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Posted by on September 11, 2013 – 5:46 pm

Linebacker Kiko Alonso

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Q: You’ve talked about needing to play better than you did Sunday. Are you referring to the mental aspect of the game?
A: Yeah I think it was just mental things. Just the fact that I need to make more plays. That’s the main thing.

Q: What were you doing in the National Championship game between Auburn and Oregon?
A: I was on the sideline watching.

Q: So you were in uniform, but weren’t playing?
A: I couldn’t even play. I had a hurt knee.

Q: What are your recollections of that game?
A: I remember we did a good job against (Cam) Newton from stopping him from running, but he beat us with his arm a number of times. I think we need to play better this game than we did in the National Championship. We did play really well in the National Championship, not to take anything away. We just have to play really well against the option, against him running and throwing.


Cornerback Stephon Gilmore

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Q: What’s the rehab process like right now?
A: Just trying to stay in football mode, so that when I’m ready to come back I’ll be ready.

Q: Can you give us a timetable?
A: I don’t know, I go to the doctor on Tuesday, so I really don’t know yet. I’ve got to listen to those guys.

Q: How does it feel?
A: It feels better. I’ve got pins in it, so it’s kind of still, but I feel better than when I first had the surgery.

Q: Which play did it actually happen against the Redskins?
A: Actually it was friendly fire. Aaron (Williams) was coming in for a tackle and I was going in for a tackle and he hit my hand. It is part of the game, it happened and I had to get surgery. I’m getting better and better every day.

Q: A lot of your responsibilities lie with jamming players at the line. Will you be hesitant to do that when you get back?
A: I don’t think so. The trainer said I should be good. I’ll probably have a little pad on it when I first get them off. I’ll just go from there and know how it feels when I get them off.


WR T.J. Graham

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Q: What can you do to be more effective?
A: We’re playing fast. I can’t be playing slow on the field. We’re all dynamic in our different ways, we have to exploit those strengths.

Q: With their front seven so strong, does that led to a game plan with more passing?
A: As a receiver room, we think we’re pretty good, so anytime we step on that field we’re out there to beat them and it just happens to be the Panthers this week, it is who it is.

Q: Is it easier said than done to spread the field?
A: No because as much as we say it, the other team knows it as well. They set up defenses to try and stop us, so that makes it tougher for us. We’re good enough to make adjustments and make plays.

Q: How do you feel the team is responding to the loss so far?
A: Pretty good. We’re made up of a bunch of winners. We were pretty angry coming in to the locker room on Sunday, we translated it in to Wednesday’s practice. Usually a Wednesday is coming off your off day and kind of still beat up from Sunday and today we came out there looking like a team that was hungry and ready to come out Sunday to get a win.


Running Back Fred Jackson

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Q: What did you see on tape in terms of what they did against the run there last week?

A: (They are) active. All those guys, their linebackers as far as down-hill, they read, react and they get there fast. It will be a good test for us, we know that, we saw what they did in Seattle last week, I actually talked to Marshawn (Lynch) and he said they’re a pretty good group of guys, so it will be a good test for us.

Q: So his assessment was pretty dang good?

A: Yeah, he said they’re exactly what they look like on film. Excited about it, I am, to go against a group like that you got to be excited and happy about that.

Q: Does it put more pressure on the passing game because of it?

A: It depends how you look at it, it could put more pressure on us, because we are going up against a good group of guys. I am looking forward to it, doing whatever we can to take pressure off EJ, doing whatever we can to make his job easier.

Q: How much are you looking forward to getting back on the field after a loss?

A: That’s the number one thing you want to do. That’s the great thing about this business, there’s always another game. Especially this early in the season, you want to get over a game like we just lost, and get a good opportunity to go out and get a win, that’s the best coming into another week has to offer.


WR Stevie Johnson

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Q: Any more work on building chemistry as a unit?
A: We’ve been working on that today, the different coverage’s we’ll see and body movements and mannerisms that me and T.J. (Graham) both do, so we’ve been working that.

Q: Thoughts on Carolina’s corners?
A: We checked them out only a little bit today. What stood out were their linebackers. They’re downhill and they’re fast. We’ve seen in their secondary it’s pretty much playing off and trying to play with vision. We’ll see what happens.

Q: What have you guys been doing to keep the getting better every day mantra true?
A: Wednesday’s after a L are pretty tough. It kind of starts off a little slow, but Coach brought that to our attention fast. We’ve just got to work through it and that’s pretty much what we’re doing right now.

Q: What confidence does it give you that the Seahawks were able to gain 300 yards in the passing game against Carolina this past weekend?
A: We don’t really go off of what the other teams are doing because each week it changes. Different mentalities for different teams. When we go against the Carolina Panthers, we’re not thinking about who they played in the preseason, we’re not thinking about who they played the previous game, it’s just how they react to us and we have to be able to play on the run.


DE Mario Williams
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Q: What do you think of what you’ve seen on tape (of Carolina QB Cam Newton)
A: From my eyes he’s obviously a very versatile athlete. He can make the throws, has a strong arm and is obviously gifted athletically. He can get out of the pocket and make plays. I think the biggest thing is trying to keep him under wraps early. Don’t let him get hot.

Q: Is it difficult to practice for him with his size and athleticism?
A: Yeah especially after what we faced last week. You’re going from two extremes. When you’ve got somebody like (Tom) Brady and now you’ve got a guy who is more mobile, more athletic and more liable to run, it’s definitely a change-up.


FS Da’Norris Searcy

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Q: All off-season when no one knows what Jarius is doing, you kind have been the guy whose holding that spot right now but do you feel like you’ve been doing a little bit more to hold that spot, is that how you feel?

A: Pretty much, if the opportunity knocks, I would love to seize that opportunity, like last week was a step closer to doing that, I just have to keep being consistent and being able to make plays.

Q: I wanted to ask you about kind of tying everything down on the back end, who knows how much Byrd is going to be on the field, for guys who have been back there, and know the scheme, what do you have to do to make sure these guys are lined up right every time every snap?

A: The main thing is you have to make sure you are communicating first and just make sure everybody knows what they have to do. We play with each other majority, the guys in secondary; we work together the most so as long as we are on the same page I believe we can handle any situation.

Q: You guys have to pretty much know all the roles, in case anyone has a question they need an answer too in a split second right?

A: Right, exactly especially being a safety, because sometimes they may look to us to get a call, and we got to be able to make sure to give them that call, make sure we have them in the right situation.



Running Back C.J. Spiller

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Q: What are your thoughts on your performance?
A:  I kind of went back to some of my old stuff, that was really the biggest thing when I said I was disappointed. Kind of went back to some of my old habits. I wasn’t letting the offensive line do its job because I was rushing stuff. Total opposite of what I’ve been doing since March and training camp. The great thing about it is its very correctable. That’s the thing that we’ve been preaching, that I’ve been preached on this week. Just do the little things, take my time, tempo and when I make a decision, just go with it. On Sunday there was just so much going on, I wasn’t playing free.

Q: You’re a motivated guy. How motivated are you to put that behind you?
A: Well I have to. That’s what, if you want to become one of the great players, you have to be willing to put that game behind you and move on. I’m not worried about that performance derailing or going to have an effect on the whole season. It’s just one game, they did a great job. I’m not going to take anything away from those guys. They came in the game with a plan to slow me down and you’ve got to give them credit, that’s what they’ve done. I’ve moved it behind me and I’m focused on another tough task in Carolina.

Q: You know until EJ Manuel can get the ball downfield they’re going to stack the box against you. How difficult is that?
A: I love it. Every Sunday if a team is going to come in and stack the box and key on me, that’s just going to open it up for other guys. I embrace that challenge. It just goes to show we’re you’re at. When teams come in and stack the box, that’s a sign of respect. Now I kind of get a feel for what Adrian Peterson feels week in and week out. My biggest thing is I just have to go back to my basics. There was a lot of runs that I missed out there Sunday that I wish I would have made. The good thing is now I’ve seen it, I can correct it and hopefully it won’t happen this week.


Center Eric Wood

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Q: What are your thoughts on the Panthers front seven?
A: Yeah they put out some good tape through the games they played more in the preseason, the starters. That first game they played well against a good Seattle offense. We’ve got to prepare well and get ready for another good front this week.

Q: When you look at what they do against the run, they pretty effectively shut down a power back last week. How do you approach it when you see tape like that?
A: We have to fit our blocks. We’ve got to stay locked on those backers, they’re extremely active. The guys up front, they do well with penetration, causing the back to kind of get off his landmark and then those backers are so fast and heading downhill, they’ll get you for two or three yard gains all day. So that puts a premium on us getting up to the second level and when you get there, locking on to your guy and not letting them spill off for a gain of three or four and be able to spring those backs.

Q: The linebackers range seems pretty high. They seem like they can get anywhere.
A: Yeah. (Luke) Kuechly is in the middle and he runs sideline to sideline. Got a lot of respect for a guy like Thomas Davis, coming off three ACL’s, still moving around the way he is and then (Jon) Beason, I’ve gone against him since college. He’s a thumper, but he can also run. All three of those guys play well.

Q: How do you feel this team is going to respond after this tough loss?
A: We need to respond quickly here and get us a win this week, so we’re putting a lot of focus in this week, a lot of work and come out Sunday flying around.

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