Our weekly News Tribune day-after Seahawks chat, early Super Bowl XLIX edition, starts at 1 p.m. Pacific Time today here on the blog, live from Seahawks headquarters in Renton. That is after Pete Carroll's noon press conference. At that I am hoping to get more words on the injuries to Richard Sherman (elbow) and Earl Thomas (shoulder).
But as I tweeted last night, Paul Allen's more likely to only use Macs than the All-Pro defensive backs not playing Feb. 1 against Tom Brady and New England.
Here is Russell Wilson after yesterday's astounding comeback win over the Packers for the NFC title, plus some transcribed quotes:
WR JERMAINE KEARSE
WR DOUG BALDWIN
JERMAINE KEARSE: Well, that was interesting. (Laughter.) I mean, first and foremost I want to thank God, just being able to put me in the position I was able to be put in, and even though I had a rough start, a rough game early on, letting some opportunities get away from me, he stuck with me and he gave me another opportunity to make a play for my team to possibly win the game, and I'm just thankful for him. I'm thankful for my teammates who continually stuck by my side when things were down. They was never negative, they was always positive, positivity, we always preach it, it goes a long way. They just pushed through the adversity. Everything is not going to be perfect. Life is not going to be perfect. There's always going to be downs. But the real test is how you respond to that adversity, how you respond to the down moments because everything is easy when it's all good, and when things aren't good, it really tests your character.
- What was the swing of emotions like for you?
- Did anybody say anything to you that really sticks in your mind looking back, teammates or coach or anything?
- When they changed the play at the line of scrimmage did you know that you had an opportunity there?
- That was installed this week, right?
By the way, I am accompanied by my teammate and one of my really good friends, my fellow pedestrian, Doug Baldwin (laughter), who had 106 yards this game. I don't know if you knew that, but now you know.
- What did you see specifically when ‑‑
I knew it was going to be one‑on‑one with no one in the middle, and I just got off the ball and just tried to make a play.
- Did you feel Tramon Williams on you when the ball was coming down? He actually contacted you before the ball got to your hands.
- Did you ever doubt yourself (inaudible) did that get in your head?
- Some of the plays didn't go your way. (Inaudible.)
- (Inaudible.) You probably haven't thought much about that yet.
JERMAINE KEARSE: Doug is going to answer.
DOUG BALDWIN: Let's look back, like you said, to the NFC Championship Game last year. We needed a play to be made, and although my man didn't have as much opportunities in that game, he came up with the game winner, the go‑ahead catch to put us ahead so we could eventually go on to win the Super Bowl. And without that play, we don't win the Super Bowl. We don't have a chance to be in that game. And fortunately enough tonight, my man had the mental toughness, which he's always demonstrated, to bounce back when the chips didn't fall the way that he would like them to. So in that overtime play, and I'm on the sideline watching the coverage and I look at my man Jermaine and I see that he's dancing at the opportunity that just presented itself, I knew that there was no doubt, and he knew that there was no doubt, and like I said and like he said before, there was no doubt in himself.
Without that play, we're not going to the Super Bowl, and without many of the plays that he's made throughout the course was this season, we wouldn't be where we are today. So I think that this national media, the local media, I think you guys need to step up and start giving my man some respect. I'd appreciate it if you did so.
JERMAINE KEARSE: He's like my big brother.
DOUG BALDWIN: And if you have any more questions, I'm here 9:00 to 5:00.
- What is it about Russell, because he's done this before, that allows him to face adversity? What is it about him?
- Did either of you guys see the hit that he took on the interception?
- When you guys played the Cardinals earlier this year at the University of Phoenix Stadium, did you allow yourselves to think at all, we're going to be back here?
JERMAINE KEARSE: We were focused on that game.
- Doug, do you remember when you first saw that (inaudible) like this guy has that toughness?
- Did you use pedestrian with a capital P?
- What was it that you saw that had you dancing?
- After a game like this, what have you learned about your team?
FastScripts by ASAP Sports
HEAD COACH PETE CARROLL
PETE CARROLL: Well, for the fans in the northwest, this has got to be one for the ages. A fantastic day to celebrate your Seahawks and celebrate the 12s and all that. Almost humbling that it was such a classic challenge, and our guys found a way to get it done. This is an extraordinary win because of who the Packers are. Mike has got a great team and a great program, and they continue to play great. Look at the quarterback being hurt and playing today again. That's what makes it such a big win, because they're so good, and they jumped on us and tore us up in the first quarter of that game and we just made mistake after mistake and just looked terrible, but the defense played phenomenal sudden‑change football to make those field goals happen. But that's what we expect, and that's what we count on them to do. But it just set up for such a challenging day, and it was hard.
What was I guess characteristic, I'd like to think characteristic but also just such an extraordinary thing to witness was these guys hanging. What happened in the middle of the year was they found the connection of what team is all about, and that's about supporting the guys around you, and they found that and embraced it. We have ridden that thought all the way to this point, even to the point where we gather them up going into OT and we talk to them about how powerful that belief is and what it can allow you to accomplish. So many different guys had to step up today to make something happen in this game, it had to be something that they all could feel and they all get to share.
It's a tremendous accomplishment for Paul and the club, for all of us to be able to get a chance to go back to the Super Bowl again. It's something that we never thought wasn't within our reach, but we didn't talk about it, we didn't focus on it because that wasn't it. We just needed to get right day after day after day. I think there was a time in the middle of the year when Tony has got to suck it up. We were struggling a little bit, fans needed to hang in there, hang tough while we get it right, and we just watched it happen, watched it happen. You watched this team just lock arms and get it done.
To have a chance to go back to the Super Bowl is extraordinarily fun for us, and I hope for everybody else, too. We're going to do everything we can to go get it done when the time comes, but today was about a bunch of guys joining together.
- What did you tell Russell?
- How big was it for the special teams to step up today and make a difference?
- What did you call for the fake field goal?
- We were asking you this week about Jermaine Kearse after what had been a rough game for him?
- Have you ever seen Russell show emotions like he did after this game?
- What happened to Richard, kind of him playing ‑‑
- Your players are so emotional and so gutted when they don't live up to their opponent's expectations. What does this mean?
This is a really fine team because of that, not because of the win but because of how they go about it and the way they think about one another and the way they work. Every day they go out there and set their sights and their expectations so high to perform for the guys around them. It's a really fantastic illustration of team, and it's a really cool thing to watch. The great thing for you guys, you saw it happen. You saw it come together, so you know exactly what I'm talking about.
- When you came to Arizona this year and played for the Cardinals do you allow yourself to go there mentally?
- You've seen a lot of great football games. How perfect were those two throws?
- Was it an audible, the last play?
- You said you got the check there ‑‑
- Did you see Clay Matthews on the field?
- Can you recall a football game this kind of crazy?
- Did you ever sense any one minute of doubt or anything in the locker room, on the sideline?
- Russell took a pretty good hit.
- From Matthews. Were you worried he was okay?
- (Inaudible.) Mistake, mistake, mistake, and still poised. Did Russell always have that?
- Earl and Sherman both okay going forward?
FastScripts by ASAP Sports
CB BYRON MAXWELL
(On the comeback…) “It can’t be explained—it’s got to be God. We’ve got one more to go, we’re going to get it.”
(On the feeling towards the end of the game…) “I can’t even relate. Once we got to 14, I thought ‘Ok, we’ve got a shot.’ We can scramble to get another touchdown—once we got it to 14, we had a shot.”
(On this feeling compared to last year…) “It’s not a better way—winning is winning, it’s a great feeling, it’s an addictive feeling. When you do it at the last second like that, you’re like ‘Oh my God, wow. Words can’t even describe it.’”
(On Aaron Rodgers…) “He’s a great quarterback. You remember the throw? It was in the first quarter, and he was on the other hash and threw it all the way back to the side, I am like ‘Ok man, what is this, a robot, really?’”
LB KJ WRIGHT
(On the comeback…) “We got the job done. We just had to keep believing and keep trusting, and take things one step at a time.”
(On the offense’s turnovers…) “Hey, it doesn’t matter at the end of the day. When you’re playing hard, good things happen to you. We just had to fight until the very end. When the offense turns the ball over, and head back out there to get the ball back.
(On this feeling for the second consecutive year…) “It’s really special, it’s amazing.”
LB BRUCE IRVIN
(On the comeback…) “A lot of teams would have given up. We kept fighting—we kept fighting and believing. The motto of our program is finishing, and that’s what we did.”
(On if he ever doubted the chance to win…) “Never, no doubt. I was scared, I was scared—I ain’t gonna lie, I was scared. But I knew that the offense was going to breakthrough, and once they did, we got it rolling.”
(On holding Green Bay to five field goals…) “That was huge. A great offense, a great quarterback like Aaron Rodgers and holding them to three, that’s a win. To be honest with you, I think that was the difference in the game, holding them to the field goals. Five field goals, that’s crazy.”
(On this feeling…) “From my situation, from what I went through, it’s a great achievement. A lot of guys got stories in here… A lot of us are going back to our second Super Bowl in two years. There are a lot of living testaments in here, and I feel like I am one of them. I never gave up, I just kept fighting,”
TE LUKE WILLSON
(On Russell Wilson’s performance…) “Someone asked me earlier about Jermaine (Kearse), too, and these guys consistently make incredible plays week in and week out, so when something doesn’t go our way with Russell, or really anyone on our offense, it’s just a fluke. We’re not going to shy away from our playmakers. You saw Russell’s throw to Jermaine, Jermaine’s catch—both fourth drives he had a quick route and the throw was right on the money. Those run plays we were in a hurry-up, and that’s all on him. There’s no other guy that I would rather be with the game on the line than Russell Wilson.”
(On what Wilson told the offense in the huddle…) “Just keep fighting. He said, ‘keep working, keep fighting.’ Again, we just weren’t going to quit. We are not a team that is going to just give up our title, that’s the bottom line. When it was 19-7 and we threw that interception with five minutes left, a lot of people would have been like, ‘Hey the game is over.’ That’s not us, that’s not what we preach around here. Obviously it wasn’t.”
T GARY GILLIAM
(On catching the ball….) “At Penn State, I was a tight end.”
(On the fake punt call…) “It depends on the scheme, but this week we practiced pretty early in the week. They did their research and saw an opportunity.”
(On what was going through his mind…) “Just catch the ball and score.”
(On if Jon Ryan’s pass was a spiral…) “I don’t even remember, I am pretty sure I blacked out at that point.”
(On what he said to Ryan after the play…) “Great pass, way to execute.”
(On Ryan’s athleticism…) “He’s in great shape. He can run, too. I am just glad he passed it to me.”
QB RUSSELL WILSON
RUSSELL WILSON: The game started off kind of ugly, huh? But that last, what, three minutes and plus the overtime is probably as good a game as you can get. Can't get any better than that.
- You seemed a little more emotional after the game than we usually see you. Is that a fair statement?
- How about your resolve? To start the way you did and to be able to keep it together.
- Have you ever thrown four interceptions?
- What did you see that made you check down?
- What is it about you and Kearse that (inaudible)?
- What made you tell Darrell that?
- How about Marshawn's touchdown?
- If you run that two‑point play 100 times, how many times do you make it?
Funny thing was, we spread it out and Luke is the backside protector, and I was going to tell Luke, hey, you never know, just be ready. But I didn't want him to leave too early so I didn't tell him anything in the huddle, but in the back of my mind I'm thinking if there's nothing to the right I'm spinning back and I'm finding a way. And I had spun out the first time, and I think Clay had gotten me, but that time I kind of spun back and went back and just tried to extend the play and just gave those guys a chance and he makes a crazy catch to get the two‑point conversion. That's just knowing the game and trusting the guys that are going to make a play and throwing it up. You don't ever throw it out of bounds in that situation, you just give him a chance to make a play.
- What's your feeling about going back to Glendale where you think you made your first start?
- As a quarterback what's it like to know that the defense makes those sudden‑change stops over and over again. Quarterback psychology, what's it like to know that you've got to keep getting opportunities because of the guys playing on the other side of the ball?
How about Tarvaris Jackson winning the coin toss, too? That guy, I don't want to break his luck, but I mean, that guy is something else, man. And then Chris Matthews getting the onside kick, Steve Hauschka kicks a perfect kick, and Chris Matthews gets us that ball. I mean, that's championship football.
- This is the first time that the team has been shut out in the first half and been able to come back and win the game in the second half. What is it about the second half that allows you to flip the switch?
- The second‑to‑the‑last play of the game, you're on your own 30. With the game that you had, what goes through your mind to be so bold because it seems kind of counterintuitive that you would throw that long pass to Baldwin. What goes through your mind to be that aggressive?
It's just the belief that all the preparation, all the work you put through in practice, all the games that we played, they've made unbelievable plays for us. You just trust that.
- How bad was the hit for Matthews?
- When you assess the pass by Jon Ryan, if he were doing a Jon Gruden Show ‑‑
- What does it mean to be the first (inaudible) to have a chance to win it back to back?
- Aaron Rodgers said we gave the game away. Did they give the game away?
- Why did it take so long (inaudible)?
- Did you say anything to Jermaine during the game or can you think of any other game (inaudible)?
- How were you able to transcend your mistakes and keep it going?
- Of all the games you've been in how does this rank?
- Early in the year I think you went through a lot of things championship teams generally do in defending a title. Today it was almost the same thing, struggled early, compartmentalize. Why is this group able to do that?
That's kind of the story of our season, 3‑3, 6‑4, win the last six games or whatever of the regular season and get into this game, a huge game, quote‑unquote, and we started off slow but that's what we talked about, just continue to believe in one another.
- Do you remember the last time you were moved to the emotion that you had?
- Obviously you don't know yet who you're playing in the Super Bowl. Talk about that.
- (Inaudible.) What do you have to accomplish in that situation to put the ball where you did?
FastScripts by ASAP Sports.
CB RICHARD SHERMAN
(On the win…) “I believed in our offense, I believed in our playmakers, and Russ always finds a way.“
(On whether this game shows they wouldn’t throw to him with one arm tied behind his back…) “I don’t know what it proves. I was just trying to win the ball game, honestly. It didn’t feel great, but I’m not going to let my teammates down. We didn’t battle this far, I might as well give them until the last second. ”
(On whether anybody has looked at his arm yet… ) “Yeah, they x-ray’ed it, but I haven’t got the results or anything yet. ”
(On not letting them look at it during the game…) “I wasn’t going to come out of the game to deal with that. They got back to me to go in and get it X-ray’ed, but at that point in the game, there’s 10 minutes left, I figure I’ll give my teammates 10 minutes. They kept telling me it could get worse, but you know it is what it is. You play for your teammates.”
(On whether he has any sense of what it will be like 2 weeks from now…) “I don’t, but I’ll be out there, I promise you that.”