(Opening… ) That was something. That was the first time in my life that I enjoyed having snowballs thrown at me. The players did an outstanding job today, they really did. What it goes to show you is that if you are thinking properly, and you try hard enough, and you play together, you have a chance in every game you play. You might not win it, because the other team is that much more talented than you are. And the Jets are a good football team, and they will finish very well this season. But today, in this atmosphere, with the weather the way it was I couldn't be more proud of the football team. It was the best present they could give me for Christmas. It was good.
(On whether he was hit by any snowballs ….) No direct hits. I had my security people take a couple of shots. That's what they are paid to do, though. In fact, I got bumped in the back by one of our police officers, and I said, "what are you doing", and he said, "I just took a hit for you." [laughter]
(On the emotional day…) The game, and then going around the stadium I didn't know quite how that was going to be. Kathy raising the flag, and my kids out there, and raising the money for the refugees. All that put into one Sunday, it's pretty special. I really do want to thank the fans. They've been great for the organization, long before I got here. When we built this new stadium, they really started taking a feeling like they had a part of our victories, with the noise and all that. I think that's a pretty neat atmosphere. I would like them to feel really good about that. My only regret is that we couldn't have won a few more games this season for them. But, as I told the team, please remember these last few weeks, going into next year. And the guys that are on the football team next year, they can't lose that feeling, because the situation won't be the same ever again. No one will ever get hurt like we got hurt this year. We have guys that care, we have good players, we have a good organization. We have great fans. So, they will be bouncing right back on up on. But, I want the players to remember the feelings we got out of the last couple of weeks of the season.
Never miss a local story.
(On the guys that have filled in for injured starters… ) We lost Locklear; put him on IR. Now, the offensive line that started today, none of them were starters. Last night at my meeting, we had a meeting, and the 5 chairs in the front row are empty. None of the current starting linemen wanted to sit in those chairs, those were for our starting offensive linemen. But, they're not with us, and it was kind of symbolic of what has happened. I can tell you how proud I am of that group. They did a marvelous job. Seneca, everyone made plays on offense. There were some tough catches. Seneca made some great throws under pressure. Our defense stepped up when they had to. We had some big sacks at the end of the game. Anytime you play against Brett Favre, it's a load for your defense. You have to bring you're a game. Justin Forsett catching punts on the run in the snow. It was all good. Today was a great team effort, and, like I said, you think about opportunity lost, if we could have done that a couple more times. But, I'm not going to get greedy. As I have told you before, I am one of the lucky ones. I will never forget this day, a very special day for me.
(On the offensive line…) We had to make a slight adjustment early on, in how we slid the line and where we were putting the backs, because we were helping a little bit. But after we made that adjustment, they did fine.
(On the emotional aspect of the game, and whether it affected him…) Once Kathy raised the flag, and I kind of eliminated the lump in my throat, ask the coaches, because they are on the phones with me, I think they would tell you that I was in my game mode.
(On getting his wife to raise the Twelfth Man Flag…) She didn't want to do it, she said the kids could do it. I think the people in our organization know her, Sandy Gregory, they kind of twisted her arm a little bit. She was happy to do it for me and the Seahawks. But, she is shy about it. A lot of those people have the white flag and they go to the railing and they almost fall into the stands; I don't think she did that. She gave me the thumbs up. Very expressive.
(On what he said to Brett Favre…) I just wished him well, and said next year when I am riding my motorcycle around, I want to come down and have a little catfish with him, and just sit down in a different setting and see where he lives, and that could happen. I don't know if that will happen, but it could happen, and that would be kind of fun for me if we do travel around the country a little bit.
(On whether he was concerned about playing Brett Favre in the snow conditions…) It's always in your mind. The fact that we were playing the Jets, he was on the Jets, and it was snowing. It was like it was too much, it was just unbelievable. He is one of the greatest competitors I have ever seen and been around. Of course I was nervous about it, but like I said our defense I think stepped up and did a great job. How about Josh Wilson. Great job.
(On the fans…) I was really touched by that. It's tough driving around. I joked that the only people that will be here would probably be my family and my coaches family; you guys have to be here. But, it was hard for me to tell, looking at the stands, but it looked like we had a pretty good group here today. It was fun, I was glad that they braved the elements, and I appreciated it very much. They made it that much more special for me.
(On thinking that it was the last time for him in this stadium…) I actually did think of that just a little bit during warm-ups. My team was warming up, and I was looking around, and I remember the first time I came into the new stadium. The first time that I stepped in it, how remarkable I thought it was, and how beautiful it was. Then, I thought that I'm not going to be here any more in my current mode. I could maybe watch a game. Anything in life, it's moving along pretty fast now. I will miss that.
(On whether they had to twist his arm to take a lap around the field after the game…) The bigger arm twisting was coming out last, before the game. I usually come on to the field behind the scenes, and everybody is looking at the Hawk fly by, and I can scoot in there. I got under the cover, and I couldn't see anything because of all the smoke and all the stuff they shoot off. I thought I hope there is not a door at the end of this thing, so I don't run into something. I told the players before the game, I said, don't leave me hanging. In the Super Bowl I was in, they introduced the coach last. Our guys with Green Bay were so happy to be there, and they called "Coach Mike Holmgren", and I am supposed to run out, and they had all left. They were already over there, so I couldn't high five, I couldn't do anything with anybody. So, I kind of just creeped over to the sideline, and that was my big moment in the Super Bowl. So, I said, before the game, and this was the final thing during the pep talk: don't leave me hanging out there. It was kind of funny.
(On who asked him to walk around the field…) I think it was Dave. He's a pretty persuasive guy. As far as you guys are concerned, he is very misunderstood. He really is. He really has a heart of gold. The idea of walking around the stadium, I really didn't know how else to do that. I knew that I wanted to do something just to thank everybody, so that was him.
(On whether the snow prevented him from actually shaking hands with the fans… ) No, It takes a little too long. The players are in here waiting for me to come in, because we have things to do. I think it was just right; I hope it was just right. I hope they knew I was thanking them.
(On whether he minded Josh Wilson throwing the snow… ) I missed it all. You know what, the weird part of me as a coach is that yeah, I mind that. He shouldn't do it. But, we won the game, we won this big game. So, I will talk to him about it, normally I would yell at him, but I'm not going to yell at him, I'll just talk to him, as a father would do.
(On getting congrats from the players, but still having another game to play…) The players were pretty spontaneous. It was a different situation. Blame the schedule makers, I suppose. They could have just as easily given us a home game at the end of the year. At that point, I wasn't really thinking about next week or anything else. Some of these guys have been with me the whole time. I really did appreciate the effort they put forth today. The fact that they would come up; it's not easy to talk to the head coach, for players. My guys, every once in a while when they come up and say something; it's something. It reminds me of why I got into coaching in the first place.