“I think they’re a championship club right now. They’re playing like it. They have to finish it too.” – Pete Carroll on the Philadelphia Eagles
“To have that level and depth of communication that we developed over the years working together, that’s really an extraordinary characteristic to have on your team.” – Carroll on the Legion of Boom
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 3, 2017 – Tonight’s Week 13 edition of NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched weekly studio show in sports, will feature Mike Tirico’s interview with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. Football Night will also include highlights, analysis, and reaction to earlier Week 13 games ahead of Eagles-Seahawks tonight on Sunday Night Football.
Football Night airs each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. Mike Tirico will host Sunday’s program live from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., joined on site by the Sunday Night Football team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya.
Dan Patrick hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1, joined by Hall of Famer Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and NFL Insider Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk. Paul Burmeister will report from Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., on Panthers-Saints.
INTERVIEWS: Below are excerpts from Tirico’s interview with Carroll. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night in America.”
MIKE TIRICO WITH PETE CARROLL
Carroll on missing key members of Legion of Boom: “It’s not as big a distraction. We wish we had those guys. To have that level and depth of communication that we developed over the years working together, that’s really an extraordinary characteristic to have on your team. You can’t recapture that for a while. It takes a while to get that done. Fortunately, they’ve kind of set in motion a style and a way to play and a way to approach the game that they’ve also spread to the younger guys, the guys who are coming up now. So we still feel similar, but it’s not the same.”
Carroll on Russell Wilson’s play this season: “It is what it is. We’re going to keep riding it. We’re always looking to improve. We’re always looking to find better ways to do things but right now that’s kind of what the ball game is.”
Carroll on Wilson’s scramble and pass to WR Doug Baldwin against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10: “I started to get excited because I know something good is going to happen out of that now. He’s created so much magic out of that stuff. When Doug (Baldwin) took off, he just looked like he was shot out of a cannon. Then to see the result, him flying down the sideline, that was a remarkable play.”
Carroll on what he sees in the Philadelphia Eagles: “I think they’re a championship club right now. They’re playing like it. They’ve got to finish it too now, everyone has to finish it. We’ll see how they do. They look to have all the magic happening. The quarterback is getting it done, the head coach is getting it done, and the defense is getting it done. They’re doing a lot of great things. It’s a great challenge for us.”
Tirico: “Does it remind you of a Seattle team?”
Carroll: “I would like to think so. These guys are playing great ball and they’re on it. Like I said, you have to finish.”
–FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA–