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What The Seahawks Said Following Their 37-3 Loss To The Ravens

Interviews, transcripts, and press conferences from the Seahawks' Week 9 loss to the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.


Featuring postgame quotes from the following:

Head Coach Pete Carroll

(Opening statement)"This was about as unfamiliar as we can get here. Coming out East and playing a game on the road like this and then not being able to play football where we need to. It was a terrific day for them. John [Harbaugh] had his team ready to go, and they did a great job. They kind of waited until there were some opportunities, and they took advantage of [them]. The game went back and forth for a while there early, which we thought could happen. We didn't handle what happened right before the half very well. We didn't take advantage of the turnover that we had. Instead of 14-6 or 14-10, they get the ball back, and they get points back. It just wasn't the right way to finish the half for us. And then they just went to work, and we didn't stop them. We couldn't make any first downs and couldn't convert on third down. So, it's just a really hard, long day against a really good team. They took it to us. I've got to give them a lot of credit."

(on how to help QB Geno Smith)"We have to convert on third downs, which is everybody. We got rushed today pretty good. They rushed us and mixed their stuff really well. It was hard, like they've been on everybody. We just have to find out ways to make first downs. I think we were 1-for-12 on third down. You can't play offense like that and expect anything. It's as hard as it gets."

(on how QB Geno Smith played today)"I don't think this is about Geno [Smith] at all. I think this is about our football team, not answering the bell here. We couldn't get it done. We came in here to slug it out, and they did a better job than we did with all of this. When they're rushing the passer, that's not Geno [Smith]. This is not on one guy."

(on the concern of having eight turnovers in the last four games)"I'm concerned about that. The one, on the fumble, that's a pass-rush deal. The interception, he threw it up, and the guy who's been making all the interceptions made another one. But that's not the direction for us to be going. Up until this game, it took us to first place, whatever the heck we've been doing. We didn't play like a first place team today. With those kind of turnovers, it's really hard to win."

(on not stopping the Ravens' running game)"We couldn't tackle in the second half. We just didn't tackle. It shouldn't have been any different. The big run that Lamar [Jackson] has early, gives them a good boost in yardage, but then after that, it's just basic plays, and we didn't get them on the ground. That's the part I need to look at the most. That's what I'm most concerned about, the way that happened like that."

(on the effect of a mental error like the fourth-and-1 offsides penalty)"That stinks, that stinks. That's bad football."

(on the injury status of RB DeeJay Dallas)"He hurt his shoulder. I don't know how bad, but he hurt his shoulder."

(on a possible miscommunication on the interception play)"[Geno Smith] overthrew it. Tyler [Lockett] didn't think he had a chance to get the ball is all I know. But it wound up a really nice play by their guy in the end. I wish we would have contested that. I don't know that he could or not. I don't know how far overthrown it was. But I know he couldn't get to it."

(on dealing with a loss of this magnitude)"What I'm telling our guys is this is about the discipline that it takes to go to the next challenge. We talk always like that. Whether it's a big win or a big loss or whatever the circumstance of what happened the week before. It's the discipline that it takes to move on. That's the challenge. This game is already over with and done. We can't do anything about this one. It's, what are we going to do when we come back on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to get back on track and not let this define us. I would like that this game was maybe a marker that this is where things shifted, and we came right back and got back on track, and we see us come back to who we are. We'll see. This is a big deal. I've got to do a good job with them. Hopefully with the leadership that we have, I know we will get the right message out there. Then, we've got to act on it. It's a very big challenge. We'll see if we can pull it off."

(on LB Boye Mafe's sixth sack in six games) "Huge play, huge play. He continues to do stuff in every game. He's really a good football player, and it shows. It's hard to do what he just did in the last six weeks. He's just getting warmed up. He's just so young and so fresh, and he's just getting started. It's exciting to know that. I wish we could have had some more contributions like that."

(on LB Derick Hall's injury status)"It's the same shoulder that he had hurt, which has been bothering him. He hit it pretty good. They didn't think it was kind of like a re-injury."

(on trying to get the running game going early)"We wanted to, we wanted to. You guys know this line of thinking. If you don't convert, you don't get the chances, and you're off the field. No matter how much you want to do something, it doesn't matter when you have to sit down. You can't call your plays sitting on the bench. We have to get off some winning third-down plays. We've got to do better than that. They were great at it today on their side. We weren't."

QB Geno Smith

(on how the Seahawks move past this loss)"You know, just as we do with a win, we get back and tell the truth on Monday. Be honest about it, you know, figure out the things that we need to do better and then correct it. It's really nothing different than that." 

(on the tough pass rush they dealt with today)"You know, I think they did a really good job. I think we made it easy on them, especially with the mistakes that we made. Obviously, they capitalized on those. We know every game is going to be tough – this is the NFL. There are great players across the league and it's a tough game. It's a really tough game and you've got to get out there and you've got to play disciplined football in order to win. Today, we didn't do it."

(on how the locker room is after a loss like that)"You know, it sucks. We were looking forward to this matchup and I just feel like we didn't play our best football today. Obviously, we made a ton of mistakes and there are a lot of things we need to correct, but you know, as I always say, I put those things right at my own feet and I look at myself in the mirror and say, 'What can I do better to help my guys?' I'm never going to shy away from it and I'm going to keep on working."

(on the mistakes the Seahawks made today)"Specifically, turnovers and penalties. Those things." 

(on Ravens S Geno Stone's interception)"Bad pass. It was on me."

(on what was going wrong on third downs)"I think we were 1-for-11 or 1-for-12, something like that. Yeah, that's just not good enough. It's terrible, and that's not going to get us any wins, you know, so we have to correct that."

(on the struggle in getting the run game going) "You know, I think you always have to have a balanced attack, especially going up against a great defense. You know, today we didn't do a great job of that, but like I said, that's all on me and I've got to figure out ways to be better and help out."

(on how much not scoring at the end of the first half hurt the team)"Yeah, you know, when the defense gives you those opportunities, and you know, you kind of have a chance to steal some momentum right there, you've got to capitalize. We didn't. We turned the ball right back over, we gave them points. Again, that's one of the mistakes I'm talking about, and we've got to be better in these situations."

NT Jarran Reed

(on what went wrong defensively) "You know, I think they executed their plays better than we did. We knew they would come in, we knew Lamar [Jackson] is an explosive player, and their team was explosive. And they out-executed us today."

(on the frustration of giving up so many rushing yards)"It's very frustrating, that's not like us. That's not anything that we have put on the film all season, but you know, it is the NFL. We are going to take that to the chin and take it back Monday to the drawing board."

(on what he can pinpoint that went wrong on the run defense)"We had a lot of missed tackles. I had like one myself, you know, I think just stuff like that is why we beat ourselves. You know, fitting into gaps the right way, staying in the backside of the play, and staying in the front side of plays. Things you know we can't do to beat ourselves, we've got to hone in on that. We will look at the film and we will be very critical of ourselves, and you know, we will sit on this for 24 hours and we move on to the next one."

(on if they were using this as a measuring stick game) "We are a good team with a good record. They are a good team with a good record, and it was mano a mano. You know, they just came out and played and executed more than we did today. As you can see, they put up 30 points. I think that's probably the highest game score we've had this season."

(on if he had seen anything on RB Keaton Mitchell)"No, actually, I didn't. It's no disrespect to him, but he came in and did very great today. He ran the ball very hard. We were honed in on [Justice Hill] and [Gus Edwards], I think it is, and [Keaton Mitchell] came in with some explosive runs. You know, we've just got to go back to the drawing board and work. It's nothing we haven't seen before, we've just got to play our game, stay in our gaps, get off blocks, and make tackles."

S Jamal Adams

(on why the game went as it did)"Honestly, I don't have the perfect answer, obviously, but hats off to them – a great organization, well coached. They came out, and they hit us in the mouth. It's as simple as that."

(on how to deal with this type of loss) "It's 24 hours. Obviously, it's going to sting a little bit – just not showing up and not executing on both sides of the ball, [or] whatever it is. We just didn't get the job done today."

(on if there is a common theme around their tackling issues)"Again, that's a damn good football team. [They] have a lot of players that can run the rock – run the rock hard, elusive, whatever the case may be – but that's not the excuse. We obviously missed tackles. I missed tackles on my end. But we'll clean them up."

(on how much QB Lamar Jackson impacts gap responsibilities for opposing defenses)"It's so key; it's so important. Everybody has to do their job. Obviously, staying in our gap … Whether he's coming to you if you peek, and then he hits the other gap, it's so many gymnastics; that's what makes [Lamar Jackson] special. He causes defenses to be disciplined at all times, because he's that special with the ball."

(on if they felt this was going to be the biggest test they had faced as a team coming into this game)"I mean again, man, each week you get tested; it doesn't matter who you play. You've got to show up, because if you don't, things like that happen; you get hit in the mouth. So again, [the Ravens are] a well-coached organization. They've been doing this for a long time, and obviously it was their day today."

(on if the plays leading into halftime were a big turning point in the game)"Yes, I mean, obviously, I believe it was. We just didn't capitalize. And then when we came out, we let a big run pop. You know what I mean? [We weren't] doing our job, not doing our assignment, not making the tackles. So again, I can only speak for the defense, but coming out of the half, we didn't start the way we wanted."

(on what he has seen from LB Boye Mafe this season)"[Boye Mafe] has been balling. [He's] just consistently doing what he does best, [and] he's getting better. Obviously, this is Year Two for him, so the sky is the limit for Mafe."

(on if there are any positives the team can take from this)"Well, we woke up this morning, and that's a blessing. You know, hey, a lot of guys finished the game without getting injured; prayers to the guys that did get injured, because we take that for granted – just walking off the field. Obviously, the situation was not what we wanted it to be, but [I'm] just grateful to walk off the field [with] no injuries. God is good."

(on how he thought he played today)"I played alright. Obviously, they've been trying me in coverage, obviously; it's been silent. But obviously, I'm just trying to make as many impact plays as I can, do my job, and whatever the coaches ask me to do, I'm going to do."

(on if he thinks teams are targeting him more frequently)"I don't know, man. It hasn't worked."

(on what he saw on the third-and-18 pass to TE Mark Andrews that set up a fourth-down conversion)"Yes, killer. Obviously, just playing back side as the quarter flap … We were playing sticks – sitting at the sticks – and waiting on them. [We were] obviously playing for the mid-go sit-down; that was really what they were showing out of three by one. And obviously, [Lamar Jackson] threw it to the tight end [Mark Andrews]. He made a hell of a run. Obviously, he cut back on me. I missed the tackle, and [he] got the first down. Or did he? I can't remember. He didn't get the first down; he was short. But still, he should have never got there. I should have made the tackle. I didn't, so I take that on me – for sure."

WR Tyler Lockett

(on what happened out there today)"I don't know. Honestly, I don't know. We will have to take a look at the film and figure out what happened, but I'm sure that it's frustrating for everybody. We will just see what happened and what needs to be done."

(on the mood in the locker room postgame)"Quiet. People just trying to figure out what happened. It wasn't a good showing at all for us. It was just one of those things where it was unexpected."

(on head coach Pete Carroll's message to the team) "He just talked to us about us just going back to the drawing board and doing what needs to be done to better prepare ourselves for next week. And just be able to focus in more and let this game go."

(on what happened on the interception)"I just think it was miscommunication on both of our parts. My part, I could have done better, but it was just miscommunication." 

(on if the pass could have been shorter)"No, it was just miscommunication on the play."

(on the key to putting this loss behind them)"This is just the regular season, not the playoffs, so we have another game coming up. So, we just learn from it, fix it, and move on. It's not like this was the last game of the season, we've got a lot more to play."

(on QB Geno Smith's demeanor during the game)"At that point we were all trying to figure out what we could do to get us back in the game, back to the basics. Getting first downs and things like that. I just think that everybody was frustrated and trying to figure out what it was that we needed to do."

(on how deflating it was not to score after the turnover at the end of the first half)"You want a touchdown there, but the way the game was going, three points was ok. And then we got another turnover, but we just have to do better at positioning ourselves to take another field goal, which I think at that point would have made it 14-6. Instead, it turned out 17-3."

(on if it felt weird to lose by this much) "It feels weird to us."

LB Jordyn Brooks

(on if it is easier to get over a blowout versus a close loss) "I mean, it's hard to look, because we are not used to seeing that. But it is easier to flush at the same time because we know that is not us. They were just the better team today and they proved that through the whole game. So, they earn that win. We have to flush it and move on."

DE Dre'Mont Jones

(on the impact QB Lamar Jackson has on the defense)"I mean, he is a talented player. He does what he does, and he has been great for a couple years now for a reason. We didn't do our part to contain that."

(on how the Ravens run differently than other teams) "You truly don't know where they are going to go. They are honest in what they do, but sometimes, you know, with the type of players they have in the backfield, the ball can go anywhere."

(on what he tells his teammates after losing a game like this) "Keep our head up, we have a lot of ball left. We've been doing great so far. Don't let one game or a couple plays define who you are as a player or how we are as a team. So, guys have to bounce back, and you know, tomorrow is a new week. So, Monday starts the next week for the next team."

LB Bobby Wagner

(on if there is a reason why teams have had success rushing against them in the last three games) "Not really. I think we played teams that are committed to the run game. I'm not sure how many rushes they had today [or] how many attempts they had, but we know, when we come in and play a good running offense and that they are going to stay committed, we have to make sure to stay on the whole game"

(on how they move on from a game like this) "We have to learn from it and move on from this game. Watch the film. We hold ourselves accountable."

(on if they can focus on the bigger picture and still being tied for the first place in the division) "Right now, I am not really focused on that. By Wednesday, I will be focused on that. We understand that we are in a decent spot, but that means nothing if we don't make changes that we need to make."

Check out some of the best action shots from Week 9 at the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 5, 2023. Game action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery.

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