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Pete Carroll on Peyton Manning: "We need to move him"

Posted Jan 30, 2014

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

Coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this morning ahead of the team's 1:30 p.m. PT "Turnover Thursday" practice and preparation for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos at East Rutherford, New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.

One of the more intriguing questions Carroll was asked was on how his defense plans to slow down the Broncos passing attack led by quarterback Peyton Manning, who has yet to be sacked this postseason.

"We need to move him," Carroll said. "Get him off his spot."

The players looking to keep Manning out of rhythm will come from both ends, Carroll said. He hopes good coverage in the secondary will force Manning to his second or third read, which would be crucial to building an effective pass rush up front.

"We're playing a fantastic football team in the Broncos," said Carroll. "We may play exceedingly well and still not be able to beat them."

Carroll didn't provide any personnel updates on the club, but if yesterday's injury report is any indication, the Seahawks should be completely healthy for Sunday's game. Running back Marshawn Lynch was the only non-participant, but it was non-injury related, signifying the coaching staff is simply giving Lynch's legs a rest.

Below are a couple more bits of news and notes from Carroll's Thursday presser:

    • Carroll said Seahawks' kickers have been able to get some work in at MetLife Stadium, but the rest of the team has practiced inside the New York Giants' facility next door.

    • "We totally trust him." Carroll, on his level of confidence in kicker Steven Hauschka should Sunday's game come down to a last-second field goal. Hauschka's only missed twice all season long - one of which was blocked due to a break in protection.

    • "They're not going to be not right. They're going to be on it. They're going to be flying around." Carroll, on how his team is handling the increased expectation and attention surrounding Super Bowl XLVIII

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.

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