(Opening…) Well, you all saw the movie "Groundhog Day." It's starting to feel like that just a little bit. This game was decided, though, like most games, on turnovers, and they got a couple very, very important turnovers; more than a couple, and we got a couple too. That's kind of what decided it. I think that , once again, the team battled back from a little bit of a hole, but it was a bit of too little, too late. But, I love them. But, now our goals have changed. We came into the season with very high expectations, it has been a difficult season. I just told them, that it is very very important, it will be important to them not only this season but in future Seahawk seasons, and really after they finish playing football, is how they approach the last part of this year. I will talk to them at length about it tomorrow, and we'll establish some new goals. But, how they approach it is going to be very important, it is important to this team. I think we're victims, a little bit, of rust, from the guys that came back, but bless their hearts they played hard; Matt and Deion and the guys we had. Give credit to Arizona. Ken Whisenhunt has done a great job of building that thing up. They believe in him and what they're trying to do, and I think they have great skill on this team. I think we made it interesting at the end, we were just a little bit short.
(On the whether Matt Hasselbeck's play was affected by the rust… ) I think it does. I think he did some great things. Some of the things that he made happen, getting first downs, running the ball, playing like he plays, he made some excellent throws. It was good to have him back. This is his football team, and he worked very very hard to come back and play. So, I think he is going to finish very strong, I would think.
(On whether the interceptions were the result of receivers not being in the right place…) I don't think so, I wouldn't say that. The two interceptions that I can think of, the last one and there was one just before the end of the first half, I think he just tried too hard to make a play and stick one in there, and it was pretty crowded. I wouldn't say it was receiver error.
( On the impact of losing Marcus Trufant…) Marcus has had a great year for us, and he is our best cover corner. It put an extra burden on the other guys. I think they responded pretty well. Josh Wilson, he is a competitive guy, and he made some great things happen not only as a defensive player, but as a return guy. Kelly Jennings battled. These guys are going to get their catches against everybody. They are that good, but we've kind of had to do that all year. Losing Mike Wahle changed our dynamic just a little bit, we moved Pork Chop to left guard, Ray to right guard, and it is something we've had to deal with most of this season. The guys have responded pretty well, given the fact that a lot of them at the position very much.
(On whether the lack of a rushing game affected Hasselbeck… ) When you strive for balance, and can't have a balanced game, then it makes it hard not just on Matt, but on any quarterback. But, he responded pretty well for the most part. Actually, we did some good things in the passing game, even when we weren't running it very well. Arizona, you could probably point to two or three other teams, they like balance, but they don't really care too much about balance. They throw it a little bit more. For us, it made it a little harder, yeah.
(On the situation in the NFC West…) I'm going to think about it tonight; I wasn't ready to talk to the team about it right away. I think about what I'm going to tell them. It's been a good run, we are very proud of that fact. Those banners are nice in the facility. But, this year has been an unusual year. We came in thinking that absolutely we were going to be competitive enough to go for it again. We just haven't played well enough, we just haven't. They [Arizona] have. Our division is a little bit hurting right now, except for Arizona, and give them credit. Heck. They have earned their position, just like I thought we had earned our position in the last few years. There is not a question in my mind that the Seattle Seahawks will be competitive again in the battle for the same goals next year. There is not a question in my mind. I don't believe they will have to go through the injury situation that we've had to go through; I don't think that can happen two years in a row. I've never seen it. We have a lot of pride on the football team, they are good players. They'll bounce back. Really, all you can do is tip your hat to the other guy. I talked to Kurt Warner, I talked to Ken, I talked to Dockett, I talked to those guys who have battled like crazy, just like we did 5 or 6 years ago, when we were coming up. And when you get there, it's a wonderful feeling. They still have some football to play, and we're going to go down and play them again in Arizona, but they've done a nice job.
(On trying to stop the Cardinals' passing game…) They kind of did what they wanted. Give Warner a lot of credit for that. I think he looks at you, and he does a lot of checking off at the line of scrimmage I think, and they can get the ball into the hands of those big guys, and they are very good after the catch. They're strong, and they've been able to do that now against most people this season. Just that sort of thing. Little dinks and little throws. Then, I would say that the difference to me in this football team that we have played in the years past, I think their offensive line has really come together nicely. They have done a nice job up front.
(On off target throws from Hasselbeck…) I have to look at the film in any game. We can talk about some numbers tomorrow, perhaps, on exactly what happened. Right now, my feeling is that, I think that he was trying real hard to do the right thing, and he hasn't played much football in the last several weeks.
(On the improvement of Josh Wilson…) It's his second year, I think he's taken a huge step. He has gotten to play; he's our starting corner now. Last year he played in situations. That itself is a huge jump. Then, he has become a very, very good return man.
(On how this affects him personally…) I'm going to survive it. I feel bad for the players. I'm holding up OK. I hurt. I take it hard. I wish I could have done more for these guys. They're a good group. That's one of the reasons I came back another year. I really enjoy these players. I feel bad for them. They work hard enough to feel the joy of winning, and we haven't been able to do it nearly enough. I'm OK, other than the normal gut ache I usually get after a tough loss.
(On the play of Deion Branch…) I think he did OK. He and Matt had just come back, they had one week of practice, and they played. It's good to have them back, and we're a better football team with them back. I would suspect, going down the stretch, that they will continue to improve, with playing. I think they are happy to be back, I know they are.
(On the injury to Mike Wahle…) They are going to do all the tests tomorrow on him. It's a surgical shoulder, that he had repaired once already, and I wouldn't say it's the same as Kerney, but he had the same surgery at one point that Patrick had and he can't move it, so they're going to work him up tomorrow, and we'll know more about that tomorrow afternoon.
(On the injury to Marcus Trufant…) Marcus had a concussion. He'll go through the normal protocols with that, and we're very strict with that, as you know. They couldn't give me a time for him.
(On the timeout early in the game…) Either we had 12 guys on the field, or 10 guys on the field; one of the two, if I remember the instance. We burned a couple of timeouts in this game, where I was disappointed that we had to call them. I'm not sure that I'm talking about the same instance, but a couple of times I was disappointed that we had to burn them.