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Pete Carroll: "It's a huge day to us"

Posted Jan 29, 2014

News, notes, and quotes from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll's Wednesday press conference ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII.

Coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this morning ahead of the team's 12:45 p.m. PT "Competition Wednesday" practice and preparation for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos at East Rutherford, New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.

"This is a normal week for us now," Carroll said to the horde of media assembled at the Seahawks team hotel in Jersey City, New Jersey. "It's off - Competition Wednesday."

Carroll said the team will emphasize speed, technique, and tempo throughout the day's session, doing things no differently than they've done all season long.

"We kick into a normal mode is what we do," Carroll said. "To us, it's a huge day to us. We'll keep objectives, we'll keep score all day long. Somebody's going to win, somebody's going to lose. Hopefully, we'll have a really upbeat day."

Carroll also gushed about running back Marshawn Lynch when asked about the impact the team's "Beast Mode" back has behind the scenes at Seahawks headquarters.

"He's an extraordinary team member," Carroll said. "Our guys love him. He's a great leader by the way he plays and by his actions. He's not a guy that speaks up a lot. He does it with his actions. Everybody knows that, respects that.

"We feel like we've come to a great understanding of who he is, what he is. I wish everybody realized what an incredible team member he is."

Carroll went on to say Lynch has demonstrated exactly what the team had hoped for after acquiring him in a 2010 trade with the Buffalo Bills - even if the Seahawks star isn't always one to flaunt it in front of the cameras.

"We don't get anymore interview time than you get," Carroll joked.

No updates were provided on players battling through injuries, but the team will release an injury report following Wednesday's practice. Last week, Lynch was slowed with a knee, while Doug Baldwin (hip), Brandon Mebane (ankle), Byron Maxwell (neck), and K.J. Wright (foot) all missed time, but the entire group was listed as "Probable" for gameday by week's end.

Below are a couple more bits of notes from Carroll's Wednesday presser:

    • "In college we never had any guys with more than four years playing, and that's kind of where we are right now," Carroll, when asked about how his national championship successes at USC can help the Seahawks' lack of Super Bowl experience.

    • Asked how they'll try to get after Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning - who has not been sacked this postseason - Carroll said it's key they cover well on the back end to force Manning to his second or third reads. Otherwise, with Manning's timing and decision making being so precise, there is very little time for the defensive line to get up field.

Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth and Digital Media Host Tony Ventrella will be back with more from today's media availabilities this afternoon, but in the meantime be sure to check out our Super Bowl Central for the latest and greatest from New York/New Jersey.