Merry Christmas. The Seahawks are off both today and tomorrow, with no availability. With that in mind, I interviewed Patrick Kerney on Sunday night about him returning to Atlanta for the first time since signing with Seattle as a free agent. Here is that interview:
On choosing to come to Seattle as a free agent: "The recent history was a big draw. Every year I played in Atlanta, I expected to win the Super Bowl. Certain teams you target as the best and knowing you have to go through. The past few years it has been Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle. And so when the chance came to jump on one of those three teams, it was an easy sell.
How about how far away Seattle is: "As far as location, as being too far from home, there are airports. Once you are on a plane you are on a plane. That is how I look at it. (With the rain) there is a certain hardness to it that I like, that other teams feel and don't like. All those things work to our advantage
On causing the fumble: "I got the left hand. Good head of steam and I was able to put some pop on it."
On winning the sack title: "I am not in this for individual titles. Certainly I go into Atlanta expecting to play the entire game, if somebody else decides differently I am OK with what's best for the team. Sack title, if I hang on, that would be great icing on the cake. If I don't I am not going to sweat it.
Is it inspiration? "Yeah. Every time I suit up I like to think my hair is on fire and dong what I can to stop the run, giving a chance to rush the passer. Certainly, I know there is not a big silver trophy for that."
On going for the sack title in Atlanta: "It would be great to put on a good performance there. I know the fans who have been so good to me for so long there expect a good performance from me. I like to think that is what they were used to for eight years and what they will get next week."
On being back in Atlanta: "I am not really sue what emotions I will have. But staying in a hotel in a town that I have called home for eight years, and being in the visiting locker room for the first time since college, at the Peach Bowl, it is going to be a lot of strange feelings. Seeing a lot of familiar faces around the dome. It will just be strange."
Do you still have a home there? "Just a whole lot of friends with guest rooms. That is my home. Foundation is still there and we plan on keeping it alive and trying to move it here expanding it out here as well."
Will you get to see friends? "Saturday afternoon some friends will come over to say hello. They are friends I talk to almost every day but still it will be good to seem them."
Have you and Jim Mora talked about going back? "No. Not really. We will this week probably talk about the emotion of it all. It will be fun. I wasn't able to accomplish what I wanted in my eight years in Atlanta, a world championship, still I like to think that I gave it my all and they respect that. I think there is still a good relationship there."
Do you feel for what the Falcons have gone through this year? "I think I heard Arthur Blank quoted as saying it's the perfect storm in a negative way. Starting with Michael's incident right on down to Parcells, in between two offensive tackles going on IR, two defensive tackles going on IR, the cutting of Grady Jackson. You don't want to blame anything on bad luck, but how much worse luck can you have?"