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What The Seahawks Are Saying About The Cardinals

Take a look at what the Seahawks are saying about the Arizona Cardinals before the two teams meet in Week 4 in Arizona. 


(On the challenge of going against a quarterback who they don't have that much film and insight on) "Well, the challenge is how they're going to utilize him, how they're going to mix their stuff and what they think. We won't know until we play. We have to go on what they've done but anticipate that we may have to adjust and so we just got to wait and see. He's a real capable thrower. He can throw everything so it's not like we can narrow it down and figure out what they're going to do. We don't know right now. So, we're going to play good football and adjust as the game goes."

(On figuring out what film to study when facing a team that uses a number of different personnel) "We look at everything that we have. For the whole team, we're going back to last years stuff. For the defense, there's a lot of things we have to cover. It's a big process because of the newness and all that."

(On how the Arizona Cardinals are using David Johnson) "So far, they're getting the ball to him as much as they can. He's such a versatile player. He does everything out of the backfield. They can move him out, they do all kinds of stuff. We have a lot of experience in seeing that, so we kind of have everything in mind we have to get prepared for."

(On how he's been successful containing David Johnson in the past) "Yeah, I don't know, that was before. That doesn't mean anything to us now. We've always zeroed in on him and their style of running. They're a different staff now and a different style and a different play caller and all that. We don't have any of that advantage after all the years we've played them. I think he's really difficult to bottle up and you can bottle him up in the running game and he'll beat you in the throwing game. He's a fantastic football player."

(On if he takes anything out of the recent success the Seahawks have had playing Arizona) "It's been a good trip. The 12s like going to Arizona, they help us out. They've always been really strong down there. It's great to be on the road and feel the presence of your own fans. They've always been really good about it, so I'll give it to them."

(On if the new coaching in Arizona changed how they do things defensively) "Yes, it is a difference, it's a different scheme. It's really where we were looking at it like it's Carolina's defense, the roots and the basics of that. They play a lot of nickel and using a Budda (Baker) a lot in there and he's been a real flashy part of their defense already. It's different. It is a different origin in the scheme."

(On if Arizona is still as good at steady pressure) "Absolutely they're coming at you half the time, they're really aggressive. That has not changed."

(On how the conversation went with Jaron Brown about facing his old team mentally) "It was good. Just recognizing that there's a conversation to have is to say, okay, I got to be level-headed about this and make sure that he's clear-headed about it and doesn't let the emotion of wanting to make all the plays and make the statements. It just comes natural to all of us when we have those kinds of opportunities. You just got to just touch base on it. The fact that we did, he's going, okay, yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm going to be okay. I'm going to watch him all the way through the process too because sometimes it gets really hard."


(On preparing for a team with a rookie quarterback) "Well, we do our practice. I think we've always taken the philosophy that it doesn't matter who we're playing. We've got to get us right, so there's a lot of things that we need to certainly tighten up on in our own camp. What they end up doing, they end up doing but at the same time, we have a few things that we need to tighten up. Obviously, we're looking at film on the new quarterback but there are so many things that we have to tighten up on that it's our own things that we're really worried about."

(On going back to watch film from a quarterback's college games) "Again, we're concentrating on us. Obviously, we'll look at what he's done at this level but at the same time, it comes down to how we play (and) how fundamentally sound we are. Are we making mistakes? Are we communicating well? Those things are the most important to us."

(On the importance of stopping the run against Arizona) "No question. Stopping the run, you want to make teams one-dimensional. If they run the ball, they don't have to throw the ball so you always start with your run fits and your ability to fit correctly and understand that everybody's connected. That's something that is no question going into the game. We always make that one of our top priorities, to make sure we put the ball in the quarterback's hand to make him win the game and then we can get after the quarterback like we want to. Getting the run stopped is priority number one."


(On studying Carolina Panthers film due to former Panthers DC and current Cardinals HC Steve Wilks) "Yeah, it looks very similar to Carolina. I think that Coach Wilks is a tremendous football coach and he has a great understanding of what he wants to do and his defense to do. Those guys are playing really fast. Unfortunately for them, the record doesn't show what they're showing on film all the way, I don't think. They're a really talented football team with a lot of great players. Obviously, Patrick Peterson, he's one of my favorite players to watch in the National Football League, just a great football player and a great human too. Obviously, they've got Chandler Jones coming off the edge (as) one of the most talented pass rushers in the game. Budda Baker is playing great, just to see what he's doing (as a) University of Washington guy, right down the street just making a lot of plays and causing a lot of havoc. They've got a lot of great players and so I think the biggest thing is that they mix it up. They do a good job of mixing it up. They bring pressure quite often obviously. That's always the case with Arizona, just in general. We've got to be able to block it up and if you do, there's a lot of green grass behind it in first downs and everything else but they're definitely trying to get to the quarterback first. I think that's the biggest thing."

(On how much Carolina Panthers film he's watching) "Well, I feel like I've played the Panthers more than I've played any divisional opponent. I have a good understanding of what they do, obviously. Definitely have watched a lot of film going back, watching a lot of Carolina stuff, watched tons of film on Arizona and even the preseason games and everything else and just all the things that they do. I have a good understanding of what they like to do, but I've definitely studied a bunch of Carolina stuff and when we've played them and when they've played other teams as well, so I've watched a good amount."

(On crossing paths with Josh Rosen) "Yeah, I think I've crossed paths with him a couple times, actually. For the Kids Choice Awards a couple years ago, and he was at UCLA at the time and he came by and said what's up. Great competitor, and a good person. I got to see him and talk to him for a little bit, and then I saw him one other time, I believe. I'm trying to remember where it was. I guess it was at UCLA. I guess he was working out. Yeah, I've been around him a couple times. Obviously, for him being a rookie, he's a talented, talented quarterback (and) highly touted. Has a great arm and everything else, so it'll be cool to watch his progression throughout the years."


(On what stands out in Arizona's defense) "A bunch of pressure. They just bring a lot of pressure. They're playing some different stuff in terms of they're playing a lot of sub right now, a lot of nickel defense with extra DB's in the game. Obviously, the pressure numbers are really high. They've got a couple of guys that they bring more than other guys. They've played a couple of pretty good offenses but they cause problems. Because obviously Steve (Wilks) coming from Carolina with that package and some of the things that you're doing, it doesn't always look the same to you as opposed to like a base defense. I've played against Patrick Peterson quite a bit, obviously a great player. It'll be a challenge. They're a team that can get on you in a hurry with some of the pressure packages that they have."

The Seahawks face the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium for Week 9 of the 2022 season. Take a look back at photos from previous games between the two teams.