A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Jan. 20, which was “Tell The Truth Monday” as the players and coaches reviewed Sunday’s victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship game and were still trying to come to grips with the fact that they are heading to Super Bowl XLVIII to play the Broncos on Feb. 2:
WORD OF THE DAY: COMPETITION
“We’ve been real impressed with Michael Bowie,” he said during his weekly day-after Q&A session with the media. “During the two-week period (between the regular-season finale and the divisional playoff game), we felt we’d give him a shot and see if he could perform well enough and give him an opportunity to compete to play. And he did a really good job, so we we’re exciting about it.”
But in practice last week, Bowie went from working with the starters on Wednesday and Thursday to getting his reps with the No. 2 line and also the scout team that works against the Seahawks’ defense – while Carpenter and
“As we prepared for (last) week, we had intended to keep the competition open,” Carroll said. “As we looked at just the way things were coming together, we made a coaches’ decision that we thought it might be better in this instance to go with the guys who had been playing a little more and keep the rotation. And it worked out fine for us.”
|YOU DON'T SAY|
“Seahawks were built in the images of Pete Carroll and John Schneider: play very fast, recklessly and calculating on defense, and physically and with the ability to strike deep when needed on offense.”
Peter King, in keeping the Seahawks at No. 1 in the Fine Fifteen section on his “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com
What happens as the Seahawks prepare for their Super Bowl matchup with the Broncos? Stay tuned.
“It’s one of those deals where it’s so close, the competition is so keen, that it could go either way,” Carroll said. “Michael is going to be very competitive as we move forward. And here goes, in another couple weeks we’ll see what happens.”
INJURY UPDATES: PERCY HARVIN EXPECTED TO BE BACK IN THE MIX
HAWAII CAN WAIT
|STAT DU JOUR: BOBBY WAGNER’S BIG DAY|
Note: The Seahawks lost that 1987 wild-card game to the Oilers 23-20 in overtime.
But they obviously won’t be able to play in Sunday’s game in Honolulu, because the Seahawks are flying to New Jersey that day for a week of preparation before their Super Bowl matchup against the Broncos.
MUST-SEE TV: SEAHAWKS-49ERS GAME DRAWS BIG RATINGS
Apparently the Seahawks and 49ers vying for the NFC Championship was the matchup everyone wanted to see. Their game at CenturyLink Field on Sunday averaged 55.9 million views, the league announced, making it the fifth most-watched conference championship game ever.
The only conference championship matchups that drew more viewers were: the Cowboys at the 49ers on Jan. 10, 1982 (68.7 million); Vikings at Saints on Jan. 24, 2010 (57.9 million); Giants at 49ers on Jan. 22, 2012 (57.6 million); and Cowboys at 49ers on Jan. 15, 1995 (56.8 million).
UP NEXT: PLAYERS “OFF” DAY
The players will have their “off” day on Tuesday, while the coaches are compiling the game plan for the Broncos.
The team will practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and the players will then have Saturday “off.”