Check out what Arizona Cardinals players and coaches are saying about the Seattle Seahawks before the two teams meet in Week 17 at CenturyLink Field, via azcardinals.com.
Head Coach Bruce Arians
(On his comments about how CenturyLink Field is their 'home field' and if he thought that was something that wouldn't get out to the public and if he intended for that...) "Well, when you're talking to your team in the locker room, you're talking to your team; you're not talking to the press. It wasn't supposed to get out, but it got out. All coaches say things to their teams to get them fired up for the next week, but it got out, and that's what I said."
*(On how they have played very well in Seattle since he took over as coach and if there is any reason for that...) *"Well, it's always a tough game. They've beaten us here and we've beaten them up there, so it's kind of funny how that has worked out. The big play that Russell [Wilson] made last year, J.J. Nelson made a couple of big plays in that game. It seems like that game up there [in Seattle] always comes down to three or four plays; if you make them, you win and if you don't make them, whether it's in any phase of the game. You never know when they're going to happen, but that game especially, just a play or two changes it."
(On how Drew Stanton has given them everything he has and if his contribution has been more then he anticipated when they had to turn to him...) "Yeah. He got hurt that first game against Seattle and finished it out, and then he was pretty bad there for a few weeks and then Blaine [Gabbert] played, and Blaine played really good in spurts. For a first-time quarterback in this system, I was very pleased with him, and then Drew [Stanton] got healthy and we turned back to him this week. The guy [Drew Stanton] always puts us in a position to win a game."
Quarterback Drew Stanton
(On the noise at CenturyLink Field…)"The noise, and communication is the upmost importance and when they limit that because of how much it can affect a team, you have to take the necessary steps throughout the course of the week to prepare for that."
(On big plays putting pressure on the players…)"Maybe it's one or two plays in this game. I think in a typical NFL game you'll see four or five plays whether or not you make it or it's made on you. This one typically comes down to one or two because we know what we're getting when we go up against them. They know that we're going to try and run the football, and they're going to try and stop it. We need to do our part offensively and sometimes it's a field game battle. A field position battle and you're trying to set yourself up and be smart. I know I've got to do a good job of taking care of the ball and put us in the best possible situation to move us down the field and get points."
Take a look at the Arizona Cardinals players you can expect to see when the Seattle Seahawks take the field in Week 17 at CenturyLink Field for the final week of regular season.
Defensive coordinator James Bettcher
(On Seattle…)"Great challenge. Special quarterback, one of the best in the National Football League. Can throw, make all the throws, buys time. We've played him enough times to know what he's capable of, how special he is. There's some receivers on the perimeter, there's Baldwin (Doug), or Jimmy (Graham); those are guys that you see the number of targets those guys have and you know that down in and down out they're going to find ways creatively to get both of those guys the football. Going to be a great challenge, great environment to go up and play in."
(On stopping the offense…)"I think it comes down to two things. One being consistent in the run game, you cannot allow them to run the ball. Second and six, second and five those are deadly downs to be in. Those are opportunities for Russell to keep the balls, tuck it, pull it, he'll scramble, he'll buy time. You can't be in those downs and distances. We've done a pretty solid job, there's one game that really sticks out in my head. We lost the game, we didn't play well in the run game. Then second it's the unscheduled downs. There was one busted play earlier in the season we all know about but I think we've done a pretty solid job of handling the off schedule downs."
Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald
(On Seattle being his favorite road game…)"Hands down, hands down. I've been looking back through all the years, I don't think I've ever played in Seattle before Thanksgiving before. It's always late season, cold, dreary, rainy, loud miserable game so I wouldn't expect it any other way."
Cornerback Patrick Peterson
(On Russell Wilson…) "Russell makes it very, very difficult for us, for defenses to prepare for him because it's tough to prepare for those second chance plays. You never know what the guy's going to do, and that's what Seattle does very well. You rarely see them beat you on the initial play, it's the second play. The eight-, 15-second plays that get teams and that's tough for anybody to do. For us we just have to make sure we're extra cautious when Russell starts to scramble that we're plastering our coverage."
(On Doug Baldwin…)"Doug's always been crafty. Like I said earlier, those guys they make so many plays off the second chance plays and you can tell that they're, that they work on that a lot. So, those guys are in very good communication. Once Russell rolls one way those guys know how to break the route off, try to go up the sideline and come back down for a comeback so those guys have a very, very good communication with one another once Russell does break the pocket."