HEAD COACH LESLIE FRAZIER
(Thoughts on the game…) “Tough loss for our football team. We did not play well enough. We are not doing good enough of the right things to win, especially on the road against a good football team. We obviously are not playing good football. We have to go back on Monday, take a look at the things were doing and try and figure the things we need to do to right the ship.
We are struggling in a lot of areas. We have got some work ahead of us to get things turned around.”
(How disappointing is it to lost when Adrian Peterson had the start that he did…) “It’s a tough one. Usually when we run as well as we ran the ball today, that’s a good sign for our football team, all the way around. We weren’t able to capitalize on a terrific day by him, a great day. To run the ball as well as he did against the fifth ranked rushing defense in our league and to not come away with more as a team is disappointing.”
(Do you feel like today’s result is a step back…) “I just want to take a look at the tape and get a feel for what created some of the troubles today with our passing team. When you run the ball as well as we did, it opens up a lot of things in the passing game. That didn’t happen today. We have to take a look at it and try and figure out what we have to do to get more production out of our passing game.”
(Does the quarterback situation need to be analyzed…) “No, I think we have to look at the tape of this ball game and figure what we need to do to help our passing game improve. We’ve shown that were not going to win a lot of games if we don’t improve our passing game. We’re doing a great job of running the football, we need some balance. We as coaches need to figure out what we need to do to create that balance. I don’t think that Christian (Ponder) is the problem. We also have to look at what people are doing against us.”
(Did Seattle take your team out of it’s game plan…) “Going into the game, we thought we had a good idea of things we thought we could execute well in the passing game. We thought that we would be able to run the ball. We thought we had a good plan for the passing game. They (Seattle) obviously did some things to affect our pass offense. We have to figure out how to adjust and get better.”
(What was Percy Harvin saying to you when he was very animated on the sidelines…) “Just like the rest of our team. He wants to win. He was frustrated, as we all were at that moment. He is a competitor. We’re all frustrated, we’re all trying to come away with touchdowns, instead of field goals.”
(Thoughts on Russell Wilson…)”We talked about that during the week, being able to try and contain him. That’s what happens when he scrambles, he is able to make some plays. He made some plays today when he scrambled out of the pocket.”
QB CHRISTIAN PONDER
(opening…) Obviously, a disappointing loss for us. It was a team loss, especially on offense. We have to keep getting better. It’s tough when Adrian runs for 182 yards and we throw the ball for 40-something yards. We have to piggy off those when Adrian has a great game. It was disappointing that we didn’t play to our best. Obviously, there are a lot of things that we need to get better at. The good thing is that we have another game in seven days, so we’re going to move past it, we’re going to learn from it, keep moving past it and we have a lot of work to do this week. Hats off to Seattle’s defense and Seattle’s whole team; they played well, they played better than us today.
(On concerns around the offense… ) We know that we have to get better. It’s all fixable. We’re going to see that on film, that it’s all fixable, we just have to do it.
(On whether Seattle played them especially well…) You have to give credit to them. It was stuff that we see on film that we have to fix.
(On whether the offense is getting one dimensional…) In the past couple of games, it’s been one dimensional. We’ve seen what the passing game can do in the early season, we just have to get back to that. We’re good at throwing the ball, we’ve got good receivers, we have good blocking up front, I just have to keep doing a better job of getting the ball in their hands. This team isn’t one dimensional, this offense isn’t one dimensional, we’ve shown that the past couple of games. We can throw the ball, we’re going to figure it out, and we’re going to win in the end.
(On the Seattle defensive backs…) They’re covering the ball well, they cover receivers well. It’s my job to find the open guy, and I just have to keep doing it.
(On handling the Seattle pass pressure…) They started to bringing what we call wraps, which creates two linebackers to one side, they started doing that, especially late in the first half.
(On his own play…) I know that I have to get better. I have to play better. I’m always going to put pressure on myself. In the past couple of years, I’ve learned to not put too much pressure on myself; I can’t do it all. But, I do know that there are things that I can get better at, and those are things that I’m going to work on.
(On frustration setting in…) I think we’re all frustrated in the passing game, and we know that it can get better. We have great leadership on this team, and Percy’s one of our great leaders, and we’re not going to let it become a problem. We know that we have to fix it, and we’re going to use it as motivation. When we throw for 44 yards, we are going to be disappointed in it, and we know we’re better than that.
RB ADRIAN PETERSON
(On if the loss especially hurts after the offense started quickly…) Yeah, it definitely hurts to come out here and play as hard as we did and not leave Seattle without a win. It’s going to be tough for us; a long flight back.
(On if he was able to get his own rhythm going…) That’s something we always talk about, coming out and establishing the running game. The offensive line did a great job. We’ve just got to create more big plays offensively as a unit. We’ll try to bounce back from this, watch some tape and see how we can improve.
(On if he’s surprised to not win despite his rushing for big yardage…) It’s a problem, man, but we’ve got to have more big plays. There’s one I wish I could have back. I slipped in the backfield; I definitely could have went the distance. That’s something I think about with this loss. We had other opportunities, too, in the pass game that we weren’t able to execute. When you’re playing a good defense, especially away, you’ve got to be able to make those big plays.
(On his 74-yard run early…) The outside opened up and I had one guy to beat. I was just able to get a good stiffarm, stay balanced and take it almost to the house. I was lucky; someone jumped on my back real quick, I want to say around the 20-yard-line, I was running straight up. Fortunately we were able to punch it in.
(On if he was surprised he was caught…) Yeah, somewhat, but I know why, so I don’t feel as bad. Plus we scored, so that’s always a plus. We didn’t leave with three, so job done. Touchdown.
(On if he wants to declare himself 100% back from injury…) Not just yet. But I’m feeling good. My body’s getting stronger. I’ll let you guys know for sure.
(On his level of frustration with being unable to balance the offense by passing more…) It’s a little frustrating. You justd see what you can do and see how you can improve and go from there. That’s going to be our focus point; establish the run and try to be more productive in the pass game. It’s obvious we didn’t have a big game passing. But we’ll work on it.
(On if he’s discouraged…) I’m not discouraged at all. I’ve got a lot of confidence in the guys that I’m surrounded (by), and the coaches, so not at all. This is a hump we need to get over and I feel we will.
(On if he wanted the ball more in the second half…) I always want the ball more. That’s just my mentality. I go out and do my job and not worry about what the play call is. That’s all I can do.
(On what Earl Thomas said to him after a gain…) I was surprised. I got up, and he was celebrating like he had just won the lottery or something. I was shocked. I was just looking at him like, what are you celebrating for? Maybe because you made the tackle and got me down? That was funny. But he’s a good guy, though.
(On the team passing for just 44 yards…) Yeah, that’s tough. Forty-four yards; it’s hard to win like that, and we still could have. That’s the scary thing. So once we get that corrected. I’ve got a lot of faith in Christian. He’s going to continue to improve and get out of this little funk he’s in and get back to playing some good ball, because he’s got it in him.
(On his impressions of Marshawn Lynch…) Physical. His physical style. There were a couple of times I said to myself, “Nice move, nice cut or whatever.” He does a great job of being physical, and that’s what I’m all about, so he has my utmost respect.
(On what he thinks is wrong with the passing game…) I don’t know. We’ll have to watch the film to see. Is there no one open? I can’t tell you that. I don’t have the answer.
(On if the Seattle defense talks more than other defenses…) Kind of normal. I didn’t get too much talk coming my direction. But you could see some guys yapping a little bit. But when you hit them in the mouth and get them tired, they don’t say those words. They need the energy. But it was a good, physical game. Unfortunately, those guys came up with the win.
WR PERCY HARVIN
(On the injury he suffered…) It was hurting pretty bad. It went down a little bit, but it was pretty sore right now. We’ll see, I’m fine.
(On his frustration with the passing offense… ) We have to be better. 44 yards, that won’t cut it. We have to go back to the drawing board and see what is going on, and see what’s going on, and see what we did wrong, and try to correct it, then come back against Detroit.
(On what he said to the coach after the field goal…) I just want to score points. It’s frustrating not scoring, so it’s a little frustration.
(On what he was pushing for…) I’m not going to talk about what the coach and I discussed. We had a conversation in the heat of the moment, trying to get things right. That’s all it was.
(On why the team isn’t more productive right now…) I don’t know. We have to go back and look at film and see what went wrong and try to go from there.
(On getting the timing back down, and being more precise on routes…) We didn’t have a good showing today in the passing game. We have to get that together to compliment our running game. So we’ll go back on Monday and look at the film, and get that corrected.
(On whether teams can attack the Vikings as a one-dimensional, running offense…) We are kind of one dimensional right now. Adrian is running the ball incredibly, the line is blocking for him real good. So, we just have to dial up better pass plays; we have to watch that film and see exactly what went wrong out there and try to get it corrected.
(On whether his ankle got rolled up on…) It got rolled up, yeah.
(On his ankle and his hamstring…) We’ll do further evaluations on Monday. Right now it is just sore, so we’ll see.
(On whether there could be some schematic changes on offense…) I’m not the coach; I’m just going to do what they ask me to do. Whatever they call us to do, we are just trying to do it at a high level. Today, we weren’t productive, so Monday we have to come back and try to be better Sunday.
(On going back to the productivity you had earlier in the season…) I hope so. When you have the running game going like that, and if we can get that passing game to where it was at, we’ll be better. Teams are starting to go low in the box, try to slow 2-8 down all night, when he’s got the form on. We have to get back to work and get it corrected.
LB CHAD GREENWAY
(On the outcome…) We didn’t come all the way out here to lose, that’s for sure. We’re frustrated, and we know our fans are. We’ve got to keep playing, keep grinding it out together. That’s all we can do.
(On what has him most frustrated…) Nothing specific. I just want to get off the field and get the win. It’s as simple as that. Nothing particular.
(On if the defense wore down…) I don’t think it’s anything about wearing down. They got some plays. They’re good players. They had a good scheme. They’re going to get some plays, and we just didn’t play well enough.
(On if the defense was put in compromised positions…) I’m not going to get into any of that. It’s a team. It’s all band of brothers. We’ve got to get off the field in third-down situations and put the offense in better spots.
(On the offside calls…) It’s just mental errors. It’s just stuff we’ve got to get right. We’re not going to point fingers. We’re going to stick together. We’re 5-4. The end of the world is not coming. We’ve just got to keep playing ball. There’s a lot of season left. There’s no reason we can’t win all of them when we prepare the way we do. The sky is not falling. Let’s just keep playing ball.
DE BRIAN ROBISON
(On what bothers him most about the outcome…) Really what bothers me is penalities, espeically for myself on the one I had. I can’t really point my finger at it right now because I haven’t looked at film or anything. But it looked like we had a lot of missed tackles.
(On defending Seattle…) Any time a team can run the ball on you it makes it hard on you because it opens up the play-action passing game and it really keeps you guessing what they’re doing because their playbook is wide open. At least when you stop the run or are able to stop the pass, you can make the offense a little bit more one-dimensional, and unfortunately today we couldn’t do that.
DE JARED ALLEN
(On the Seahawks being able to fit it together with Wilson and the run game…) “Yes obviously he does a good job of managing the ball. He doesn’t turn the ball over, he can get out of the pocket and he can make every throw downfield. Good for them but that isn’t what beat us. We gave up 200 yards rushing.”
(On the Vikings priding themselves on stopping the run and how that has seemed to change over the last several games…) “I still pride myself on being able to stop the run. I know there is a core group of guys who still remember the day when teams had to use four different backs to try to get 100 yards on us. I don’t know what it is. We will watch the film, last week guy were out of their gaps. First half I think we held them to 40 yards rushing and we were attacking them well. We had a turnover and a trick play worked and we find ourselves down by three. But we came out in the second half and five yards here and six yards there. We have to figure it out and we have to figure it out fast. It is too late in the season to be getting drummed like this. Especially when you rush for 200 plus yards, you expect to be blowing a team out. Adrian (Peterson) is a beast. Adrian (Peterson) was amazing today. He should get tomorrow off and we should all go to work. It is just embarrassing, two weeks in a row and it is absolutely embarrassing. I apologize to our fans; we have to get this thing fixed.”
(On how frustrating this loss is after having such a strong start to the season…) “Frustrating is an understatement. It’s annoying…I don’t know it’s embarrassing honestly. To have the capability to play a certain way and to get smoked in your own house then come back and get smoked again, guy’s mindsets have to change. From top to bottom, from coaches down to the quality control guys its time to get this thing rolling and get back to what we were doing well. Guys have to take serious look in the mirror and figure out if this is what they want to do. I think sometimes guys forget this isn’t like college where you are guaranteed a four-year scholarship. You never know when your last game is going to be and you never know how long you have. We were sitting at 5-3, now 5-4 and to have a winning record after the halfway point that is rare. You have to take advantage of that and win games you are supposed to win. We have to put it together and just try to stack them up.”
(On if he is talking philosophically or if he is singling anyone out…) “No I am just talking in general. In generalities is what I am. I would never question one guy’s effort. Ever. That is just not what you do. You step on that field I truly believe that guys are giving all they have. If they are doing it right. That I can’t say. We are going watch film and we are never going to be perfect but you have to correct the mistakes. You can’t do the same things week in and week out. We can’t give up 200 yards rushing another week in a row. We have a division game coming up and we have to forget this and move on and we have to get ready to play Detroit at home.”