Take a look at what the Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) are saying about the Seahawks (6-2-1) before the two teams meet in Week 11 at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.
Head Coach Doug Pederson
(On the challenge of playing in Seattle...) "That's the number one thing is they're obviously playing well. Russell [Wilson] is Russell, he's going to make plays with his legs, he can extend plays, you have to just account for him and keep him in the pocket. Defensively they are playing extremely fast and they're aggressive on defense. They're keeping these teams in third and long situations, in a lot of third and long situations. Then of course you factor in the crowd in those situations, it just makes it that much harder to execute on offense. You probably hear it every week, if you can handle the crowd noise, at least you give yourself a chance to execute plays. Seattle is playing well, coming off a great win the other night at New England, that was huge for them. Just looking forward to the opportunity."
QB Carson Wentz
(On the similarities between the Seahawks and the Falcons defensive schemes...)"It's very similar, obviously the schemes are very similar and most people know that. They play things just a little more aggressively, a little differently, they'll mix it up a little more. Their overall, general scheme, probably their day one info and all those things are very similar."
(On how much he paid attention to Russell Wilson in his rookie year...) "I actually followed Russell when he was in college as well. Was always a big fan of his, enjoyed watching him play and then once he transitioned to the NFL I followed him as well. The Seahawks were always a team that was fun to watch. They were winning lots of games and stuff, so I've always respected the heck out of them."
(On Earl Thomas...) "The guy is all over the field. He'll start on the backside numbers and he'll end up making a play on the far sideline. The guy can cover some ground. I don't know if I've seen anyone on film quite like that. It's pretty impressive. The guy's instinctive, you can tell he studies tape, he's a smart football player and it looks like they give him a little bit of freedom back there as well. He's definitely someone we have to keep an eye out for because like I said, he's all over the place and he makes lots of plays."
(On what he's heard about playing in Seattle...)"I've heard its loud. I've heard it's arguably one of the loudest places in the NFL. I think we're all excited for it. We're excited for that atmosphere. It's going to be a physical football game, a fun football game on Sunday afternoon. Like I said, its going to be loud and I know the Seahawks fans are very passionate, very into it, so I think it will be a lot of fun."
Get to know the faces of the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive and defensive units heading into the team's Week 11 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.
Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz
(On facing Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson…) "Every week Russell Wilson has gotten healthier. Last week he looked like he was back to himself. I don't know how much his knee injury is still bothering him, but it didn't look like a lot. It's not just a matter of beating the offensive linemen, now it's a matter of chasing the quarterback and getting the quarterback on the ground, and holding up in coverage. It puts a lot of pressure on your coverage, the ball's not coming out quick, so we've got to do a good job of covering to be able to exploit those kind of matchups."
(On if Russell Wilson's mobility influences the way you play defense…) "Mobility, number one, does, obviously his ability to create a play, it's tied into their wide receivers. Their wide receivers are used to it. They run a route, if the ball's not thrown right away they're not standing around looking, they know right away it's a scramble drill. He also scrambles backwards, which makes it hard to catch because he already has a little bit of cushion. Fran Tarkenton did a lot of the same things and I grew up as a kid watching Fran Tarkenton and Chuck Foreman and those guys. … I liked those two guys. But he did a lot of the same things, scrambling backwards, puts a lot of pressure on the defense."
(On Russell Wilson's success…) "One of the reasons he's been successful through his career is that he's not a one-trick pony. You see it with some quarterbacks, they come in and they have a little bit of success and then defensive coaches, coaches around the League sort of figure out a book on them so to speak and they take away those strengths, make them play to their weakness, and a lot of guys' effectiveness starts to wane. But not him. People have had a long time to try to figure him out and nobody really has and that's because he's a good player and because even though he's 5'-10.5" he plays big. When he's out there we're not going to be concerned with his height, we're going to be concerned with his ability to make plays, and his ability to extend plays, his ability to make plays with his feet, to run for first downs. All those things are going to be the important thing, not what he measured at the combine."
(On if he has spent much time studying Seattle's defense…)"Over the years you always in the offseason look at opposing defense, or other defenses around the League in different areas: third down, red zone, run defense, pass rush, to try to get some ideas to steal from. I'll be honest, we've robbed some coverage techniques from Seattle. A couple years ago they had a relationship with some guys I've worked for and they robbed some pass rush concepts from us when I was in Tennessee and Detroit. So that stuff goes around the League. This League is about finding what your players can do the best. If that's something that can help your players, then it's good. But it always doesn't work that way, just because another team has success doing something doesn't mean it's going to fit for you. That's our job as coaches, find out what fits the best, find out what gives us the best chance to win every week, and find a way at this time of year to juggle things like depth or injuries or things like that because that stuff comes up. Every week it's not going to be exactly the same."
Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich
(On if they can carry their run-the-ball mindset into a game with a run defense like Seattle's…) "I think you can. I think that's the key. It's a mindset. You never know how it's going to play out. You go up against a team that's this good against the run in their home place and you still have expectations to run the ball efficiently, run it enough to win. That looks different from game to game, but I think what you're saying is a good thing, we've got to go in with the mindset that we can run the ball effectively against this group."
(On playing offense at CenturyLink Field…) "We all know about this environment. It's challenging. So it's just a matter of concentration, it's a matter of trusting it and being focused. You've still got to be able to get off the ball. The good thing is we practice this all the time, you just have to do better as far as eliminating those pre-snap penalties."
(On Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman…) "We have a healthy respect for him. He's a very good player. I think there's certain things that you run the play you've called that you feel good against anybody, and then there are other plays that he has strengths that you think if I'm a quarterback on that one and I have a choice I might go the other way. I think most quarterbacks think that, they go into the game, they study the film. But to be honest there's more than just a few plays where we call the plays and we run them. We have confidence in our guys. But sometimes there's a choice and you choose to throw away from a corner that you have a lot of respect for. That happens all the time."
(On the challenge of going on the road for a young quarterback like Carson Wentz…) "You've got to keep your poise. The challenge is — and we'll simulate it, we'll go inside today, we'll crank the noise up — but it's really hard to totally simulate this environment. But that's the fun part of it, it really is. When you've been around this League and you kind of get in environments like this, as challenging as it is, it's fun. This will be a good experience for Carson. In one respect it's just another road game, it's just the next opponent on your schedule. But everybody knows when you go to Seattle that it's a tough environment to play in, mainly because they've got a good football team. To me, you look forward to it, but you've got to keep your poise, you've got to really be able to bounce back for a bad play. There's going to be however many offensive plays in a game, you're going to have a bad play or two. You've got to have the fortitude to get back up and stay aggressive."
DT Fletcher Cox
(On Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson…)"When you've got a guy like that I think the main thing is you don't want to chase him around. He's fast and he can make a lot of plays with his feet."
(On what makes Seattle so difficult…) "They're a great team. They do a lot of great things as a group. It's nobody just singly standing out. They play together collectively as a team and that's what makes them so good."
(On the importance of staying disciplined on a pass rush against Russell Wilson…) "I think the most important thing this week is contain the football. … If we're sacking him then he can't get out of the pocket. If we're getting pressure in his face and making him make mistakes and throw bad throws, then I think we'll be fine."
LB Jordan Hicks
(On this weekend's matchup…)"We know this is going to be a battle of defense. One of our things going into is not only do we have to be better than their offense, but we also have to be better than their defense on Sunday. It's going to be big for us."
(On the challenge Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham presents…)"They use him like a wide receiver, and rightfully so. He's a big guy. He can go get any ball you throw up at him and Russell likes to target him a lot. We've got to be able to contain him as well and be able to make him stop his feet, challenge the throws."
(On being 0-4 on the road this season and the importance of getting a victory this week…)"Every game from here on out is huge for us. It's a one-game mentality, I know you've probably heard that a lot but it's the truth, and especially on the road. This is for us a must win. We have to win these games. It'll be big for us. It's going to be a dog fight, we expect that. Every game has been a dog fight on the road. We don't expect anything less."
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The Seahawks and the Eagles have played 14 times, splitting their all-time series 7-7. The two teams will face off again this Sunday during Week 11 at CenturyLink Field.