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What The Seahawks Said Following Their 27-13 Win Over The Giants

Interviews, transcripts, and press conferences from Week 8 at Lumen Field.

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Head Coach Pete Carroll

PETE CARROLL: "That was a really satisfying win. This was one of those games where you've got so much respect for the other team and what they've been playing like and accomplishing, the players and the way that Brian (Daboll) has done such a great job with these guys and, we held this match-up in high regard. To play that well across the board, all three phases, our effort was terrific, our hitting was great. The team had two penalties, and then I had one. That was terrible. But it was a good call, not a bad call. But just a complete win here for everybody. I know that it's kind of been an alert, 'What's going on here, what are these guys doing, how is this happening?' They're hanging together, and they're playing together, and they know that they can improve and they know that there's areas in their football that they can get better. There's just nobody satisfied at all, and it's a great feeling. It's the way you want your team to be at this time here at the midway point and we're in good position in the division to make some noise if we can keep rolling. But it's about where we're going. These guys have kept their eye on it. Tyler has done a great job of keeping the message solid, about the story is not written yet and we've got a lot to do. It's just a really cool feeling for these guys, and they've accomplished a tremendous amount in half a season. The defense was great today. They played great football. This is the team that was rushing for 170 something, and with an incredible back. He doesn't get going today and they don't get going today. It was an all-day job. It wasn't like in flashes, it was all day long. We played consistently hard and tough and solid and disciplined and strict, just like we needed to, and I thought Clint (Hurtt) and his guys did a great job today. The game plan was excellent. There was just so few plays in there that got out of hand and just a couple of them they were good enough to get some points out of it. But just all in all, a great day's work. All the sacks that happened, Uchenna (Nwosu) again, run and pass, two sacks today,(Boye) Mafe gets his first one (sack), great for him. He's playing good. He played really well, did some really good things. Mike Jackson had a heck of a game today it seemed. I can talk about all of them because everybody did something good today. Geno, again, solid as a rock, right on point with the whole day's work, handled the line of scrimmage beautifully. They threw all kinds of stuff at us, and he dealt with it and handled it and checked off and did the things we needed to in the game plan to keep it moving. They're a tough team to deal with. They're very high-tech in what they do on defense, and the stuff they throw at you, it called for the quarterback to really be in command. Even when Austin (Blythe) goes out and he gets banged up and then Kyle (Fuller) comes in, to keep that flowing and to continue to play winning football, it's just a tribute to the guys doing the work and the players and everybody being on board and all of that. Man, there's just praise to go everywhere. Nothing more favorite than knocking the ball out of their hands and taking the ball from them on the special teams. (Will) Dissly had a great hit. (Travis) Homer had a great hit, to do that. I think Diss (Dissly) recovered Homer's. It was exactly the way we want to do it. The stadium felt it and they were with us, and we played to them the whole time, and all the way to the end when you could feel the pass rush is picking up and they're going backwards. It was like it was the last time when we were here, too. It's happening, and I'm really excited about it. We're just really getting warmed up. We're right in the middle of it all, and we've a long way to go."

Q. For Tyler to bounce back with that touchdown, he never drops anything, how big was that?

PETE CARROLL: "Huge, huge. Tyler (Lockett) is the best receiver I've ever been around. I've never seen anybody do all the things so consistently for such a long time. Of course he's going to make a double move and score a touchdown. Of course he's going to come back. I told him I think you're going to get two. Before it happened I just had a feeling he was going to do something and sure enough he runs just a great double move and gets in the end zone just to let you know who he is again. Everybody is going to make a mistake sometime."

Q. Is that what you said to him when you kind of knelt down to console him during the game?

PETE CARROLL: "I told him he's the best receiver I've ever seen. You're going to do something; I can't wait. You're going to score twice. I know something is going to happen right here. Anyway, it's no prophecy. It's just loving the kid up because he is who he is, an amazing player."

Q. What do you make of DK's performance out there?

PETE CARROLL: "For both those guys to play, Lockett got hurt on Thursday, I think it was Thursday the last play of practice he got a little thing going in his rib cage, but he never wavered. He was going to play. When DK showed up in Friday's practice, we didn't know if he could play or not. We didn't know if he could go. He ripped around the field, showed us he could do it. However he pulled that together, that was a phenomenal effort by him to hang through it and to -- and then to play like that, too, and play great football for us. Those two guys, they're just champions, man."

Q. Did he make it through okay, DK?

PETE CARROLL: "As far as I know."

Q. What about Lockett after he dropped that pass, what did you tell him?

PETE CARROLL: "Because I know he took it hard. He was disappointed. He's trying to be the leader and he's one of the great players to ever play this game, and so he's got high expectations for himself. I love him, and that's it. Just loved him up. Just like he deserved."

Q. Going into the Cardinals' game, winding the clock back a little bit, the team only had eight sacks, and the last three weeks you guys have had 14. What has shifted that has made this a little more consistent, sustainable?

PETE CARROLL: "Really it's the guys. We adjusted some things, and they embraced it. They have just taken off and gone with it. It's the guys that are doing the job. It's all of those guys. It's the edge guys that are rushing. Uchenna (Nwosu) has been magnificent, and it doesn't matter who the guys are on the other side. He's continuing to find ways to get heat. We're not blitzing them to do it. They're doing it. They're doing it with their rushes and their effort and their connection, the continuity of the rushes and all." The players deserve all of the credit. Of course, Clint (Hurtt) has got to call them and all that, but he saw how to cut these guys loose. They took to it, and it hasn't been the same since."

Q. Seemed like Bruce was really hacked up in the backfield, how about his performance?

PETE CARROLL: "Shoot, he looked great today. He was all over the place. Just missed his darn sack right off the bat. But he's helping us. It's really good to have him here. He connects us with the history somewhat, and I don't want to make too much of that because these guys don't even know, but he does, and he knows the mentality and kind of just the hardness of how we approach stuff, and he is that. He always has been." I was talking to Kam (Chancellor) and Ben (Obamanu) and Cliff (Avril) before the game, and they know, they can see it, too, that he kind of gives that connection -- look how we're playing. We look like we used to look, and the stadium is rocking like it used to rock, and we're playing the kind of football that gives us a chance to win every time we go out. I think he's going to help us all the way down the whole stretch. I think it's going to be a really important part of it."

Q. (No microphone.)

PETE CARROLL: "Man, we tackled really well. We played great scheme defense. We kept him (Saquon Barkley) to about 2.7 rushing yards in a game? I would never have thought you could do that to the guy because I have such high regard. But everybody had to contribute to do that. Scheme, approach, overall, the players are embracing the idea how we were going to do it and what we're trying to get done. The guys on the edge did a great job. The outside backers did a fantastic job today keeping that from popping and getting out. Quarterback, too, the quarterback did not get his space that he usually gets, and it really goes to the outside linebackers to maintain that. They were really key in this game plan."

Q. Is there any cooler of a feeling knowing what the outside expectations were of your team heading into this?

PETE CARROLL: "You know, I mean, we're human. We know how that was all passed about. But that kind of motivation isn't the kind of motivation that makes the difference. You've got to be way deeper than that. It's got to be way more intrinsic than that. But it's fun. We have fun with it, yeah. Tyler (Lockett) said something today, he reminded the guys that nobody thought we'd be here. But yeah, we've got a long ways to go. It's really normal and natural. I understand why you asked that question, though, because it's kind of that big a deal."

Q. Bud Grant, do you have more of a thought on what that means to you?

PETE CARROLL: "I don't have a good thought on what it means. I did get him on the phone and talk to him here just to kick it around because I just had to try to make it real. I can't tell you how much I love the guy and how much I've respected him throughout my career and the opportunity that he gave me to get me back in the league. I've been in the league one year, I got fired, got thrown out of it and he gave him a chance to come back. I don't know why he saw it but he did, and from that point forward, just the relationship that we had has just been meaningful to me in everything that I've done. It doesn't even make sense to me. I said, could this possibly be? He said, yeah, it is, it is. Same thing, it ain't that big a deal. Neither one of us thinks it's that big a deal, but to me it is because it's Bud. Anyway -- one of the things that it does state, though, that I'm really proud of is being in this organization for so many years and to have the consistency that we've had, to give us a chance to keep coming back -- a lot of coaches don't get as many chances as I've had. To be able to stay in this organization, it's because of the ownership. It goes right back to Paul and Jody Allen and what they've done and how they've structured this thing to give us for the consistency and the expectations of the excellence and the standards that we operate by. Jody is doing a magnificent job. I always say this, you don't know well enough what she's like and what she's all about, but she is so, so clear and so powerfully grounded in what it takes to be great for our fans, and that's what she cares about. She wants us to win for the people in the northwest. She's tough. She's firm. She's having a blast. She's everything. But without that kind of security and support, they'd have thrown me out of here a long time ago. So I feel very indebted to the family and their confidence in Johnny and us having this chance to do this. Everything we did here was with John. Pete, John, right next to each other on this whole thing."

Q. How did Ryan Neal come out of the game?

PETE CARROLL: "He's cramping. Both hamstrings, that bugger, he goes back in the game. He had both hamstrings cramping and he tried to stiff his way back on the field and play. His time out wasn't any worse than the one I called because I got the penalty, so we both screwed it up."

Q. How is Darrell Taylor doing?

PETE CARROLL: "He just couldn't hang. He tried. Valiant effort to get out there and go. He's got a hip thing, kind of a groin-hip thing that's bothering him that isn't a real serious injury, but yet he's not through it yet. He thought he could make it, he went and started and tried and then he couldn't, so we had to pull him out. So I don't know what that means for this week. I have no idea."

Q. The impact of Travis (Homer), when we asked you on Friday, and you said Travis is ready to play. His impact on special teams and on offense?

PETE CARROLL: "Yeah, he was great. If you guys remember, T-Homer (Travis), he was looking great all the way through the preseason. He looked like he was shot out of a cannon carrying the football and he's always just a magnificent factor in special teams. So we really missed him when he wasn't there for these four weeks. To get him back on the field, look how obvious it was. Look how good he is, how much of a factor he is. To fill in when we didn't have Nick (Bellore), to get that kind of production on our special teams, it was like an ode to Nick. They gave it to him. Those guys were freaking flying and smacking him and they did get the ball knocked around like they did. The fact that Homer was part of that and part of some of the offense, as well, it's a big plus to get back out there when we need him."

Q. What did you think of Uchenna's (Nwosu) coverage down the sideline?

PETE CARROLL: "Yeah, look what he did. He's in the backfield rushing the passer for a couple. He had a couple hits in the backfield. He had a great play where he penetrates and gets about a five or six yard loss, and next thing you know -- was it Saquon? Come on. He won't forget that one. That was a great play."

Q. You guys made a big investment in Uchenna (Nwosu); what do you feel like you've gotten out of him?

PETE CARROLL: "He's leading us. He's leading us. In every aspect he's leading us. I don't know how well you guys know him, but he's just so true blue. He's the real deal. He loves the game. He loves to play. He loves his teammates. He gives you everything he's got. He practices every day, studies every day. He throws his body every which way. He's played more plays than probably anybody on defense but the corners and the safety, but he's played so much football for us. He's done everything. He had a great game today. Two sacks and a tackle in the backfield and running down with the best player in the NFL trying to catch a touchdown pass. Pretty cool."

Q. Did Jordan Brooks get a little nicked up there?

PETE CARROLL: "I don't think so. Didn't he have a great tackle on Saquon? What a play."

Q. What happened with Austin (Blythe)?

PETE CARROLL: "He got a little knee sprain. He could have gone back in, and we said, let's wait, and we held him off to be only in an emergency. Kyle (Fuller) did a great job to get in there and step in."

Q. Gabe Jackson's status?

PETE CARROLL: "We just rotated those guys. We didn't want to overplay them."

Q. To see Geno come through with those drives in the fourth quarter, what does that say about his play?

PETE CARROLL: "He's the real deal. This is the real -- we're seeing, there's no mystery he's going to run out of gas or something. It's not like that. He knows exactly what he's doing and he shows you week in and week out, throw after throw after throw. There's nothing for us to hold him but in the highest of expectations really. What a thrilling story for the kid. He just hung in there so tough and outlasted it, and now he's enjoying all the fun of it. He did great."

Q. You've coached in National Championships, Rose Bowl, Super Bowl. Have you had more fun coaching than this team?

PETE CARROLL: "I've had fun over the years. This is really special. This is a very special opportunity right now. It's been because of all of the hype and the circumstances and all that and the challenge of it and the doubting and all that kind of stuff. Yeah, I like this challenge. I like this whole thing. I've liked it from the start. We wouldn't be here. But the fact the guys are coming through, it's because of the way they've worked and how they're bringing themselves to work every day and how much they care about it. It just makes it like it's a coach's thrill. It really is. That's all we can hope for. I hate that we were crappy early in the year and we weren't doing stuff right, but we held on to it and we knew -- we felt like we knew where we could go, and we're getting going. You know, all the people that doubt, like you're losing -- we run the ball too much, you don't understand football and he can't stay up with the new game and all that kind of stuff, that's a bunch of crap, I'm telling you. Look, we're doing fine. We're all right. We're improving day in and day out."

Q. Kenneth Walker III, they bottled him up early but then he comes back, how about that?

PETE CARROLL: "Yeah, what the heck did he do on the run? He's going, he's getting -- he's falling down and then he's not and he's in the end zone. I don't know how that happened. That was just a shocking play to me. He's had a -- similar to the -- he's had a couple. He maybe had one on the sidelines in front of our bench the other day, a couple weeks ago, but that play right there, I was shocked. I don't know if the crowd could feel it. He was going down. He was on his way to the ground and then all of a sudden he got his feet underneath him and he breaks the next tackle and he's in the end zone. I don't know, it was an amazing play. I can't wait to study that."


QB Geno Smith

Q. Geno, the pass to Tyler, how did that play unfold?

GENO SMITH: Yeah, so that play, we had just called that play right before, and I threw it to DK on the out, and Shane did a great job of getting right back to it. Tyler, I was giving him a different route, Tyler noticed that the DB was signaling, he was squatting, so he signaled me one of our double moves so I gave it to him, he went out there, he made a great play, got the guy to sit down, stuttered his feet and then went by him. Like you said, that's just an opportunity for us to kind of seal the game right there and you can just see us getting better as the games go along.

Q. How did you feel with their rush? Seemed like they did a lot offensively. What was the key to managing that?

GENO SMITH: Yeah, just trying to get the ball out as fast as I could. Really relying on my line and just going one-hitch getting the ball out, not holding the ball. They're playing man coverage so you pretty much know where your answers are, where your match-ups are, and then just getting the ball out on time, in rhythm. They got few times where they got me there. Obviously don't want to have that happen, but still got to move on and continue to play.

Q. As an offense how much do you like it when it's 4th down and they keep you on the field, then 4th down again. Why the choice to stay on the field there?

GENO SMITH: I love it, man. I love the confidence Pete is showing in all of us. I love the confidence Shane has in us, and then we know our defense, if it doesn't go the way we want, our defense is going to go out there and get the ball back. I think that's just us playing team ball and everybody believing and playing together.

Q. Geno, that last touchdown drive, the very first play you noticed the zero blitz and get the ball out quick to Marquise on the side. Maybe a small play in retrospect, but seemed like that got you guys moving, kick-started that whole drive. How was that play for you guys?

GENO SMITH: Yeah, I think that was just kind of in the works. They'd been playing -- I think they gave us like 20 cover zeros, which is probably the most I've ever had in my life. So that's what they do. That was already in the works. We talked about it at halftime that if they're going to give us that much space and go zero, it's basically one-on-one with the corner and he's 10 yards off. Again, it was just a play where we noticed they were in zero and we had an answer for it.

Q. Pete mentioned the crowd, how the stadium was rocking like it used to rock. You've been on the sideline, but to be in the middle of all that with them being as loud as they are and chanting your name, what was that like?

GENO SMITH: From afar when I wasn't here in Seattle, I had always admired just the atmosphere. If you watch it on TV, if you ever played here as an opponent, you're in awe of just how loud it is and how crazy it is. It's one of those stadiums where you actually look forward to going into. So being on the home side, it really is a blessing because we know our fans are going to make it hard on the other team every single time they come in, and also they're cheering us on and we're doing well, so obviously it gives them something to cheer for. We just want to continue that and make sure that they're always ecstatic with our play and they're always happy and cheering us on and also making it hard on the other teams.

Q. Geno, will you also be attending DK's Halloween party?

GENO SMITH: I would love to, but I have other -- I was not invited -- I was invited but I've got other obligations. Yeah, I was invited but I've got other obligations, so I'm going to leave that up to them.

Q. You were talking after a play that looked like there was miscommunication. Have you found yourself taking on that role even more?

GENO SMITH: Yes, D is a great player and he's going to continue to be an outstanding player. He's still young, still learning and growing, and he's so hard on himself about wanting to do the right thing and wanting to be a great player. Sometimes it takes someone else to come and speak to you just for you to kind of relax a little bit. I saw that in that moment. I just needed to do that for him. He's like a brother to me. We spent a lot of time studying together and just trying to make sure he got right when he was injured. I look forward to him just continuing to blossom, but my role is to make sure every guy on this team, every guy on this offense is prepared and ready to go mentally and physically.

Q. Do you feel any vindication considering how you were treated in N.Y. at the end despite how professionally you've carried yourself?

GENO SMITH: Not at all. I'm happy to be here in Seattle. I spent one year with the Giants. That year to me was like a blur. My life has moved on from them. I don't have any remorse towards anyone there. In fact, to me this game was for Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese. They believed in me. As far as any other thing, I don't really care for it. I'm happy to be here in Seattle. It's like a family here. Feels like home. I'm just enjoying my time here and continuing to work hard with these guys and just trying to be the best we can be.

Q. You've had a front row seat to some of Ken's big runs. His touchdown run, what was that like from your vantage point?

GENO SMITH: Another great one. Ken, we were talking right before that drive about the best running backs, close-out games. The defense knows we're running the ball. Everyone in the stadium knows we're running the ball. You're probably going to have to make somebody miss, which he made two or three guys miss on that one, and he's showing you why he was drafted so high and why he's just such an explosive and amazing player.

Q. Geno, you had all those close losses last year, situations where you were given an opportunity to win, just couldn't quite get over the hump. The last three weeks now you've been able to get those signature drives to put games away. What do you think are the biggest differences there from where you were at last year, where the offense was at last year to being able to finish these games?

GENO SMITH: I think everyone is just locked in and focused on finishing, and I think that was the same thing last year, it just didn't go our way. But we've got to continue to just stay locked in and focus on those moments, like you said. There's times in the game where you can go and finish the game and you can go and win the game for your team, and as an offense that's what you want. That's what you really want. Just knowing what the situation is and then obviously going out there and making it happen, it's hard. It's not easy. But we try and get it done every time.

Q. Speaking of being locked in and focused, what can you say about the continuity of the offensive line?

GENO SMITH: Man, it just speaks volumes to our team, to the coaching. We've got a lot of depth. We've got guys on -- I'm one of those guys who was on the bench and then got in and got an opportunity. There's a lot of depth, a lot of really good players on this team. A couple guys who just need opportunities. You can see where the coaching shows up is where guys go down and then guys step up and continue to play well.

Q. Pete spoke about regarding this game as a test for how real the Seahawks are? What do you think you showed?

GENO SMITH: Man, we just got a win today. We only got a chance to play one game today, and we won it. We've got to continue to play hard throughout the season. Every single game is going to be a test. We know that. We always talk about each game being a championship opportunity, and so we're just going to continue to focus on it day by day, not get caught up in the outside noise and just do what we do.

Q. You've had a front row seat to some of Ken's big runs. His touchdown run, what was that like from your vantage point?

GENO SMITH: Another great one. Ken, we were talking right before that drive about the best running backs, close-out games. The defense knows we're running the ball. Everyone in the stadium knows we're running the ball. You're probably going to have to make somebody miss, which he made two or three guys miss on that one, and he's showing you why he was drafted so high and why he's just such an explosive and amazing player.

Q. Geno, you had all those close losses last year, situations where you were given an opportunity to win, just couldn't quite get over the hump. The last three weeks now you've been able to get those signature drives to put games away. What do you think are the biggest differences there from where you were at last year, where the offense was at last year to being able to finish these games?

GENO SMITH: I think everyone is just locked in and focused on finishing, and I think that was the same thing last year, it just didn't go our way. But we've got to continue to just stay locked in and focus on those moments, like you said. There's times in the game where you can go and finish the game and you can go and win the game for your team, and as an offense that's what you want. That's what you really want. Just knowing what the situation is and then obviously going out there and making it happen, it's hard. It's not easy. But we try and get it done every time.

Q. Speaking of being locked in and focused, what can you say about the continuity of the offensive line?

GENO SMITH: Man, it just speaks volumes to our team, to the coaching. We've got a lot of depth. We've got guys on -- I'm one of those guys who was on the bench and then got in and got an opportunity. There's a lot of depth, a lot of really good players on this team. A couple guys who just need opportunities. You can see where the coaching shows up is where guys go down and then guys step up and continue to play well.

Q. Pete spoke about regarding this game as a test for how real the Seahawks are? What do you think you showed?

GENO SMITH: Man, we just got a win today. We only got a chance to play one game today, and we won it. We've got to continue to play hard throughout the season. Every single game is going to be a test. We know that. We always talk about each game being a championship opportunity, and so we're just going to continue to focus on it day by day, not get caught up in the outside noise and just do what we do.

WR Tyler Lockett & WR DK Metcalf

(On getting through his injury this week) METCALF: "Everybody saw that I got hurt. I just went through rehab. Pete and Strick (David Stricklin) had a good plan for me throughout the week and they were just going to see how I felt on Friday. On Friday I felt good enough to be able to run and put pressure on my knee and cut and everything and I was able to practice. Here we are today."

(On how his knee felt throughout the day) METCALF: "It felt good. I'm good."

(On how he handled his injury) LOCKETT: "It felt good out there. I was able to run around a little bit. I wasn't able to practice on Friday, of course. Like DK said, I think the athletic trainers did a great job with just being able to get us ready, giving us certain things that we needed to be able to do to be able to strengthen certain areas so we can go out here and try to play at a high level."

(On rallying after dropping a pass) LOCKETT: "When I dropped the pass it was kind of one of those things where I couldn't believe I had just done that. So, it was kind of frustrating. But, I just had to breathe a little bit. I had a lot of teammates behind me, talking to me. Like you said, Pete was able to come talk to me. I just had to breathe, man, that was the biggest thing. Luckily I had an opportunity just to be able to go out there and be able to overcome it just with another play. Sometimes that might not even happen, and you have to be able to carry that to the next week and try to overcome it. Just thank God I got the opportunity to overcome it with the next play. Geno threw a great pass and I was able to catch it and secure it and score."

(On what it means when Pete Carroll says that he's the best receiver he's ever been around) LOCKETT: "I didn't really know if he was telling me the truth, or if he just wanted me to forget about the catch. It really did mean a lot to me when he said that. It's kind of like what Sanjay [Lal] says, if we have a bad day, and DK was doing it today, too, he'll ask 'what did you eat for breakfast', because it just mentally takes you out of what's going on and makes you think about something else. So, when Pete did that it kind of did that to me a little bit. It was just one of those things where you need to be able to fight through adversity. Sometimes you don't like the story of how things happen, but if we ever knew what the outcome was going to be, we would be willing to go through that story. I just was able to go through that today."

(On how good it felt to get his touchdown)  LOCKETT: "I mean it felt great. One of the things we talked about was that Geno and DK were able to get that drive going, just with being able to start it off with some catches. We took advantage of how the defense was playing us. Stuff like that. We kind of saw on film opportunities that we could take advantage of against Adoree' [Jackson], and so luckily we had a chance to be able to do that and we were able to score. But that stuff doesn't happen if we don't have the line, if we don't have a coach that calls those type of play calls, and Geno being able to have faith in us. We might drop some passes, we might not get open at times, but he's still going to throw it and he's still going to give us a chance and so we go out there and make the best out of it."

(On how this team has overcome low expectations) LOCKETT: "I think the biggest thing is that it is amazing what we can accomplish when nobody cares who gets the credit. My high school basketball coach used to always talk about that. When you look at this team that we have, we have a bunch of guys that are willing to buy in. When you look at the rookie class, they probably haven't said 500 words since they've been here. They just put their head down and work, like literally. And they listen, they do whatever you want them to be able to do, and they go out there and they shine each and every week. So for us, everybody says 'we're all we got, we're all we need', but we know there's going to be wins and losses throughout the season, and you just have to be able to learn how to overcome whatever comes your way. We always talk about building a foundation, and just being able to lay different bricks, brick by brick. It might not always be the best outcome, but sometimes you can learn from the bad things as well. I think we're doing a great job just trying to take one week at a time, getting better, not getting comfortable and it's starting to show."

(On what he expected from Lockett after his drop) METCALF: "Well, what I've learned with Tyler is that if he drops 10, be on the lookout for the next 10, because he's going to make a spectacular play somewhere in there. I've played with him for four years now, he's been the same person since day one. Always works hard, always reliable, and like a big brother to me. I'm just happy I get to play with him."

(On what happened with his oblique muscle) LOCKETT: "I'm trying to figure out the same thing."

FS Quandre Diggs

(On how big of a day it was for the defense) "I mean it's huge. It always starts up front, our big guys were attacking and doing their thing. JB (Jordyn Brooks), Cody (Barton), Ryan (Neal), and myself we just cleaned it up and fit what we needed in. When those guys are making an impact like that, it's huge. Saquon (Barkley) is arguably the best running back in the league and he's been doing great things all year. That's huge."

(On what he told Tyler Lockett on the bench) "Just keep being great. It's rare that we see that from him. We all make a play where everyone is like, 'wow, I can't believe he did that.' He came back and he got it back. That's just who he is; he's a resilient dude. You guys know that's one of my best friends. For me, I do my best just like he's been there for me when I've had tough plays."

(On Mike Jackson's growth) "Even when 'Mike Jack' came in the game last year against Detroit he's always had that cool, calm demeanor. I've always had a trust in 'Mike Jack' and he's known that. He just continues to grow. He's getting comfortable. He's always watching film; he's always asking questions. It's cool to have that type of relationship with one of your guys where they come ask you questions because they want to see how you see it. I think that's what's been dope for me because now I've been the older guy. I'm trying to lend as much wisdom as I can and tell them how I see things. With 'Mike Jack' he's super resilient. We were talking on the sideline, and just thinking back to a couple of years ago when Ryan Neal was on the practice squad and he was freakin' sitting on the sideline, watching us and telling us what he was seeing. Same thing with 'Mike Jack' Last year. He was on our practice squad, and when he got his op, he took advantage of it. You see those two guys making plays, it always makes you proud."

TE Will Dissly

(On what he noticed about Geno Smith in training camp) "Oh, I've seen the Tavon Austin highlights. Geno (Smith) had something to do with that too, don't get it twisted. Geno is a true competitor. He stayed in the weeds, stayed humbled, stayed ready, and when he got his shot, he pounced. I'm really happy with the way he is executing. The guy took command of the offense, and we are all playing for him right now."

(On if it was the first time he forced a fumble with his shoulder) "In the NFL, that would be a yes. I have hits, I have defensive tape, and I got a sack fumble in the Apple Cup."

(On contributing on special teams with Nick Bellore sidelined due to injury) "(Nick) Bellore went down and so I had to step in and play that role. I'm a guy that wears a lot of hats and special teams is one of them. I had to help this team win, so I'm happy to get the rookie ad fumble recovery, Joey Blount. I was excited, give him a shout out. It's fun."

LB Bruce Irvin

(On what has led to the recent success on defense) "Confidence and swagger. Guys are finally believing in themselves, are believing in one another, and if we have a messed up play, we don't dwell on it, we move onto the next play. If we are giving up yards, we hold them to three. If we hold them to threes, we have a good chance."

(On hearing the crowd chant his name) "That felt really good. It felt like I was back in college. Like I always say, the 12s have the best fan base in the country. That made me really happy."

(On if the defense feels like a defense that can contend for a championship) "We are starting to get that feeling. We are starting to get that 2012, 2013, 2014 feeling. Guys are confident and we went out here and did what we said we were going to do. We said we were going to stop the run and we were going to give our offense a chance. That's exactly what we did."

DT Al Woods

(On how the defense was able to stop Saquon Barkley) "It's going to sound like a country term but form your own lane. He's a shifty dude, he has great vision, and he's smart, so he will jump out to get you to move, and then he will jump back into your gap. All week the coaches have been telling us, 'Stay in your gap. Unless he is completely to the left, stay there because he will cut back.' He did it to me a couple of times. I stayed, he jumped, I wanted to jump, I didn't, and he bounced right into my arms. It was one of those things, with this team right here, they are a really good football team, so it's the smallest things that made the difference."

(On if getting the quarterback was easier once they slowed Saquon Barkley down) "Yeah, most definitely. Uchenna (Nwosu), Poona Ford, that's how you want it. You want to stop the run to let the boys pin their ears back and eat. It was a great day and a great game. I told y'all, I said it at the beginning of the season, everybody was writing us off."

DE Shelby Harris

(On how they were able to stop the run game) "There wasn't really anywhere to go. Everybody up front, we kind of took the same mindset as the Arizona game. They really wanted to run the ball, but when it comes time to throw, Daniel Jones likes to get loose and scramble. Our biggest thing was to keep him in the pocket, don't let him break any big runs, and don't let him do anything to keep the drive going."

(On what the Giants tried to do offensively early in the game) "Well, in the beginning of the game, there was some RPO stuff, but they weren't really running the ball. They kept trying to throw it. It was weird because it wasn't exactly what I expected. I was expecting them to run the ball more, but there were a lot of RPOs. They put the ball in Daniel Jones' hands, and we just had to make plays."

(On how the Giants tried to test the Seahawks defense) "A lot of things that the Giants do is that they throw a lot of plays at you and see what works. If they find one, they are going to run it over and over and over again. I feel like they were doing a lot of testers and there wasn't much working. The front seven, the whole defense did well. Saquon (Barkley) had what, 20 carries and 50 yards? He's one of the best backs in the league, so you can't downplay that. I have to shoutout everybody on the defense."

LB Uchenna Nwosu

(On the game plan to stop Saquon Barkley) "We just knew going into this game that we had to take care of number 26 (Saquon Barkley). We knew he was the focal point of the offense and he is the one that gets them going. We had to eliminate him and take care of him and get after Daniel Jones and we are able to do that today."

(On providing a lot of pressure on Daniel Jones) "Yeah, it was in the game plan like I said; take care of Saquon (Barkley). They had to go back and pass the ball. We knew they weren't going to be a big drop-back team, so we had to get him on those third and long situations to be able to get after him."

(On if he feels like this is where he wants the defense to be after this win) "No, we are definitely not where we want to be. We still have an uphill battle. We are still trying to get where we want to go, but this is definitely a start."

S Ryan Neal

(On slowing down Saquon Barkley and making them one-dimensional) "We already knew they were a physical team. They like to run the ball. Saquon (Barkley) has been a star all year, so we knew what we were going to get. Shout to him, he's a great player. Their O-line has been doing good work all year. We knew what we were going to have to play for; watching film, going over it. We all knew that coming into this game that it was going to be a physical battle. We came out and did our thing."

(On the defense playing well and building momentum over the past few games) "Yeah, like I've been telling guys before, we had the same situation back in 2020, 2021 and started off kind of sloppy, but we ended up getting stuff together. We came back to work, understood the importance of what we got to do. We already know the standards by the guys set before us. We know how to win games in the NFL; can't win games when people are scoring points. The name of the game is if they score or not. It came down to us and we are starting to gel together and find our chemistry. Like I said, it is one week at a time and one day at a time. We are starting to build this thing together."

(On if he is feeling okay after being injured during the game) "Yeah, I'm feeling good, just a little cramp. I'm good. I'm great."

RB Travis Homer

(On forcing turnovers on special teams) "I think we schemed up this team really well. We knew what they were going to bring to us when we came into this game and Coach (Larry) Izzo did a great job of telling us what we need to get into and we executed it."

(On Will Dissly's performance on special teams) "I know it's something a lot of people didn't expect, but we see him every day and he brings that energy. I'm happy that he was able to do that."

(On if he expected to be in first place halfway through the season) "You always expect your team to do the best, but we are not really going to look at that right now. It's all about what happens after Week 8."

LB Jordyn Brooks

(On the Seahawks' defense on third down) "It's about knowing we have to get out on the field. Once you get one stop, it's like 'alright, we got them one time, get them again. Oh, we've got them twice, get them again.' That's what I mean by catching rhythm."

(On stopping Saquon Barkley and stopping the run game) "We kind of knew what we were going to do what we did. It was emphasized all practice, that's the guy that they want to get the ball to. We made sure we all swarm-tackled him. He's a great player, and I thought we did a good job as a unit."

(On taking down Daniel Jones) "Just tackling man. Being sticky on their routes, and anytime they wanted to scramble we came back, swarmed them, and made sure they didn't get loose. I thought we did a good job of doing that."

Check out some of the best action shots from Seahawks vs. Giants at Lumen Field on October 30, 2022. Game action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery.

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