy, and he got up, excited to get back, because we had to hurry, and let the ball sit on the ground, so I had to run over and get it.  I had to hand the ball to the ref, and he dropped it, maybe somebody knocked it out of his hands.  It was just one of those situations.  Luckily, we got the kill.  We clocked it, and ironically, they get the fumble and take it to the house.  That never is a good thing.  I thought we did well in that situation.  You think about it, we drove the ball all the way down, the goal is to score a touchdown or get some type of points, especially right before half.

(On his long-term concerns about the offense…)  I’m not concerned about our offense at all.  I think that we’re doing a great job.   I think that with the circumstances the past two weeks; before this week we have a lot of guys out; we have 3 of our starting offensive linemen out.  The past 2 weeks we went to Houston, against a very, very good defensive line, and then we go to Indianapolis on the road, and a very hostile crowd against a very good football team.  We shouldn’t have lost that game, but we did, and so we come back this week, and I thought we did a great job.  Like I said, I felt like I was in tune with the offense, I felt like I was really clicking with the guys today.  Obviously, you want to score every single time you get in the red zone, you want to do that.  When you’re playing in the National Football League, it’s not that easy.  It really isn’t.  At the end of the day, if we’re able to turn it over for just 3 more plays, or I think we were 2 for 5 in the red zone, if we can make those 3; and they did a good job of stopping us.  They made some good plays.  But if we can turn that over, it’s going to be lights out, so you look forward to those things.  At the end of the day, the ultimate goal is to win, and that’s what we did.  The defense made some big turnovers.  The offense made some big plays when we needed to.  Going in to that fourth quarter, it was a close game, and we were able to separate ourselves a little bit there, and get a touchdown when we needed to.

(On his having never lost a game in this building…)  I don’t think about that.  My goal is to go 1 and 0 every week.  Obviously, I love playing at CenturyLink.  There’s nothing like it.  There really isn’t.  The fans are unbelievable, the 12th Man is so energetic.  But, at the same time, I want to win on the  road, I want to win at home; I don’t care where it is; anytime, anyplace.  For me, it’s going 1 and 0 every single week; that’s the ultimate goal.  We have a quick week this week, we’re going on the road to Arizona.  It will be a good game, it will be an NFC West game, and so we’re going to have to prepare the right way and make sure that we rest our bodies, get ready to go and play a great football game, and try to go get a win.

(On trying to draw the Titans offsides…)  Yeah, I went a hard count on them.  We had done that once or twice in the game, on third and longs or whatever, or third and mediums.  We didn’t quite get them before, but I knew that they were going to be excited to go.  It was third-and-4 right there, if they go offsides it’s an automatic first down.  We almost came down with the catch, too, which would have been really big, too, but we didn’t.  That was a big play in the game. 

(On the sudden turnaround, say after Richard Sherman’s interception…)  It’s exciting, man.  We expected that to happen.  We expect the defense to get a turnover every single time they get on the field.  That’s how good our defense is, that’s how much belief we have in them, and they expect us to score as well and they expect us to never give up.  They expect us to continue the drives, continue to fight, and that’s what we’re doing, our football team is so close.  When you think about winning in Houston, when you think about that type of game.  It’s back and forth, back and forth, and we come up with a huge win, down 20 points or whatever it was.  Then, the Indianapolis game was a great game too.  We still had a shot.  We didn’t end up getting that win but this week, playing at home, in front of our crowd again, we wanted to be sure to give our best effort, and we did that today, and we made some huge plays when we needed to. 

(On what it took to get things going on offense …)  After the second or third drive, we were really rolling.  They’re going to stop us sometimes; I thought we did a great job, but we had a couple of close attempts, in terms of passing game.  A guy made a nice play, knocked down a slant.  I think that we may have missed one, but other than that, I think we were rolling.  We also had that one first down where I ran for it, and I think we got a holding penalty, so that kind of took us out of the red zone there, where we would have had first down.  But after that, I thought we did a great job on offense.

(On whether he is looking to run more himself…)  Not at all.  I’m not really looking to run any more.  Just trying to keep the drive alive; continue to have positive plays.  Whether it’s me running for 4 yards, or me throwing it for a first down, with a 5-yard throw, or a 20-yard throw, or a 70-yard throw, or whatever it is; I’m always keeping my eyes downfield.  To be honest with you, I hate to run.  I really do.  I’d rather give the ball to our playmakers and let them go to work, and we have one of the best running backs, if not the best running back, in the National Football League, and we have tons of receivers, and great tight ends.  So, I want to facilitate the ball to the right guy at the right time, and if it’s not there, then get something positive.  And, sometimes you have to salvage the play as well, and throw the ball away. 

SEAHAWKS K STEVEN HAUSCHKA

(On his injury…) I just felt it in my chest and I had a little bit of a bloody nose. I felt it a little bit in the side of my jaw as well. They had to check me for concussion protocol, that’s what took me a while to get out there.

(On the status of his injury…) Yeah it wasn’t a concussion.

(On maybe it being a good idea for him to avoid contact…) You can say the same thing, but you never know when it’s going to be a game breaking play. Who knows, he could’ve broke through. I was just trying to help out our coverage team.

(On where he was the last play before halftime…) I was trying to get out as fast as I could, but with the concussion protocol I had to follow that. I didn’t know what was going on, but I knew that they probably needed me, especially towards the end of the half. I haven’t actually seen the play yet, I was still in here. So it’s unfortunate with what happened, but I was hoping to be out there.

(On how important is the holder for a kicker…) It’s just different. You don’t get a lot of practice in that situation. The kicking ball is different, too, so sometimes those get a little slick.

SEAHAWKS C MAX UNGER

(On if the game seemed a bit unusual…) Yeah. I looked up the offensive numbers in the fourth quarter and I think we had like 350-plus yards of offense and we only had 20 points or something like that. It’s just the red zone. It was a point of emphasis, and third down was a point of emphasis. I thought we did a little bit better on third down, but red zone is still kicking our (butt). We need to get in the zone.

(On if he feels like the red zone problems will eventually be solved…) Yeah you know I don’t have the answer for you right now. We’ll go check it out on film and then come up with something.

(On if Russell Wilson scrambling saves the team…) I mean they have a good secondary too. Our guys were covered, and he has to make a play. That’s just something that we have to live with.

SEAHAWKS WR DOUG BALDWIN

(On what was the feeling at halftime after the muffed field goal…) It was frustrating. At the time I think everybody on offense wanted us to go for it. Steven Hauschka was hurt, we had our second string holder in there. Chris Maragos is usually pretty good at it, but it just felt like we should’ve just gone for it at that point. I don’t think it deterred us in any way. We knew it was going to be a battle. We always talk about, ‘We don’t win games in the first half, we win them in the second half.’

SEAHAWKS WR GOLDEN TATE

(On Marshawn Lynch being there when the team needed him to be…) Yeah that’s the type of player that we know him as, he’s going to come up big when you need him. He had some great runs, he played hard through the whistle, gaining those extra yards with the offensive line pushing him. We still rushed the ball pretty well considering that we have two of our guys missing. We got Max Unger back today, which is huge. He’s definitely a leader on the offensive line. We’re still excited, we’re excited. I can’t wait to get out there and play some more football, but I think it’s key that we really pay attention to detail this week and take care of our bodies.

(On how does it feel when everything breaks down that Russell Wilson can still make a positive play out of it…) That’s what Coach Carroll wants. He wants us to be special. He doesn’t want us to do what everyone else does. That’s why Russell Wilson is here. He can make plays everywhere on the field. Throwing it, handing it off, he’ll even go out there and throw a block on a reverse, recover fumbles, his wheels are great, he’s shifty, he just brings another dimension to our offense, and we don’t even have Percy Harvin right now. I think we’re just going to continue to get stronger, and I’m really excited for the future.

(On how does it feel to be 5-1…) I don’t care what our record is. Once we win I come here smiling, but come midnight tonight it’s time to look forward. What we did tonight doesn’t really matter, it does not matter. We have to come ready to grind, we understand that we really need to take care of ourselves these next two weeks with two back to back on the road primetime games, we’re ready, we’re excited.

SEAHAWKS WR SIDNEY RICE

(On his catch on the sideline…) It’s just having awareness. I know if I would have moved my foot one moved my foot one more time I would’ve ended up out of bounds. If you look at it, I think I was leaning before the ball even got there trying to keep my feet inbounds. It’s just field awareness and we work on it every day during practice.

SEAHAWKS DE RED BRYANT

(On the Seahawks’ defensive performance…) We checked the line, we eliminated explosive plays. The only thing that I felt like we could’ve done better was contain the quarterback just a little bit better. But all in all, extremely proud of our effort and definitely affected the outcome of the game.

(On ever seeing anything like the failed field goal attempt that was returned for a touchdown…) Yeah, you know, that was a tough situation for (Chris) Maragos. You never anticipate that scenario. We’re just glad that we were able to get our kicker back and we got our holder back. Maragos was in a tough situation and he was doing what he felt like was the best thing to do and Tennessee just made a great play. Sometimes, they thought football was easy and you just need to know how to respond to adverse situations like that and that was an adverse situation at that particular time and we responded well.

(On the challenges that arise when preparing to play against the Cardinals on a short week…) It’s definitely a tough challenge; due to the fact that it’s a division game. But the good thing [is that] we’re familiar with each other, in terms of the type of style of football they like to play and style we like to play. They got a new head coach. I’m pretty sure we will watch a lot of the Colts, in terms of last year of what they like to do and a little bit of the Steelers, I’m assuming because he was the offensive coordinator from there as well. I know that we’ll come up with a great game plan as usual and we will go out there and give our best foot forward.

SEAHAWKS S EARL THOMAS

(On Ryan Fitzpatrick not throwing the ball towards Richard Sherman…) But they got to throw at him. If they see me going that way, it’s just one-on-one. They got to throw at him. So we were in zone right there and he does a great job with his technique. So polished, best corner in the league, and he just shows up week in and week out.

(On how it good it feels for the Titans’ offense to not score a touchdown against the Seahawks’ defense…) I think it was just us. We’ve been normal. A loss doesn’t define us. If we have a bad game, in our guys’ eyes, when the quarterback only throws for 220 yards, that’s just high expectations and we appreciate that. So we just looking forward to the next opportunity that we have.

(On Earl Thomas chest bumping Kam Chancellor…) Yeah. See, they sleeping on me now. I might be short, but I’m strong. Especially, when my momentum is pumping and stuff like that. It’s all fun and games; we’re enjoying this journey. We know that it’s not going to be smooth sailing. There’s going to be bumps in the road. But, I appreciate my teammates.

SEAHAWKS S CHRIS MARAGOS

(On the field goal attempt that was returned for a touchdown…) I think I could’ve been a lot more aware, especially too, if we did botch it because obviously, it’s a possibility. All three of us never had that timing like that and obviously, game experience. So you know, just going down with it and having the opportunity to just eat it at that point and go into half time. So that probably would’ve been a good move.

(On things happening so fast when situations like a botched football hold happen…) Yeah it is. Like I said, I should’ve done a better job of just controlling the situation. When the snap got mishandled, I should’ve just went down with it. Our defense was playing well right before the first half. Really all game. So to be in that position, I should’ve just knelt it.  But like you said, things move fast and you’re just trying to make something happen with it.

(On how much Chris Maragos has practiced holding snaps…) Well I held four years in college, so I have previous experience doing that and then I’ve held a few times in practice; things like that too.

SEAHAWKS CB RICHARD SHERMAN

(On if the Seahawks’ defense has fixed their mistakes from the game against the Colts…) You know, we cleaned up the things that we needed to clean up. It wasn’t anything crazy that we had to do. We just played discipline football, we played sound football, and we made plays that were there. We didn’t do anything… we didn’t make ordinary plays. We got a lot of great football players on the D-line. They made great plays. They (faced) a great running back. They kept him inside, they kept him bottled up, the D-line played a great game. Linebackers, they were flying around, making plays, popping balls up, tipping balls. Earl (Thomas) made a great interception; coming over the top to save us. I was able to make a play on the ball. That’s an ordinary play that we expect from one another.

(On Earl Thomas’ chest bump with Kam Chancellor…) I don’t know if that’s going to be on C’mon Man or Not Top 10. But he’s going to be on Top 10, too.

(On his interception…) Yeah. I mean I played receiver for a long time. You get good at locating the football; you got to find that dark dot. And (when) you look up into the blue sky; you got to be able to find that dot. I was able to find it. He pushed the ball kind of inside. I went to eye-point it and get the ball before Nate Washington got it.

SEAHAWKS S KAM CHANCELLOR

(On the defense helping the offense staying positive after making a mistake…) We’re all a team. It goes hand-in-hand. Some days, we might be down and the offense might be up. Some days, they might be down and we up and you know, both be up one game. So it’s a team thing and if they’re down, we’ll be up for them; give them the energy.

(On Kam Chancellor chest bumping Earl Thomas...) Yeah man. He’s been delivering big hits all game and that was just one of them. That’s all I can say man. That was just one of them. A part of the big hit.

(On expecting Earl Thomas to knock over Kam Chancellor when chest bumping each other…) No I didn’t. I didn’t expect that at all. As you just got up under my chin, leverage wins.

(On being 5 and 1 gives the Seahawks more of a reason to win games…) Never. You know, every game is going to be hard.  You know, you got good competitors all over the league. You got to respect every opponent, every team. We just got to go out there and play disciplined, play sound ball and just Seahawk ball the whole time.

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