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What The Lions Said Following Their Loss To The Seahawks

Take a look at what the Lions said following their meeting in Week 8 against the Seahawks. 


Opening Statement: "Obviously, not a very good game for us here, All three phases. It was a bad job coaching, bad job playing. We have to do a better job getting prepared during the week. (We) played a very good Seattle Seahawks team. Give them credit. They came out, they out-performed us. Pete (Carroll) had his crew ready to go coming off the Bye week and we just couldn't stay with them at all. So, I have to do a better job getting the team ready. I have to do a better job preparing us to get ready to go. We have to play better and we just have to go out and execute. I definitely think that there were some things that came up in the game that obviously hurt us and we have to work to eliminate those. But that starts with me. So, we're going back to work here tomorrow."

On the special teams' performance today: "Football is a three-phase game. We speak about it every single week. We have to go out, we have to do our job in all three phases. Right now, I'm not really pleased with any phase. Certainly, I think all three of them today weren't good enough and we have to do a better job of coaching and preparing and getting ready to go and executing when we're out there on the field. That's it."

On special teams penalties making the game more difficult: "Whatever causes you to start your drives down that deep against the Seahawks with the way that they play, and their ability to load the box, not give up big plays. The defense that they run, you give yourself a big challenge. But whatever the situation is, we have to go out and we have to execute no matter what. We have to overcome it."

On how he instructs special teams to play punts like the punt scramble in the fourth quarter: "We'll go back and look at it and see where the breakdown was in that situation. Obviously, that part of the game we're trying to do anything we can to get the ball and get after it. They were trying to take the safety and play that play there, and we obviously let him out and let him run. He saw the space and he took it. So, we'll go back and take a look at that."

On how crucial it is for the team not to fumble the ball or create turnovers: "Well, we can't have turnovers in any phase. It doesn't really matter. We're certainly not getting any on defense either, so we're not helping ourselves. So, in general overall, the turnover situation (was) not good enough here today. We have to get more, we have to generate more on defense and we can't give them up here, special teams or offensively. It's part of the game, we know that. We know that ball security is important, so I have to coach it better and we have to get it right."

On Seahawks QB Russell Wilson's performance and how their preparation for him was executed: "He's phenomenal. I think I talked about him all week and his ability to control the game, his run ability and usually how that increases somewhere in the end of October after the Bye week and towards November and December as the games get more critical. We're certainly aware that he's going to keep the ball more and take the ball in some of those read-option plays. He's very athletic, he's fast. He's like a running back when he has the ball in his hands. So, he's a major problem to deal with. He did a great job. (He) out-executed us and made some huge plays. (He) was able to get the ball downfield when he needed to and took control of the game. He does a great job at the line of scrimmage. So, some of those situations there, he's up there and he's making some checks and adjustments based on what he sees. Give him credit, he did a great job."

On if he feels that the defense against the run game improved this week: "Seattle's run the ball really well, so we knew it was going to be a big challenge for us. It's a full-team effort in the run game. We have to get everybody executing better. Like I said, I have to coach it better. We have to get the fits right and we have to get off some blocks and we need to get our fundamentals better. So, that's the bottom line. It's not one player. It's a full team effort and that's the most important thing. It starts with me. I have to coach it better and we have to go from there."

On the team's positive performance in the first half and the change in play in the second half: "There's no doubt there were some good, contested plays out there. But unfortunately, we didn't come up on the right side of it. They did, they out-finished those plays and came down with them and they were big for them and not good for us. So, we have to make more of those plays when we have those opportunities. Again, I have to try to get them to be in a better position in some of those situations to make those plays."

On how he balances the run and the pass game: "Look, that's going to be different game by game. Last week was a completely different situation than this week. This week it got to the point where we needed to try to get a little something going and change it up, so we did that. Again, they did a good job early in the run game and took control of the game early on both sides of the ball. We didn't do a good enough job of getting that done. So, sometimes that happens and that's the way the calls go. But we just have to do a better job overall with the execution and the coaching of all of it."

On the benefits to calling the challenges he did in today's game: "The first one's pretty self-explanatory. It's a two-yard gain, so the benefit of it is not there, plus you lose the challenge. And the second one was a seven-yard difference. And at the point where we were in the game with yardage and field position, all of that was critical and we were trying to get control of that because we didn't have it. The seven yards at that point was important for us to try to get."

On how he can improve the team's lack of focus as a coach: "I'm going to put that on me and we have to go out and we have to perform better. I have to get them ready to go. It's a team effort. It's all of us in there working together and certainly, whatever he (Ricky Jean Francois) said, he said. But from my standpoint, we have to be ready to go. We have to come out and—we had a little bit of success early in the game, but it doesn't matter. We have to stay focused for the entire game and play 60 minutes. So, as the head coach, that's my job."

On what he thinks the disconnect may be between the team's emphasis on forcing turnovers during training camp and their performance today: "Yeah, it's a good question. There's a big point of emphasis on all that fundamental stuff for us, so we have to execute a little bit better and just keep grinding away and just trying to get it to the level that we need it at. So, we'll keep working on it. It's a huge point for us. Some weeks it's good and some weeks it's not good. What we need to have is the consistency and that's what we're looking for right now."

On the difficulty in controlling both sides of the ball: "The control of the game is always critical. It's not necessarily just the run game. It's just controlling the game and being able to execute at a high level. When you don't have that, when you can't execute at a high level, then that's what we have to get fixed and that's what we have to have. So, when that doesn't happen it's certainly frustrating for everybody. We have to just make sure that we get it coached up and that we get it right."


On the hit that caused the fumble: "It was definitely a good hit, he had his hat on the ball. Definitely can't do that in that moment on that side of the field, you can't let the ball go."

On the special teams performance against the Seahawks: "Just lack of discipline. (We) didn't, I guess, show up how we should. Definitely disappointing, disappointed in myself for putting the ball on the ground in that situation. But the mark of any good team is bouncing back and we didn't bounce back today, so definitely have to continue to work on that factor because stuff is going to happen, it's football. There is going to be ups and downs in the game and it's all about how you bounce back from it. I feel like as a squad, that's all, we didn't bounce back right."

On how far the team is from being a good team: "Not far, not far. It's all a mindset. It's all of everyone just bringing the same attention to detail, fundamentals, all the stuff is fundamental stuff that can be fixed. And as the season goes on we can't lose sight of that. It's a long season, sometimes you kind of hit a cruise control and you forget the little things you do every single day. Like same foot, same shoulder, ball security, hold tight, stuff like that. But you have to continue to focus on that stuff as the season goes on."


On his thoughts about today's game: "You know, I think we did some things well, but overall we have a lot to work on."

On how it felt to play today: "I mean, it wasn't tough at all. The guys did a great job at helping, getting me prepared, you know, they made it as simple as possible."

On what made the Seahawks running game effective today: "I don't know. They're just doing a good job executing and we just got to do better on our assignments."

On the Seahawks' offensive strategy and run game efficiency: "Yeah, because it opens up so much other things in the offensive playbook if you can't stop the run first and foremost."

On having to defend a short field after the kickoff return fumble: "You got to go out and play defense no matter the circumstance or the situation. And my job was to get the ball back to the offense and not give up points. I think we did that once, maybe, but you know it wasn't good enough."


On if the focus was lacking this week or just today: "I just noticed it today. We didn't focus on nothing, we couldn't stop the run, and we let the Seattle offense control the game. We killed ourselves in penalties, we didn't connect with their plays and we didn't focus at all. We were just out there playing."

On how you explain the lack of focus: "I don't know, I don't know how to explain it. I just hope that everybody comes in on Monday locked in. From this day forward, Monday, everybody comes locked in every Monday and getting ready to play. You play this game five to six times before you play it on the actual day. Mentally, physically, you're going to play this game multiple times. I don't know, their focus is killing me, that's the only thing I can think off of my head that we weren't focused. We have to be there detailed, we were not executing, we weren't hitting our plays, we didn't focus at all, we just got beat. Don't get me wrong, that is a good team right there. They caught us slipping and they did their job. They came out here and put up the W on us."

On the cause for the lack of focus: "I don't know, I don't know what it is. I really don't care what it is. I just want everybody to lock back in. Lock in for these next 10 weeks, just lock in. Leave everything else alone outside of this building. I know you love your family, but tell them you will see them in February. Just lock in and do your job, nothing else is important to us right now. Do your job, don't look at the clock during the game and do not look at the score during the game. We've got to focus and we have to lock in. We've got to learn this one value, do your job and do it to the best of your ability, and focus when you do it."
* On if it they came out a little flat during first quarter:* "We came out flat with no focus. We just weren't ready to go again, that team came off that bus ready to go. They were ready to execute everything, they were ready to put their skills on display. We just came out there and weren't focused at all against this team and that's the weird part. We can come out here against Green (Green Bay Packers), we can come out here against the Patriots, we can come out against the Dolphins on the road, but as soon as we get home, we can't do the same thing. The only thing that's aggravating me is that this is a good team at every position, I don't care about statistics or anything. When you see us block against teams, you see us, we can control the ball and we can run the ball. We can stop and run, we can put the ball in there, against some of the best teams in the League and we can't beat the system, we can't do it each and every other week. We can't keep doing that because at some given point they would get aggravated. At some other point you're going to be at home in December like, alright it's over."


On the difference in the game today: "We didn't get any yards. I don't know how many we had, but I didn't run the ball as well as I was supposed to and I take full ownership about that. It's hard to throw the ball, especially as a team that plays D Cover 3 most of the game. They don't allow big plays and you got to be able to run the ball and I didn't do that today."

On how it felt that he improved and was making big plays in the second half: "I mean, that's just, I want to win, so whatever I can do. If we can't run the ball, I want to get involved in the passing game. We still came up short, so clearly still got some work to do."

On if he felt the holes were there for him: "We had some holes. We had some holes. They're a good defense, they always have been for as long as I've been watching football, Seattle's been known for their defense. They still got some pivotal players there with Bobby (Wagner) K.J. (Wright) and (Jarran) Reed and they play great defense, so it's not going to be a 200-300 yard game. It's going to be a grind-it-out, tough-yardage game and that's what we got."

On what the team was not able to find this week compared to last week: "I mean, this week is all about us and consistency. We weren't consistent. We had drives at the end of the game, we still marched right down the field, we didn't finish. We had drives at the beginning of the game we didn't finish. We had plays that were something minor away. We just weren't consistent in our performance from last week and it showed."

On what extent the team feels like they beat themselves: "I mean, we fully do. I mean, don't get me wrong, they played a heck of a game, but our defense gave us chances throughout the game. We gave ourselves chances throughout the game. We killed ourselves in penalties. We killed ourselves with negative yardage runs. It's hard to win against a good team. They're a very enthusiastic team. They're a traditionally winning team if you don't play a good game."


On today's loss of momentum and performance: "We didn't get it done. They played better than we did. That's about it."

On how disappointing the effort was against Seattle's rushing attack: "Yeah, they ran the ball well. They ran the ball. It's going to be a game like this where everyone tries to run the ball and they executed and ran the ball. Well, we didn't get enough stops, we didn't get enough whatever. I don't know. We're going to watch the film and see exactly what was going on, but they were out executing better than we were."

On whether tonight's problems paralleled the Lions first two games: "I mean nine times out of 10, when we lose it's going to be the same issues. Turnovers, not stopping the run, not making plays, that's kind of what happens when you lose."

On how critical winning this home game was: "I mean, we definitely wanted to win, you know. We try to win every game. Like I said, they came up, played better than we did and they got the win. So, have to go back, try to get it corrected and go on a roll next week to Minnesota."


On if the Lions only ran the ball 13 times because of the fact they were down: "Yeah, it was more score-of-game, game-flow oriented. You don't ever think about doing that into a game. We were coming in with a balanced game plan and obviously the score got to where it was, we had to try and do some things to get back into it."

On how difficult it was to have starting field position so deep in Seahawk territory: "You know, it is what it is. Obviously, we want to be further down the field than that, but sometimes games don't happen that way. I thought we did a nice job of getting them all out of there I think, didn't come away with pointS every time but at least flipped the field for a decent amount of those. I'll have to check on all, but you know we just didn't play well enough as a team. You look at it, I mean offense didn't run the ball well enough, defense probably didn't stop the run well enough, third downs, turnoverS, field position, you name it, we didn't do it well enough."

On how he describes how the Lions have been up and down from game to game: "Just got to prove it every week and every team is a good team. Doesn't matter who you're playing, you got to go out there and prove it and play well. If you don't play well, you won't win. If you play well, you win. And that's just the way it goes."

On if Lions WR Kenny Golladay is seeing different coverage and if that is why he didn't get the ball as much this game: "No, I mean these guys were playing their stuff and it just happened that other guys caught the ball. We don't really go into a week thinking, 'Throw this guy a ball a bunch of times,' we just go out there and call plays and I need to make sure I get it to the right guy."

On how he felt about having the ball so little in the first half: "Yeah, it was a little bit of a funky game from a time of possession, but normally when that happens in the first half you flip it in the second half, you get the ball a bunch. I don't know what the numbers ended up being, but we didn't control the game. We didn't convert enough on third downs, and keep our defense off the field and vice versa."

Photos of Seahawks fans in attendance at the team's Week 8 road game against the Detroit Lions.