Featuring postgame quotes from the following:
Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett
I give so much credit to the Seahawks, to our players battling the whole night to be able to put ourselves in position to potentially win with a game winning field goal. You know, with all those things against us, I thought those guys did a good job. Just got to be better in the red zone. That starts with me. Got to be sure we have a better plan and are able to get physical down there and score some touchdowns instead of field goals, or nothing at all.
Q. (Regarding fourth down/Javonte.)
No sir. No, no. He knew where we had to get. I thought Javonte made an amazing -- why I was expecting to have to go for it on that down and distance is because I believe we were about third and 14, third and 15, and I thought Javonte made an incredible play and put us in the field goal range, the mark we were looking for.
Q. Can you pinpoint anything specific on squandering the three...
Yeah, we didn't execute. We had a false start. We had a walk-in touchdown and ended up having a false start, which is unacceptable. You can't have penalties there. We had a couple opportunities. They were there; we got to capitalize on them and we didn't, and that's what is frustrating in those situations.
Q. (Regarding delay of game calls.) What did you see there that was causing some of that?
Yeah, I mean, yeah, we have no excuses. That's what we preach. Got to be sure we get the play in and can get it called and get the guys rolling. I know it was definitely loud, but, again, that's no excuse. We got to be better.
Q. When you guys -- when Brandon went out there the first time, kicked it, they called a time out, missed it. Was there any consideration maybe switching?
No. I was happy he got that one out of the way. I thought he had plenty of distance on that one and just thought that we were going to be able to make that. I have confidence in him, and if we have to put him in that situation again, I think he'll be able to make it.
Q. (No microphone.)
You know, I got to go back and look at each one of them. I know a lot of them came in the first half. It's just one of those things. We have to look at the ones we can control. There are some that -- you know, or I don't know if it was taunting or unnecessary roughness and things like that, so we can pull those back for sure. Those are big chunks of yards that kept drives alive. So we just got to make sure we keep our wits about us. One thing we talked about coming here is we had to be sure we controlled our emotions, and there were too many times we didn't and what hurt us.
Q. Were you right on the line or was that...
Yeah, we were right on the line and he had plenty of distance. He just missed it. Again, that's -- hey, Brandon gave it his best shot. That's a long field goal to hit. I think he's capable of that, but obviously I wish we would've got a lot closer. It put us in that weird spot there because we were in the field goal range but we were on that fourth down situation. Didn't think we were going to get that many yards, so I thought it was a great job by Javonte. We just made the decision we wanted to take or shot there on that one.
Q. Defensively what did you see in the second half?
Yeah, I'll tell you, they did a good job. I think that first half, a lot of those drives were extended because of penalties. They took some of those penalties out and made some adjustments and they did really well. I think it was only 35, 40 yards and we moved the ball well. In the end, we got to score in the red zone. It's that simple and that starts with me.
Quarterback Russell Wilson
A lot of great things. Really the reality was just we didn't get the ball in the end zone on those red zone plays, and turned it over a couple times down there. But the thing was I think how we kept answering, kept answering, I thought we were really good on third down. Thought we were just kept getting first downs on third downs, and also we made some key plays. Thought Jerry Jeudy looked amazing tonight. Excited for him. Courtland, too, made some great plays as well. So I think the name of this game is any time you play, it's about the turnover battle. You got to win that, and then also, too, I thought that all three parts got to play great together at the same time. When we can do that, especially two out of three, which I think we did at some points of the game, got to do it throughout the whole game. The great things I told these guys is we got to be unwavering. You know, unwavering, unwavering. I thought that obviously the environment is always special here. I've been here for ten years. It was special tonight. I thought the energy, everybody was focused and locked in. I couldn't have been more locked in. Just felt like I was on every little detail. Just didn't go our way. Guess what? There are 16 more games to go and there is a lot more football to play. I'm looking forward to what we can do, especially when we get it all together at the same time.
Q. How surprised were you that he took the ball out of your hands on fourth and five? (Indiscernible.)
Well, we got the best field goal kicker maybe in the game. We knew that we --
Yeah, yeah. We said, where can you make it from tonight, and he said 46 left hash. I think we were on the 46. That was before the drive. We got it there; unfortunately didn't go in. I think he has the leg for it for sure. Just went a little left I believe and just -- I believe in Coach Hackett. I believe in what we're doing. Believe in everything, and any time you can try to find a way to make a play on fourth and five, that's great too. Also, I don't think it was the wrong decision. I think he can make it. Obviously hindsight he didn't make it, but we were in that situation again I wouldn't doubt whatever he decided.
Q. Russ, you touched on the atmosphere. Can you expound on coming back, the emotions, the crowd, everything?
You know, I think that for me, Seattle has been amazing for me. You know, like I said, anybody who thinks otherwise, they don't know my heart and how much this city has meant to me. From all the kids I've met to building our school here to all the games we won here, all the special times. Forever grateful for it. So I got to see a lot of teammates afterwards. DK, Tyler. DK, he's one of my best friends in the world. We talk every week, couple times a week. Penny Hart, we talk every other day. Tyler Lockett, you know, just seeing him get engaged. These things matter. The game matters obviously when it matters. But your friends matter, too. So seeing like Dissly, guys like Quandre Diggs, I was telling him how much he's inspired me just as a father. He's an amazing dad. I think his heart -- he's got an amazing heart too as well. There are so many guys. I pray for Jamal, too. He's one of the best in the game. I'm not sure what his status is or whatever. I just know he got off the field. But he's a guy I've talked to quite a bit too as well. One of the best in the game, so just praying for him. So I think that more than anything else, for me personally, I didn't waver, you know. They may cheer for you, they may boo you, they may -- they'll love you one day and hate you the next. That's sports. At the end of the day, I'm going to keep competing, keep battling. I know who I am first of all. I think for me, I'm just grateful God has given me the chance to play this game to sit here in front of you guys and say -- you know, it's all for His glory and His glory alone. It's not for anybody else. I play for an audience of one and it's just for Him. I'm just grateful I get to be with these guys in this locker room, too. I've been around some amazing teammates in the past and got some amazing teammates currently. I'm going to remember every single moment of that. Tonight was special. You know, it's the other side than I am used to, but it was still a special environment, a place that I've always loved.
Q. The number of penalties that you had tonight, what would you attribute that to?
I thought we were just battling out there. It was a great game going back and forth. I think that we can eliminate those. It's football. I think we got a tough-nosed defense that has attitude and is tough as can get. You're going to get some penalties every once in a while when that happens. That's just the name of the game. I think that also, too, I think we can be a little bit more efficient every once in a while. I thought how efficient we were moving the ball up and down the field, you know, guys were excited about where we can go and what we can do. Today we didn't get it done tonight, but there are so much that we can do and so special to have such great running backs. Seeing the tight ends, they all played well. I thought our tight ends -- Beck played really great. I thought Courtland and Jerry were spectacular. And just to see K.J. Hamler out there again, exciting for him, so that was great.
Q. You said it's just sports, the cheers or boos are kind of how it is. Did the boos that came down bother you at all? Did it get to you? Were you expecting something else?
No, it didn't bother me. This is a hostile environment. It always has been. I didn't expect them to give a round of applause every once in a while, you know. So I think that -- like I would say, I gave everything I had every day here. Every day. Anybody that says anything else, they're completely wrong. I gave everything I had every day. So I know that for a fact. Like I said, I have some amazing teammates on the other side of that field that I love to death and gave everything I had to them; they gave everything they had to me. God brought me somewhere else. I'm here in Denver. I'm excited where we're going. So I'm just grateful. I give the glory to God because he's given me the gift of playing this game.
Wide Receiver Jerry Jeudy
(On what went wrong for the offense) "I thought we did a pretty good job driving the ball, I think the biggest thing that went wrong was we just need to finish. We did a good job on driving the ball, we did a good job in the second half of getting our stops, we just have to finish."
(On if he wanted to go for it on fourth down at the end of the game) "I was just doing my job and doing what coach asked of me. I think coach made the right decision. [Brandon McManus] just didn't make a field goal, but we see [him] make those kicks all the time."
(On how he'd describe the atmosphere of the game) "It was loud, it was real loud. We just came out here and played football. We took our focus off the crowd and how loud it was and just tried to do our jobs, execute our assignments and win the game."
(On what it felt like to get off to a good start himself) "It would feel much better if we had the [win], but at the end of the day, the game is over and it's time to focus on next week."
(On how much they were motivated to win the game for Russell Wilson) "Not only did we want to win it for Russell, but we wanted to win it for the team as well. It would've been a great feeling to start off 1-0, but like I said, things happened and now we have to focus on the next game."
Running Back Melvin Gordon
(On how much of this loss is a factor of the Broncos beating themselves) "We definitely beat ourselves. We got in the red zone multiple times. Couldn't convert. Don't mind going for it on fourth. We're supposed to get the job done. We're not worried. We'll have our heads down for a couple of hours because we're competitors and we hate losing. We know we shot ourselves in the foot. We know we're the better team, but clearly we made more mistakes than they did. In the National Football League it doesn't matter if you're the better team or not. You make mistakes, you're going to lose."
(On what happened during his fumble at the 1-yard line) "It was fourth down, so I was trying to reach the ball. I got stopped dead to rights. This is fourth down. That's the only time it really is acceptable to reach, so that's what I tried to do. I could have just locked it up, but I would have been short. I'm trying to reach and get it past the goal line. They knocked it out. It is what it is. Like I said, if I didn't try to reach for it, I don't think it would have come out, but I was trying to make a play. Like I said, that's when the coaches give us the OK to reach the ball, when it's fourth-and-one. We don't care what happens at that point. It's fourth down. Either way, I got stopped. I'm glad Courtland [Sutton] tackled the guy. People can say what they want. It is what it is. Mistakes happen with Javonte (Williams). Mistakes happen. You're trying to make a play. I think he did enough to make up for that. You make mistakes, you can't hang your head up over it. I think he's doing pretty well with it."
(On what you learned about your offense with Russell Wilson as QB) "We can be explosive. We could run the ball, we could pass the ball. We've just got to be sound in the red zone. That's been our issue, not scoring enough points. We've got the players to score. We just didn't get the job done today, unfortunately. I'm walking out of here with my head held high because I know we have the players to do it. I mean, we're clearly the better team, and we were explosive out there, making plays. That's what the great teams do, they make it right. We didn't do that tonight. It's fine. We've got a lot of games to come. We're going to be better men for it."
(On if he's disappointed for Russell) "It was another game on our schedule that we wanted to win, you know what I'm saying? We want to win all of them, regardless if Russ played here or if somebody else played here, we wanted to get that dub (W). That's just what it really was. We worked hard to get the W today and we came up short. But it is what it is. They can laugh now. I seen Pete Carroll. He was doing his little celebrating on the sideline. That's cool. Hopefully we can meet those boys again, you know, in the Super Bowl, hopefully. The goal is to definitely have the last laugh. They can giggle now."
Linebacker Bradley Chubb
(On how they adjusted in the second half to slow down the Seahawks' offense) "I think we kind of got the jitters out, not trying to do too much. Just play within the defense and did everything we did and I feel like it started working out for us. I felt like in the first half, our communication might have been lacking. Guys were kind of all over the place in the beginning of the game, but we talked to [Defensive Coordinator Ejiro Evero] at halftime and we got back on track I felt like."
(On if he felt like he was back to being himself with a couple of sacks) "Yeah, it was good to see. Good to have success in the pass game. But at the end of the day, I want to do it for all four quarters. I felt like I just did it for two. I want to get back to being the full, dominant type of guy so I just have to get better from that."
(On what it was like to have a healthy Randy Gregory next to him for the whole game) "It was huge. You saw him on the first drive, he pushed 67 back and got into the lap of Geno [Smith] and kind of set the tone for me and for us as edge rushers. When you have a guy like that rushing on the other side, you just want to beat him to the quarterback. You want to be the first one there. He pushes me, he pushes everybody on that defensive line. It's great to have him back."
(On what he tells the team after they had so many penalties on defense) "You just have to hone it in. You can't be sloppy. You have to practice how you want to play. Coach always says that practice is preparation because it becomes reality. I felt like sometimes during the week, we might've slid by those penalties. We saw those penalties happen and we might've slid by them and not addressed it as we should have. But at the end of the day, as a captain, as a leader, you have to be the one to have those hard conversations and make sure we get back on track."
(On what the atmosphere was like with Russell Wilson's return) "It was cool. It was cool just to see the Seahawk fans gravitate towards hating him and booing him and stuff like that. But at the end of the day, I've played on all stages."
Kicker Brandon McManus
(On if he learned anything after his first attempt, nullified by a timeout call or during practice…) "I wasn't really worried about the distance necessarily. Once you get back that far, especially with a slight breeze right to left, once the ball starts losing velocity I knew it was going to fall left. So I wanted to aim it towards the right upright and, you know, it kind of started it down the middle, and it kind of fell off there. I wanted to aim it further right, and it didn't happen."
(On if this is a repeat of Denver's recent history of struggling to score points…) "No, it's a much different team, just the energy and the effort. Obviously it's never good to lose, but the key here is to stay together and get better each and every day coming back and win the next one. We have 16 more games and we need to win more than we lose in order to get into the playoffs, and obviously that's our goal, to get there. So we've just got to get back to work and work together better as a team in all aspects."
(On the plays leading up to his field goal attempt…) "We've been very good about that, understanding the whole aspects of the game. I told them the 46 left hash, and they got me exactly there. They had the faith in me. I've just got to make that kick."
(On being iced and then preparing for his next kick…) "There's no problem for me. I get a practice kick, even though I wasn't really set. I wanted to kick the ball just to see if my guess was right, if the ball would move left, and it did both kicks. I knew I had to kick it toward the right upright in order to make it, and I kicked it down the middle to start."
(On if he expected to be called on to kick on fourth down…) "Not necessarily, but I knew I was ready because, like I said, I gave them 46 left hash as my mark. I was ready for it. I didn't know what they were going to do."
(On after practicing long kicks in the past, what he thought his chances were of hitting this one…) "Pretty good. We did two different situations. I'll do a normal distance in the first or third quarters. A normal kick is probably more like the 40-yard line, so you're kicking a 58 at a pretty high percentage. I'd say that's like an 80 percent under kind of kick. Obviously from that distance the percentage is lower. I've attempted so many, like you said, that was kind of my goal, to make more of them from that distance. I would definitely say that's more in the 65 percent, 70 percent range."
Guard Dalton Risner
(On what happened on the lack of red zone touchdowns) "I think we moved the ball up and down the field. It's no question that we moved the ball up and down the field. We beat them in a lot of categories, but we didn't finish. Plain and simple, we have to get better in the red zone. We have to be able to punch that in. We can't take field goals. On two separate drives, third and fourth down and we didn't convert. That's the difference in the game right there. We lost the turnover battle, but that was close. All in all, being an offensive lineman and being an offensive player, you know how we work, and we believe that we have to be able to punch it in. I think that if we punch it in on some of those drives, we win the ball game. Of course, there's positives to take from this game. We're not going to waver one bit. We're still very confident in who we are as a team, but we have to be able to finish."
(On if part of the miscues are due to the lack of time playing together in the preseason and the loud environment) "First of all, no excuses. I think it's important when you lose to give credit to the other team and at the same time not have any excuses. At the end of the day, we have to be better. Of course, we're having growing pains. That's with every team. Every team is doing that in Week 1. So there's no excuses. At the end of the day, let's punch the ball in the red zone, let's be a better team at finishing and the game is ours. It's as simple as that. The defense played a great second half. Shut them out in the second half. We just have to finish our drives. I think that's the difference in the game."
(On if the offense would've liked to be on the field on the last fourth down) "One thing I've always believed as a player is, if you don't get it on fourth and five, everyone's going to be like, 'Dang, you have a great kicker, you should've kicked that field goal because he could've made it.' We put the field goal team out there and we miss it, and everyone's like, 'Dang, [the offense] should've been out there for fourth and five.' But, to your point, of course I'm going to answer the bell, whatever it is. I'm on the field goal team as well, so whatever they call, I'm running with the coaches. Of course, I'd like to be out there on fourth and five, but I was cool with the field goal call as well because I think Brandon McManus is one of the best in the league. I think if he gets that opportunity one more time, he's going to nail it."
The Seahawks host the Broncos for Monday Night Football at Lumen Field on September 12, 2022. Game action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery.