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Monday in Hawkville: Seahawks get in a ‘Bonus Monday’ workout

Posted Jan 27, 2014

After a cross-country flight on Sunday and not being on the practice field since Friday, the Seahawks got back to work on Monday as their on-site preparations for Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII moved into a higher gear.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – A recap of the Seahawks’ activities at the Super Bowl for Jan. 27:

WORD OF THE DAY: PRACTICE

Yes, we’re talking practice. But not just any practice. It was the Seahawks’ first workout of Super Bowl week, a “Bonus Monday” practice as coach Pete Carroll explained during his media session at the Westin Jersey City.

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“He’s a great corner. … I enjoy guys with some personality. That’s him. I have no bad words to say about him. He’s a good player.”

Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, on Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman

The Seahawks worked indoors at the Giants’ facility, because the outside fields were not ready to use after the snowstorm that hit this area last week.

“We had a great workout today,” Carroll said. “It was a ‘Bonus Monday’ for us, a little bit more than we get during a normal week’s practice. The guys took to it. We had great tempo and enthusiasm. It was really cool. We’re off to a great start.”

Indoors? Outdoors? It didn’t matter to the players.

“It was great,” left tackle Russell Okung said. “The guys were able to open up and run after a long flight (Sunday) and after a little bit of time off. But we are the Seattle Seahawks, man, and we’re a competitive bunch. And that’s our game every day.”

OPPONENT WATCH: PEYTON MANNING

STAT DU JOUR: THE REAL ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL

The Seahawks historically have not performed well, or won all that often, when they play in Eastern time zone games. It’s a trait they share with most West Coast teams. But a huge part of their success this season was the ability to win despite the long trips. Here’s a look at the evolution of the Seahawks when traveling that far in their four seasons under Pete Carroll:

Season Record
2010 0-1
2011 1-2
2012 3-3
2013 3-1

Note: 2012 includes a split of the postseason games against the Redskins in Washington and the Falcons in Atlanta.

Again? Yes, but this time defensive lineman Michael Bennett offers the assessment of the Broncos’ record-setting and Hall-of-Fame-in-waiting quarterback.

“I’m lucky to be in my generation and watch him play,” said Bennett, who led the Seahawks with 8.5 sacks during the regular season and shares the lead in the postseason with 1.5. “There’s no better quarterback in this generation. The completions he’s made, the touchdowns he’s thrown. I’m a fan of him, just anybody else in the NFL. And he’s one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.”

A SHOUT OUT TO MACKLEMORE

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made a haul at the Grammys on Sunday night, winning four awards – best new artist, best rap album, best rap song and best rap performance. A week earlier, the Seattle duo performed at halftime of the Seahawks’ NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field, and Macklemore then led the team in a spirited dance in the locker room to their hit, “Can’t Hold Us.”

Someone had to ask Carroll about Macklemore’s Sunday night “heist” on Monday, so I figured it might as well be me.

“That was amazing,” said Carroll, who was watching the Grammys on TV. “I think I fell asleep at about four Grammys.”

But the Seahawks’ music-savoring coach did not fall asleep on Macklemore at the beginning of what has been a milestone year.

“It was a really cool thing for our area,” Carroll said. “A guy growing up in Seattle, he had an extraordinary following locally. But nobody knew about him (nationally) and didn’t really understand why at the time. The story’s been told, we kind of found him on the first night of his ‘Heist’ tour at WaMu (Theater) there at our stadium. Had no idea what was going to happen and the place just going crazy for some reason, because the fans knew him already. And then he kicks off on this tour that makes him arguably the best performance in the world for this past year.

“So it was really fun for us. Knowing that he loves sports and he loves Seattle, and he’s so connected to the 12th Man and all that, it’s been a blast watching him. And he’s been a big factor. Every time we score a touchdown we play his music. So it’s a big deal to us.”

UP NEXT: MEDIA DAY

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“When I look at him running, his running style, I haven't seen anyone out there quite like him.”

Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, on the Seahawks’ Beast Mode back

Get ready for anything and everything, because Tuesday is Media Day at Super Bowl XLVIII.

The annual event is being held in Newark at the Prudential Center rather than MetLife Stadium because the forecast is calling for a high of 19 degrees on Tuesday.

The NFL Network will be broadcasting live from the event, and you also can follow the action at Seahawks.com.