It was as good as could be expected in all phases of the game – offense, defense, and special teams. I can't say enough about the preparation of our staff and of course our players just performed. Special teams, of course you saw the two huge plays. Roscoe's return just had a great impact on the game, and then the play to Ryan (Denney) was almost exactly like we practiced it, and you hope it comes out. Usually it doesn't, though. Offensively and defensively we sure played well and we played hard. We played hard the whole game. We knew that team was a really talented football team coming in, and we knew we'd have to make plays to win and try to steal some points at different times and just kind of went out, we got some of the breaks and we played well. In the turnover area, we won that, and we didn't have many penalties, so we didn't hurt ourselves. All in all, it was just a terrific start for us, and we just have to sustain it, but I tell you, we'll enjoy this for 24 hours or so.
On how Ryan Denney escaped the notice of Seattle on his touchdown:
Those plays, as you know, a lot of people come on and off the field, and you have to come onto the field to be legal, he's got to go in and report inside the numbers to be legal, so he goes in and reports and then he just kind of walks away.
On if the play was designed to be a momentum boost:
Well, there is no doubt. At that time, it was a huge play. It had to be a huge letdown for them. Their defense gets a stop, and they're expecting a field goal, and it ends up seven points, and then of course the crowd just gets energized. Our crowd was as good as they were on the Monday night game, I thought. At the right times, very loud, very disruptive, it's difficult. And that really got them back into it. It was a big play. We had talked about it going in, we knew we were going to use it. It was just the right situation that happened to hit us at the right time.
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On the offense staying patient after four three-and-outs to start the game:
I thought both defenses started fast, both teams were playing fast on defense. Both offenses struggled, they struggled early, and then we caught a little bit of our stride and they caught a little bit of theirs. We got some breaks. I was certainly pleased with our football team. A young quarterback, I thought Trent (Edwards) played well, he handled situations very well. It's a happy locker room.
On if the rain affected Edwards at all:
I don't know, I don't know when the rain stopped, to be honest with you. I know in the second half the wind stopped blowing. Late in the first half, the wind was blowing hard. We came out and thought we were going to take the wind the fourth quarter and it ended up not being a factor. Both kickers kicked the ball into the end zone both going into our so-called wind today.
On Roscoe Parrish's punt return for a touchdown:
When he touches the ball, you can sense it in the stadium. People start to buzz, they expect him to do it, and he's just, I guess electrifying is the right word for him. The guys do a great job, they block well and they stay alive, because they know he may go by you three or four times in one run, so if you missed a block or get a block, you have to get up and keep going because he keeps it alive for a long time.
On how important it was to get pressure on Matt Hasselbeck:
It was critical. He is a veteran quarterback, he's had a lot of success, and he runs that offense so well. Our deal going in, and Perry (Fewell) and Turk (Schonert) and Bobby (April) did a great job getting their respective sides ready, was that we have to play as fast as them. They play an up-tempo game, and we've got to match them, and I thought we did. We couldn't worry so much about what they did, as about what we did, what we were doing, and just keep doing it fast. We had good preparation. Gibran (Hamdan) has been with them in their system. Our look squad on offense came at our defense fast all week. Not as fast as they do, but fast. So every day, our guys were made aware that you've got to be ready. You have to get the calls in, we have to be set to go, because they are coming to that line of scrimmage and they'll snap the ball.
On if it was necessary to get off to a fast start:
In case somebody goes back and reads what I said, I don't think I expressed that. Because my feeling has always been you'd love to get off to a good start, but the truth of the matter is, it's going to be the whole deal. It helps us, it helps our confidence, but it's gone. That game is over. It's over now. We'll enjoy it for a couple days and then we'll go right back to work because we have another sprint coming up next Sunday and we've got to play just as hard or harder in that one. It's like the game itself. You can start great and you flounder. You can start poorly and pick it up and find a way to win. That's what we care about.
On keeping John McCargo inactive today:
It's just a numbers game and we had the four defensive ends that are playing really well, and helping on teams. You saw Copeland (Bryan) out there covering kicks, you see Ryan Denney covering kicks, that's huge for us, and we know we have to have it. We like to play in waves, we played in a three-man wave inside with Spencer (Johnson) and I thought Spencer earned the right to play, and there's really no place else to go when you think about his defense and special teams, you've got to have those guys.
On how the defensive additions played today:
They all showed up on the field. Marcus was a big factor in the middle. Kawika made some terrific plays for us, including the sack. Great timing, veteran experience, very tough. It's great to see the additions perform. Glad we could do it in front of our fans. Great crowd, great day.
On if Jason Peters has passed his physical and if he's back on the roster:
As far as we know, yes, Jason has passed our physical and he's ready to go. So he'll be practicing and then we'll just see. We'll just have to see how long it takes him to get in football-playing shape. He's an outstanding player as you all know.
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