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Marshawn Lynch speaks quickly and carries a big stick in leading Seahawks' win over Oakland

Yes, Marshawn Lynch talked after he led the Seahawks to their 30-24 victory over Oakland. If he hadn't, he was subject to an NFL fine for not being accessible to the media.

To be clear, it wasn't any reporter from the Seattle market that complained to the league office. We get the deal; he doesn't like or want to talk. If and when he is forced to not much of what he says is usable. So in general we don't bother him or raise an issue over him not speaking.

Just the ground rules for how we operate on a daily basis.

But some national and New York-based reporters in the Seahawks' locker room for one of the few times in the last couple years last week after Seattle's win at Carolina were aghast that the star running back didn't speak publicly. They complained to league officials who then began inquiring what Lynch has been doing with the media out here. Rather than get fined for not talking yesterday, Lynch -- almost always the first or among the first Seahawks out of the locker room following a game -- informed the first reporters in the locker room yesterday following his two touchdowns and 67 yards rushing plus another 76 yards receiving that he would speak.

Here's what he said, 84 seconds responding to six questions. I led with it in my game story in today's News Tribune.

RB MARSHAWN LYNCH

(On how important it  is for other guys to step up when you lose guys to injuries…) “It’s very important. That’s what they’re here for.”

(On if playing his hometown team gave him any extra motivation…) “It was just next on the schedule.”

(On what it was like for him on the touchdown where he had about ten different people on him and he carried them in…) “I think maybe six of them were my own team so it was all good.”

(On if the win even with having a lot of guys banged up on the offensive line means a lot to the team) “Yeah, it does. It gives us the idea that they can be plugged in and we can continue to move.”

(On the screen pass being a big play for him today and if going in he felt like he could make that happen…) “Yeah, it worked today.”

(On how far does the team still have to go with this offense…) “We have to see what our game plan is next week and try to execute it better than we did today.”

--My Seahawks notebook in today's paper leads with Richard Sherman holding onto the ball that was his first interception of the season -- and then explaining what he will do with it and the 20 other balls he has from him his other NFL interceptions.

--TNT columnist Dave Boling writes the Seahawks didn't win any beauty pageants yesterday -- nor is that the objective here.

--Columnist John McGrath details the huge play LB Bruce Irvin made yesterday -- "the prettiest play of an ugly win" -- and the ones he's suddenly been making the last two weeks after a quiet start to his season.

--Here is what other Seahawks had to say postgame:

HEAD COACH PETE CARROLL

(Opening…)   “This was a really interesting game.  We accomplished something that was kind of unique today, with so many guys playing spots that they were called on to play.  We had a very rough week, getting a couple guys banged up.  Russell Okung and Kam Chancellor kind of came in late in the week even, and we went right up to game time and they really couldn’t go.  It was really a great accomplishment.  We played so well in the first half, and really felt like it was the style we loved seeing.  Our guys were all over the football, the ball was coming out.  Just ball hawking and taking care of the football on our side.  Just a lot of really good stuff.  It was great to see that, and then we ran into some problems.  A bunch of 3 and outs, and we got a punt blocked, and some things that are uncharacteristic of what we would normally do.  We were scrambling with our guys, with our young guys playing.  To get the win, get it done, and keep moving forward and feeling really good about how hard we played, we accomplished something good today.  I was happy about that. “

(On how the missing guys on the O-line affected the offensive play…)  “I think there was a time when Alvin and Garry Gilliam and Patrick Lewis were in there next to Sweezy, and we had a rookie playing next to him.  That’s about as hard as you can get.    I think Tom Cable said this was the most challenging game he’s ever coached.  But, everybody came through and played hard and did well enough to give us a chance to win a good football game, and I’m happy to tell you that.”

(On whether Patrick Lewis got hurt to cause Schilling to play… )  “No.  We were going to try to not play Schilling or Max at all.  They were there for an emergency status.  When it got where we were so young out there, Tom thought we needed Schilling to go in and just kind of settle it down, and make sure that he could help Garry as much as possible.  So, that’s why we got a few plays out of him. ”

(On how does James Carpenter look…)    “He has a sprained ankle of some sort.  We don’t know yet.”

(On whether Chancellor or Okung are long term injury concerns…)   “No.  I think we’re going to be ok.  Hopefully we’ll get them back next week.  It’s a groin and a little muscle thing, so I think we can get through those.  They weren’t bad pulls, but they did nag them enough that they couldn’t get through the week and into the weekend.”

(On the interception by Irvin, is he playing better… )  “Sure he is.  He’s highlighting it.  Last week was a great showing for him.  He played really well anyway, but then he makes the big sacks at the end of the game, and that’s an enormous play for us to see.  And then to finish it and put in the end zone, too, that was great.  It’s great to see him having the impact.  I know his confidence has to be flying, and he’s ready to just keep on going.  It seems like he’s just getting started.”

(On what happened with the blocked punt…)  “We got run right by.  Had a young guy in there, and first time, and he got run by.   Wasn’t a big scheme thing from what I understand, I didn’t see it all.  A first time guy’s mistake.”

(On whether giving up 194 yards passing to a rookie quarterback at home concerns him …)  “No, not at all.  I liked the 37 yards rushing a whole lot more than that.  He was throwing the ball at the end of the game.  He probably put on 70 yards on the last drive.”

(On the play of Mebane…)  “I really think Brandon’s having his best season.  I think he’s having the most impact he’s had since we’ve been here.  He just seems to be on his game and causing problems.  He knocked the line of scrimmage back a couple of times for big plays for us.  It’s great to have him.  He’s been around here a long time, and sometimes you forget about the nose tackle, but he’s been a big deal for us again.“

(On whether this game was a challenge…)  “That’s what it is; they’re all like that.  Every week is a new challenge, a new set of circumstances as the new opponent comes in and we just have to stick to what we do and keep on battling, and find a way.  You guys forget, we had 8 games last year that could have gone either way.  Everybody forgets that.  3 of them we lose, and 5 of them we won.  We could have 8-8 just like that last year.  People forget that.  I’ve harped on that more than I should with our team so that they realize how tough it is.  What was the score today?  30-24?  We’re not going to worry about that.  It’s a great win at home, we’re fortunate to get it.  We saw a ton of bright spots, a ton of great things.  Our team got better today, because young guys played and did well.  So, we’ll be better down the stretch, and then here we go again next week.  You just get all cranked up and do it again.  That’s how this is.  I know you all like it easier and smoother and cleaner and all that, but it’s a battle.  So, suck it up.”

(On the play of Brock Coyle….)  “I saw some really good plays.  To play the running game like that, he had to be on it, and they had some nice schemes and stuff.   I thought he played good solid football.  That’s a hard one for me to tell you, other than the plays I saw him make the tackles on.”

(On Russell Wilson’s play ….)  “It was hard for him.  I spent some time talking to him.   It was hard to get in rhythm, and he never really felt it through the course of the game.  Fortunately, everybody did their job around us, and he wasn’t having to be the focal point.  But, he wasn’t as sharp as he’s been.  But, this game’s already gone.  It’s already about getting back to getting right for next week.  We just finished talking about that in the locker room.“

(On seeing Lynch battle for all 67 of his yards today…)  “He was terrific today.  He was so good on the screen game.  Gosh, it was one spectacular play after another.  Those are big plays in the game.  It’s always a good job by the guys outside.  I think we lost one of those, too, on a penalty.  One of those got called back.  Those were fantastic plays.  That was so cool to see him out in the open field like that, where he could really tear it up and he did a great job. ”

(On how much Wilson’s play today was attributable to the offensive line challenges…)  “He wouldn’t tell you that.  He took it.  But, we’ll have to wait and see the film, and see how much pressure was caused by that.  He wasn’t concerned about that going in, and didn’t feel it during the game, either.  ”

(On DeShawn Shead…)  “He did great.  Shoot, he played his first game, ever.  He was getting some crucial play time.  He did a terrific job, and everybody was really excited for him.  He’s such a good kid, and he’s done so much in the program for us behind the scenes and special teams and all that, he’s really grown up with us.  To get a start now and fill in for Kam Chancellor and get it done, that was really exciting to see that.”

(On whether some of the special teams challenges were due to personnel changes…)  “Oh gosh, yes.  It was a circus out there, just getting the guys in their spots and we had to move some guys around.  As much as you could call on for the players and the coaches to just get guys in the right spots and all that.  I should mention that Jermaine Kearse had two enormous plays today.  He forces the fumble on the kickoff return that Hauschka gets.  Obviously, Hauschka was celebrating too much, because he came back and missed the kick.  [laughter].  Then, he recovered the onside kick, too.  Those are enormous plays.  But, he works so hard and he’s such a good athlete, it’s not a surprise.  He’s just always there with a great attitude, and he came through in spectacular fashion today.”

(On how he deals with the injury situation…)  “We’re trying to maintain a level of play that gets us what we want to get done as the guys step up and just keep demanding that they have to play front line, first line football when they get up.  Jeremy Lane is going to come back this week, that’ll be huge.  I would expect that Kam would get back.  Max should play next week.  Those are great gets for us.  We’ve been going on so long without them, you forget.  This is how the season goes.  Remember last season, it was Bowie and Alvin, those guys had to play all year, or it seemed like it.  8 games I think they had to play, you forget that.   Rookies playing championship football.  This is the story line for this year.  We have to see if we can endure, but the good thing is they get better, because they get to play, and so we get stronger when the other guys come back.  That helps us. “

(Besides Carpenter, any other new injuries today…)  “Baldwin had a little groin thing that he came out with.  Scruggs’ knee got kind of sore.  A couple little things.  That’s about it though.

QB RUSSELL WILSON

(On having an 0-7 team coming to Seattle and giving the Seahawks a battle…)   “They’ve kind of given everybody a battle.  They’ve had a lot of games that have come down to the wire.   Offensively, we know that we can better, I know that I can play better.  That’s what it really comes down to.  I think that the defense played spectacular today, they made a lot of plays, they got some turnovers, and offensively we just have to click better.  We just have to do our thing to get the ball in the end zone and find ways to make plays.  The positive thing is that you look at all of the guys that had to step up.  I know that a lot of young guys had to step up and play line for us today and you think about Marshawn’s game.  He had an unbelievable game today, Marshawn Lynch.  Then, Robert Turbin had a really good game, as well. ”

(On evaluating his own play…)  “I didn’t think I played well at all, for whatever reason.  And usually I’d know why.  Usually I know why if something is off, footwork wise, or whatever.  That’s usually something I try to find out, throughout the game, so I can adjust.  I felt like I was in it.  For whatever I was trying to do, it just wasn’t working.  But, I think the thing is, we won the game, and that’s the exciting part.  I know that I can play better, I know that I will play better.  I know that our offense will play better, and so that’s what I look forward to. ”

(On how much he is noticing the opposing pass rush this season… )  “I think we’re doing a good job of protecting me.  I think the guys are doing a great job, especially with what’s going on in terms of the guys that have to step up.  They’re doing an excellent job.  I just think that in terms of the passing game, we’re going to pick it up.  Things there, and we’re going to hit it, and we’re just going to move on to the next game.  We got a huge one today.  They played us tough in our own stadium, and we were able to get a huge in. ”

(On whether there were limitations because of the offensive line personnel…)    “No.  I thought that Patrick Lewis did a great job of stepping up today.  That’s not easy to do.  He just got here a week and half ago, and now he’s going against the Raiders who have a good front 7.  I thought he did a really good job, and then Schilling stepped in there and just finishing off the game there at the end.  That’s good football, and that’s going to pay dividends down the road, as you go throughout the season. I think back to last year, we had to win a lot of tough games where we had three of our starting offensive linemen, sometimes four of our offensive linemen, out.  And guys had to step in and we still found ways to win.  Like I said to you guys last week, we were 3 and 3, and we had 10 games left, and our goal was to go 1 and 0 every week, like I say, every time.  So, we were able to win last week and we were able to win this week.  And, we just look forward to the next opportunity.  We’re excited about the win.  I’m more excited than anybody else about the win.  So, that’s what I look forward to. ”

(On the importance of Marshawn Lynch… )  “Marshawn was exceptional today.  The things that he was doing out in the field, it’s one of a kind.  He had a great football game.  I thought the line did a really good job of run blocking for him, too, as well.  The tight ends did a good job of blocking for him. He made some things happen.  He caught the ball really well, too, as well.  Robert Turbin came in the game and had some huge runs, as you guys saw.  I think one of the things offensively, is we have to stop getting penalties.   For whatever reason, we’re getting penalties on big plays.  And that really brings us back.  So, that’s something that we have to pay a little bit more attention to, and I have to a better job of communicating, if that’s the case, or whatever it takes.  Whatever it takes to win, whatever it takes to be successful.“

(On the throw to Kearse that Hayden almost intercepted…)  “I was trying to fit it in the seam, and the slot defender did a good job of trying to grab on to Kearse, and I was just trying to get it in there.  We hit that 9 times out of 10, 10 times out of 10 usually.  Luckily, it hit the ground.  That’s something that we do all the time.”

(On the throw to Luke Willson in the back of the end zone…)  “I was trying to hit him in the back corner, and it got away from me a little bit.”

(On Doug Baldwin’s big punt return…)  “We have so many guys step up, and so many guys show up and find ways to make plays.  Doug Baldwin’s punt return, to bring that ball back across the 50 to the 40 or 30 or so, that was a huge play.  You think about Paul Richardson’s kickoff returns.  He’s doing a great job back there.  His ability to step up; he did a great job kickoff returning last week, and has done a great job this week.  I thought our defense was lights out, too, the way that they made plays.  We had a lot of guys come in and start.  You think about Brock Coyle and DeShawn Shead having to step up and make plays for us.  We have a lot of talent, and we just have to put it together.  We’re still finding ways to win games, and we’re not playing our best.  We’re far from playing our best.  So, when we put it together, it’s going to be hard to stop us.  I think that’s the exciting part. ”

(On how long it will take to get to that point…)  “I don’t think it’s going to take a while.  I think that we’re going to play great next week.  I think that to be able to come back home; we do play a good team in the Giants.  So, I don’t think it’s going to take a while.  I think we have the right guys.  I think we have the right system.  I think we’re calling the right plays.  I just have to make a throw here and there, and keep the tempo up and stay on schedule and then things will click for us.”

“Go Hawks.  Pass the Peace.”

WR DOUG BALDWIN

(On if the weather plays tricks in your head) “I would say it would have two years ago, but you get used to it and you build confidence in your hands and you trust yourself even if it’s raining you get used to feeling the ball when it’s raining. So no I wasn’t too worried about it.”

(On if the weather played an effect on the ball) “Yeah for sure. Anytime the ball is wet it’s going to make it difficult to catch and you just have to make an adjustment mentally to focus in on the football and then trust your hands again. A lot of the issue when it rains is people are worried about it slipping instead of just catching it and thinking it’s a normal football. That’s more so the issue than anything else.”

(On the punt return late in the game) ”Yeah we needed every ounce of it today to pull it off.”

WR JERMAINE KEARSE

(On fumble recovery on outside kick) “Yes I just saw—I mean it was to win the game so you have to do whatever it takes.”

(On was he surprised how close the game was against Oakland) “Every game is going to be tough. We have a target on our backs and we have some guys down but we just have to continue to get better. We still won so we’re going to take that and look at the film and continue to get better and fix the mistakes and move on.”

(On his forced fumble) “I was just running down the kickoff trying to make a play—trying to make an impact play. I bully technique the right tackle and got free a little bit and he kind of got loose a little bit in the hole and I just try to punch the ball out from behind.”

RB MARSHAWN LYNCH

(On how important it is for other guys to step up when you lose guys to injuries…) “It’s very important. That’s what they’re here for.”

(On if playing his hometown team gave him any extra motivation…) “It was just next on the schedule.”

(On what it was like for him on the touchdown where he had about ten different people on him and he carried them in…) “I think maybe six of them were my own team so it was all good.”

(On if the win even with having a lot of guys banged up on the offensive line means a lot to the team) “Yeah, it does. It gives us the idea that they can be plugged in and we can continue to move.”

(On the screen pass being a big play for him today and if going in he felt like he could make that happen…) “Yeah, it worked today.”

(On how far does the team still have to go with this offense…) “We have to see what our game plan is next week and try to execute it better than we did today.”

 

RB ROBERT TURBIN

(On his thoughts on the game) “Obviously there are some things we have to clean up, but all in all, with some of the younger guys who are starting in places that they weren’t accustomed to starting in—I started at PP today on punt, which I hadn’t done all season—I got my reps at practice though so it’s a different situation than fullback but guys have to step up and they did. When guys are playing new positions and they’re starting for the first time, you have to expect mistakes, miscommunication, or miscues—but at the end of the day, we were able to make enough plays to get the job done.”

WR PAUL RICHARDSON

(On his holding penalty while blocking for Marshawn Lynch) It just happened on that play—it was unfortunate. It was spur of the moment. He broke another long run and I had my hands inside, and I drove the guy down field and Marshawn had another big play—that’s one thing that they teach us here and that they harp on, you have to make the next play, you can’t worry about the last one so I’m sure I’ll watch it on film and make sure that it doesn’t happen again but throughout the duration of the game, I made sure that it didn’t happen again.

LB BRUCE IRVIN

(On what he saw on his interception and if he realized Derek Carr was trying to throw it over him…) “Yeah. He threw it and I’m 6’3 so I can jump pretty high so I tipped it and I looked up and it was coming down so I just made a play.”

(On when he saw the quarterback between him and the end zone…) “I should have ran him over, huh? I was like, ‘I can’t let him catch me because if he catches me, they’re going to be talking stuff about me,’ so I just tried to get in. Luckily I got in though.”

(On if there was an added pressure to lift the team up with four defensive starters out…) “We believe in the next man up, period. Wags (Bobby Wagner) was down. Brock (Coyle) stepped in – did a hell of a job. K.P.L (Kevin Pierre-Louis) is playing more. We’ve got a lot of guys down but the great thing about this team is we’ve got so many dudes that love the grind and waiting for their opportunity so any time they get in there, like D. Shead (DeShawn Shead), I’ll tell D. Shead, ‘Take advantage of your opportunity there’ and I think he did pretty good. We’ve got a bunch of good dudes, we just have to keep improving every week.”

 (On being able to do things physically that other players can’t do) “Yeah man, I just batted the ball and I looked up and it was coming down. I just try to be optimistic and make a play and I did.”

(On the win) “Everybody’s good. I said at the beginning of the week that the Raiders are a good team. It’s not like they were getting blown out every game. Those guys kept battling. They have a really good team and we’re fortunate to come out on top of it.”

(On players who don’t normally get to play and played today) “Next man up, you know. We believe in that. We’ve got guys who bust their tail in practice, so they prepare when their number is called.”

CB MARCUS BURLEY

(On if there is satisfaction in an NFL win) Oh yeah definitely. To win in NFL, you have to go out every Sunday and compete your best because a win in the NFL because it’s tough.

(On the Legion of Boom relying on him in his mindset) You know, You just have to be ready for things like that. When people go down you have to be ready for the opportunity. Having guys like [Richard] Sherman, Earl Thomas, [Kam] Chancellor, [Jeremy] Lane, guys like that helping you on and off the field that’s when it makes the transition easy.

(On the mindset of the team after this win) Well every game in the NFL can be a slugfest so you have to go out every game and give it your best. That’s the NFL for you.

LB KEVIN PIERRE-LOUIS

(On the difference with turnovers this game) “I don’t believe that there is a difference—we just have to keep going for the ball, keep going for the picks, keep doing our job, and eventually they’re going to keep coming our way. If we keep working hard, they’re going to come in bunches—Coach [Pete] Carroll always says, “turnovers come in bunches.” So it was a great opportunity to get a bunch of turnovers today and we’re just going to keep trying to get more turnover every week.”

(On how important his playing time was the past two weeks) “The past two weeks were great—definitely a confidence booster. I been able to have the game slow down a little bit as I’m definitely getting more confident in my play, feeling more a part of the team, and a part of the defense. I’m just trying to know my role, do my job, and do whatever I can do for the team—special teams, defense, wherever they put me, I just want to make sure I do my job.”

(On being affective on special teams as opposed to past few weeks) “I think it’s just us being locked in—they had a strong left return on us. I personally think I should have done a better job forcing it inside because that was my side. So I just have to stay strong, stay locked in, even if it’s for split seconds. We play so strong on special teams, but if we’re not locked in for tht split second—it can cost us. So luckily, we were able to bounce back from that, but special teams just has to keep rolling, it’s great to have that energy from CenturyLink, and we’re going to correct the mistake.”

S DESHAWN SHEAD

(On what the secondary had to do and how legion of boom had to step it up) “We definitely just had to focus in on the details, no explosive plays, don’t let anything go deep over our heads, stay in the technique and the position. We had to keep QB’s contained and keep the receivers contained.”

(On the weather effects and rain gloves) “The normal gloves you see everybody going around have that mat to it so it lets water get in it and it gets a little slippery. So we went around and got the rain gloves so it’s better. So if it’s raining the ball can stick to it. The weather definitely played a factor, the balls were all over the place. But luckily we came out of it.”

(On if last week was the turning point, what did today mean) “Oh today, it’s the same thing now, week after week. Now we have to take each game and play it like it’s our first game. 1-0. We have to go 1-0 every week and take each game like it’s our last championship game. Pete [Carroll] stresses it all the time, every game is a championship game and once you lose a couple of games you get to see how true that is. You can be one game from missing the playoffs, one game here or there for being league champs. So it’s definitely every game is a championship game.”

S EARL THOMAS

(On his thoughts on Bruce Irvin’s interception) “I think he took it away from me—but it’s good and he finished so it’s good.”

(On did he think he would have caught it) “Yes—I think I did just like the Denver play. We’re so keyed in and locked in; we understand how offenses are trying to attack us, and we’re getting back to that smart, intelligent football team that understands situations.”

(On does the defense feel like itself) “We feel the connection that’s the most important thing—the connection, the intensity, and the attention to detail because we’re all tied on a string. We have to fly around the ball, keep celebrating, and just keep having fun—it’s the purest form of the game. Don’t worry about the crowd, don’t worry about what’s going on—just act like it’s a practice and it’s just us out there.”

(On was it different) “Of course, I just have to be more cautious, I have to do a lot more talking and it takes more energy but I got the job done.”

CB RICHARD SHERMAN

(On disruptive plays…) “Yeah, I mean we had a fun game today. It’s always fun to have a competitive battle—Oakland Raiders came with some good stuff. We had a lot of young guys today. Brock Coyle made his first start at middle linebacker, DeShawn Shead got his first start at strong safety, Alvin Bailey started at left tackle, Garry Gilliam came in at the end—we had young guys get some valuable experience today and we were able to come out with the win, so we’re very happy with that.”

(On Bruce Irvin’s interception…) “He’s an incredible athlete. Bruce Irvin is one of the best athletes on this team. Especially to be a linebacker, with his speed and explosiveness, so we got to expect those plays from him. Still, it was an incredible play and I am sure it will be on Top 10 plays or something like that.”

(On his interception…) “Yeah, I just finally got an opportunity. I got my head around, I was able to spot the ball and grab it. I tried to make a big play and spark the offense.”

(On getting his first interception of the season…) “I was being patient. I knew it would come eventually. I knew we would get opportunities as long as we stay at it, stay at the little details, and stay disciplined.”

TE LUKE WILLSON

(On the team’s communication…) “I thought the communication was pretty good today. I came in with Alvin (Bailey), so for me a lot of the talk is between the tackle [and myself]. (Justin) Britt as been here all year and with Alvin, me and him are from the class, his locker is a couple down from mine, so it’s not like it’s a communication issue. For me, I felt really comfortable out there.”

(On the team’s performance…) “I thought we started strong today. We went through a little lull today, but again when it mattered most, when they were one score away, we went down there and had a 60-yard drive and got a field goal. In the fourth quarter I feel like we did a pretty good job.”

DE CLIFF AVRIL

(On his sack today…) “It wasn’t my first sack of the season, first off. It’s been a long time coming. It’s been about a good six weeks since I’ve had one. It just felt good getting one – longest draught of my career between sacks or whatever. I’m just happy to get one and get the weight off my shoulder. They say they come in bunches so we will see.”

(On how he looks at a win like this with the way they came back and if a win is a win or if there is a little concern…) “No, I mean there is no concern. A win is a win but we have to be able to play four quarters completely. Sometimes we come out a little slow then the second half pick it up. This week, came out, played third quarters, and then the fourth quarter we took our foot off the pedal or what not. We just have to be consistent and be able to put a full game together.”

(On if the first half with creating turnovers is close to what they want the defense to be like…) “That’s our goal every week is to get turnovers, to give the offense as many chances as possible and get sacks. That’s our goal as defense.”

(On if there was a sense at halftime that this game was going to be one-sided and if that changed pretty quickly…) “Well we wanted it to go one sided. But they came out and did some things. I think they blocked a punt or something or whatever it was, if I remember correctly, and that kind of gave them a little edge on us. But again, just being able to finish out the game was clutch.”

DE CLIFF AVRIL

(On his sack today…) “It wasn’t my first sack of the season, first off. It’s been a long time coming. It’s been about a good six weeks since I’ve had one. It just felt good getting one – longest draught of my career between sacks or whatever. I’m just happy to get one and get the weight off my shoulder. They say they come in bunches so we will see.”

(On how he looks at a win like this with the way they came back and if a win is a win or if there is a little concern…) “No, I mean there is no concern. A win is a win but we have to be able to play four quarters completely. Sometimes we come out a little slow then the second half pick it up. This week, came out, played three quarters, and then the fourth quarter we took our foot off the pedal or what not. We just have to be consistent and be able to put a full game together.”

(On if the first half with creating turnovers is close to what they want the defense to be like…) “That’s our goal every week is to get turnovers, to give the offense as many chances as possible and get sacks. That’s our goal as defense.”

(On if there was a sense at halftime that this game was going to be one-sided and if that changed pretty quickly…) “Well we wanted it to go one sided. But they came out and did some things. I think they blocked a punt or something or whatever it was, if I remember correctly, and that kind of gave them a little edge on us. But again, just being able to finish out the game was clutch.”

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