Featuring postgame quotes from the following:
Head Coach Pete Carroll
"First off, it sounds like quarterback [QB] Trey Lance got hurt. We're thinking about him, it's too bad that he got knocked out. We're sorry about that one. What a distance from one week to the next. The league just reminds you how you get humbled. We didn't do anything like we wanted to today off the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball. We didn't deal with it right. We had 10 penalties, they had one. We had three turnovers. They had none. It was just really hard to win this football game today, the way we did it. We have to bounce right back. We don't have any choice. We have to get going again and make sure we get back on track to do the things we want to do. We didn't run the ball worth a darn today, and I'll give them credit. They're a nice group. They held Chicago to 200 yards last week, they're real. But we have to get right and we have to score. We have to make some points. I know everybody felt that when we came out of halftime. They were kicking a field goal and we knocked it down and ran it back for a touchdown. That's the play you need, that's the play you need to get things going. We needed to capitalize on that with the next drive and stop the and make some points but we didn't do it. So it was a very hard game and credit to them. They did a nice job."
Pete, there have been no offensive points in six quarters. What's it going to take to turn that around?
"We have to do everything better. We have to run the ball with some consistency. We actually protected pretty well early in the game for first three quarters, but we just have to make more things happen. I think this is most connected to what we're doing with the running game to make the passing game come to life off the play passes and that really didn't even show today. We ran the ball for nothing. We have to execute better. The 10 penalties thing, that's odd that it was like that. We can't play football like that. We've been giving too much. It made too easy on them."
What happened on the trick play?
"He threw the ball right to their guy. I wish I had called time out. I should have before we ran the play. I don't know. It was a really cool play to call and to give a shot to, but it asked a lot in in that situation. I just wish I would've got us out of it."
Did you get the look that you wanted pre-snap?
"It looked like they weren't all over it. They weren't really tight. I had a chance. I was right there looking at it and I just needed to get it done. I didn't get it done."
Have you had that in the playbook for a couple years or is it recent?
"No, it's been around. It's not a new play."
How difficult is it to bounce back in a game like this six days after you had an emotional victory at home?
"Yeah, we didn't look very good, did we? We didn't look like we did very well with that. We wanted to and intended to. We had figured when you win that game, it was going to be a challenge. So we took it head on, but we didn't do well enough with it. We didn't come back and play like we wanted to play. We missed too many tackles. We didn't look the same. I have to do a better job."
What is your concern level with the tackle? That was a problem in the preseason.
"It's different guys. We have to do better. We have more guys. We need more guys around the ball so that guys don't get stuck in the one on one so much. We just have to do better."
What did you think of Seattle Seahawks QB Geno Smith's day?
"He couldn't get going. He just couldn't get rolling and nothing worked. We didn't do anything anywhere. I didn't see him do anything that really took us out of the game. I thought he was going along with it, but we just needed to have a whole compliment of ball on both sides of the football. It just wasn't there. Being down 13-0 is a huge turnaround when we screw that up and don't get in the end zone. The punt screw up was just a misfortune. We get knocked into the catcher and they get the ball at the 22. That's one touchdown. You can see it. We're not worried about if we get behind by a little bit, we know we can come back. We just have to make sure to keep the game close enough where we can come back, which we didn't do."
Is that illegal? To block the returner?
"A guy can get blocked into the returner."
How did things change when Trey got hurt?
"I don't think it did at all. I thought it was different for them. Their offense changed. They did [QB] Jimmy's [Garoppolo] offense, which we were prepared for. That wasn't a big factor."
Was there miscommunication on the touchdown to TE Ross Dwelley?
"We didn't cover it right. We had an assignment in there that we needed to do better. We didn't do it."
What did you think of RB Kenneth Walker III? He didn't have a ton of touches but what did you think for his first time?
"I couldn't even tell. I don't think he got a chance to even get going. I like the third down make that we had. Other than that, he didn't get an opportunity. [RB] Rashad [Penny] didn't get anything either. We didn't get a shot."
Do you have injury updates for DE Shelby Harris and G Damien Lewis?
"Yeah. Damien has a quad bruise and Shelby's back bothered him. He had a back injury going in but it was a hamstring that bothered him during the game early on."
Did you get any more clarity on CB Justin Coleman since we talked on Friday?
"He has a calf injury that was not serious. It just was too late in the week to recover. We'll see by the end of the week where we are. It'll be a fast turnaround if he can get back. He has a chance."
How do you feel LB Colby Barton did in there?
"I have look at the film. I don't know enough. I thought he made a couple nice tackles."
The punt block was by CB Tariq Woolen. Between his height and speed, is he about the ideal guy?
"He's the ideal guy. Yeah. That's as good a guy as you can find to do that. Hopefully that's just one of a number coming."
Your defense, you guys talked about run stops. Did you see anything better there other than the tackling issues?
"That's part of it. They ran the ball downhill better than we expected them to. We thought they'd been a good perimeter run team. So we had to adjust a little bit. We played pretty good defense in the second half. We got after it pretty good and got the ball back a number of times, and third downs were okay. We seemed to get the stops that we needed. We needed to hand it to the offense and get something going on the other side to keep us rolling. I thought there were nice halftime adjustments that got us to tighten things down and gave ourselves a shot."
Quarterback Geno Smith
Geno, how difficult is it to bounce back six days later after an emotional home win?
"We can't let that be an excuse. You know you have to play games every week, you know you're going to have some short weeks. I don't really think it was because of last week that we didn't get it done today. I feel like we really shot ourselves in the foot. We had some uncharacteristic plays here and there. We just need to keep working, get back to work, and clean up the mistakes. Then obviously just get ready for next week."
Has there been a jarring as of a difference from one week to the next like these last two games?
"No, I don't think so. Honestly, I really believe that we just didn't do what we needed to today. I feel like we had a great week of practice and our preparation was on point. I feel like everyone was locked in and we had great energy the entire time. I just think we made some mistakes that we couldn't recover from."
What do you think you guys need to do between now and next Sunday to get the offense going?
"It starts with evaluating the tape and every man being really hard on himself. Seeing where he can improve and how he can be better. It starts with me, of course. Diving back into work, getting back into the tape, and getting back to the weight room tomorrow. Then flushing this and getting back to work."
What were you thinking when you were jogging out to wide receiver position?
"Man, I thought it was going to be a touchdown, honestly. I thought we had worked that play well all week and we had a good look for it. I didn't really get a chance to see the exact throw since I was on the other side. Obviously, you don't want to have any turnovers at all, let alone the red zone taking away points. I thought it was going to be a positive play and it ended up not being that. Obviously, can't have that."
What was the hardest thing about getting the passing game going today?
"I felt like we were efficient, but they make it hard on you. They have a great pass rush. Like I said before, they're a championship team and hats off to them. They played a great game. For us, we can't let that be an excuse. We need to play better, I need to play better. I plan on doing that."
Did they disguise something that threw you off on that interception?
"No, they just made a play. They tipped it and they got one."
What have you seen in practice or in some of the games that gives you confidence this offense can turn itself around?
"The first thing is that we've done it before. We've been very efficient and we've scored plenty of points. We've had opportunities in the past where we've showcased that we can be a great offense. I think it just takes every man diving into the work, really being hard on himself and when he watches the film back, says 'what can I do better?' Then, obviously, going back to work and getting back to practice. We need to clean up the minor mistakes that we had today, and once we get another opportunity to go play, we need go make it happen."
Is there something about how teams have been covering Seattle Seahawks WR DK Metcalf through two weeks that limited his explosive plays?
"They're doubling him and that's going to be the case all year. They're going to make it hard on him and they want to win too. It's very hard to cover DK and [WR] Tyler [Lockett] with just one guy. They're going to put multiple guys on him and do whatever they can to make the other guys on our team beat them. We want to get the ball into our play makers hands and we have to figure out ways to do so, but also, other guys have to step up. I need to do better as well at getting other guys involved in order for us to be great."
Were the 49ers doing as much schematically to try to prevent the big, deep passing plays as Denver was last week? Or was it more about the pass defense?
"I think it was both. They were playing more of a shell defense than they had played in the past and then they got a great pass rush. We're going to see that every week. It's the NFL, all the teams are good. We just need to work on us, focus on us and be better with the things that we're doing out there.
Safety Quandre Diggs
What's going on with the 49ers defense?
"We just got to tackle. Everybody has to be in their gaps and be responsible for what they have. It's one of those where there was a lot of leaky yardage, which leads to short distance on third downs. When you've got a team that can run the ball well, you get them to third and two and three, they can continue to run the ball. They don't have to throw it. That leads to you staying on the field longer."
It seemed like it got better in the second half. What were you guys doing better?
"I mean we knew what they were doing. They were just running the ball. It was up to us to man up or not. We manned up for a while and then at the end of the game, those guys just toughed it out and they played good today. So, credit to them for coming in with a plan and sticking to their plan."
How much do things change when they change quarterbacks defensively for guys?
"You know at any point that [QB] Jimmy [Garoppolo] can come in. You plan for those type of things. When you've got a guy like Jimmy G that's a backup and they want to create some momentum, they can go to that at any point.He's a proven vet. He's somebody that's won a lot of games for them, so they trust and believe in him. We know that too. So, it just changes, of course. You know he's not going to run the ball."
Was there any sort of emotional hangover from Monday with that win and having to come back on a short week like this?
"I'm not sure. If it was, it's the league that will humble you quick. We were humble today and it's just part of it. I don't see why we would be riding high, everybody's doubting us anyway. We shouldn't be feeding into all the hype anyways. I mean, obviously we're not that good."
Defensive End Quinton Jefferson
You guys were on the field a long time with that running game of the San Francisco 49ers. Can you tell me what was going on?
"They kicked our butts, long story short. That's the NFL on any given Sunday. The blessing is we get to come out next week and redeem ourselves I know guys are chomping at the bit to get back in the lab, get this thing right and come back with a better performance. The San Francisco 49ers played well. They ran the ball well. When you run the ball well and we can't stop it, its going to be a long day."
In terms of what was happening with the front, was it pre-snap or what what was happening after the snap?
"It's what happened after the snap The San Francisco 49ers run that outside zone stud better than any team in the NFL. They have perfected it. It's one of those things. You have to be disciplines. A lot of it is we have to make tackles. We had too many opportunities to make tackles in the backfield. When you get those opportunities you have to put them on the ground"
Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
Tyler, obviously today was a kind of a frustrating day offensively. What did you feel was the issue out there today?
"I think we put ourselves in some bad positions with the third downs. We put ourselves in a third and 10, a third and 12, a third and 13 third and 9. I think when you look at last game we put ourselves in great positions on third down to be able to convert. It was third and short, third and medium. It's hard just being able to play against a great team like the San Francisco 49ers and put ourselves in that type of position. I think they did a great job of stopping our run game which hurt us because, you know, when we run the ball, everything else around works. I think they did a great job in just trying to make us one dimensional and just trying to take away everything else."
What happened on the fumbled punt?
"I probably could have said something just so he kind of had a heads up, you know, about where the ball was going. I was more focused on the ball just because of the conditions. It rained, it didn't rain, it was windy, and it wasn't windy. So I was more focused and concerned about just trying to maintain and catch the ball, but I could have let him know, you know, that I was right there. What a lot of people might not know that just on the return game, if you're the punt team, you can push that defender into your returner and it's not a flag, but if that defender runs into you, it's a flag."
Does that situation happen often? Not the result, but to tell the guy who is blocking he is getting close?
"Yeah. I mean it depends. I mean, sometimes you say something sometimes you don't but just in that situation, I probably could have said something."
As an overall offense, what do you think needs to happen between now next week?
"I mean, I think we just need to watch film to see what the San Francisco 49ers did to stop some of the things that we thought we could take advantage of and just kind of learn from it. I mean, we went against a great front seven, you know? I think they did a great job. They are super physical. I think for us, when you're going against a great front seven like that, the more and more that you can be able to get first downs, the more and more that you can control the game and do what it is that you want to do. If we're not able to control the ball as much as we want. It puts us into a bind because now we have tried to get things going offensively and it's hard when, you don't have a rhythm."
Linebacker Jordyn Brooks
What changed when QB Jimmy Garoppolo came in and how much of that play calling changed along with it?
"Less QB runs. [QB] Trey Lance, they like to do a lot of QB runs with him, so they got away from that and passed a little bit more."
We saw more penalties today on some of the young guys, how much of this is just the growing pains of getting everybody up to speed and used to this?
"I think some of them shouldn't have been called. Sometimes the game goes that way. So, I think they did fine. I'm still excited to see their growth."
What did you tell them after the game? Have you talked to any of the rookies, maybe after some of those penalties?
"Just keep going. It's week two. We got so much ball left to play. So much room for improvement. So just keep going."
With the way that the Niners were running the ball, what's the challenge of maybe getting off some of those blocks and kind of getting there to make the tackles?
"I think they are the best in the league in what they do, as far as running the ball. So next time around, we'll be ready for it."
The Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2 for their first road matchup of the 2022 Season.