HEAD COACH PETE CARROLL
(Opening) "Each week, we approach these games like they're championship matchups so that we're always giving everything that we got. There is nothing different about this week, just came out exactly like we like. Each aspect of the days of the week worked out fine, it was a terrific Friday for us. That's all we could hope for. We prepared really well. The guys were pretty darn healthy, with a couple of issues that we're waiting on. For the most part, we're really ready to go. It's really exciting to have the opportunity to play such a good team at C-Link (Century Link Field) coming off last time we were here. We're going to see if we can do something really good this weekend."
(On the importance of being good at home in the NFL) "It's crucial to having successful seasons, you have to dominate at home, you just have to. You don't know until the year is out what happens, but you have to play really well at home. You just look back at all of our seasons that have been successful, we've really played great football here at Century Link. It's on us, so we've prepared to get that done."
(On how much he loves the challenge game planning for an offensive team being a defensive minded coach) "Yeah, I really have enjoyed this process. I hope that we will play well. It's out of respect for what they've done that they challenge us and trying to put together a plan that gives us something that will give us a chance to slow them down, nobody's even slowed them down yet. We'll see how it goes. They're really loaded and they're hitting on all cylinders. They're healthy and everything else, so they're as tough as you can get."
(On if any defensive fundamentals change when you play an innovative offense like the Rams) "Without the fundamentals, there is no plan that's any good. You have to play discipline run play up front and there's no other way to do it. There's no get tough and just growl and tackle them, it isn't like that. You have to be strictly tied together, you've got to be disciplined and fit off of one another. Then when you get there, you have to tackle and make your plays. (Todd) Gurley is a really good running back, he's as good as you can find in football. It's not just because he's in a good offense, because he's a hell of a player running with the ball in open field, running up inside, catching the ball out of the backfield – he's just a great player. It'll call for us to really tackle really well. You can't do it just by being fired up, you have play well and then you got to finish the plays by getting him on the ground."
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR BRIAN SCHOTTENHEIMER
(On the challenge the Rams defense presents) "They look bigger. It's a great front. They play well together, they play hard. They rotate a lot of guys, I think Wade (Phillips) does a terrific job. With (Michael) Brockers, (Ndamukong) Suh, Aaron (Donald), and then the guys they roll through, they're athletic, they're strong, they're physical. It's a tremendous challenge. Obviously, they're at their best when they can kind of unleash and rush the passer and penetrate and things like that. They create lots of problems for you there. Well coached, play hard, so good group."
(On if he starts with the three defensive linemen in the middle and goes from there) "Yeah, you have to. I think you have to. Each week is different depending on who you're playing, but with this team for sure. You start with those guys, obviously I was in St. Louis when we drafted (Michael) Brockers and Aaron (Donald) and those guys, so I know them pretty well and what type of players they are. Trying to practice against them was hard. You look at it each week and you're like okay, you got to start with these guys inside because they are so dominant, so physical inside."
(On coaching against Sean McVay) "I tell you what, you can't argue with what he's doing, it's impressive. (I have) a lot of respect for him, what they're doing, what they're doing with the quarterback, Jared (Goff), it's pretty impressive. I went to Georgia as (Todd) Gurley was leaving, so the Rams gave me up for Gurley, they got the much better of the trade. It's fun to watch them, they're impressive."
(On what's different about what Wade Phillips has brought to the Rams that wasn't there before) "I would say the biggest thing is Wade's got a mentality of how he wants to play. Everything stems from there, their quarters coverage. The 3-4 defense is a big part of it, they were four down obviously when Coach (Jeff) Fisher was there, when we were there. They just play hard for Wade. They keep it pretty simple. They challenge you, they try to play their best players, whether it's Mark Barron coming back – whether he plays or not. They do a good job featuring their players. They create problems because they find matchups and they take advantage of those matchups. Wade was our defensive coordinator in San Diego, a terrific coach. I'll never forget the first day he walked in and I was going to help him move into the coaches office. He had one little box, I said where's the rest of your boxes? He goes, it's all up here (brain). That was pretty cool, seeing a veteran coach like that, so a great coach."
(On what stands out about Sean McVay's system) "You look at the fly sweeps and stuff that they do, that makes it hard, misdirection. They do a good job of creating shots down the field. They get both (Brandin) Cooks and (Robert) Woods running vertical. Obviously, it all starts with Todd (Gurley), the ability to run the football. When you just watch them, it's cool. They don't run a lot of concepts, they just do the same things over and over. They window-dress them with the movements and the misdirection. It makes it really hard to stop. They play fast. They get people on their heels because of the tempo. They are fun to watch. What they've been doing at a high-level now for the past two years is impressive."
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR KEN NORTON JR.
(On who he looks to stop first when playing a team like the Rams with a bunch of offensive weapons) "Well, it's hard. They're a very, very good team. We've been watching them, they've been very hot starting last year and going into this year. We have our work cut out for us. We're really up for the challenge."
(On what makes Todd Gurley unique) "Oh, you've seen the film, he's special. He's a receiver, he's a runner, he's powerful, he's explosive, he has great vision. Anytime you watch all the really good backs over the years – you've seen a lot of good backs in this league – he has all those attributes that the good backs have."
(On how important it is for linebackers to stay in their gaps playing the Rams) "Anytime you're playing a good running team, whether it's the Rams or anybody in this league because everybody wants to run the ball first, a gap discipline, linebackers, D-linemen, DB's, corners, safeties, everybody's involved in the run game. It's not just one person, it's a matter of teamwork, it's a matter of discipline and guys really understanding their connection to win each and every run play."
QUARTERBACK RUSSELL WILSON
(On what stands out about last year's Rams game) "Which one? The first one or the second one? Well, I liked the first one better. We won the first one away, but the second one was a tough game. They played great. I mean, they're a great football team. They've been playing great all year so far and they're extremely talented. They're explosive on offense, they've got a great defense, I think about guys like Aaron Donald. Now, they've had the addition of (Ndamukong) Suh and everything else. I think last year, we weren't able to capitalize on some of the plays but that was last year. That was 2017. I think it's a new year and we're looking forward to the opportunity of playing a great football team. We know that we're going to have to have our A+ game and we're looking forward to it."
(On how the Rams are utilizing Ndamukong Suh) "Obviously, Aaron Donald being one of the best defensive linemen – one of the best players in football across the board, he's physical, he's fast, he's quick, he knows how to get to the quarterback, he's got great timing – he's a superstar. To be able to play against guys like that, it's always great just because those are great moments and memories and everything else. He's just a tremendous football player. I think with Suh, the addition of Suh, he's been one of the best football players in the game for a long time and he's just as physical as can be. He knows how to get to the quarterback. He has great timing, as well. Suh will go outside sometimes even and play on the edge and rush the quarterback. He's made a few plays rushing from defensive end. Most people think of him as a big nose tackle or whatever, but he's quick as can be and he can go outside and play end to make some plays and cause some havoc. You've always got to have great awareness for where those guys are. I mean, they're true playmakers, as good as it gets. Got a lot of respect for them."
(On being able to match the explosiveness of the Rams offense) "Well, their offense is tremendous. I think about the Rams, I think about what they've been able to do on offense. I don't think you try to – you just play the game. Every game is different. You just play the game one play at a time. You let it happen. I think the tendency for most people is to panic and rush and try to just go outside of what they have to do. I think you've got to play poised. I think you've got to be rock solid. Every down matters. Every possession matters and I think that's how you've got to approach it because they're a high scoring offense. They've been able to do a lot of different things. I've got a lot of respect for them. I think for us, it's just play great football. At the end of the way, (we'll) see what happens."
(On the Rams offense) "Well, I think they play extremely fast. They're very intelligent. I think the receivers make a lot of great plays. Todd Gurley is a rockstar back there in the backfield. He can catch it, he can run it, he can pass protect, he can do everything. He can jump over people. He can make all the plays. He's like a video game, watching him play football. I think Jared Goff has done a tremendous job of putting the ball right where guys can catch it and making plays and everything else. He's got tremendous receivers to do it, and tight ends and everything else. I think Coach Sean McVay has done a tremendous job of mixing it up and just playing fast and everything else. They're an explosive offense so it's been cool to watch them do the things that they've been able to do and hopefully we can slow that down a little bit."
(On getting more excited to play a divisional rival) "I don't know. For me, and this may be the boring answer, but for me, every game is critical. Every game I love playing for. Every game I look forward to. There's no emotions higher or lower just because it's a certain game so I think that if you have that mentality, it gives you the best chance to be calm, to be clear on what you're trying to do and go execute it."
LT DUANE BROWN
(On if it matters what defensive line they play against) "Yeah it matters, I think the scheme matters. Schematically if you're 3-4, 4-3, there's different blocking techniques, different things you have to be in sync with. Line stunts, things like that you have to be in tune and know what's going on. Know their tendencies and when they might show up. As far as just individual battles, we're always looking at that. This week obviously we have some key matchups and guys that we have to take care of in order to be successful."
(On how Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh are combining to get pressures) "I think first and foremost, they're both just spectacular players. Suh's been a great player for a long time. Aaron Donald has been arguably the best defensive lineman since he's entered the league. They are different, Suh's a big powerful guy and Donald's a powerful guy as well, but also extremely quick. I think they both just work great off of each other. Whether it's their one-on-one battles or the line stunts where Sue is usually the penetrator and getting pushed in the pocket and Donald using his quickness and speed to get around the edge. (We) definitely have to take care of them in order to be productive. They've wreaked havoc on some offenses this year, so it's a great matchup for us. I'm looking forward to it."
(On what he thinks the Rams are trying to accomplish by pushing Ndamukong Suh out wide and having him rush from the end) "I think pressure in the pocket. They obviously have some edge rushers, but they're young. There's some young guys on the edge and Suh being a more experienced player and a Pro Bowl caliber player – you have (Michael) Brockers as well, another guy who's a pretty good player – you want to have those three guys on the field at the same time. I think having Suh on the edge gives them the chance to do that."
LB BOBBY WAGNER
(On if he takes anything from the last matchup with the Rams for the week five game) "I don't think you think about the margin of victory. You understand when anybody comes in and wins on your home field, it doesn't really feel good. Especially for me, it's one of those games where I wasn't completely healthy. I was definitely looking forward to playing them again."
(On the key to slowing down Todd Gurley) "Hitting him. I think they want to start off passing first really and then it kind of makes you play a little back. Then, that's when they try to attack you with the run. They have different styles of runs. They got people crossing your face, they got receivers moving, tight ends moving. This is a game that really test your discipline, it really tests your eyes. You have to be very, very disciplined because they have so many different things. When it comes down to it, if you're disciplined, you'll make the plays you need to. We know they're going to give him the ball. They're going to get him with screens, they're going to get him with runs – outside runs, inside runs. Our goal is to meet him everywhere. My goal is to meet him everywhere he goes."
(On how they prevent the Los Angeles Rams from getting the matchups that they want) "As a defense, your goal is to make them one-dimensional. You don't want to give them both runs and (the pass) because once they run the ball, it opens up the passing game. Now you got to look in and worry about every single thing, but if you can stop the run, you kind of know what certain passes that they get into. I think that's the game. I think everybody just got to be on their thing. You got to be on your job, you got to be focused, you got to be disciplined. You got to know what it is you're going to do. If you put the studying in, if you do what you're supposed to do, which I feel like we will, they won't pick on you because you'll be a step ahead."
(On Jared Goff) "Kind of like I said last year, last year was a big jump as far as confidence. I think it's even more now. I think that the biggest difference too is I think he has more control over the offense, like he has a better understanding of the offense. You can see him out there making checks, you can see him out there reading other defenses and changing the plays. That's not something that I felt like I seen last year. He was more confident, but he didn't have control. You can see the control of the offense and they try to do the high-tempo thing just to kind of get everybody off. You just want to hit him and get him off the spot and try to be in his face as much as possible. He's a really good quarterback if you let him just sit there and throw the ball, then he'll pick you apart. We're not going to just sit there."
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