Wed, 29 Sep 2021

Transcripts, interviews and press conferences from Seattle vs. Indianapolis. Seahawks Communications

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Head Coach Frank Reich Quarterback Carson Wentz Linebacker Darius Leonard Cornerback Kenny Moore II Center Ryan Kelly Head Coach Frank Reich What The Seahawks Said Following Their 28-16 Win Over The Colts Injury Updates From The Seahawks’ 28-16 Win Over The Colts Full Highlights: Seahawks 28, Colts 16

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Opening Statement:

"Tough Week 1 loss against a very good football team, well-coached team. You know, really disappointed, obviously. A lot of prep goes into this, a lot of anticipation going into Week 1 and so it hurts. It hurts for our players - I know it also hurts for our fans. Really wanted to give this one to our fans and to our owner - I know that this is a big deal, really important to all of us. We just have to learn from it and get better. I give Seattle a lot of credit. We knew coming in what kind of team this was and here's what we said in the locker room was, 'When you play a good football team, the margin of error is thin.' The margin of error is thin. We just made a few too many mistakes to beat a good football team. So, give them credit. No injuries to report."

Did you expect your offensive line to have that much of a problem today?

"I can't really, Zak (Keefer), I have to watch the film. At times they seemed okay, but I really have to see the tape to see what was going on."

Carson Wentz was hit 15 times and sacked four times.

"Like I said, I have to watch the tape. There's a lot that goes into it. We'll give you a full update once I watch the tape. On the play and pass protection of the offensive line, it's just too hard to tell. The reason I say that is there were one or two times where, there are things I felt like aren't the o-line's fault. Before we go that route, I just need to digest the whole tape."

What was your takeaway on Carson Wentz in general?

"I thought there was a lot of good. I thought there was a lot of good. I thought he seemed comfortable. The operation seemed fine. It wasn't a perfect game, obviously, there were some mistakes, but we all made mistakes. Every one of us. We all have to get better."

On that fourth down around that 10-minute mark there, can you just explain that decision to go for it?

"When it was third-and-10, depending on what happened we were going to kick a field goal if it was fourth-and-five or more, fourth-or-six or more. But once we got under five, we just felt like we had a good play. It didn't come out the way it was supposed to as far as, we had a check on, and we had a miscommunication on something and didn't get to where we needed to get to."

I think it was Braden Smith that got beat on the right side, is that what led to that play falling apart or was it more than that?

"I'll have to see it Stephen (Holder). I mean really, we just have to go back and look at it. There was just a miscommunication, I'll just leave it at that."

What was your decision to go with Carson Wentz in the shotgun on fourth-and-two? You have a guy like Jonathan Taylor.

"I mean, because sometimes Mike (Wells), with Carson (Wentz) because he's a threat to run the ball, all that quarterback-read stuff, sometimes that slows down the backside for defenses and there were times in this game where they were chasing pretty hard from the backside. When you have a quarterback who's mobile and can run and you're in the gun and you're handing stuff off, they always have to worry about him keeping it a little bit. That's a little bit of it. Other times it just depends on the ball handling on the play, is there an advantage? Some plays there's an advantage to being under the center as far as the ball handling, other plays it really doesn't matter whether you're in gun or under center as far as the ball handling and how it hits and how the running back sees it. That's always a case-by-case basis."

What'd you see from the defense?"Obviously in the second half they played lights out. They made some adjustments. I don't know everything that they did to all of a sudden slow them down as much as we did, but they did a good job. Really, in the first half, Russell Wilson is going to make plays, that's what he does. He's been doing that for a long time. Obviously the one that hurt was the long one, we got them in second-and-long or whatever it was and that turn of events, right there, the drive that we had on offense hurt. We had third-and-five or third-and-six and we just missed to Mo (Allie-Cox). We just miss Mo and then they turn around and they score. I felt like that was a pretty big swing right there. We could have kept something going. Just a tick off. When you throw it deep like that, you're not going to hit every one, and we just missed it."

Is it fair to say the offensive line's play was due to the lack of reps with that full room?"I'm not ready to say, I'm not ready to just dump this thing and say the offensive line played bad. So, forgive me for that. I need to see the film. I understand what it looked like; I also understand there's a lot that goes into it. I'm not saying that they can't get better, I think we all can. So, I'm just going to dive into the film and then we'll make a more full evaluation once we do that."

Did you feel like your guys were ready to go today?"Yeah, I do. I think we played really hard. I think we played really hard. I think at times, it felt like we were moving it on offense at times and then on defense we were holding down a good offense at times, but gave up a few too many plays on defense. On offense, we just had about four or five critical plays that we just, either we didn't coach it well enough, or we didn't execute it well enough or we didn't scheme it up well enough that some opportunities missed. Like I said in there and like I said at the beginning, when you play a good football team, you just can't miss that many. You can miss one or two, but you just can't miss the number that we missed."

Given the importance that the Owner Jim Irsay put on this game, what can you say to him because he's going to be disappointing?"He's disappointed, as he should be. I'm disappointed. I wanted to hand it to him, I wanted to hand him that win. I thought we were going to. I'm really shocked that we're not standing here talking about that. Life is full of disappointments, and it was extremely disappointing. We did not perform well enough to get a win on a home opener. So, we got to own that as coaches and players and learn from it and get better. It's a long way to go. It's one week. I know the expectations are high around here, but it's still only Week 1. I'm not saying that to diminish how much it hurts or to make an excuse for us not playing well enough to win a game against a good football team, but it is what it is."

Quarterback Carson Wentz

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Ryan Kelly said it was on the offensive line. How did it work today in terms of protection and pressure in your face?

"At the end of the day I have to watch the tape first and foremost. I know a handful of plays I want back that I could have gotten us in the right protection and helped help us out. So, you can never take it right at face value. We have to go learn from it, learn from the tape. That's on all of us. As a team, we just didn't play complementary football. When the defense had stops, three-and-outs, the turnovers - offensively we didn't capitalize and we have to do better at that, but that's a good football team and we are going to learn from this one."

How much did the Seahawks take you out of your rhythm?

"I mean at the end of the day - I'll go check out the tape, but it didn't feel like they were doing anything abnormal than what they showed on film. I think they do a good job of mixing it up, but they don't do a lot of crazy exotic stuff and we just didn't make enough plays."

What went wrong on the fumbled snap?

"I'm not really sure. It probably was my fault. I was trying to run before I even got the ball. That was a frustrating one."

Are you more disappointed on how you guys played most of the game or are you encouraged that you were able to do some stuff? There was some good stuff in there.

"I mean coming away from it, I think that the way we started the game - obviously we'd love to score there, but the way we came out, moving the ball, that was encouraging. The way we finished offensively there, getting that touchdown late, I think was definitely encouraging, something we can build off of. But really outside of those two drives we have to be better and there's stuff we can learn from, but I think we can take those two drives and see what we can do, what we are made of and kind of build from there."

How is the foot feeling today?

"It feels fine. It feels fine."

It didn't limit you during the game at all?

"No, it felt good."

What did you learn about the team today in your first game experience with them today?

"I mean guys are frustrated with the loss. I think everybody takes it hard and everyone is accountable for their own mistakes. It's cool to see. I can already see how hungry everybody is. We'll be right back in there tomorrow working and everybody's hungry to get better. It's a good culture. Guys are ready to go back to work - frustrated with it, but we'll learn from it."

Linebacker Darius Leonard

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You guys are really prideful. That was not what you were hoping for today. What are your overall takeaways?"We got our ass kicked. Especially in the first half, we didn't do enough, and then in the second half we made some adjustments. We kind of got it going, but we didn't have enough takeaways. If you want to win football games, you have to take the ball away, and we only had one. We have to make sure that we get more takeaways. They had two turnovers. If you count the fourth downs, there are takeaways there, so we have to be better there."

What do you think happened in some of the pass coverage situations?

"It was just beaters. I mean, if you look at it, we're in Cover 2. (In) Cover 2, the middle of the field is under attack. They had a great game plan. Kudos to them, but we have to watch the tape and understand that when you play Cover 2, you have to understand that you're going to have the Cover 2 beaters in. We have to find a way to stop them."

You guys are normally so dominant against the run. What went wrong against them in the first half?"First half - it just wasn't clean. I don't know exactly what went wrong. I haven't seen the tape or anything yet, so (I'm) not too sure. Like I said, I'm not too sure exactly what's going on, but when I find out, I'll let you know."

You guys have big goals this year. What was the vibe in the locker room? It's just one game, but that's a really good team that has Super Bowl goals too, and they had their way with you guys."The vibe - when you get your ass kicked, what do you think? You're pissed off. They come to the house, we're at home, their defense talking trash - we didn't do enough on our side of the ball defensively. You're upset. We have to find a way to get the job done, so you have to watch the tape, see how you can improve and get better from there."

We've been talking a lot about how Week 1 is so important. DeForest Buckner said last year he really felt like that loss to Jacksonville set the tone for the whole season. Do you guys feel like that? Do you feel like this loss is a lot heavier knowing the expectations?"Yeah, the expectations are high. You want to win Week 1, and you didn't do that. We didn't throw enough punches, so we have to make sure (we) come out next week - you have to find a way to win. You don't want to start 0-2. That loss last year, that started a little something, so hopefully we get the ball rolling in the right direction Week 2."

Cornerback Kenny Moore II

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You guys are a pretty prideful group. That didn't seem like that was up to your standards defensively today."For sure. Getting a lot of points scored on us isn't our goal for the day. We didn't go 1-0. So, like you said, it's not our standard, and I feel like everybody in the stadium knew that today."

Darius Leonard said that a lot of the first half was them just running Cover 2 beaters against you guys. What do you guys have to do to counter that?

"We have to go back to work tomorrow, and that's where it starts at. We're not going to win it all today. It's going to be a long season, so it's just important for us to get back in the lab and learn from our key mistakes from today."

Did you guys feel ready on defense? Because it looked like you guys played completely different in the second half as opposed to the first half.

"I mean that was our whole 2020 season - it was a tale of two halves pretty much each game, but it's not going to always be how we want it. They're not going to give it to us. We have to go take it. Like I said, we just have to stay on our key adjustments that we made. That was great for us going forward, so we just have to take advantage of that."

You guys are usually a really sure-handed tackling team. Did you feel like the tackling wasn't up to par today?

"Yeah, not at all. Tackling was - I'm not sure about everybody else, but I probably missed like three or four (tackles) and that's not the standard. I'm better than that. So, it's all about taking the right angles and just having the mentality that you're going to get him down. It wasn't up to the standard today."

Is that a Week 1 thing where you're just getting back into the rhythm of the season?

"I just want to say that we just have to do better. I don't want to make the excuse of it being early in the season, and it just has to gradually get better during the season. And it happens, but it just wasn't the day today."

Center Ryan Kelly

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How do you think you guys did at the point of attack today? Was that a performance that you feel like was your level of standard?

"No. I think that obviously if you go back and watch the tape, one of the biggest things is to keep the quarterback safe. I think we gave up way too many hits. That's not our standard of play, so this is a good realization of where we are and where we have to go. Like (Jim) Irsay said just a couple minutes ago, it's a marathon, not a sprint. Obviously, we have some work to do."

You guys have had a lot of missed time this preseason for a number of reasons. Did you guys feel ready?

"I did. I thought we had a great game plan going into it. I know our coach worked really hard to get us in the right - and everything that we planned for we saw. We just didn't go out there and execute it. I think that everybody wishes they could have one or two plays back. When you take every single person that has one of those, it adds up pretty quickly. We'll watch the film and get better, but it was a tough day. We did some good things in the run game. The first drive that we had, we went right down there and got a field goal - wish we would've scored, but we just couldn't keep that momentum going. Kind of in and out, couldn't get things going, but this is the NFL. We get 17 of them this year, so we have 16 more to go, and just get better every day."

Did they make it difficult with the variety of pressure looks they threw at you guys?

"We do a really extensive blitz game plan as far as what we could do on third down. I think we had a pretty good idea of what they were doing, and everything that we planned for we saw. We just didn't execute the best we could."

You mentioned Jim Irsay was in the locker room. What can you share that he said to you guys?

"Just that obviously we wanted to win. I think we put it out there, we just didn't execute as well. Unfortunately, in this league that is what it comes down to. I think there was not a question of whether guys wanted to win, whether they put it out there and left everything out on the field. It just came down to they made more plays than we did, and we shot ourselves in the foot. Irsay was obviously very upbeat about the season. It's a long season like he said. It's a marathon. We'll get better. We have the right coaches, the right players, the right integrity in this offense, this entire team - the makeup of character to get better."

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