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What The Seahawks Are Saying About The Tennessee Titans

Check out what Seahawks players and coaches are saying about the Titans before the two teams meet in Week 3 at Tennessee's Nissan Stadium.


Check out what Seahawks players and coaches are saying about the Titans before the two teams meet in Week 3 at Tennessee's Nissan Stadium.

Head Coach Pete Carroll

(On this week's game against the Titans...) "This is a really good looking team. Titans got all kinds of fire power. They got a bunch of good, young talent and starting with the quarterback and really across the board. They got a nice scheme. When you have Dick LeBeau on your side, you got defensive scheme that doesn't end. So this a really good tough matchup.  We are going to have to play really good football if we want a chance against these guys. So it is a good challenge for us this time of year."

(On Dick LeBeau's defense...)"He's never gotten stagnant.  He continues to add stuff.  I've seen it for so many years and studied it for so many years.  He is doing new things and you don't know what he is going to do, you just have to wait until game time and adjust during game time. He makes it very difficult."

(On what he's seen from Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota throughout his career...) "He is a really good player. First off, he is a terrific athlete, all around, he can do everything. He can run, he can throw it. He throws the ball on the move very well. He finds guys in open field. He is a good scrambler, effectively run and pass. But is an adept runner. He is real fast, under 4.5, so he's got the kind of speed that can really make you pay if you give him an opening.  They know it, so they have structured the offense to utilize him in those ways as well at times. I think one of the things, if you look at his red zone numbers, his red zone numbers are like phenomenal as far as touchdowns and turnovers and all that. That is a really good sign for what you have. The guy has a great conscience, a great awareness, in the most difficult area to throw the football, he is really good at it.  He is really efficient, so I think it bodes really well for him.  He is going to have a longtime career, I don't think there is anything to hold him back. But it's 3 years now I think that's right, is it 3 years? He is just going to continue to get better. I've tried to show you how Russell [Wilson] continues to improve and see and do more things and all that that happens with the young quarterbacks. He is going to be really good."

Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell

(On a greater amount of things to prepare for when prepping for a Dick LeBeau defense...)"There is probably a little bit more to it. He presents so many different packages, obviously they are 3-4 base defensive team and there is all the things that come with that. When they end up going in their nickel package, they could play from 4 down, they can play from 3 down, they get up those defensive ends, their outside backers and they put them as their ends and then they will start walking them around and moving them all kinds of different directions. Then they stunt off those packages as well. It is going to be a big onus on us to all be targeted correctly, be communicating clearly so we will be able to pick it up. But it is a lot of really good stuff."

Defensive Coordinator Kris Richard

*(On how tough the Titans' running game is with all of the different things they can do...) *"I would say if there's anything that we can closely relate it to, it's probably very similar to the [Jim] Harbaugh era San Francisco 49ers, in regards to the different tackles they'll put in the game, the different personnels and different styles of runs. The power, the zone cuts, the bend plays, and things of that nature."

*(On how Titans' running back Derrick Henry had a really good game last weekend...) *"He's a big, hard-nosed, tough runner. He gets the system, obviously, we have to make sure that we do a great job securing our edges, he'll bounce it out, he'll take it downhill if we allow him to find a crease. We just have to make sure that we put as many bodies on him as we can."

(On Titans' tight end Delanie Walker and how tough he is to handle on defense...) "I mean, it looks like he's found the fountain of youth, there's no doubt about it. I was in San Francisco during his rookie year for a little bit of time, so maybe that ages me or it ages him, so I'm not sure. Whatever water he's drinking, I need to find some of that. He looks great out there; he still has really good speed, obviously he's always been a quality receiver, and he's never been one to shy away from blocking. We know the quarterback looks for him, and we just have to recognize what position he is on the field and what type of routes they like with him when he's there."

CB Richard Sherman

(On Mariota's red zone production and what Mariota does better than other quarterbacks...) "I think he just picks his spots. Certain things he likes, he doesn't take a lot of risks. If it's not there, he will use his legs or he will checkin down to the back.  He does a great job of anticipating where the holes are in your defense because it is less space down there, but there are still holes in every defense. Even man to man has weaknesses because you can just run and run people into each other and pick people off, etc. He understands when it is man and when it is zone and where those holes are."

QB Russell Wilson

(On if communication is even more important going into this game against the Titans...) "Yeah it's huge, especially going on the road. I think going on the road, playing on the road and trying to go in a tough environment and win a big football game is always a challenge. You have to be able to communicate, have great eyes, communicate with that, and making sure that we're on the same page."

*(On if he knows Mariota at all and what he's has thought of Mariota's development so far in the NFL...) *"I know Marcus a little bit, not really though. I've always admired his game and just who he is as a person. I think that he's a guy that plays with great passion and he's a guy who seems like he really cares about others and stuff like that. He really serves and gives back and I love watching him play. He can make a lot of plays, he's a special player and will be a special player for a long time. It'll be fun watching him play."

DE Michael Bennett

(On the best way to make Marcus Mariota feel uncomfortable...)"I think the best way to make Mariota feel uncomfortable, obviously is to get to him. I think he is a really good quarterback, especially when he is outside the pocket. Crazy red zone fact of the day, he has thrown 32 touchdown passes, which is crazy and zero interceptions. He is a really good quarterback, so we just have to get there and rush his offensive line. He has a really good offensive line, a great running game, two good running backs back there in DeMarco Murray and [Derrick] Henry, so we just have to be able to get to him.  Cover his receivers, they have so many weapons.  Tight end (Delanie Walker), he is a special tight end, he does a lot of great things on the blocking and also on the receiving end. He is up there in stats, just yeah, getting everything after that."

(On how well do you know Mariota...) "I've met Marcus on several occasions.  We hang around the same people in Hawaii and I see him all the time out there, so he is a really good guy.  He does a lot in the community and also he is just a great person. And to be able to see him and watch him in high school and watch him in the NFL has just been an honor to see him win everything. And now he is one of the top quarterbacks.  I am going to have fun tackling him, obviously. Every time I see him, I'm like 'man I can't wait' and he is like 'oh we aren't on the schedule this year' but I am looking and I'm like 'Marcus is on the schedule this year,' so I finally get to hit Marcus.  I couldn't do it in college because it was illegal for NFL players to go in college and tackle people, so it feels good to finally be able to get a chance to hit him in a game."

(On needing to do something different to defend in the red zone because Mariota is very effective...)"I think we just don't start to do something that we're not good at. We just stick to who we are as a team, whether it is offense or whether it is defense, not try and let it get to special. Just do what we want to do because at the end of the day we are special players, we are a special team. When we try and recreate something different, it kind of makes us get into a tough place.  I think now, we just play the defense that we play in the red zone and just respect him as a player but also don't fear him as a player. I think that is how you go out and you dominate the game."

The Seahawks and Titans face off on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. PT. Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the Titans.

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