Quotes and locker room sound from the Seahawks following the team's 20-13 win against the Minnesota Vikings in the second week of preseason.
Head Coach Pete Carroll
(Opening…) "It's good to win, and it was good to see everybody get the kind of play time that we were hoping for against a really good team. We think these guys are very well equipped, particularly up front on both sides of the ball. I thought in the first half the first offense did a nice job. I thought Russell [Wilson] was really sharp. We didn't run the ball quite as well as we'd like to, but we did make some yards, and did some things that kept it moving. We saw some terrific plays made. Again, Kasen [Williams] made a couple great plays. He had almost a hat trick there with the great catch, and the touchdown, and then he comes back and makes the kickoff coverage tackle which was exciting. Eddie [Lacy] ran hard, Chris [Carson] ran hard. We saw Mike Davis, too, again, flash really in a good way. And to finish it off, Alex [Collins] helped us run the clock out which was great in the fourth quarter. A lot of good stuff. Really broken hearted by George Fant getting hurt. It's really unfortunate. He's done so much, and come so far and everybody is cheering for him and rooting for him all along, and he's going to be in trouble getting back this season. He has a knee injury that's going to require surgery, unfortunately. It kind of takes a little something out of it for everybody. A lot of good stuff, really good kickoff and punt return coverage again. [Special] teams guys are doing some good stuff. I'm fired up for Blair [Walsh]. He had a good game. He almost had a huge game, that one hit off the crossbar. [The Vikings] were giving him a hard time, they were rousing him a little bit and all that. He was just having a little fun with it. He's a really good competitor, I like his mentality and I think we are very fortunate to have him."
QB Russell Wilson
(On starters' performance...) "I thought we played great. Anytime we win, it's always a great thing. No matter what the circumstances, I thought everybody did a great job. The ones played really well on offense and defense and special teams. That was pretty cool to see Blair (Walsh) kick those kicks and make some long field goals for us too and I know he was pumped up about that. I think also the energy in the stadium and being back home, there's no place like home, just to be able to play here in front of the 12s and have that experience."
C Justin Britt
(On standing by Michael Bennett during the National Anthem…) "I want to support him and support what he's standing for and his beliefs. I'm not foolish, I'm from Missouri and I get that things are different in that area than it is in other areas. I'm not against what the flag means and veterans. My dad was in the army so I'm not showing any disrespect to them. I'm just trying to understand the issue and educate myself more in that regard and show support. I'm going to continue to try to understand what's going on in the world and why it's happening. None of it's right and none of it should be happening. I'm going to continue talking with Mike and exploring and helping myself understand things. I wanted to take the first step tonight and that's what I felt like I did."
DE Michael Bennett
(On what it meant to have Justin Britt's hand on his shoulder while he sat during the National Anthem...) "I think it was very touching for me, a very emotional moment to have that kind of solidarity from someone like Justin Britt who's a very known leader in our locker room. Who's from a different part of America from me, but to be able to have that kind of solidarity and be able to have somebody who's behind me and know that somebody that I really trust and to be able to see him put everything on the line to be able to support one of his teammates. I thought that was a very special moment and emotional moment. At least for me it was very touching and I am very thankful to have somebody in my corner like that and I'm appreciative of him."
G/T Luke Joeckel
(On his first experience playing at CenturyLink Field...) "It definitely lived up to my expectations, playing in front of the 12s. They blew me away a little bit. It's the second pre season game and you have that many fans there and how loud it was. They can stand there through the end of the fourth quarter and everything, it's fun to see and fun to play for."
K Blair Walsh
(On maintaining confidence after his field goal bounced off the bottom crossbar...) "This place brings it out of you. When you're surrounded by an atmosphere of guys who love each other and want the best for each other it's very easy to come off the sideline when it doesn't go your way. You've got 20 people in your face telling you, 'Hey, you've got the next one. You got it. We believe in you.' It's hard not to have confidence the next time you walk on the field. But it's something I'm working at right now, just continuing to believe in myself and my abilities, and let it shine."
DT Nazair Jones
(On what is was like taking the field for the first time at CenturyLink Field...) "It was electric. It was pretty loud and they say it gets even louder. So, I'm just waiting for that big moment when it gets even louder."
WR Doug Baldwin
(On the Seahawks being 2-0 in preseason...) "To me, what it sounds like and what it looks like on the football field is that our young guys are doing an excellent job of executing our game plan and playing our style of football. They are doing it at a really high level and I couldn't be more proud of these guys."
WR Kasen Williams
(On what his mindset is this preseason entering games and what he has to do to make the 53-man roster for the upcoming regular season...)"I mean, the mindset is to just go up and go get it. I've been on the practice squad for two years now, and quite honestly I'm just tired of it. I'm still here, persevering through it, and I just know that this is my opportunity, this is my time to make something happen. Every time the ball is in the air, I just know that I have to come down with it."
This photo gallery brings you right along the sidelines, showing you the player and coach reactions to Friday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.