RB Shaun Alexander
On scoring a touchdown in the first series in his first game back from injury:
"It's been a long time, so it's exciting. I was telling all the boys before the game started, 'You don't know how much you miss playing,' let alone touchdowns or whatever. Just being with the boys and giving everything you've got out there, it was just a good feeling. It wasn't even about the touchdown, it really wasn't. I was just excited to be there. If you just go back a week, I'm calling [QB] Matt [Hasselbeck] right after the game's over, and I'm asking, 'Is he ok?' I was sweating bullets the whole game with them when they were in St. Louis, and it was good to just be a part of the guys, and go out there and just do my part. It was exciting."
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On whether he got into more of a rhythm when he had more touches in the second half:
"With our gameplan, it was really simple: everybody just make plays. In our years in the past, it's always been, 'Get Shaun into a rhythm.' So I wasn't really looking to get into a rhythm. I was just going to go out there and take every play for itself, and play hard, and whatever happens, happens. And we won. So it's just a good feeling to be back, and to know that it went well."
On whether it was difficult to share carries:
"No, it really isn't. I've always been a person that, whatever our team needs to win, then I'm going to really dive all into that. And there was a time where, we [had a] big offensive line, big fullback, we get in there and we smash people, and I get to carry the ball. And now our gameplan has changed, and we're winning this way. So for me, it's all about winning, and I like this."
On the importance of a game like this for momentum at this stage of the season:
"Momentum is everything. Last time we were here, our momentum was so strong, it was just amazing. Everything we did seemed to work a couple years ago. This year it's been a fight. So for the ball to bounce our way, the defense to stand up and have back-to-back games with goal-line stands. We smile, but at the same time, we start to build a little confidence in that when games get closer at the end, we're going to be built to find a way. And that's what you want: to be able to find a way to win at the end."
On the offense taking advantage of turnovers and coming up with big plays when necessary:
"We've got a great quarterback; we've got big-play receivers. At any time, our guys can strike and make things happen. [WR] Nate [Burleson] makes that big catch down there and scores [to make it 21-10 early in the 2nd quarter], and we're excited again. We have a good situation. We've got to fine-tune some things, but for where we are right now, we're really excited."
On conversations he has had with RB Maurice Morris:
"We've been talking since '04. We've always felt like we were a great tandem. I think that just a lot of times, because I was the one scoring the touchdowns, people would overlook some of the good things that Mo [Maurice Morris] did. And now, here we are in a situation where I've been hurt the last couple years, and Mo has been playing great, and now Mo is getting the credit that he deserves. He's a great player. I was one of those people that, when his contract was up, I was like, 'Mo, you're not allowed to leave.' So, I'm probably cheering for Mo harder than anybody on this team because he's a great person, and he's a great player. We have a lot of fun together. Him breaking that long run, I thought I was going to get a flag for getting into the endzone before the play was over. I expect a lot of him and I think the world has just not seen how talented he is."
On the performance of the offensive line with the injuries that have ravaged that unit:
"I'm proud of the guys. That's the thing that we've been doing; guys have gone down and other people are stepping up and they're fighting until the end. We lose [OT] Walt [Jones] at one time, we lose [C Chris Spencer] Spence, and we have to switch centers and move guards around. That is a perfect time for you to panic and start making excuses. And this team, no matter what's gone on, we haven't been a team of excuses. We've taken some lumps, and we just get back up and keep on fighting. I like the spirit of a team like that, because you never know what happens at the end. If you just keep on fighting, the ball bounces your way, you look up and you're really excited for where you are."
On how his injured wrist feels after playing a full game:
"Yeah, I got to use my wrist a little more. It healed a little bit; it's not completely healed, but it's definitely feeling better. But at the same time, this is football, no one's really healthy. I've got Mo there. I know Mo plays with everything he's got. I said, 'Alright, Mo, I'm just going to go hard and we're going to tag-team this thing.' Mo, as quiet as he always is, is giving me the nod. We played well today."
On his ability to carry the ball in his left hand despite the injured wrist:
"Oh yeah, I can, it just depends on what cast I wear. But, in games like this, you don't ever want to risk anything, so I kept it in the right [hand] the majority of the game."
On his meeting during the past week with head coach Mike Holmgren about sharing carries with Morris:
"[It went] good. I used to be the one to tell Mo, 'Ok, Mo, I'm going to get you some more carries,' because [the coaches] would kind of put it on my shoulders. As I was saying earlier, Mo's a talented player, and we have a great relationship and it's always been really open. So, I think that I probably cheer harder for Mo than just about anybody on our team, because he's a great player, and he's starting to get some rightful credit that he deserves."