DETROIT LIONS VS. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: POSTGAME NOTES AND QUOTES

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POSTGAME NOTES

  • Lions K Jason Hanson has now appeared in 15 NFL seasons as a Lion. He ties LB Wayne Walker (1958-72) for the most career seasons played in franchise history.
  • On Hanson's first field goal of the game (44), he surpassed Matt Bahr (1,422) for 16th place on the NFL's all-time points scored list. Hanson now has 1,426 career points.
  • Lions P Nick Harris landed his first punt of the game inside the 20-yard line when his punt was fair caught at the Seattle 11-yard line. Harris extends his streak of landing a punt inside the 20-yard line in 19 straight games.
  • Lions DT Shaun Rogers blocked a 41-yard field goal attempt by Seattle K Josh Brown in the first quarter. The block was Rogers' eighth career blocker field goal and ninth career blocked kick (includes one blocked PAT).
  • Rogers also recorded two sacks (13 yards loss) which is the third time in his career he has recorded multiple sacks in a game. In addition to the two sacks, he recorded five tackles (five solo).
  • Adding to Rogers block was DE James Hall, who blocked a 53-yard attempt. The block was Hall's third career blocked kick (2 FG, 1 PAT).
  • The blocked field goals by Rogers and Hall marked the first time the Lions blocked two field goals in a game since the Lions batted down two at San Francisco November 4, 2001. Rogers, who was a rookie that year, blocked both kicks in that game.
  • Lions did not allow Seattle to score a touchdown of any kind in today's game. The last time Seattle was held without a touchdown was November 12, 2004 at St. Louis.
  • The Lions defense held Seattle RB Shaun Alexander to 51 yards (19 carries for 2.7 avg.) in the game and did not allow an Alexander touchdown. Alexander was the 2005 NFL MVP, the league's leading rusher with 1,880 and scored an NFL record 28 touchdowns. The 51 yards by Alexander was only the fourth time since the beginning of the 2004 season which he gained less than 60 yards.
  • The Lions defense registered five sacks as a unit in today's game. The Lions five sacks are the most yielded by the Seahawks offense since they gave up five sacks September 19, 2004 at Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers defensive line coach for that game was Lions Head Coach Rod Marinelli.
  • Among the five sacks in today's game was an 8-yard loss by DT Tyoka Jackson. This was Jackson's first sack as a Lion.
  • Lions rookie LB Ernie Sims started in today's opener against the Seahawks. Sims ended the game tied for a team-high (according to press box stats) with 10 tackles (seven solo).
  • Lions TE Dan Campbell garnered a career-high 29-yard reception in today's game.

HEAD COACH ROD MARINELLI:
Opening statement:
"We played a very hard, tough football team. We tried to match them physically and I thought we did. It's not good enough - right off the bat. I'm not interested in playing hard and well, I'm interested in winning. We didn't do enough. We beat ourselves- we had penalties; they had penalties and we've got to take care of the ball. All the detailed things we have to do and get better at. This is about team still - offense, defense - all three phases. That's what I'm going to teach and that's what I believe in - there are no options; there's no solution other than winning - that's it. I won't accept anything less - anything less - so you can write that we played hard, I don't care; that's not an interest to me. That's you're interest, my interest is winning and that's something we have to work at and continue to understand that we have to finish games and do things exactly right - all the time."

On what happened in the last drive with the game on the line: "Execution on their part, I give them credit. They completed a couple of passes, they popped a run in there, they had a run they popped on the back-side, cut-back and we got to be in position to make those plays and that's what I'm talking about. At the end, I want to win it and that's what I expect."

On if he thought they played hard and well on the defense: "Yeah, I think we did; but, I want more than that. We've got to be able to together as a team come out and win this thing."

On K Jason Hanson short on the field goal: "It might have been, I couldn't tell if it was tipped or not too. It might have been tipped a little bit. At that point, I just felt we were playing defense - we were playing dominate defense at that point - so, I was hoping to back them up again and get a three-and-out and hopefully get another shot at a short field and maybe run in it and win it."

On why the offense struggled so much in getting into the end zone: "I think there were times that we just kind of self-destructed. You know? We beat ourselves. Penalties hurt us and holding, communication things, we just beat ourselves. That's something we just can't do - good football teams don't beat themselves."

On if he felt they didn't maximize on several offensive opportunities: "Yeah, you know we didn't. We had some real good opportunities early and that's something a good football team - which we're going to be - has got to do. They have to do those things well."

On the pass to the back side of RB Shawn Bryson: "I couldn't - some of these things I'll be able to help on Monday a little bit more when I see the film and see it all. Right now, I wouldn't do your question justice; I'll do a better job (Monday) for you."

On the performance of the defensive line: "I thought they played well. I thought they played well."

On having any concerns for DT Shaun Rogers going in: "No I didn't. He had two really great days of practice in pads - he did. I mentioned that to you the other day. I'll be very honest, I've coached some of the best that ever played the position, I think he's as good as any I've ever been around. The guy can take a game over. He played hard from snap to whistle all the way through the game; but, he's just got to maybe one more step, one more thing, one more sack and that's what you have to do. I tried to play it a close game at the end, and tried to put it in the hands of our defense and see if we could win it there."

On if the offense showed what they were 'hiding' in the preseason and if he paid the price for not running everything he wanted to run: "No, you run everything in practice. We were going to run our base offense since last March. Doing the things that we do - or whenever our first minicamp was, but I don't think so. There are no excuses, there's none. What you got to do when you come under pressure in a game, you have to put the pressure on the men to perform. There are no excuses. I'm not going to do that. Plays are called; we got to execute, we have to do what we're supposed to do."

On if he feels it was a bad start to the season: "Bad start - we're 0-1."

On how he feels about taking the field as a head coach for the first time: "Oh I love it - I just love it - I love competing. I thrive on the competition, I thrive on this stuff. To see men wanting to get excited - that's what I'm about. The competition and competing and playing every snap - you just got to win though. The challenge is the winning."

On his impression of the fans: "I think they're great. Great fans, it's a great city, great town. We just have to go do our job and win."

On LB Ernie Sims playing in his first pro game: "It seemed like he was showing up a lot - my eyes were really glued to the front today - I had to be on those guys; but, I felt him, I really felt him in the game. It looked like he was flying."

LIONS QB JON KITNA
On if it was tough to get some things going: "We couldn't string enough good plays together today. It was two steps forward, one step back. But we'll fix it. I'm confident that Coach Martz is going to fix it. He's still learning us and he's going to come back and I'm sure he'll have us better next week."

On if today was a missed opportunity: "No question. There's a missed opportunity every time you lose in this game. Nobody's happy with that and we just didn't make enough plays to get it done."

On if this is something to build on: "We're going to be fine. There are a lot of guys who learned a lot of things about each other out there today. This is Week 1. It's the first step in a 16-week season. All we did was take the pressure off ourselves of having to try and go undefeated."

On his confidence in the offense: "We'll be fine on offense. We will score points. We will hold up our end."

On what the defense did against Seattle: "It's exciting. It's awesome. That defense, I'm glad I'm not playing against them."

On if it's encouraging to have a defense playing well to keep you in games: "Again, our football team's going to be fine. Today we came up on the short end of it and we're going to look at it - the best thing now is that it's on tape - we've got a full game under our belt. It's the first chance we've had to play together. So we're going to look at it and we'll get better. That's what you want to do is get better each week."

On if Seattle's scheme was to take WR Roy Williams away from him: "Roy went up against two good corners today and I don't think they did anything exotic. I've seen teams take people away, and they didn't necessarily do that, but they played good defense on him today. Unfortunately, there were a couple of times that we had a chance to hook up, but we weren't able to get it done."

LIONS RB KEVIN JONES
On getting the ball a lot:
"I'm excited about that. They're trying to get me involved in different ways so I can make plays for this team."

On if it was frustrating to not get into the endzone: "It was very frustrating and I don't think they really stopped us today - we stopped ourselves with penalties and turnovers and things like that. So we've got to go out and focus on next week. It hurts real bad to lose a close one like that because we've been working hard and you try to give your all and our defense kept us in the game a lot. We have to score points on offense."

On how the team is handling the loss: "Everybody's pretty ticked off about it; trying to move on from it already. It hurts; it hurts bad to lose a close one like that - especially against that team. We played strong and we kept them to only nine points, so we have to move on from here."

LIONS DT SHAUN ROGERS
On the solid play of the team today:
"Not to take the place of winning, but I'm proud of our guys. We played the NFC Champs today - they didn't get in the endzone; we blocked two field goals; we kept the pressure on; I don't think Shaun Alexander had one of his best days out there; they probably broke one big run and that was probably their only big play. I was really proud of the way we stepped up and played ball. We've got to fix a few things, there's always room for improvement, but I was more than elated by the way guys played and kept their head in the game."

On how much of a key was it to shut down Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander: "He is a key cog in their offense. Once he gets going, he's going to give a defense a long day. Once we got him kind of contained, we were able to pin our ears back and get after (Matt) Hasselbeck. I feel like we can make a long day for anybody."

On the blocked field goals: "There's a crucial part of the game. A lot of people kind of count that part of the game out of it or overlook it. Those are seven point swings, 10 points if you can pick it up and go all the way. That's something you can't lay off. The first two field goals of the game were blocked and they're 0-3 for a long time. We kept ourselves in the game with a lot of big plays all over the field. I'm just proud of the guys, and most definitely have to thank God for what he allowed us to do today."

On how important it was in the beginning of the Rod Marinelli era to come out and play well: "I feel this is a product of Rod Marinelli and his system so far. It could have got ugly out there; but guys stayed firm and showed great mental toughness. So I give him all the praise for instilling guys and taking us through a couple of trials and tribulations where we were mentally tough enough and physically tough enough to endure. I think this is a testament to what he's brought to our team thus far."

On looking ahead to Week 2 against Chicago: "We're going to look at film and try to find out their weak point, but the issue again is going to be us and if we go out there and play dominant, we'll have a chance."

LIONS DE JAMES HALL
On if the defense changed in the last series: "The last couple of series we switched some guys. Cory (Redding) and I flipped flop sides; we thought that would give us the best chance to rush and we got a lot closer after that. That was one of the adjustments we made."

On how tough this loss is to follow: "It's real tough because these guys, they play hard, they play physical and we just didn't come away with the win. It was hard, but no one is going to walk around with their head down. We have a long season ahead of us. So we'll watch the film, put it behind us and get ready for Chicago."

On if the defense could play much better than they did to today: "That's just fundamental football, no matter how good we played. Prior to the last series the game was in our hands. We have to get the ball back to our offense, that's just how it is."

On what make the team (Lions) so successful in blocking field goals: "It's just something that we take pride in, we always have. It's not an easy thing to do, but it's something that Coach Priefer has continued to pound in, to get done and it's paid off over the years."

LIONS WR ROY WILLIAMS
On wishing they (Lions) would have kicked the field goal in the fourth quarter:
"No, I mean our defense is playing well, so why not put the game back in their hands if their playing well. That shows the signs of the NFC Champions, you know they've been in that situation, they know how to win and we do tooit's tough."

On the offense not producing: "We had some mental errors out there. That's why I say, when you have penalties and bonehead mistakes, that hurts this offense and that's what we had today. Once we get it cleaned up, like I said, I don't think there's anybody that can stop this offense and we proved it today. We just hurt ourselves."

On the offense not being cleaned up: "I don't know what it was today. I thought we ran the ball fairly well. We just couldn't get the big play we were looking for. My hat goes out them (Seattle) as well. They played a heck of a game too, but they shouldn't be able to do what they did to us today."

On this game being a moral victory: "No, no not at all, we're 0-1. We don't accept that but that's where we are. We have to get ready for Chicago, that's even a bigger game next week."

LIONS WR MIKE FURREY
On losing a close game:
"The bottom line in this league is victories and when it's 6-6 with a couple of minutes left in the game it's a tough one to go into the locker room down 9-6 at the end. But you have to give it up to a lot of people that showed up today and played, especially our defense. We'll learn from this. What we saw out there today - there's nothing to be down about. We're a good football team, we just have to execute a little bit more on offense and put things away."

On having a couple of key catches late in the game: "The biggest reason why I wanted to come here to Detroit was to make plays for these guys. You've got these guys, they work so hard, and just to be able to be involved in this group - I expect nothing else from myself but to just go out and have fun and play and do all I can for these guys."

On why the offense had a rhythm early and then fell out of it: "I think the biggest thing that hurt us was that there were a lot of penalties that pushed us back and pinned us deep. There were situations where we were just making mistakes - the littlest mistakes - at the wrong time. Those are the things that we've got to get fixed, and once we get those things fixed then we'll be a solid group."

On the home crowd being behind the team today: "What a great crowd. Every second down or third down and long, they were on their feet and it was packed out. What a great environment for us to be able to play in and what a good game for them to see. Obviously, they want to come out with a 'W' as well as we do, but it was great for them to show up and we expect them to be here in two weeks (vs. Green Bay Sept. 24th)."
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SEAHAWKS HEAD COACH MIKE HOLMGREN
Opening statement:
"It was a dynamic offensive struggle. First of all I'd like to give credit to Rod (Marinelli) and the Lions. I think they played a very inspired, hard fought football game and it's evident that they're going to battle the whole time. We feel good about the win, however. You travel on the road in the NFL, the toughest thing to do is win. I thought our guys hung in there pretty well. I thought it looked a little grim at the end. Neither team was doing a whole lot offensively, or at least getting to the point where you had to kick long field goals. The feeling was that it was going to come down to one of those and fortunately near the end when we finally got the ball back with a couple of minutes to go, (D.J.) Hackett made a nice catch, Mo Morris made a nice run and gave us a chance to kick the long field goal. It's a good feeling to win the first one in any season. If you remember last year, we traveled to Jacksonville and couldn't get it done. We have a lot of work to do and we want to get back home. This is a good win and I told the players: 'enjoy it.'

On the blocked field goals: "They blocked the first two, and it was a different area each time, and we just didn't do a good job up front. To me, it's one of those things where the snap from center where sometimes on your practice field you kind of step through it; you don't really bang around - you don't want anybody getting hurt. We stepped through it and when the game starts it's quite different and we just didn't do a good job up front. I suspect we'll do a much better job the rest of the year because that can't happen. Usually when that happens - we had the other turnover on the fumble - you don't win. You don't win games like that. It's inexcusable and we're going to fix that."

On what he sees a problem with: "I thought they did a heck of a job on defense. They got us changing plays a little bit too much, in my opinion. They went in with the idea of doing a couple of things and I think we probably overdid it and we can fix that as coaches. I think they ran a couple of tackle-in games that were very effective. I think they have pretty good talent, in my opinion, up front. I think Shaun Rogers is a good football player, he didn't play much in the preseason for them, but we know he's a good football player. (James) Hall's a good football player. They've got good football players up front and they took advantage of us. We got a little nicked there for a second. One series was really a bad series and we were kind of 'jimmy-riggin' a couple of things for our protections and it showed. They took advantage of it."

On re-adjusting his offensive line: "Well, Walt (T Walter Jones) got hurt, so Tommy's (T Tom Ashworth) been our swing tackle, but we had talked about if something happened to Walt early - Chop (G Floyd Womack) has more experience, so we would probably move Chop, particularly with Chris Spencer at center and guard. It happened rather quickly, so Tommy went in and then of course we gave up a sack on the next play. Then there was a clock stoppage of some kind that allowed us to do what we talked about perhaps if something had happened to Walt early. So we moved Chop outside for another play and then brought Spencer in. Then they tape up Walter and he went back in the game and we got back to the regular unit."

On the play of his defense: "It's encouraging to me that we can have a defensive effort like this, but I told the team over and over again, year after year, that you might have a game where you win 35-32 or have to win 35-32, then you have a game like today where you're in it 9-6. The idea of being a team is that in any given week, one side has to pick up the other. Then you have the field goal team, after getting a couple blocked, now you have to kick a game winner. Now they got to do it right and they did it right. There are a lot of lessons in this first game for us. Some we can really build upon. I think defensively, the progress has been good and I'm counting them to continue to improve as well this season and I think we do. We have a chance to have a very fine defense."

SEAHAWKS QB MATT HASSELBECK
On what hurts: "Nothing hurts; we won. Nothing hurts at all. I hurt my neck a little bit. I ducked my head - I should know better than that - but I did and those guys can hit. Ribs don't feel so good. Like I said, when you win a game it doesn't hurt nearly as much; so now that the game is over I feel okay."

On feeling the pressure: "I think it was a little bit of a wake up call; I forgot what it was like. This is what it's like sometimes - you go on the road, you play a regular season game against a team that is a very active group on defense, they've got a lot of team speed, they run a lot of games. We knew all that going into it - Tampa Bay style defense; Rod Marinelli head coach, well coached. They brought their 'A-game' and played really well. We played well enough, but not our best football. But I give them credit; we knew this going in that they were going to be tough. We probably didn't know they were going to be this tough, but they're a team on the rise. They're going to be pretty good."

On the big plays by his receivers: "Darrell Jackson's reverse was a huge play; it was dangerous play, but a huge play. (D.J.) Hackett 's catch was a huge play; and Maurice Morris - that was awesome. At the end of that play there were 16 seconds. That play really sealed it for us and our offensive line, those guys were hurting just as bad as everybody else; they were all tired. We made a call at the line of scrimmage to adjust our blocking schemes, so not only do they have to use their strength but they had to use their intelligence. And Mack Strong, all those guys, just a huge play and 'Mo' gave us a burst. He's got that speed burst - he gave it to us - and was smart enough to get out of bounds. Huge play, a game winning play for us."

On watching the last kick: "I was so tired; I'm not sure if I watched it. I had confidence in those guys. I know that we had struggled early on with our field goal unit, but we've got a lot of confidence, we've got a great snapper and a very good kicker and that's what you need to be successful."

On whether WR Darrell Jackson's was supposed to reverse field on that fourth quarter catch: "No he wasn't; he wasn't at all. I'm not really sure of the play, but once he caught it he's not supposed to do that; I know that. He's supposed to get North and South and get down. In fact at one point I think he was running towards me and I tried to tell him, 'No. No. No.' and he didn't listen. It was an amazing play and honestly, it kind of gassed everybody, it gassed their defense a little bit too. It's just one of those plays that's crazy."

SEATTLE K JOSH BROWN
On how the game ended: "It was a great way to finish it, the guys fought hard there. For a moment it looked like it might go the other way, but we were able to get down the field far enough and had the chance to make the field goal."

On his thoughts when the second field goal was blocked: "I'm thinking: 'how is this possible.' We are a very precise team; we have a great group of guys; we had a great practice and we had a really good preseason. I feel like we have great rhythm now. Just for a moment there, we had a small breakdown and they turned it into big mistakes - but we capitalized."

On if there was any seed of doubt kicking the final field goal the game: "No seed of doubt. It's not a matter of if we can do the job; weknow we can do the job. We just have to get off on the ball and get a good hit."

SEATTLE DE GRANT WINSTROM
On if the game went differently than expected today:
"No, coming in with coach Marinelli taking over I knew they were going to play very hard nose competitive defense. With Coach Martz, you knew they were going to be more competitive on offense. We expected a fourth quarter football game and that's exactly what we got."

On the positive of today's win: "Anytime you win on the road its good. Defensively, we only gave up six points which is pretty darn good. Offensively and defensively we have a lot of things we need to work on."

On what Seattle needs to improve on: "Tackling, third downs, giving up the long ball and rushing the passer. There are a lot of things we need to work on."

On the feeling of coming and winning, after losing the last visit to Ford Field: "Honestly, I didn't give a lot of thought to it. It's just another city and another place we need to go play and win a football game." 

SEAHAWKS RB SHAUN ALEXANDER
Opening statement: "This feels just like the beginning of last year, and I said it last year that if our defense plays like this we're going to win a bunch of games and the sky's going to be the limit with a defense like that. And that's what they did. And Detroit - their d-line played great. They controlled the line of scrimmage and it was a great challenge, and we knew it was going to be one. Our defense matched what their defense was doing. It's exciting to be 1-0 and win a game like that, especially early in the season because it sets the tone for, 'hey even if it looks bad, we can still win.'"

On the kicker: "It's Josh Brown. Josh hits 50-yarders in his sleep. He can wake up out of a nap and go hit that. So I was just believing what I always believe is that if the game's on the line, he's going to win it for us."

On taking away what they do on offense: "They did the best job I've seen in a long time of sliding linebackers around, sliding d-linemen around, never letting us be quite comfortable of what we think we see. If you do that in our running game, it can give us problems. Usually what happens is the teams that do that, somebody overplays and are popped for a long run, but they played their game and it worked really well for them."

On the injury to LT Walter Jones: "It's one of those things that they played a good game, and anytime something good happens, Walt goes down. You kind of hold your breath for a second and go, okay he's coming back in. It's just a weird game."

On his fumble: "I'm not even sure if he hit me. It looked like I was running the option and Detroit, the guy was a tailback; I was the quarterback and I was running and I turned in and I thought he was going to get an arm on me and I felt like he missed me and I kind of threw the ball out there. I think it was probably just trying to do too much and that's why it's good because it's the first game of the season."

On getting a win in Detroit after losing in the city for Super Bowl XL: "I would have rather lost this one and won the last one, but it's good to be 1-0 and we're playing the Detroit Lions and not in the Super Bowl and the hype was not there of course. But the first game of the season is always exciting and for us to leave at 1-0 is a good thing."
Courtesy of the Lions