(On the importance of getting off on the first drive…) The first drive was great. We did everything that we had talked about, even the fake shotgun snap on the ground, I think that was deceptive, I thought that worked great. [laughter] I thought that was the end of the shotgun for the night, but luckily it wasn't.
(On the importance of this game…) It helps us. We gave a couple of games away this season and we are put in the predicament of not having a great record in terms of the rest of the NFC, but our first goal is to win this division and we set out to do that and tonight was an opportunity to get a win against a team that had real high expectations for themselves this season. We think a lot of them as a team, they give you a lot of looks defensively. It's a tough team to prepare for. They have a lot of people that know us and what we like to do. We had to make a lot of adjustments on the sidelines. I thought our guys handled it great. It was really big to get the win, especially because we lost a game at home this year, which is really disappointing. We don't expect to do that. It was nice to come out and get the win.
(On using the shotgun…) I think it is great, I think it makes things a lot easier. We don't have a lot of experience with it. I don't know that I have as much input as Jim Zorn says and Mike says. You can use it when you feel like using it. I am trying to use it and not abuse it, so he doesn't take it away. We'll see. I think it has been a good thing for us so far this year.
(On throwing the ball more…) Mike said that. I am not sure I really believed him. I was prepared to play it however. I heard there were 97 miles per hour winds in Bellingham this morning, so I was hoping he was lying at that point. I think it is great. I think it puts a lot of pressure on our offensive line, and they answered the challenge today. They played great football and did a really nice job of protecting me and that is really the only reason we had success down the field. I think our pass pro was really good.
(On what the change in philosophy did for the running game…) I am not sure, I would have to see the film, but I think it helped out a little bit. Once we got at a point in the third or fourth quarter where the score was whatever it was, I could feel Mike going into that Four Minute offense, where we are just playing the clock more than the opponent. But hopefully that helps us down the line.
(On the success on third and one…) We worked hard at that. We worked very, very hard. We probably ran that play 30 times this week in practice. We had another third and one that we thought was third and one, but it was really first and ten, and that would have been good, too. The scoreboard still said third and one, but the officials said first down. We were so focused on getting the first, and it worked out.
(On the touchdown pass to Will Heller…) I thought that was Ashworth to be honest with you, I wasn't sure that it was Will. I'm kidding. Will is doing a good job, he is really doing a good job. We have practiced that play a million times, and I don't know if Mike has ever called it here in Seattle, at least in this stadium. I am happy for Will. It was a big play, and also the way our offense was going with tempo, I have to imagine that the 49ers were expecting a run right there. That is really the only reason that that play is successful. Our offensive line, they fire out, they stay low, our running back gets up in there hard, and those guys do the rest.
(On changing the plays… ) There are certain plays where we know them. We know them really well. I can just go out there where we can run them and we can be quick. There are other plays where it is better to take your time, recognize everything and make sure that everybody's assignment is correct.
(On the reasons for the throwing the ball…) I think it was different in '03. I think that was more of 'we're losing, we need to throw the ball'. We're going to be in high scoring games. But our defense is playing really good football. You would have to ask the question of Mike. He knows the method, and he knows why he is wanting to do this. It is our job if he decides to do it, we just have to do it well.
(On the first 15 plays…) We script those first 15. It was pretty balanced. There were a lot of runs in there, probably six. Normally there is seven runs. Those are like a guideline for him. He doesn't stick to it all the time. He calls what he feels. He does a great job, he's a great play caller. I was talking to Brett Favre, and that is one of the things he has always said. The whole Favre family will tell you that Mike Holmgren is a great play caller. He just has a feel for that. He does what he wishes.