LIONS HEAD COACH MATT PATRICIA
(On the upcoming game) "Well, I see that we've got an incredible challenge in front of us here, trying to get ready for the Seahawks. It's a great football team. Coach (Pete) Carroll does a great job of building his team year in and year out and putting them at a high competitive level. They're obviously coming off a good stretch of games here, coming off the bye week and getting ready to go. We'll have a big challenge in front of us. A lot of hard players that we're going to have to defend and a lot of things that we're going to try to prepare for."
(On former Seahawks TE Luke Willson) "Luke has been great. I really liked him, in free agency, some of the versatility that he had as a player. I think he's a guy that can obviously help in the run game and the pass game, but he can also line up in a bunch of different alignments. He can be in the backfield, he can be on the line of scrimmage, he can be off, so some of that versatility factor was great. We thought it really fit some of the things that we wanted to do and when you meet Luke and you get a chance to spend some time with him, his energy, his enthusiasm for the game and the way that he loves to play and practice and get after it was just something that I thought was a good fit for our team."
(On former Seahawks CB DeShawn Shead) "He's done a great job. He's been back on the team and been playing for us and helping us through some games. He's an extremely mentally and physically tough player. He's very long. He does a great job of using his leverage and played quick for us on special teams. He does a good job, of course, on defense in whatever role we ask him to go out there and do. He's kind of been a quintessential part of our team here for the last several weeks. (He's a) guy that we got to know during the spring and worked through training camp and just glad at this point of how he's out there working hard every single day to get better."
(On the Seahawks secondary) "Well, Coach (Pete) Carroll has done such a great job and obviously, with Ken Norton being back into the system on the defensive side of the ball, to me I think that the defense looks like it's young, it's fast, it's aggressive. The corners are extremely long, (Shaquill) Griffin and (Tre) Flowers. Their length, their ability to get up on you on the line of scrimmage (to) jam (or) bail out, stay on top of the routes, take away the deep balls – they looked exactly like what you would expect a really good (pair of) Seattle defensive corners to look like. I think they're doing a great job. I think the safeties, obviously (Tedric) Thompson stepping in and making sure the deep part of the field is solidified with (Bradley) McDougald down in the box and being able to play both in man against tight ends and in the zone coverage for run game. His ability to fit kind of that down box safety role, I really think they just haven't missed a beat from that standpoint. Obviously, things change and names change. The scheme is very similar. It's very aggressive and I think what ties it together is Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright in the middle. Those guys do an excellent job of kind of solidifying the front and then connecting the front to the back end and making sure the middle of the field is just packed. To me, it looks aggressive. It looks like they've come into kind of their own as far as what they are this year and what they are doing right now in the last several games and I think it's a real dynamic group, a very dangerous group. They do a great job with the turnovers and that's the biggest thing, is getting the ball back to the offense and giving them a chance to score. Just a real impressive group from my standpoint."
RB LEGARRETTE BLOUNT
(On Seattle's defense) "I think you can just credit that to Pete Carroll. His system that he has intact, just putting guys in that spot to be successful. And on top of that, just having Bobby Wagner there, and just to have guys like that to fill that void. Just to have guys who are Pro Bowlers and leaders like that defense. It's just having guys like that and a coach like that to where your defense isn't really missing a step."
WR GOLDEN TATE
(On Seattle's defense and what they're doing well) "They've got some younger guys that are savvy guys, but they're good at what they do. To me, they're not hard to figure out, but they're really good at what they run. They know where their holes are, they protect them very well, and that defense is full of speed. Just knowing from my time there, it's been kind of a 'bend but don't break' type of defense."
The Seahawks and Lions face off on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023 at Ford Field. Kickoff is set for 10:00 a.m. PT. Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the Lions.