Transcript of Richard Sherman’s Monday media session

CORNERBACK RICHARD SHERMAN

 

(on the team’s fan support this morning leaving Seattle) “It was great. It’s outstanding. Our fans are always phenomenal.”

(on this week’s distractions) “Our team is a very focused team. We’re not an easily distracted team. We know what we’re here for, so it should be a good week for us.”

(on his elbow) “It’s getting better. I had a good week of practice so it should be good.”

(on if he was able to stretch his elbow out) “I’ve been able to move it a lot better than I did earlier.”

(on New England tight end Rob Gronkowski) “I think he’s a good player. Obviously he does well in their offense.”

(on Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane’s comments on Gronkowski) “(Lane is) entitled to his own opinion, but I think (Gronkowski) is pretty great.”

(on what Seattle can learn from the experience of playing New England in 2012) “They’re still running the same plays. There are some tricks here and there, but they run the same offense. You can take a few things. They were a lot younger then. I think they’re more polished.”

(on the differences he can see in himself since 2012) “I have three more All-Pros.”

(on the historical significance of attempting to repeat a Super Bowl win) “I don’t think much of the historical significance of that. We’re just out here trying to win a ball game. Our focus is on that. Our focus is on playing good football. The rest of it will fall in place.

(on how he felt regarding the recent controversy in New England) “It was indifferent. It doesn’t really affect us at all. It wasn’t like we cared either way, honestly. It didn’t really affect us either way.”

(on not having the intense media coverage that they normally would due to the New England controversy) “It’s all the same. No matter what. Pressure is something that is created by the media. I don’t they feel much pressure, and neither do we, about the situation. There’s no imminent threat of anything happening. There’s no pressure there. Probably a little annoying about being asked the same questions over and over, but that’s not something that anybody isn’t used to.”

 (on if the recent controversy has made New England into a ‘villian’) “No. I think they’re still looked at the same way they are always looked at. It’s not like one little thing. I think their fans are still saying, ‘Let’s move on.’ That’s nothing, just like everybody else. That’s not made them the villains. I guess the league comes out and hands out punishments and confirm wrongdoings. Then, I think you have a little bit of that.”

(on how his game measures up against New England cornerback Darrelle Revis) “I don’t measure my game to anybody’s. I don’t have a great answer to that question. I think my game measures up pretty well to myself.”

(on his relationship with former teammate and current New England cornerback Brandon Browner) “We have conversations. He’s still a great friend of mine. We wish him nothing but the best.”

(on Seattle’s wide receivers) “Our receivers are outstanding. They’re outstanding. They do a great job of doing what they’re asked to do. The majority of that time it’s blocking. When the game is on the line and it’s happened on a few occasions throughout these playoffs and playoffs last year – they step up to the challenge. Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse make big plays for us. Our tight ends – Luke Wilson, Tony Moeaki, Cooper Helfet – have made big-time plays for us. I think they are good as we need them to be. If they were in a pass-happy offense, their numbers would swell just like everybody else’s. But they’re not in a pass-happy offense. They’re in an offense with Marshawn Lynch as a focal point and Russell Wilson and our running game. They do a great job with what they’re asked to do.”

(on not being able to participate in the Pro Bowl) “That would insinuate that I’m disappointed that I’m in the Super Bowl, so, no, I’m perfectly fine with being in the Super Bowl. The one thing I’m disappointed in is that they won’t give us our gifts from the Pro Bowl, which is kind of dumb. The NFL is the only league that punishes the players that make the all-star game.”

(on the perception of New England being close to the line in following the rules) “I think perception is reality. It is what it is. Their resume speaks for itself. You talk about getting close to the line, this and that. I don’t really have a comment about that. Their past is what their past is. Their present is what their present is. Will they be punished? Probably not. Not as long Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell are still taking pictures at their respective homes. (Goodell) was just at Kraft’s house last week before the AFC Championship. Talk about conflict of interest. As long as that happens, it won’t affect them at all.”

(on facing New England quarterback Tom Brady) “We just faced Aaron (Rodgers). We face great quarterback every year. We faced Peyton (Manning) last year. You have a great feel and respect for what they’ve been doing in this game and their longevity.”

(on New England’s receivers and how Seattle matches up against them) “I think we match up fine. I think they’re similar to our receivers in that they’re underrated, they don’t get a lot of the spotlight. But they do a great job. Julian Edelman has had a fantastic year. They do great with what they’re always asked to do. They’re not always asked to have huge games and to have a huge effect on the game, but they work hard, they run their routes precisely and when they’re asked to make big plays, they make them.”

(on how well cornerback Byron Maxwell has played since being thrown in late last season) “Maxwell has been phenomenal for the past two years that he’s been allowed to play. He stepped in and we had a seamless transition. He made big play after big play whether it was an interception or tipped balls, or the play in the Super Bowl where he had a big-time punch out (fumble) on Demaryius (Thomas). I think every year he just finds a new way to develop his game and take it to a new level. I think he’s a tremendous asset to the defense.”

(on where the edge continues to come from in regard to Russell Wilson and the rest of the team) “Well, the motivation for a lot of us is a chip on our shoulder. Obviously, he was drafted in the third round, it’s repeated. But no matter how much you get paid, no matter how many career goals, how many accolades you get you never forget that disrespect that you had to deal with. He was a third rounder, thought he should have been a first rounder and peoples’ slights on him were physical traits that he couldn’t do anything about. It wasn’t his ability on the football field, it was he’s too short. Obviously, he’s tall enough to make the Super Bowl twice, you know? There’s 6-5 quarterbacks that are at home right now. I think that’s the biggest motivation for a lot of our players, the slights.”

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Transcript of Michael Bennett’s Sunday media session in Arizona

Here’s the transcript of Michael Bennett’s media session on Sunday in Arizona. Bennett was rocking the cowboy look in his press conference.

(on how the experience has gone so far compared to last year) “It’s all the same. With the media and everything going on, it’s always just everybody talking. I’m ready to just play the game honestly. I wish we could just line up and today could be the game instead of waiting for another week.”

(on last week’s practice week) “I think we had a great week of practice. Obviously, we’re trying to get guys healthy, giving some of the veterans (the ) day off because that’s the most important thing – having (Seahawks running back) Marshawn (Lynch) rush the way he can and just getting out there and understanding what type of offense they have and what type of defense they have and the coaching staff that they have over there.”

(on the support of the Seattle fans at the airport and at the team hotel and what that it means to the team) “It’s really good to see all those fans come out like that, but we’re used to that. It was like instead of having the game in the stadium it was in the street today. It was over 60,000 people, maybe even more, all over the place. Kids were throwing Skittles at the bus. They had all kind of stuff going on.”

(on if he’s finding that the team is handling this experience better the second time around) “Yeah, I think so. With the leadership that we have and all the young guys just see how we handle it. We’re not letting it get too big and just understanding that it’s ultimately just about the game, not too much about hype around it, what hotel we’re staying in, when the family gets in. You’ve just got to let your wife deal with it or whoever you’ve got dealing with it and just come out here and play the game.”

(on if he has to worry about distractions around the game) “No, I’m not worried about distractions. I told my wife I can be a husband next Monday and a father too. This is the most important thing this week is everybody just worried about the game more than anything else like I said. Everything else is for the guys that aren’t playing in the games – the guys that went to the Pro Bowl, the guys that lost in the first round, some lost in the NFC Championship. They get to enjoy the festivities and stuff.”

(on how much the team is riding the wave from last week’s win against Green Bay) “I think after we won that’s pretty much it. You really can’t dwell on the last game, especially when you go into a Super Bowl and you play against an AFC opponent that you haven’t played in a couple years. You really can’t worry about what happened last week. You just move forward and just get ready for this game.”

(on how much the team took from its last game against the Patriots in 2012) “I don’t think we’re really worried about that game. 2012 was a whole other team. They had a whole different team out there. We had a whole bunch of different players, and both teams are made up differently now. The only thing we can take from that is that we played them before and the only thing that’s the same in that is (Patriots defensive tackle) Vince Wilfork and (Patriots quarterback Tom) Brady playing at the same level they’ve been playing at.”

(on how much game planning the team did this week and Seattle head coach saying that they were just polishing) “I think sometimes you don’t want to overdo it. You don’t want to have guys over-thinking out there. You want to watch it and understand what’s going on, but you don’t want to get to the point where you have guys thinking they know what’s going on. When you have two weeks to prepare, they can do whatever they want. You’ve just got to be ready to play the way you’re capable of playing.”

(on if the team went out at all in New York at last year’s Super Bowl) “No, just one night. Other than that we just stayed in and rested the whole week. We understood that you have all offseason to party and do all those things. You can go to Vegas anytime you want if you win a Super Bowl, and you probably can go for free.”

(on the biggest challenge that New England’s offense provides) “I think it’s the up-tempo offense. (Patriots running back) LeGarrette Blount, I played with him for three years in Tampa. He’s an awesome back. (Patriots tight end) Robert (Gronkowski) is a great tight end. Thomas (Brady) is a great quarterback. It’s one of those things where they have a great team, and we have to be ready for the weapons that they have.”

 

(on if playing in Phoenix every year gives the Seahawks an advantage in the Super Bowl) “No, because you play down here every year, but it’s a different team you’re playing. We’re playing the Cardinals, which they don’t have a quarterback. We’re playing New England, which has a great quarterback. It’s one of those things where it’s different.”

 

(on how he feels about this season after being signed to a new contract and how different this year is from last season) “It’s always the same for me. The money situation is always going to take care of itself as long as you’re capable of playing the way that you think you can play. For me, I just love playing the game and just going out there. This is only time you can hit people and curse and kick people, and it’s legal.”

 

(on what it was like for Seattle to see what New England went through last week) “I think it’s all propaganda, just to get a chance to build the game up. It’s all inflating the game right now. It’s like just to make it even more worth it than what it’s really about. It’s really just about us, two great teams, playing. I think a lot of people are shying away from that aspect of it. They have the Patriots, who are arguably one of the best teams of this decade, and we’re starting to try to catch up to where they’re at and what they’ve done in the last 10 years. (New England Head Coach) Bill Belichick is one of the best coaches of all time. I think people are forgetting that. The coaches going and the players playing, it’s too much about the balls. Hopefully, everybody starts to talk about the game again.”

 

(on how good Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas are capable being this week with their injuries) “I think at this point in the season when guys…Injuries don’t really matter right now because when you play through this type of injury in this type of game, we have all offseason to heal, get in the cold tub and do fancy things. Right now, you could just go out there and just play as hard as you can and worry about what happens after.”

 

(on the challenges of playing against Gronkowski and if there’s another player that looks like him on the field) “Yeah, my brother (Chicago tight end Martellus Bennett). I think Gronkowksi’s the second-best tight end. My brother’s first, obviously. He faces the challenges of being 6-7-plus. His body’s pretty good. He’s a good blocker. I think he does great. I think his run-after-catch is second to none. I think he has great hands. He’s just a great player, honestly.”

 

(on if everything New England went through last week will help New England focus for the game) “No, I don’t think we ever talked about that. I think we just know that with the kind of coach that they have and the kind of players that they have and the leadership that they have, I doubt that they’re worried about it. I think you’re more worried about the balls than they are.”

 

(on what the focus will be this week as opposed to the other things going on around the game) “Like I said, it’s just like a big fight. The NFL, they’ve got all their things going on trying to get the viewer ratings up for people to watch the game. For us, it’s just about the game. Last year, you thought it was going to feel different because you’re in the Super Bowl, but honestly it was just like a preseason game. The fans were the same. The game was playing, and it ultimately comes down to just playing football.”

 

(on if that was the mindset of the team coming into this week) “I think that’s always the mindset – try not to make any game bigger than this game. You hear a lot of teams saying this is the next game. This is a championship game, but in this organization, every game is a championship game. We’ve been in this situation 18 times already.”

(on if he feels good that Seattle is not facing the distraction that New England is) “I think they’re not worried about the distraction. I hear Bill say he’s more worried about the task at hand and I heard Thomas say that they’re not worried about that and (New England owner) Robert (Kraft) said the same thing. I think it’s one of those things where they’re not too much worried about it. I think the media’s more worried about it than he is.”

 

(on how close he was last year to not coming back to Seattle after the season) “It was really hard. My brother plays for the Bears and there were a lot of teams that came, but the only teams I took really serious were the Bears and the Seahawks. My brother playing for the Bears played a big focus to me almost going there, but ultimately I came back. ‘Sherm’ (Sherman) called me a lot. The rest of the guys called me, and they said that I was one of the key players of the defense. That made me want to come back.”

 

-SB XLIX-

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Transcript of Pete Carroll’s Sunday press conference in Arizona

Here’s the full transcript of Pete Carroll’s Sunday press conference in Arizona. He was asked about the Patriots and his relationship with Robert Kraft, Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown celebrations and media stuff, the health of his secondary, messages to fans and other stuff.

(on if he thinks the controversy surrounding the Patriots will make them a more motivated team that may be harder to beat) “I think it’s common when you feel like you’re under attack that it draws you closer. I think that’s pretty common. I would expect those guys, they’ve been around a long time, and I would think that they would rally together like you would expect.”

(on if he can empathize with what the Patriots are going through given what happened around Richard Sherman’s postgame interview last year) “Well, I don’t think that has anything to do with it. But, yeah, we understand that they’re dealing with a distraction that they don’t want, but I’m sure that they’re doing it really well and they’re handling it in the best way possible and that’s all you can do right now.”

(on there being a third-round and a sixth-round NFL Draft quarterback in the Super Bowl) “I think it’s just a great statement about how competitive the league is and just because guys come in heralded doesn’t mean that’s a forever statement. I think it’s an opportunity for guys in our league, and our team in particular, to compete to show who they are and what they are, regardless of how they arrived. We’ve been real proud of that format and Russell (Wilson) is a great statement about that as well as Tom (Brady).”

(on Seahawks CB Richard Sherman and FS Earl Thomas’ current status) “Richard practiced in all the practices, and he looks to be fine. He still has an elbow to take care of, but he’s practiced well. Earl practiced yesterday, the day before and got the last day of practice in and looked fine. Both those guys are scheduled to play and should be ok. They have to deal with their issues, but they’ll be playing in the football game.”

(on winning two NCAA championships and possibly two Super Bowls) “There are a lot of similarities. It’s really difficult to get there the first time and then if you’ve done it like you like to, you kind of pave the way for the next time. The kind of issues, the distractions, the conversations, kind of the dialogue, is very similar in coming back around. As far as coming back and to compare how it feels and all that stuff, I’m thrilled about the opportunity. This is very difficult to get to this position and of course we want to make the very most of it, but we had been planning to do this for some time in hopes that we could. We’re trying to take it in stride, so we can do it well and handle it well. We’ll find out how the game turns out, but to this point, to rally like our team did during the early part of the year and then hang on and in the middle of the year kind of take off, I think it’s a real statement that we had a bunch of guys that were determined to get this done and they made the adjustments that we needed to make to stay on track so that we could put together a season that would put us in this position. So, we’re real excited about that and thrilled to be in the middle of all that.”

(on his relationship with Defensive Back/Cornerbacks Coach Kris Richard and how instrumental he has been in the development of the secondary) “Kris, we go way back to his playing days at USC, as well as here. Kris has done an extraordinary job. He’s an excellent secondary coach. Everything you can look at to evaluate that jumps out at you, the way these guys have achieved, the camaraderie that they have, the high level of play that they’ve maintained for a long time, the stats and all that kind of stuff. Kris does a fantastic job. He’s a real product of our system. He’s obviously a guy that we raised up in the system and we’re proud of the job that he does. He has gone beyond maybe what normal expectations for such a young career for him. We rely on him heavily. He’s done a fantastic job for us.”

(on him calling Robert Kraft after the Patriots AFC Championship win and their relationship) “It’s been ongoing. We’ve had an ongoing relationship. I think, I wouldn’t say the first couple weeks were real heated up and fun and all that, but Robert has been very gracious throughout the time. I’ve tried to return that to him. I think we’ve remained in a good relationship and it’s been very consistent. Whenever we bump into each other, whenever there is a time for us to cross paths, we always check in and that’s just been the way that it has been. So, in calling him, it was just a matter of just checking in with him and saying, ‘Hey, didn’t know if we would bump into each other here but I wanted to make sure to say hello and all that.’ So, it’s been fine.

(on what he thinks the most important things are to manage in the first 24 to 48 hours once the team arrives) “I think this is a challenge. I told the guys today this is a challenge to maintain the humility that is necessary. There’s so much pomp and circumstance and following and praise and everybody is patting you on the back and all that kind of stuff. We just need to stay balanced and stay in the middle and make sure that we don’t sway from where we normally are and hold on to the mentality and the focus that helps us get to these kinds of situations. I think that’s the big deal. We’ve been through the playoffs and the matchups and those kinds of things and that kind of conversation, but it’s more about how this whole media thing elevates the focus and the attention. We want to do it really well and handle it really well and make sure that we’re ready and capable of playing like we’re capable come game time.”

(on if it is full circle to be in the Super Bowl coaching against the Patriots and what he learned from his time in New England that has helped him win a Super Bowl and play in a second one) “Well, I don’t think I have that answer for you. What we’ve tried to do is maintain consistency and maintained an approach with an uncommon consistency that the players can relate to and continue to make sense of, regardless of what the options of the games are, the matchups or the distractions of these kinds of opportunities. What we did in college is very similar. I haven’t changed the approach at all. The dialogue is the same. The expectations and the standards are basically the same. I think that’s comforting to the players and they feel like they’re worthy of this opportunity and they can play like they’re capable and it’s not too big for them. I think that mentality is really important so that you can sustain consistency in the playoff kind of atmosphere and season-ending situations and all. I don’t know if that’s what you’re thinking, but it’s been a very consistent approach and these guys have embraced it and they’ve taken to the approach and the philosophy and they’ve been able to carry out and meet up to the expectations that we’ve set out for them.”

(on the expectations for Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch this week in regards to the media and touchdown celebrations) “First off, let’s not miss that he is a very unique individual and he has a way that we have embraced, that we understand Marshawn and we support him every way that we can. But, he is a very unique guy and he’s got his own way of looking at things and he’s also a very private person too. That’s why the media thing is as it is. It’s not something that he is going to express a whole lot to you. I’ve said this before, at this time, that there’s a great deal spoken in his silence as well. I haven’t talked to him about the thing that just came up from the league and the things about the game and all that yet, but that will be addressed and I expect him to have a great Super Bowl week. I think he’s going to have a great time doing this and playing in this game come game day. It’s something that he really cherishes and he cherishes playing for his teammates and we love him in the program. But, he is unique and we’ve always celebrated the uniqueness of our players in the way that allows them to play at their best. That’s what it’s designed to do and so to have the same expectations for every single person is to miss it, and so we don’t.”

(on if the team has come down from the emotional ending to the NFC Championship game) “I hope they haven’t. If you remember a year ago, we had a fairly rousing game against the San Francisco 49ers to finish off last year and everything worked out just fine. We have a way of dealing with the ups and downs and a way that we approach it that I’m hopeful we’ve put it into place already where it should be. Between that game and the next two weeks, I don’t think that there’s going to be any factor at all that you might be addressing that maybe we’re going to be worn down from it or something. That’s not going to be the case at all. This was a tremendous game that we came off of. We had a blast in that game and really there is not enough time to enjoy it, really to tell you the truth. So, we move on and get to our business. I think we’ll be fine. I don’t expect any problems.”

(on if Russell Wilson is as elite of a mental athlete as he is a physical athlete) “Oh, I think he is. I think he’s very, very special. I’m glad you pointed it out. I don’t know how he could play at the level that he plays at and have the expectations and be able to live up to those expectations in the most challenging of times without a tremendous mind. He’s got a tremendous competitive mindset and he knows how it stems from the confidence that he feels based on the preparation that he puts in. And so he builds towards each game to the point where he trusts what’s going on to get him to that point, knowing that he’s ready for whatever comes up. And you saw a tremendous illustration of that. That’s exactly what he was conveying in the moment. I don’t think you could hope an athlete at this level could have a more clear mindset of what it takes to come through and get it done more so than what Russell has. I’m glad you pointed that out.”

(on if he has a message for fans expressing that the integrity of the game and those who play it is still intact) “Yeah, I think that the league has a certain standard and expectation to live up to. We have so many people that follow us and expect messaging from us, expect leadership from us in a way that we all are held accountable for it in a very good, positive way. But it also illustrates that we’re human and that we fall prey to the same thing that people do in normal life, and what we have to do is recover from those occurrences and come back and do the right thing, and make sure that we come to the clarity that it takes to make the right choices and move ahead in a really positive direction, like everybody does. I think we’ve watched this whole season with the league and you’ve seen so many things happen, just as it’s happening in our culture as well. We’re learning so much and we’re thrust into the situation to make clear decisions and choices as we move forward. I think that’s what everybody should expect. Nobody is going to do it perfectly. Nobody is going to do it just right. But that when you are faced with an issue that you need to fix or adjust, that you do the right thing and we can. I think from the Commissioner right on down, everybody’s realizing that more so than ever. We’re proud to have the accountability on our shoulders, but also with that we have to make the right decisions and do the right things. Hopefully, we’re doing that and we can be a symbol in that regard for everyone that’s paying attention.”

(on if he has thought about the company he would join by winning two Super Bowls in a row) “Not really, no. That’s not something – I’m aware there’s some numbers and all of that, but specifically, no. I don’t care about that. It’s not a big deal to me.

(on if he was sending a message by blitzing Dan Marino three times early in a game in 1995 after being turned down for a position with the Miami Dolphins) “That’s crazy. That’s a great question, man. No, there is nothing to that at all. If I can control the game that much, I would have done that every time we go out. There’s no way. No, that’s nuts. So many times we played against Marino, I would have sacked him the first three times every time if I could. I didn’t know how to do it. I love sacking him. That was fun. But no, that’s an interesting question.

(on how he has grown as a coach from his time in New England to today) “A tremendous amount of growth. I’ve been through so many experiences since then, so many challenges and it’s really just about evolving as a coach and as a man. There’s a lot of things that we go through. That has nothing to do with that incident that you’re talking about, but I just think that there’s been so many experiences that have come along and so many opportunities to expand your thinking and the way you do things and the way you handle situations and people and all of that. I like to think I’m a beneficiary of a lot of really good experiences that have really helped, so that I’m doing things better than I’ve ever done before. But you know, there were a lot of days back in those years when, man, I was just winging it and trying to do the best I could in figuring it out. As everybody does when you get your first job opportunities and your first challenges, you can only go with what you got, and sometimes you do the right thing and sometimes you don’t. Like we were saying earlier, hopefully you make the good choices and turns in your direction so that you make better choices and demonstrate more closely the person that you’d like to be. It’s been a lot happened since then.

(on his initial thoughts on the Patriots’ football inflation issue and if he is familiar with the process of choosing and preparing footballs) “I’m much better versed today than I was a week or so ago. Like the situations we … Things come up and we have to face things sometimes for the first time, a first-time realization, that maybe everybody would think you should have seen it before. But I never checked on the whole process of how our footballs were handled until this week. I can empathize with Coach Belichick in that same way. I never have, so I can understand that he never has either. It’s something that just is part of the equipment standards that are carried out by our people in the organization. That’s one that has not been looked at maybe as intently as it is now, but I know every step of it now. So my awareness is up and I’m sure theirs is and everybody else that’s around our game in particular will never be the same because of what just happened. I think other than that, it’s an unfortunate situation that they have to deal with right now and they’re doing, I’m sure, everything they can to deal with it properly. And it’s not an issue for us, it’s not a problem for us other than our awareness has been elevated. I say it again, that’s happened in so many areas – social areas that have come to the league as issues for us. This is just another opportunity for us to grow and to see that we don’t have everything nailed yet, but we will eventually. We’ll get it done when the time comes.”

(on if he considers momentum swings when installing a play like the fake field goal run in the NFC Championship Game or if he considered taking the field goal to put points on the board) “That’s a good question, because there’s a lot that goes into those kind of choices. You’re faced with decisions that are molded through the course of the week. As you know, a game could be a tight game. It’s a crucial opportunity that you want to win, at home, knowing that you could get a big boost out of your crowd when you come through and those kind of things happen. There’s a lot that goes into it, a lot more than just, ‘Oh, let’s go for it.’ It’s not like that. It isn’t like that for me. There was a tremendous amount that went into that. It had to do with the planning, it had to do with the people we were calling on to execute the play, really careful study of what they were doing and the opportunity, if the play wouldn’t work, of course. And then there’s the risk-reward thing, too, that goes in. At that time, we were struggling. We hadn’t scored any points yet and we didn’t know if we were going to score any at that time. It made it may be easier to take that chance, if you will. But there are a lot of really interesting steps that goes on to get to the point to make those kinds of choices, that happen well before the moment when you go, ‘OK, let’s go for it,’ or not.”

 

(on if New England’s secondary’s strength is their raw talent or ability to move around and disguise formations and on how Patriots CB Brandon Browner has played) “Coach Belichick for years has been a guy that really varies his gameplans as he sees fit for the opponent – more so now than I recall them playing. They play a lot more man-to-man than they used to, and I’m sure that has come about because of his confidence in the corners. So that stands out as something that they have focused and Brandon has really added to that. Brandon Browner is a tremendous football player with great savvy and instinct. They’ve played him and they’ve spotted him in different places in gameplans in a very unique fashion, sometimes to play the tight end and to move him around, very much using his special talents. We have great respect for him. We don’t know how they’re going to play us; we have to wait and see. But we do know the range of their capabilities I think even more so than we have in the past with their kind of tendency to play more man-to-man. And so we’ll see how that works out in this game.”

(on if playing the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium once a year gives the Seahawks a competitive advantage) “It does feel familiar to us and our players have commented about that as well – that we feel comfortable coming here. We know what it feels like. We know what the sound is like; I don’t know what the Super Bowl crowd will be like, but the fans down here have supported the Cardinals very well and we’ve always had to deal with that. It will be interesting. You never know what the stadium is going to be like in this kind of setting, but there is a sense of comfort that is more so to our favor than maybe some other places that we haven’t been a lot. So we’re happy coming here to play.”

 

-SB XLIX-

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