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Wednesday in Hawkville: Enough talk for now, Seahawks return to their practice routine

Posted Jan 29, 2014

After Media Day on Tuesday and another interview session at their team hotel on Wednesday morning, the Seahawks boarded buses and headed to Giants’ facility to get back to what’s really important in this Super Bowl week.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – A recap of the Seahawks’ activities at the Super Bowl for Jan. 29, when they had their first full practice of the week in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium:

WORD OF THE DAY: NORMALCY

As in, a return to. After yet another Q&A session with the media to start their day, the Seahawks got back to where they really wanted to be: the practice field.

The interviews on Wednesday were held at The Westin Jersey City, the Seahawks’ home away from this week. But the scene was nothing like the one at Tuesday’s Media Day, which was held in Newark at the Prudential Center.

But after the last question was asked and answered, the players and coaches boarded buses and headed to the Giants’ facility adjacent to MetLife Stadium for their “Competition Wednesday” practice.

YOU DON'T SAY

“There’s a big emphasis about Super Bowl experience and all of that. We’ll find out. But I don’t think it’s that big a deal.”

Coach Pete Carroll, when asked once again about the Seahawks having no one on their roster who has played in a Super Bowl

“This is a normal week for us, now,” coach Pete Carroll said. “It’s officially a ‘Competition Wednesday’ for us, which means we’re battling in practice today. Today is really about getting back to our football and getting right. That means that we want speed and tempo, the technique. All of the fundamental stuff that we emphasis on this day is at hand – no different than any other week that we’ve played.

“So we kick into a normal mode is what we do. That calls for a lot. To us, it’s a huge day to us.”

And Carroll wasn’t the only one who was ready for a return to normalcy.

“I’m really excited about it,” All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas said. “That’s the most exciting part is just getting back to the routine and normal. Of course you enjoy all the media and everything that comes along with the Super Bowl. But I’m just excited to get back to the basics and work my fundamentals and just get prepared to have a helluva game.”

INJURY REPORT: ONLY MARSHAWN LYNCH DOESN’T PRACTICE

The official report, as released by the league:

STAT DU JOUR: GANG (OF FOUR) TACKLING

Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (119), free safety Earl Thomas (100), strong safety Kam Chancellor (93) and linebacker K.J. Wright (80) were the Seahawks’ leading tacklers during the regular season for the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense, and Chancellor (25), Wagner (24) and Thomas (17) are the leading tacklers in the postseason. Not surprisingly, those four also are the only Seahawks to produce games with double-digit tackles this season. Somewhat surprisingly, seven of the 13 efforts came in three games.

Here’s a look at the Seahawks’ 10-plus tackle performances:

Player, opponent  No.
Bobby Wagner, 49ers (SF, playoffs) 15
Kam Chancellor, Saints (NO, playoffs)  14
Earl Thomas, Buccaneers  12
Bobby Wagner, Rams 12
Bobby Wagner, Buccaneers 11
K.J. Wright, Buccaneers  11
Bobby Wagner, Saints 11
Kam Chancellor, Cardinals  11
Earl Thomas, Saints (playoffs) 11
Kam Chancellor (SF, playoffs)  11
Earl Thomas, Panthers 10
Earl Thomas, Rams  10
Bobby Wagner, Giants 10

Did not practice
RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related)

Full participation
WR Doug Baldwin (hip)
WR Percy Harvin (concussion)
NT Brandon Mebane (ankle)

Lynch was the only Seahawk who did not practice, and only because he was given his weekly day off.

For the Broncos:

Did not practice
DT Simon Fua (calf) 

Full participation

TE Joel Dreessen (knee)
DT Terrance Knighton (knee)
OG Chris Kuper (ankle)
QB Peyton Manning (ankle)
RB Knowshon Moreno (ribs)
K Matt Prater (illness)
DT Mitch Unrein (knee)
CB Kayvon Webster (thumb)

COURTING PEYTON MANNING

It’s a well-documented fact that the Seahawks made a run at Peyton Manning before the future Hall of Fame quarterback signed with the Broncos during the 2012 offseason. But it’s worth revisiting, because Carroll talked about it during his time at the podium.

Asked about the “pursuit,” Carroll laughed and offered, “Well, it was brief. As we have ventured into every opportunity, John (Schneider, the GM) and I have looked at what is available, what we could possibly get out of the players that are out there. In this free agency opportunity, here’s Peyton Manning.

“So we started the process to make an effort to see if there would be some kind of connection here for us.”

But, Carroll said, it was Manning who made the first call. And it was an early call, at that.

“He woke me up one morning,” Carroll said. “I jumped out of bed, ‘OK, let’s go. What’s up, Peyton?’ So we started talking. We talked about just the basics of what it might mean for him coming to us.

“That was the beginning of a very short process that got him to where he scheduled his visits that he was going to make. … We tried to get involved with that to see if there was a next stage to the process, and there wasn’t. It was very brief.”

Things worked out just fine for the Seahawks, as they selected Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

BLUE MONDAY

Say what? It’s always been “Blue Friday” that was celebrated during the Seahawks’ season. But then the Seahawks aren’t always in the Super Bowl.

So mayor Edward Murray and the Seattle city council have issued a proclamation for a week-long salute to the Seahawks and everything they have accomplished in this Super-special season:

UP NEXT: “TURNOVER THURSDAY”

Before the players and coaches can get to their “Turnover Thursday” practice, there is another media session at the team hotel in the morning – the last one for the players until after Sunday’s game. Carroll will field questions in a more formal setting on Friday morning at the Rose Theater across the Hudson River in Manhattan.

Game Rewind: Seattle Seahawks