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Head Coach Pete Carroll
Opening Statement: "Well, this was a much-needed win for us, really excited about the way we played on the road again. Getting out here and doing it, right from the beginning, we were going, and this was a day that the offense was such a highlight in the day, and they scored the first four times we had the ball. We were executing. We were knocking out third downs. We were running the football really well today really for the first time, what really felt like we had it rolling. (Seahawks QB) Geno (Smith) played some spectacular football, spectacular football, not just the throwing and the catching but the command of the game and running the whole show. He did an incredible job, and he ran the ball too for 50 yards or something. So, fantastic day, I don't know how you can do a whole lot more, play a lot better than that. (Seahawks WR) DK (Metcalf) had a great game, making plays and catches. He didn't get in the endzone, but he was moving the football up and down the field. (Seahawks WR) Tyler (Lockett) did his stuff. Really excited to see (Seahawks RB Rashaad) Penny break out, so when all of that has to happen because the guys up front did a great job. We had no sacks today. We rushed for 230-something. Those guys did a great job, and I'm really proud of the way they played, and we hopefully keep making progress. That's a lot of points for us, and really, we stopped ourselves when it was our problem today a couple times and couldn't overcome a couple things, but other than that, it was a great day. On the other side of the ball, we didn't do well. We gave up 10 or 11 explosive plays, and a day when the offense had 14, we give up 10 or something like that, and there's just too many chunk yards. I mean, there's a crazy 80-yard play and a couple others that they had. We just have to get those out of our football, and it wasn't a bad day on third down necessarily, but it was just explosives that have got to get taken care of, and so we've got a lot of work to do still. And see what we can do to stop that. I also Jayson Myers had a baby five minutes before we got back to the locker room, so everybody's excited for that."
On CB Tariq Woolen's pick six to start the second half of the game: "Yeah, and he's chased a lot a bunch of wide receivers across the field on crossers like that, and he got a tight end opportunity, and he made a jump right in front beautifully, a great play."
On what happened that caused the repeat of down for the third-down play: "Well, it's because of the timing of it. What happened is, they – after what happened on the down before, they needed to reset the clock, and they reset the clock, and the guy – somebody blew the whistle just as the ball was getting snapped, so – and we stopped, and that's why the play would look screwed up, but they did the right thing. It's just unfortunate that the play got snapped, and you had to see what the result of that play was. Obviously, we were able to take advantage of the fact that happened because we bust one on the next play, but they did it right. It's just unfortunate the timing."
On if it was the game clock that needed to be reset: "They were resetting the – I think they reset the 40 clock."
On if they knew the malfunction occurred as it happened: "Yeah, we knew it – like you could see it happening. They were just screwing the way the rhythm of the snap came off and all of that, so we had thought they had the right thing. We just needed to hope it would sort it out that way, because you never know sometimes."
On why the referees took time to deliberate the decision: "Yeah, but there was a lot of discussion, so it could have gone either way. They talk their way through some stuff. You never know how that's going to come out, but they did a good job with it. They got it wired."
On the performance of Seahawks QB Geno Smith and if he exceeded expectations: "He played pretty good football, man. I'm just thrilled for him and for our guys that he's had this kind of early success to jump-start this season and show us that we can play really good football with him at the helm, and he's just been so rock steady throughout this whole process, and then he's playing and doing it, taking it on the road. There's a moment in this game when the crowd was as loud as it could have possibly been for that day, and he had to do something at the line of scrimmage, and he got it done. Everybody executed, and we really cashed in in a huge way. There's a few of those in the day, but there was moment in there that he's totally in command of the whole thing, and he had to communicate to everybody, and everybody ran the play right, and we really took advantage of that op, so. We could talk about a lot of stuff that they pulled off today. That was really, really good."
On if it was third-and-1 that Seahawks QB Geno Smith had called the audible amidst crowd noise: "I'm not going to –"
On if this performance was the best Seahawks QB Geno Smith could be: "Yeah, well, we could have finished a couple of these things. We had a couple of chances. Why do we have to lose any of the games? We don't have to lose any of these games, so we were there. And he could have helped us, and everybody needed to help us, but that's what he could have done more so. He could have been the hero, and we're carrying him off the field in those too so. Today, we should have carried him off. It was a freaking great game."
On how Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny ran today and his third-down effectiveness: "God, he looked so fast again. He just exploded on both of those runs. Great job of blocking up front, but he had another one that he stumbled on that was awesome too, but that's the guy that just jumped out at us at the end of last season, and we've just got to keep going, giving them chances because he's got those huge plays in him, and that's how you rush for a bunch of yards. You've got to get some big ones."
On the evaluation of Seahawks WR DK Metcalf's performance Sunday: "Great, just working it. He just played so well, because he had a lot of tough plays and tough catches and stuff, and the slant that he catches to convert a third down – it might have been fourth down conversion. Yeah, that was a beautiful, beautiful catch, and (Seahawks QB) Geno (Smith) ripped it at him, and it was on his back hip, and it was a fantastic catch. That was probably the least of the ones that you would notice, but it was a great play."
On Seahawks CB Coby Bryant forcing a fumble against the Lions: "Yeah, Coby, he's got a knack now. They all know. He's been doing it. He's done it in practice a couple times. We've seen him go for it. Some guys just have a better knack than others, and he's definitely got the awareness. It just takes awareness beyond what normal guys play with. You have to be able to find it. You've got to see it, take advantage of the opportunity, and you have to do it well. And he's going to do it more."
On Seahawks Safety Ryan Neal getting some game time: "Just getting involved. Getting him involved and changing up some matchups and stuff."
On the status of Seahawks LB Darryl Johnson: "He sprained his ankle. I don't know how bad, but he has an ankle sprain."
On the score of 48-45 being a scoragami: "No way, we did it? Yeah, we wanted to come out exactly that way."
On his evaluation of Lions TE T.J. Hockenson: "Yeah, he had a huge day. They did a great job with all the guys they had banged up. To find him so much and be so effective with him was really an excellent job on their part. I mean, I really feel bad. They had so many guys get hurt today. Gosh, I've never seen it like that. Just unfortunate for Coach – and they already had some guys hurt, so hopefully those guys can bounce back."
On how concerned he is for the defense: "Yeah, I don't know. We have work to do. I'm not going to worry about it with you guys right now. I'm going to get after the film and see what happened, and we'll just keep working. We've got a lot of work to do, and as Big Al once said, 'Grateful for the offense today.' They came through and helped us win a game."
QB Geno Smith
On what went so well on offense today: "I feel like, one thing we talked about all week is we had been starting fast, but not finishing strong. We really talked about finishing strong today. Hats off to their defense, they did a great job of mixing the looks, giving us a bunch of great challenging looks. But overall, I think we handled it well with the crowd noise. Our communication was great. The line played awesome again. They're just continuing to be better and better every week, which is such a positive sign. Overall, our playmakers showed up. The running game showed up. I think we kept the penalties down for the most part. So, whenever you can do that and keep the chains moving, you're going to have a lot of yards and points."
On his connection with Seahawks WR DK Metcalf today: "I think we're just continuing to build. It's now a couple games in, and we're continuing to develop our chemistry, all the guys out there. So really, DK's a special player. He got some one-on-ones today and some opportunities. It was fun to see him really make a lot of plays. I think he could've had a few more had we given it a shot. But for the most part, he played a great game and I think that's going to continue."
On if they are making more checks at the line of scrimmage as the season goes on: "Yeah, I think that's something that we're developing within our offense just as far as, like I said, communication. For us to get these things done on the road in a hostile environment – that crowd was rocking out there, it was loud – made it tough on us. And for us not to have many delay of games and many motion penalties and things like that, I think it speaks volumes to our offense and preparation and how we communicate. We have to continue to build on that. We made some great checks today, some run checks, that went for explosive touchdowns. Those are things that we want to continue, so we're going to continue to build on it."
On if his touchdown run was a predetermined play-call: "Yeah, that was one of our calls, yes."
On how he is feeling after running a lot today: "Yeah, I'm feeling good. I feel great. Hats off to my masseuse, she does a great job. All the work I've been putting in in the weight room is continuing to keep my body strong. I'm feeling fast out there. There were some lanes out there. They doubled (Seahawks WR) DK (Metcalf) on the first run, they doubled (Seahawks WR) Tyler (Lockett), so obviously when they double those guys, then there's no one really covering me. So, just opportunities out there to run the ball, and I was able to get that done."
On taking advantage of leading the team this season: "I'm grateful, but it's just about the work. It's about the work. I worked myself to this position as always, and it's just about continuing to work and working on day-to-day stuff and not getting focused on anything else."
On if they checked one on the third-and-2 at the end of the game: "Yeah, we checked one. They were in a zero look and when everyone's at the line of scrimmage, once you break through the line, there's no one in the backend. So, got to a good run check and we were able to get that to happen."
On if they had a lot of faith on offensive assignments working through crowd noise: "It's not faith. Like I said, our communication was great today. We talk about passing it onto the guys – everybody, not just me talking to those guys – but them communicating with each other in a loud environment. It's very important that it happens, so everyone was on point with communication. It was a good sign today."
On if his performances have exceeded expectations through four games of the season: "No. I can play better. I have not exceeded my expectations. I can play a lot better, just playing better."
On watching Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny succeed: "It's so fun. It's so fun just watching him score, running down the field and making guys miss. Penny's an exciting player, explosive player. I'm just happy for him to really be able to just lead the charge, really lead the charge. He's doing an outstanding job and we're going to count on him. We're going to need him all year."
On what happened when they got a second shot at third down after the officials blew the play dead:
"They blew the whistle. We were snapping the ball, I guess the play clock had changed back to 40. One of the field judges blew the whistle, so everyone kind of stopped play. They were looking around like, 'Hey, what's going on?' So, they repeated the down. That's when we busted the big run."
On if he was arguing with the officials because he heard them blow the play dead: "Yeah, everyone did. Their defensive players stopped, we all stopped."
On throwing deep balls to Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett despite taking hits: "Yeah, another zero pressure. They're bringing everybody, bringing the kitchen sink. I've just got to buy enough time for him to get into his route and then just put it into a spot. He did a great job of going to get it."
On the Lions continuing to come back and the Seahawks offense having to respond: "That's fun, man. An old-fashioned shootout. An-old fashioned shootout, that was fun. It's good for our offense to have that happen because we can now see that we can do that. That's our standard. We've got to make sure we maintain that."
On Seahawks P Michael Dickson not having to punt today: "Oh, yeah, someone told me that. We gave him the day off, so that was good. Mike's a great punter, but obviously, we don't want to use him a lot."
On if today's game was a good example of using an opponent's aggression against them: "Yeah, I think if teams are going to zero us out and send the house, we've got to make them pay. We've got to make them pay. We're looking forward to those opportunities. I'm pretty sure they're going to present themselves more, and we've got to be ready for it."
WR DK Metcalf
S Quandre Diggs
RB Rashaad Penny
The Seahawks face the Lions in Detroit for Week 4 of the season at Ford Field on October 2, 2022. Game action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery.