(On CB Aqib Talib saying he is targeting Week 13 for his return and if that is what the team has planned for him)
"That's a vet move right there. (CB) Aqib (Talib) putting a lot of pressure on (Senior Director of Sports Medicine and Performance) Reggie Scott and our training staff. So, we'll see if they're as good as they say they are, then Aqib should be ready to go (laughs). No, he is making great progress. I know he wants to be out there as soon as possible. We would want him to be out there as soon as possible, but we're continuing to take it day-to-day. Certainly, he's a guy that we anticipate using one of those designations on. When that is exactly, I don't know. I love the fact that Aqib wants to get back as soon as possible, but we'll see if Reggie earns his paycheck and he can make that thing happen."
(On if he knows who else they anticipate using the injured reserve designation for return on)
"We haven't decided yet. A lot of that is circumstantial, but when we did put Aqib on IR, he was always somebody that we anticipated using one of those two designations on. And you can never for certain kind of see exactly how it plays out just based on the way that our game is, but he's a guy that we want to be able to do that with. That's kind of the plan as of right now, but things can always adjust."
(On the offense's comeback effort on Sunday and if that was another sign of QB Jared Goff's growth as a quarterback)
"Yeah, I thought he did a great job because in a lot of instances you feel like you've got to kind of make it all up in one play. He just took it one play at a time, made a lot of big-time throws – tight windows. Guys made plays, they protected really well up front. But ultimately, I'm really proud of our team to be able to get back in it, but we always strive to finish games. When we got it back to (tied at) 35 (points), those next two drives were great examples that we can learn from and figure out a way to try to prevent them from getting any points. I thought defense did a good job just holding them to a field goal and then we end up going three-and-out. I've got to put our guys in some better spots, but I think ultimately, for us as a team, we've got to find a way that when you get back into it, then you've got to find a way to finish those types of games as opposed to just making it competitive. That's always our goal as a team, but we use every opportunity, whether you win or lose, as something that you can learn from. Definitely something that I know (QB) Jared (Goff) did an excellent job giving us a chance to get back in it just based on his play."
(On if Goff's 9-yard run against the Saints was a designed play)
"Yeah. That's part of the option. It was a change of the launch point. Are you talking about when he ran for nine (yards) and should've got the first down? I'm just kidding. No, I gave him a tough time on that one, but we got the first down on the next play. But yes, that's part of the option. Any time that you change the launch point, you try to get all your eligibles (receivers). Usually you're only able to get four eligibles out in that route concept because the (running) back is faking hard run action away. So, really, he ends up becoming the fifth with his legs."
(On if he's holding his breath when Goff is exposed to hits like that or if it's just the nature of the game today)
"We want him to be smart, but if you can go get nine yards and get out of bounds without getting hit, that's something that we always want. But, being able to change the launch point so they can't just see that you're going to be static in that same exact spot is something that we try to do. We always talk about marrying the run with the pass. Some of the wide-zone actions that we utilize with our run schemes, that fits really well. There's always a chance. We want him to avoid those. That's designed to throw it, but if they take all those options away based on the way that the defense reacts, then his legs are an option. He's had a handful of instances where he's gotten us positive plays and it's just a way of making the defense defend the whole field."
(On if the increasing tight end usage the past few weeks is organic or if there's anything there that the offense is trying to elevate)
"I think it's a combination of some different teams that we've played and then you just want to continue to utilize all five eligibles. (TE) Tyler (Higbee) and (TE) Gerald (Everett) both have delivered on their opportunities and I think just kind of changing up the way that we do things – whether that's early downs, whether that's situationally driven. But you always want to make sure that you're using all five eligibles, keeping teams – making sure that they have to honor that. A lot of that has more been a result of them kind of earning those targets and Jared doing a great job distributing them the football."
(On if it was slow going for Everett earlier in the year to get back in rhythm)
"I wouldn't say it was slow go for him. It was difficult for us to find a way to get him into it. I think Tyler has done an excellent job and just based on the nature of the way that we were kind of forced to adjust and adapt without Gerald being able to practice and do some different things. But, I think you've seen him earn the right to get on the field, make some plays. Obviously, huge two-point conversion, did a great job on a third-down situation, where they were really playing two-man (coverage). He ended up getting inside and winning on an in-breaking route where Jared found him on third-and-eight. So, he's doing some good stuff, Tyler is making big plays and both of them continue to improve under (Pass Game Coordinator) Shane's (Waldron) leadership."
(On how much the performances of DB Blake Countess and WR JoJo Natson factors into their decision on potentially activating WR Pharoh Cooper from IR)
"(WR) Pharoh (Cooper) is a great player for us, but I think when you do look at the position that Pharoh's done an excellent job being a Pro Bowl player at that, you always want to be smart about how you're utilizing those spots when you do only have those two. We love Pharoh, but it does affect it. That's something that you do take into account in terms of whether or not that means that we would or wouldn't, we haven't made that decision yet, but I think (WR) JoJo (Natson), having done a nice job as punt returner and (DB) Blake (Countess) as a kick returner, definitely does affect the conversation that you have with regards to Pharoh based on his contributions."
(On if playing a division game helps the team forget about what happened against New Orleans and what the team has to do get ready for the Seahawks)
"I think whether you're playing a great division opponent like Seattle or anybody, what you love about football is whether you win or lose, you don't have too long to be able to dwell on that. You've got to be able to, in our situation, learn from it and you move forward and that's what you love. You couldn't wait to get back to work and kind of put it behind you, but make sure you don't avoid some of things that we have to do better collectively as a team moving forward if we're going to achieve the outcomes that we want to be able to consistently get. For us, it's about playing sound in all three phases. This is a great team. Coach (Pete) Carroll has done an excellent job. They've played really good football since we've seen them in the last three weeks – or their three games because they had a bye in between. So, they've got a lot of issues that they do present, but we're looking forward to the challenge. It started off today and guys have done a good job so far."
(On if he likes that they're seeing the Seahawks again so quickly on their schedule or if he'd rather have the second matchup towards the end of the schedule)
"That's a good question. I think whether you like it or not, it's just something that you have to adjust and adapt to. You're going a lot off the inventory that you had going into that game. Then, you've got our game and the three games. Typically, you're utilizing about a four-game breakdown, which is what it ends up being if you count our game as one of those things that you're really looking at. At this point, you're kind of looking at everything. Whether you play them a week later or play them Week 1 and finish up with them Week 17, we've got to get ready for a game. There are some things that just based on the amount of film that you have to study, is not as much because usually you're accustomed to having a bigger break in between when you play division opponents. But, these are things that they're adjusting to as well and we've got to do a great job with it."