Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had some interesting comments about the Baltimore Ravens and some other topics when he spoke with the Baltimore media today.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talked about having rarely been to Baltimore, receiver Chris Matthews (who is now on the Ravens’ practice squad) and more when he spoke to the Baltimore media Wednesday. Here are some highlights as provided by the Ravens:
On RB Javorius “Buck” Allen: “We knew about ‘Buck’ [Javorius Allen], I think, when he was a freshman in high school, and he had a guy that followed our program, kind of kept us in connection with what he was doing as he was growing up. Then, the way I understood it, is ‘Buck’ was always interested in S.C. [Southern California], and the program he was coming from was such a good program that – and he had such a reputation as a young guy – that we were excited about recruiting him, even though he was all the way out there in Florida. So, he wound up becoming a Trojan and had a good, solid career there, and that’s what happened. He was always a guy that I kind of had my eye on since he was a young man.” (Reporter: “You remember watching him as a young guy there?”) “Oh, sure. Yes, we saw high school film as he was growing up.”
On WR Chris Matthews and what went into the decision to release him: “Just competition. It’s all competition. We had guys who were battling for spots, and we had Paul Richardson coming back and just regular roster competition. Everything around here is competition, and that was just one of those cases.”
On the game being moved from 8:30 p.m. ET to 1 p.m. ET, if that is a disadvantage for Seattle and the Seahawks’ recent success: “As far as the television stuff, I have no comment about that. I don’t know. I barely knew that took place. We’re trying to get going. We’re trying to make progress. We’ve been battling all year long. We’ve been – like the Ravens have – we’ve been in a lot of close games that we didn’t turn in our favor that could have made a big difference in our season early. And we’ve hung together, and we’re trying to finish this thing off. Now in the fourth quarter [of the schedule], let’s see if we can do something with the season. That’s, really, what it is. It’s one week at a time with a big matchup coming up.”
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On QB Russell Wilson’s contract and the challenges of sustaining their roster after winning the Super Bowl: “Every year you make difficult decisions at the end of the season. We’ve had to do it every year we’ve been here, and you have to make roster moves and cap-oriented moves and all kinds of stuff, and I don’t think it’s any different because we’ve won or because of Russell [Wilson] or any of that. It’s just what comes along with the normal progression of your roster. We were in a situation when Russell was young, where he was on our team, we were able to – on his rookie contract – maneuver in some regards. We knew this was coming the whole time, so it’s not something that surprised us or caught us off guard. We have a number of players that have been compensated well for great play, and we’re not surprised by it. We don’t feel we’re hindered by it. It just is what it is, and we’re going to continue to manage it along. We have always believed in young players, and we’ve played a lot of young guys from the start, ever since we got here. I did it in college as well, and that lends itself to the roster balance. It allows you to compensate the guys that have done a lot of good for you. So, we’re trying to put a really interesting formula together over a real long period and show that you can maintain, and that’s what we’re in the middle of right now.”
On the challenges of West Coast teams playing on the East Coast: “Look at the statistics. There are a lot of statistics about that. We’ve tried to buck those statistics for years and not fall prey to the fact that teams going to the East don’t do as well, particularly playing early games, and we have a style and mentality about us that we just went over it a couple times last week. So, we’re going to try to always do that really well, knowing that being a West Coast team, you’re faced with it. And it’s not something you can gripe about or fall prey to. It just is what it is, and you’ve got to deal with it. So, we’ve found our way, and we don’t make a big deal of it.”
On S Will Hill III and S Kendrick Lewis’ play in the back end: “I think this whole back end is really aggressive. They have a style about them. They mix their coverages well. They disguise and fit together well and give you problems. Will is another guy that I knew for a long time [when he was] growing up. We recruited him, too, so I watched him play. These guys are good football players, good all-around guys that can make big plays, and they’ll hit you, too. I like the corners, too. I think Jimmy [Smith] is really good. Lardarius [Webb]. Shareece [Wright] is a guy we’ve known. We have a lot of respect for all those guys. It’s a good group back there.”
On what Ravens quarterback they are preparing for: “We’re just playing football. Right now, we’re looking at Matt [Schaub] on film, and we’ve played Jimmy [Clausen] over the years. We’re not changing anything regardless of what happens. What are we going to do, you know? We’re going to play like we play. We’ll see what happens. It sounds like that’s what we’re hearing – that Matt is going to try to play. And if not, Jimmy plays, and I don’t know any more than that. There’s nothing you can do about it, so we just get ready to play football.”
On whether he has previously coached a game in Baltimore: “I don’t think I’ve ever even been there.” (Reporter: “That’s what we were thinking.”) “I don’t think I have. I don’t think it has ever happened, so this will be fun. I’ve only been to Baltimore, I think, one time ever. So, it’ll be fun to make the trip. We won’t get much of a chance to take a city tour, but it’ll still be fun to be there and see the venue and all that.” (Reporter: “Was the previous trip business or pleasure?”) “I can’t even remember. I think I’ve been there before.” (laughter)
On how he views the Ravens organization: “I have tremendous respect for what these guys have been through over the years, their accomplishments, their style. Ozzie [Newsome] is incredible. John [Harbaugh] is an amazing coach. He has done everything in the style that I respect as much as I can – tough, physical, hard-nosed, consistent, upfront, straight-up guy, the whole thing. I hold them in the highest of regard, because they’ve been a team to deal with for a long time, and that’s what I take the most pride in. The way that they’ve dealt with this season – and the schedule that you guys faced early and the challenges of it – and the injuries that have come up and the toughness and the fortitude that they’ve demonstrated and [the games have] been so close. Their season could be so easily flip-flopped. We know what that’s like, and we have tremendous respect for them. It’s all that kind of stuff. I think the way that they’ve put teams together, the way that they’ve reconstructed stuff – all that kind of stuff – they’ve been so straight up and so stout for so long. That’s how I think if them.”