HEAD COACH PETE CARROLL
(Opening…) "That was a terrific football game today. Obviously, we went toe to toe with these guys. I don't know how many people out there thought it was going to be like that, but the guys in this room did, and they went out there to win this football game from the start to the finish, throughout. Played with great intensity and great resolve about getting it done. It wasn't all pretty. We gave up some stuff that we really regret, but offensively, we played just about as precisely as we wanted to. We ran the football like we wanted to. We controlled the field like we needed to. Third downs were terrific. Took care of the ball. Ran it for a bunch. Really gave us a chance to be in the game against a team that has a loaded offense on the other side. We weren't able to hold it down enough to get it done. A lot of open field misses for us, a lot of spread field stuff that wound up going in their favor. They did a great job. They really did what they have been doing on offense with the throwing game. The running game looks deceiving because they had a 50 yard fly play there, but we held them under 100 yards for everybody else. That part of it was one of the aspects of the game we thought we could do, we wanted to try to get done. So that worked out, but there were too many explosive passing plays. I think that you can see, I hope you can tell how our team has grown. The last 3 weeks have been really an extraordinary step forward for us and we're jacked about here we go. There is a long season ahead of us, and how we come out of this game and go into the next one, it will be crucial, just as it will be the next week. There is no doubting who we are as a team and how we're trying to build this thing. I'm really proud of those guys up front the way they ran blocked all day long. Chris ran like crazy all day long, just did a great job of running tough. So did Mike. That's the way it wound up with those guys doing it and they did a great job. Russell found his way to make the big plays to put us in position to win the game at the end. Unfortunately we get knocked out of field goal range with a penalty. It was really disturbing that that happened at that time. So, a really good football game. I thought the fans were great today, the 12s were beautiful, just the way it's supposed to be and I wish we could have handed them a great win today."
(On the Rams' ability to rebound with scores after Seattle's scores…) "They were terrific on offense and we weren't able to counter when we needed to. Come right back and stop and get the ball back to the offense the way we needed to."
(On why the Seahawks used the final time out on defense ….) "What happened there is that the clock would have been running and we would have used the time out. But, because of the stoppage there we get the timeout back, so we had another timeout. What would have happened there is they were going to wind the clock and I think there was 33 seconds on the clock, and at 1:39 that would have taken us down to a minute, so it was worth using the timeout to save that 33 seconds right there."
(On Seattle's big plays in the passing game…) "I thought that it all fit together exactly in the fashion that we like to see it. It played off the running game. It took a few weeks to get done. And then Schotty just jumped on it. I thought it was an extraordinary job by Russ and the receivers. David had a good day and Tyler had a really good day too, getting in behind them, and the throws were exquisite when he had the opportunity. It was just the way we like to do it."
(On what he told the team after the game… ) "I was pretty frustrated about this because we put ourselves in position to win. We hit the big play to Tyler and we're in field goal range and we're going to knock it in, we're going run the clock down, they had no timeouts, we're going to run the clock down and kick a field goal and win the football game and go home. So, it was right there. We ran the ball 32 times on the day, and they ran it 30 I think. So there were sixty-something runs and it comes down to let's throw that flag right there. Unfortunately it happened, and they got a great break out of that. It was a great break for them. I haven't seen the play. There is a lot of plays in that game that probably could have warranted a penalty thrown, and it happened on that play right then. It just p*ed me off, that that was how this thing ended. It was unfortunate, so that's what I conveyed to them."
(On the performance of the running game, with a third consecutive game with a 100 yard rusher…) "I'm thrilled about that because you can see it, you can tell what kind of team we are now. You know who we are. We know who we are, too. We're just getting warmed up. That's really important for us as we go through the middle part of the season. There's going to be a lot of chances for us to continue to grow and get better and you can see the magnitude of the running game sets up the passing game and allows us to do stuff that we want to do down the field, too."
QB RUSSELL WILSON
(On play action working well today…) "A lot of things worked today. We were physical at the point of attack, we were able to get the ball downfield and do a lot of different things. We were explosive on offense and on a lot of plays, we answered the call. We feel like we should've won that game there at the end and we didn't. But I thought from a collective effort, defensively, offensively, on special teams and everything else, that was two teams going after it with a lot of talent on the field and who make a lot of plays. That's the exciting thing for us is to stay the course, keep your head down. We have a long flight coming up once we head to London. It's one of those things where we have to be mentally prepared for the next opportunity. Every opportunity that we get, we have to take advantage of. We're looking forward to it. We have a lot of season left and we're right where we want to be. That's one of the best teams in the game. Obviously, they're playing great right now. But I thought that we showed up and played the way that we need to and the way that we want to every day. The way we've been practicing and the way that we've been wanting to play, great things are in store."
(On the mood of the team after the game…) "We're always disappointed when we lose. It's never easy. But I do think that it's very upbeat in the sense that we're right where we want to be and in the sense of we're about to turn a corner we feel like. We really feel like we're about to turn a corner and we're going to keep believing and keep working hard. Great things are going to happen through that and I think that's always the key. Just keeping our heads up and keep working on what we want to do."
(On why he thinks the team is about to turn the corner…) "I think that from every year, there's always tough moments. There's tough moments whether that's the beginning of the season, end of the season, middle of the season, whatever that is. I've seen it so many times. I've been through it so many times and experienced it so many times that I have no other reason why to not believe that. The way that we prepare, I believe that we prepare almost better than anyone else. I think that the way that we've been preparing, the way that our coaches have been getting us ready, we're a really young football team and we're on a really hit and miss curve on where we want to be and how we want to play. Physical, fast, smart, all those things. There's great enthusiasm in that sense. I don't see why we wouldn't think anything different."
(On the run game success today…) "I think that we want to be able to run the ball the way that we did. I think that the offensive line did a tremendous job, give them credit. We were physical at the point of attack and it was fun to see just how physical we can be one play after another, one play after another. That's a very, very good defense and defensive line. Obviously, you've got guys like [Aaron] Donald and [Ndamukong] Suh, they're some of the best players to ever play the game. I thought that we did a tremendous job of that for sure."
(On if the Rams didn't want any part of the running game…) "I think that anytime you can run the ball like the way that we are and the way that we did today in particular, it's tough. That's a lot of plays that you're getting hit and stuff like that. I think our running backs first of all, Chris Carson, you think about what he was able to do. You think about Mike Davis, it was the second week in a row that he was a star too as well. You just let it keep adding up. That's the fun part of the game, that's a physical game and you have to be able to win those battles."
(On David Moore getting his first two touchdowns…) "David Moore had a great game. I was really excited for him and all the work that he's put in. He had a great preseason and a great offseason in general. I was working with him all offseason too in California when we got the chances to. He's a great player, great person. He loves the game and wants to be great and everything else. That showed up in a big, big way tonight."
RB CHRIS CARSON
(On the running game working) "I mean, we never believed that this team couldn't run the ball. The whole time, we always thought that (if we were) given the chance, we could make something happen so we're starting to show people that."
(On having a 1-2 punch with Mike Davis) "Yeah, that's a big thing especially in this league, having two backs that can produce is big. You see how (Mark) Ingram and (Alvin) Kamara do it, so it just keeps fresh legs out there. We've got great backs from C.J. (Prosise), Mike (Davis), (Rashaad) Penny, all of us. Whenever our numbers get called, we just try and make a play."
LT DUANE BROWN
(On if this is what the offense is capable of…) "Absolutely, absolutely. This was a great test for us. They've got some great players up front. Hats off to our guys for playing physical and playing with great leverage, finishing blocks and the running backs were running extremely hard behind their pads. I don't think [the Rams] wanted to be in that type of game. If you look at the games that they've been in, they've been ahead and teams get one dimensional trying to pass the ball. And that's not what you want to do against them. We had a great, balanced attack, the play calling was amazing. [We had] 190 yards rushing. We'll take that any day."
(On if this game is a statement for the team…) "Amazing game to be a part of. I think we definitely made a statement as an offense. We've been doing that the last few weeks. We knew it was going to be a big challenge for us, but we were up to it and we met it head on with a lot of physicality. They have a great offense too. It was a shootout and a couple penalties drove us out of field goal position. That's just kind of what happened, but if we can bottle up this, we'll be having fun."
(On if it's a good sign that they were able to put up a good rushing game against the Rams defensive front…) "It's a great sign. You've got the reigning defensive player of the year over there, you've got [Ndamukong] Suh, [Michael] Brockers, great guys up front. We've got some great players on our side as well and I think we showed that. It's a great sign and very encouraging. We didn't get the win so you can't enjoy it as much, but it's a great sign of things to come."
(On how frustrating the late penalties were…) "It's frustrating. That's when you have to be at your best. I have to go back and see the call. There was some debates on what happened. The false start was just miscommunication. If you give [Sebastian Janikowski] five more yards, we're right there. It's tough. It's a tough one to take on the chin, but like I said, we got some encouraging effort out of it and we've got to keep going."
G D.J. FLUKER
(On losing yardage on the last drive) "Very frustrating because we played with passion, we played with heart, we played with some charisma, and everybody played together. I think we played as a team on fire and we didn't stop until the very end but at the end of the day, a loss is a loss and we're going to regroup, come back and go play next week."
(On the success of the running game) "The thing is, it's about being physical. They haven't seen a team that's played physical. They want to be pass rushers. They haven't seen a team to go out there and actually take it to them every single play. They haven't seen that, so we bring that every single day. Starting on Monday, coming to practice working. Come in on Wednesday, working. Pads, working. We do that every single day because we're a team. They haven't seen that yet and we're going to keep grinding, we're going to keep building our foundation, we're going to keep grinding and keep going. This loss should piss everybody off. At the end of the day, we're going to go out there and grind for each other."
WR TYLER LOCKETT
(On the offense consistently finding the red zone) "I mean, we did a lot of great things today. There's a lot of great things to look at when we watch film and we did a tremendous job running the ball. We did a real good job being able to convert third downs (and) keep the drives going. We did everything that we wanted to be able to do. Unfortunately, we just fell short but it's a lot of good things to take away from this. Obviously, we lost which nobody wants to lose a game like that, but if we play like that the rest of these games, nobody's going to stop us. We're going to be unstoppable."
(On David Moore getting his first two career reception touchdowns) "Oh, that was amazing. Obviously, we know what we can do and that's why we put him in that position to be great. All he's done is great things from camp to practice every single week. Every opportunity he gets, he makes the play when his name is called and it's great for him to be able to come out here and for everybody to be able to see the work that he's put in. The things that he can be able to do, he can be able to beat people deep as well, he could be able to make the tough catches (and) he could get open. He's pretty fast, definitely a deep threat as well. He's going to be able to help us a lot."
WR DAVID MOORE
(On if he thought a breakout game was coming) "No, I just take it week by week and just keep playing. Hopefully, the result will come to us."
(On where he's improved the most) "Honestly, just going out there with more confidence and just knowing that we belong on a field with anybody. After being with Doug (Baldwin) and Tyler (Lockett), they're big brothers, man. They just tell you 'keep fighting, keep going and your time will come.'"
(On the offense rolling smoothly) "It felt like that, but honestly we knew what kind of offense we are and we practiced hard all week. Practice how we play and we just keep going."
RB MIKE DAVIS
(On if their rushing form tonight was what they envisioned it to be at the beginning of the season) "Yeah, especially coming out of the spring, even with [Rashaad] Penny as well. So, like I said, up front, the offensive line are doing great. They're making the reads easy for us and when we get to the second level we just do our thing."
(On how he feels like the running game has come together the past couple weeks) "It feels good. Like I said, that one-two punch with my man Chris [Carson], we just rotate in and just make sure that we keep each other fresh so that whenever we come in, that guy is ready to go 100 percent."
CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN
(On defending the Rams high-powered offense) "It felt good. We know the guys were good coming in but the whole thing was that we wanted to make those guys look regular. It's a good team, they had some plays that got away from us and that's something that we need to continue to work on. We're making the right calls, we just need to execute it."
(On the positives that he's taking away from the loss) "Just the way we fought. It's not one time where we felt like the game was just getting away from us. We continued to fight all the way until the end until the clock ran out, and that's something that we can really take away from it. It sucks that we let that game get away from us. Little mistakes that each player made, we just got to be hard (on ourselves) for now and be critical of the tape, and just fix it."
DE FRANK CLARK
(On today's game) "The game plan is to win, always. The individual accolades or stuff like that really don't matter to me unless we win. My game plan going into the game was just to set the tone, like you said though. I know what it takes to beat them. I've been around the last four years and every time we play them, it's a game. That's one of our division rivals. They came into our house and took us hard. At the end of the day, we get another game, we get another opportunity to play them, so all the talking and everything that was said at the end, it doesn't matter. We're going to go out there the next game and we need to get the job done."
(On if there was more intensity) "At the end of the day, like I said, when you've got two teams that are very competitive like us, we don't like losing. I don't like losing. I'm sure none of my boys like losing. They don't like losing and they came in here, they did the job. At the end of the day, like I said, we get another opportunity and we need to take advantage of it."
(On how tough it was for him to play) "It's hard. It's hard, man. My wind wasn't where I needed it to be or where I want it to be but at the end of the day, like I said, none of that matters to me man. I looked at my boys, I looked at the people I've lost in my past and the things that my father – losing my father and I lost my father in a fire, you know what I'm saying? At the end of the day, nothing I go through is going to be harder than that and that's how I look at this football stuff. I can go through anything in life but it's not going to challenge me like that challenged me so at the end of the day, me being in the hospital or not, me not being able to practice, I didn't look at that as an excuse for me not to go out there and get the job done on my side and to do what I had to do to be there for my team."
SS BRADLEY MCDOUGALD
(On Tedric Thompson) "I think Tedric did a great job today filling into his new role. You're going to see a lot more of Tedric. He did his job today, plain and short. I'm sure there are things that he's going to want to feel like he can go back look back on the film and think he could have done better with the lot of us. We are going to watch it, grade it, and move on."
(On Tedric being half way to catching up to him with the interception total) "Man, I noticed that. I'm happy for him though. It's a certain feeling, catching the ball and bringing it down with you, it does something to you, just getting the ball in your hands. He got his first career interceptions and now it's time to take off."
(On how he feels about the result of the game)"It hurts, it hurts. This one stings a little bit more. Any time there's a nail biter, it's the close games that really hurt you because you're that close. It's a back and forth game all night, you're fighting, you're fighting, and you're fighting and you come up short at the end of the game. This could be a turning point. For us to go against an offense, or a team like that because they have a stacked up defense, and give them their hardest test to this point in the season really shows just where we're at. We've got a couple things to correct. We've got to get off the field on defense. Offense has to keep the running game going and keep diverting down field. We do a couple things right and we are one bad team to mess with."
(On if he believes the team made a statement against the Rams even though they lost) "That's exactly what it is. This is a great team, with a great coach, and they believe in their philosophy to go out there and go out there and play but, I mean, any given Sunday. I put my team against anybody any day and I think today proved it. When you go out there you've got to hit them in the mouth early and let them know it's going to be a long game. Anything could happen. I think we've got another shot at them down there in L.A. and it might be a different result."
CB TRE FLOWERS
(On forcing turnovers in consecutive weeks) "It felt good. Our goal is to get turnovers and it just so happens that I'm tipping them and they're getting them."
(On what ways did the defense progress) "I don't think they threw the ball deep too many times. We had a couple of over routes that we have to clean up but they just didn't have any X plays. Especially for me, I didn't give up the deep ball. Just being a rookie out there, holding my own."
FS TEDRIC THOMPSON
(On how he feels about the Seahawks going forward) "We're going to be alright. I think the best part about this team is every time that we face adversity and every time people try to put us in a corner, we just stick to each other no matter what the circumstances are. I know that we are going to stick with each other and look at the things that we need to correct, and we're going to correct them and get ready for next week."
(On his performance against the Rams) "I think I played alright. I feel like it's a lot I can improve on and I know I am going to improve on. That's the biggest thing. I think I missed a couple of tackles that I know I should have made, I could have made, so I'm going to improve on that for sure."
Game action photos from the Seattle Seahawks' 33-31 loss at home in Week 5 of the 2018 NFL season.