Seattle defensive coordinator John Marshall talked with reporters for about 15 minutes after the special teams practice on topics including the Chicago Bears quarterback situation, Mike Holmgren's final year as head coach and the improvement of cornerback Josh Wilson.
As always, the conversation with Marshall was both enlightening and entertaining. Here are a few snippets.
On Seattle blitzing Rex Grossman in the game Saturday against Chicago, Marshall had this to say: "They've got a veteran group. A veteran quarterback and (Rex) Grossman nailed us on some throws a couple times in earlier games and I don't think I wanted to give him that opportunity again. Basically we were going to make him be good right off the bat."
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Seattle's game plan may have helped determine Chicago's quarterback battle. Grossman struggled against Seattle, finishing 9-of-15 for 74 yards and an interception. Grossman was sacked once, and had one intentional grounding when he was about to be sacked. The Bears named Kyle Orton the starting quarterback today.
Marshall went on to say he thought Orton was the better quarterback.
On a veteran defense with all 11 starters returning setting the tempo for this team, Marshall had this to say: "Our guys last year and this year felt that they needed to lead the way, and defense does. They need to lead the way. And even though the offense is an outstanding offense -- obviously now there's a few things they need to take care of to really get it going -- but Mike Holmgren's offense scores points. Our guys know that and they can be excited about that and go into a game very positive.
"But at the same time games are won 3-0 or 9-6, something like that. If we get into one of those games we've got to be able to do the job."
On the play of Josh Wilson: "He is all business and he's improving. I'm really happy with where Josh is right now."
On Holmgren perhaps taking it easy coaching his last season: "He's a football coach. And he knows that he's got a responsibility to his players, to the fans and to his family.
"Mike is not made of that fiber. He would never do that. He's going to try to make this, his last year of coaching, the best ever."
The team worked on kickoff and punt return in an hour-long afternoon practice.