HEAD COACH SEAN MCVAY
(On playing at Seattle) "Absolutely. That's something that you talk about and you guys do a great job with your visual communication. You guys play with poise and concentration, specifically when you're on offense because of the crowd and how excited they get but that's part of playing on the road in the NFL, but certainly CenturyLink (Field) provides an atmosphere and environment that is one of the more unique and special ones if you're talking about it for Seattle. It's a great challenge for us to go up there and try to come away with a tough division win."
(On the Seattle defense) "Yeah, I think that's a thing that's been consistent with any type of Pete Carroll-led defense, is they talk about their football philosophies and it starts with 'it's all about the ball' and you see guys violently go for it and attack it. When they get those tips and overthrows, they typically turn them into interceptions. They've got guys on the back end with great ball skills. I think Bobby Wagner is a phenomenal football player that has a great understanding about what they're trying to get done, what the intent of the calls are and is somebody that's displayed a mastery of that system for a while, playing at an All-Pro level. I think Frank Clark has really shown in a variety of ways, whether it be the run or the pass. They move him around in some of those situational pass rush spots and they've got some young corners that are playing really well. I think (Bradley) McDougald is a guy that's done a nice job at the safety position and it's something that we've got to be ready for but you see a really tough defensive unit. They play sound fundamentals, they tackle well, they swarm to the football and they make you earn every single yard."
(On producing schemes to create mismatches on offense) "I think, number one, our players are making plays. I think our assistant coaches do a great job of putting together good plans on a week-to-week basis but our players' understanding of the intricacies of what we're trying to get done and then ultimately their execution is what has enabled us to be able to have success and we try to have the same approach every single week where we do a great job with our planning, our practice, our preparation and then it leads to the performance. You can't say enough about, really, the players' ability to execute the way they're playing for one another, the way they're staying connected and that's something that's been special for us as a coaching staff to just be able to see and be a part of."
(On what makes Russell Wilson dangerous) "I just think it's the type of competitor he is and then obviously, the athleticism. Clearly, he can make all the throws. He can play in rhythm when things are there in the pocket but then some of those rare traits and characteristics that he does possess are the ability if it's not there in rhythm, to be able to create off-schedule and you see him when he scrambles. It's with eyes down the field. Guys are working off schedule for him. He's been able to create a number of big plays. He can beat you with his legs. There's really not any way that he's not able to beat you and make you pay defensively because he's got the arm talent, he's got the brain, he's got the athleticism of his legs and that's why he's such a great competitor. That's why he's had the success over the course of his career and that's why it's going to be such a great challenge for us this week."
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR WADE PHILLIPS
(On Russell Wilson) "He's a tremendous player, all you have to do is watch him play. He makes plays out of nothing. He makes plays that nobody else makes. He's fantastic. He is obviously an elite quarterback that can win a game. He can beat you himself, not many quarterbacks can do that. He can beat you running or throwing it. He'll run for first downs that are key plays, run around, and find somebody open. You have to find somebody to cover him, and that makes it hard. And he's been doing it since he's been in the league. I can't say enough great things about him, he's a great player."
(On Seattle's offense) "I think they've done a good job offensively. They've run the ball a lot better than they have last year. They have three running backs that are strong runners, their running game is good. So you've got a strong running game and a quarterback, that makes you dangerous. And they've got Mike Solari, the line coach, who's done a really good job with their offensive line. It's always a challenge up there, they've got good coaches and good players."
RB Todd Gurley
(On Sunday's game) "Every game is a must-win, and we've just started off pretty hot. It's a divisional game, it's a must-win. We can't give them anything to feed off of. We just need to go out there and try to dominate."
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