What The Seahawks Are Saying About The Cardinals

Check out what the Seahawks are saying about the Arizona Cardinals before the two teams meet in Week 17 in Seattle.

HEAD COACH PETE CARROLL

(On the upcoming regular season finale against the Arizona Cardinals) "It's hard to believe that this is the last week of the regular season. It's just hard to imagine that this has happened (with) all that's gone by. We certainly want to finish this thing right. We'd love to finish up this December and do a good job putting together some more good games here and this is an important one, leading into everything that comes up. It's a huge opportunity for us to play good and to work well and continue to force the fundamentals to get better and all that good stuff in ball so it's really how we're going about it. We have not been very successful against the Cardinals here and it's important to us to make sure that we are. We've got to put together a nice game and it really goes back to the prep to get that done."

(On his message to the team for motivation) "Every game that we've ever played has always been the same, in that we're trying to give everything that we have to get the kind of performance that gives us a chance to be as good as we can possibly be. I know you hear it all the time, but that's what they keep getting pounded with and I have never backed off of that and we're not starting now. If we start doing that and trying to figure out which game is more important than another one, I don't think you can count on getting back on track. You don't know. You may be able to, but you may not so we're not going to take that chance. We're just going for it."

(On Larry Fitzgerald) "He's been a phenomenal competitor. He's really tough and physical. He's extraordinarily talented. He's classy. He's got great character about the way he plays. The ability to come through to make big plays in tough situations, incredible athleticism. His hands are just – the strength of catch is just amazing. I think you can go back to the playoff games a couple of years ago when he was playing with Carson (Palmer) and making the plays at the end of the game to give them a chance. He's just a phenomenal competitor. He's one of the all-timers."

(On sustaining momentum going into the playoffs) "I particularly think it's a part of the discipline of performance, that you don't allow yourself to say that this game isn't as important as some other game. I know that there are coaches – and you guys have all heard it for years – that you can only get up so many times a year. You can only have so many big games and all that. I just flat out know that's not true. I just know it's not true, but I understand why people say that. We don't subscribe to that thinking and we're going to go for it every freaking time forever, no matter where it is or when it is, so that we learn to find the edge that it takes to stay consistent and stay good. I don't think it shows up one game to the next. It shows up when you look back over a long period of time, that you've minimized the ups and downs. We have some numbers in our background in our years here – and we had them at USC too – where there aren't a lot of games that were really outlier games for us to the negative. We've been pretty consistent over a really long time. I think that's a statement of what this mentality is all about, that you just don't allow yourself to take a breath and kick back and put your feet up. You don't get to do that. You just keep pushing and keep going and you only learn one way to do it. It's hard enough to do it if you only have one way and to maintain the habits and the consistency and mentality and all of the things that you have to do to maintain a high level of performance over a long period of time, so it's just too precious and it's not worth cracking the egg and then starting over again. I just don't want to do that and it's worked out and I don't feel like I'm driving these guys into the dirt by the way we do it mentally. I feel like they work to establish a discipline that allows them to have a manner in how they do this and they have habits that they create and they have regimens that they live by and that's what gives them the chance to keep coming back, and we just don't want to mess with those. They're too precious and it's fleeting. It's so fleeting. It goes away in a heartbeat. Normal teams go up and down all the time. That's not the way we want to do it. We want to be uncommon. Uncommonly committed to the discipline of this. It takes practice and I've got to do a great job of it and I hope you never hear me go off the rails in any way because I've got to be the epitome of the consistency if they're going to do it. That's why I've always had the same answers."

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR KEN NORTON JR.

(On Josh Rosen) "Well, I think any time you start early on as a rookie and you play the whole season, you see a lot of different looks. You learn a lot and you grow a lot throughout the season and I just see a lot of growth. He understands the ways that teams are attacking him and playing him and he's getting a whole lot better."

(On how the Cardinals offense has changed under Byron Leftwich) "Not a whole lot of difference. Most offenses try to run the ball and then try to throw it and then try to screen it on us, so they'll take their shots but for the most part, they're trying to find different ways to move the ball like most offenses. They've been effective in some ways and not as effective in others so we're expecting them to try to come out and challenge us in a lot of different areas."

(On Larry Fitzgerald) "Just talented, tough, has a right mindset. He understands the entire game. He's good in the run game, good in the pass game, makes all the big catches and he's been doing it at a high level for so long. It's really impressive to see a guy play that position, that long at such a high level. You take your hat off to him. I'm really impressed by him."

LB BOBBY WAGNER

(On how the Cardinals look different from Week 4 matchup) "Not too different. I think they're running the same thing that Bruce Arians used to run – just kind of the crunch plays. Try to get the throws downfield. It's not too different, you've got the same guys. At the end of the day, you're going to try to figure out a way to get your best players the ball and that's what it is. It's not going to be anything different."

(On if there is something about Larry Fitzgerald that a lot of people don't know) "He's just an amazing person honestly. I can't that enough, he's a great guy, a great person. The one thing that I remember, I think it was my second or third year, there was a play on the outside where they got around. Larry had the angle on Sherm (Richard Sherman) and can crackback on Sherm. He could've took him out and didn't take it and kind of let Sherm know, "I could've killed you on that one." But, that's the type of person he is, he's not trying to hurt anybody, he isn't trying to do anything dirty. He plays the game the right way, he's an amazing person off the field. He does a lot of stuff to help people off the field. He even got one of the people that's been there for however many years a jersey with his name, and it just shows you how great of a guy he is. He's a great guy, amazing player – fun to compete with."

QB RUSSELL WILSON

(On the Cardinals pass rush) "Yeah, their pass rush is amazing. Their record doesn't show how good their defense really is in terms of the skill level that they have. I mean, they are always tough to play. It starts off with Chandler Jones, him coming off the edge. Patrick Peterson has always been one of the best players in the league. They've got great players in the secondary and safety-wise. They can really make plays. (Tre) Boston's been great, (Antoine) Bethea has been great, they just added (D.J.) Swearinger, who's always been smart and always understands the game. He's a great football player. I think one of my favorite players to watch this year has been Budda Baker. Him just making plays, a Washington guy, but he's been making plays and he's just all over the field. I think (Deone) Buchanon is special at linebacker. (Markus) Golden, I'm not sure if he's going to play or not, but his ability to get to the quarterback and Benson Mayowa made a big play last week. I'm not sure of his situation either, but all those guys – and there are other guys I can name and go across the board – but all those guys have been making plays. To see (Haason) Reddick move to linebacker, he's all over the field too. They've got some of the fastest guys in the league, in terms of playing linebacker, in terms of safeties and corners and D-Linemen. They move really well and they dial it up and you've got to be ready to play some football, that's for sure."

The Seahawks and Cardinals will meet for the 40th time in the regular season this Sunday in Seattle. Take a look back at photos from past games played between the two teams.

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