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What The Seahawks Said Following Their 28-23 Loss Against The Packers

Postgame quotes and locker room reactions from the Seahawks' 28-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers.


(on the game as a whole)

"Well, we're real disappointed that we put ourselves in a position where we had to come flying back into this game. And as crazy as it seems, when we went in at halftime, these guys were jacked up to take on the challenge of coming back. So we talked like we do about the things we have to do, have your mind right, focus correct, so that you can position yourself for an opportunity to come back and get it. And they did it again. And I'm so proud of this team. I mean this is this team. The fans that follow us and watch us, they know. And you've seen this. And I hope at home, that as it started happening, you could imagine it happening again because we surely did. And I hope that it conveyed to the people, the people that follow us and the 12s and the great following that we have, that this is the start of this team. I think this feels like 2012 all over again and I don't want to talk about that game, you can go back and figure it out, but this was so similar. There was not a guy on that sideline that we were connected to, that thought we weren't going to win that football game all the way until we didn't. That is what this has felt like this whole time, this whole year. It's an amazing chemistry, and it's an amazing group. The leadership, Bobby (Wagner), K.J. (Wright) and Russ (Russell Wilson) and Duane Brown, who did an unbelievable thing to play in this football game today. I don't know how he did it. He got operated on three weeks ago. It's just the kind of stuff these guys are made of. I'm really proud to be part of it and I know they are proud of each other as well. It was still terribly disappointing because we should still be playing. We were an inch a week ago, a couple of weeks ago, we were an inch on that one right there, too, one way or another, and that's how close it is sometimes. We have to make those inches become yards on our side and do better in a lot of ways. I know it's pretty philosophical we are talking here, but really I'm moved by these guys. They lifted the whole spirit. I thought Russell was phenomenal tonight. He did everything he could have done, and I just thought his courage and his toughness showed up. His resolve to find ways all over the field, running and passing. The throws that he made. The runs that he made. The escapes he pulled off. Always going to win is what he was doing. It was awesome. It was awesome to give part of himself. Really proud of him and the rest of the guys."

(on the Jimmy Graham third down catch)

"The guys were just telling me, 'short, it looked short.' And if they would've called it short, it would've been short. It's the same thing as last week."

(on if he considered going for it on fourth-and-11 in the fourth quarter)

"We were thinking about going for it in that sequence, but not on fourth-and-11. We felt our odds were so low. We had all the clock, we had the time, we had all the opportunities to stop them and get the ball back, so we didn't want to put it all on one play. If it was fourth-and-four or five or three or something... We were all through the whole discussion, it winds down to being a sack and fourth-and-11, unfortunately."

(on what makes Russell Wilson so good in high intensity situations)

"It's everything about Russ. And I know you ask the question like that, you know, but it's because the mentality that he has. He always knows he's going to win. He knows it, and so he can't think anything else. He can't function in any other way. And it's not like, oh sometimes when he has a good feeling or a good day. That's not how it is. It's forever. It's been like this since the moment he walked in here. I didn't teach him nothing. I didn't coach him on any of that. I would love to show you and tell you I can take credit for it. I can't take credit for any of that. It's just him. It goes back to his mom and dad and the way they raised him and himself. The only way he can think is that he's going to get it done. He's just going to make it happen. He's proven it so many times."


(on how they got themselves back in the game)

"I just think that we have a mindset that's very resilient, that believes in one another, that feels, no matter what the situation is - good, bad or indifferent - we are always in a good spot to win. Today was no different. We felt like we started off slow, but made our adjustments at halftime and were able to fight our way back into the game. We just ran out of time."

(on what he would tell the younger players after the game)

"Feel the loss. Feel what that feels like. Use that to motivate you in the offseason, whether it's your workouts, offseason training, studying, things of that nature. If we use it how we're supposed to use it and we grow, then next season should be a good season. It kind of feels like 2012."

(on what he thinks the team can bring next year)

"We are very optimistic. We feel like a lot of the guys got a lot of experience, which is really important, and growth in this process. It only means something if you apply that experience and you grow from it. A lot of young guys got an opportunity to get better, as well as the older guys got an opportunity to get better."

(on Duane Brown playing through an injury tonight)

"Since the moment he came in, he provided a lot of leadership for this team. He's definitely shared his experience that he's played. You've got a lot of respect for him, everything that he's done in his career, especially on this team. For him to have the surgery, I think like two weeks ago, and watching him in rehab, try to get back and being able to come out and play in this game, is inspiring. I definitely feel like for myself and the younger guys, you see the right way to do it."

(on having Marshawn Lynch back)

"It was amazing to have him back. He came back and you could just tell he's experienced a lot since he left. He's traveled a lot and obviously playing for different organizations and things. And he came back and his willingness to want to share that information with young guys and myself, it was something that everyone in that room is forever going to remember because he shared a lot of things people can take and use, not just football, but in life. We really grateful for him coming back and giving us everything he had. It was fun to watch him again, watch him run people over and extend to the goal line. It was special."


(on how he would describe his three-game comeback)

"It was solid."

(on having four touchdowns in three games)

"Pretty solid."

(on what's going through his mind right now)

"Shouldn't have lost."

(on if he's coming back next)

"We'll see what happens. I'll say this, though. It's a vulnerable time for a lot of these young dudes. They need to be taking care of their chicken right, you feel me? If it was me, or if I had an opportunity to let these little young (players) know something, I'd say 'take care of your money African, cause that (expletive) don't last forever.' Now I've been on the other side of retirement and it's good when you get over there and you can do whatever the (expletive) you want to, so I'll tell y'all right now while y'all in it, take care of your bread so when you're done, you go ahead and take care of yourself. So while y'all at it right now, take care of your bodies, take care of your chicken, take care of your mentals. Because we ain't lasting that long. I had a couple players that I played with that they're no longer here. They're no longer. So start taking care of your mentals, your bodies and your chicken so that when you're ready to walk away, you walk away and you can be able to do what you want to do.


(on what it was like to get the ball back with five minutes remaining)

"Five minutes left, getting the ball back, thought the game was going to be over. I thought we were going to win it. I think everybody in the stadium and I think everybody watching it felt like that, too. That's the good thing about us, it's never over. That's the thing we bring to the table. It's never over. We had a couple missed cues here and there on that last drive and it didn't go the way we wanted it to. We played a great football team out there. They have a lot of great players. We battled, we battled, we battled. The thing about the first half, it didn't go the way we wanted it to, obviously. We have to play better there. But what we did in the second half, pretty special."

(on how much this loss hurts)

"It's part of the journey. I've come to realize that – it being my eighth year – it's part of the journey. To leave it all on the field. You have no regrets. I think that's the thing, especially this year in particular, we had no regrets. I mean, every play, every game, every practice. That's the one thing I can say about this team. It's been really special, a lot of fun. This being my eighth year, I feel like I'm just beginning, and that's a good feeling. To be healthy through it all, too, as well. This being my eighth year and to realize that the journey's just beginning for the Seattle Seahawks is a good thing. It's a good feeling. To be the quarterback of this football team, the leader of this football team with guys like Bobby Wagner, one of the best linebackers to ever play the game. And I really believe it's just beginning. It starts with the young guys. It starts with guys like DK Metcalf and what he was able to do this year. It starts with Cody Barton, a guy who's going to be a great player for us. So many other young guys across the board. The acquisitions of guys like (Jadeveon) Clowney and (Quandre) Diggs. I mean they got those guys with special force. It's a testament to guys like Duane Brown to play today. To be honest with you, most people probably wouldn't have played, but he's a warrior. He's a warrior, man. I don't know, just the athleticism, the ability he puts out on the field. What he did today to battle through what he's going through, to play for us and leave it all out there. I'm grateful for him being my left tackle, that's for sure."

(on being down at halftime)

"When we were down 21-3 at half, I told the guys, 'We're going to win this game.' Unfortunately, we didn't. The belief was that we were going to find a way. That's the thing we have been able to do all year. We were able to find a way 95 percent of the time. We got the ball back there with however many minutes left, five minutes to go or whatever. We felt that. The whole sideline felt it. I think they [the Packers] even felt it, too, as their team, too. That's just the reality. The reality is, we didn't make the one or two plays that we needed to. But, the good thing is, we get to go into the offseason with a great building block on our identity and where we are going to go. I think the reality is, you have to leave everything out every day. We had to think about being successful every day. You have to visual it. You have to do all those things that are necessary to be successful. Winning is a habit, and I think we have winning habits. I know we have winning habits. And to be a championship caliber team and to win a championship, to win multiple championships, you have to make one, two, three more plays here and there. And I look forward to that next year."


(on Green Bay being able to convert back-to-back third downs to end the game)

"It is just tough man. That is the thing; when you go against A-Rod (Aaron Rodgers), he is going to figure out everything that needs to be done. We just needed to make plays when it was our turn to make the plays."

(on what changed defensively in the second half)

"We locked in in the second half; came out with an attitude that we could win the game. The momentum really started to change for us. It is just tough that we didn't pull this one out because I have seen so many games, seeing this organization be able to pull things off like that."

(on Davante Adams)

"He does it each and every week. I have so much respect for him. I have been battling against him for five years now. I have such ultimate respect for him. You know he is A-Rod's No. 1 guy and he still makes plays. At the end of the day, he is a phenomenal receiver and he is top five in the league in my eyes."


(on the loss)

"A tough pill to swallow, especially in the fourth quarter because I thought we were really rolling. At half, I thought were going to come back and pull this one out. Just a tough pill to swallow."

(on the season)

"Definitely a fun journey. Just a great locker room and a great group of guys top to bottom, especially in this league. I'm not sure there are that many teams that have this camaraderie at this level. Usually you see that kind of things at younger ages. You go into games playing for each other. You aren't playing for contracts or money or whatever. I think that is a strength of our team. I think that's when we are down 21-3 at half why we are able to come back and make games of it."


(on Russell Wilson running a lot tonight)

"We thought if we took them deep and away, keep the safeties and corners away, that Russ would make the magic happen. That is what he does. He calls plays and the magic comes and that is how we came after this game."


(on what was going through his mind on the Jimmy Graham first down that iced the game)

"Can he be short? Can he be short? Even watching the review it looked like he was short, but it is a game of inches and sometimes you can't always get what you want."

(on why Seattle had a rookie on Adams on the last drive)

"Yeah, we had a rookie on him. Every guy that is out there we trust. It doesn't matter how old you are; you could be from 18 to 37, and it doesn't matter because if you are out there that means we trust you. This is more than just a team; it is a family."

(on if he is able to enjoy his first career sack in a losing effort)

"I am going to try to. My mom will always cheer me on. Even having my brother there I almost got emotional. It is just hard for me. My brother stopped me from doing that. Sometimes you just have to embrace the moments, take it all in and enjoy the small things."


(on the season ending loss)

"Anytime a season ends, you just know that it is the last time these 53 guys can be together. It is always hard for me to just move on. I love this group and we just need to bounce back."

(on Green Bay's final drive)

"They executed. It was man-on-man. That last play was really close and they just out-executed us. Hats off to them."