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Blue Friday in Hawkville: Pete Carroll continues to roll with everything that comes his way

The players’ media obligations during Super Bowl week ended on Thursday. But coaches Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick took center stage – literally – during Friday’s joint news conference and Carroll continued to show that he really is having fun.

PHOENIX – A recap of the Seahawks' activities for Jan. 30, when the day started with Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick holding their joint news conference at the Phoenix Convention Center and included the team's "No Repeat Friday" practice at Arizona State University in Tempe:


There they sat; Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and the man who replaced him as coach of the New England Patriots – Bill Belichick.


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It was Friday of Super Bowl week, so the opposing coaches held their annual day-before-the-day-before news conference at the Phoenix Convention Center on a rainy morning in the Valley of the Sun. And the whole football world was watching on the NFL Network.


"That defense, man, it's just been causing all kind of havoc across the United States of America."

Ed Reed, an eight-time All-Pro safety during his career with the Baltimore Ravens, on the Seahawks during his appearance on Showtime's "Inside the NFL"

But the world also was well represented by those in the audience, as Carroll and Belichick fielded questions by media representatives from Mexico, the United Kingdom, Japan and outlets in the United States from Seattle to Boston.

Carroll, as he has all week, rolled with whatever came his way. And Belichick, who is infamous for his monotone ways in these settings, even cracked a couple of smiles.

Now completing his fifth season with the Seahawks, Carroll coached the Patriots from 1997-99, but was fired and replaced by Belichick. It was a double move that changed the fortunes of three programs.

Carroll went to the University of Southern California, where he guided the Trojans to a 97-19 record and two NCAA champions in nine seasons; before coming to Seattle, where he has led the Seahawks to three division titles, four playoff berths and back-to-back Super Bowls. Belichick, meanwhile, has turned the Patriots into the closest thing the NFL has to a dynasty since the San Francisco 49ers were winning five Super Bowls in the 1980s and into 1990s – when Carroll was their defensive coordinator in 1994 and 1995.

"Mine were the testing years," Carroll said of his stint with the Patriots and then-neophyte owner Robert Kraft. "And the proving years were when Bill showed up."'s Tony Ventrella asked the first question on this Friday – as he has every Friday this season. And it was the now-traditional question: How has the week of preparation gone?

"We've had a great two weeks," Carroll said, including the Super Bowl bye week. "And it's been nothing but fun."

Said Belichick: "I don't know if fun is the word I would use. It's been a huge challenge and it's a tough defense to prepare for."

Each coach was asked whether his immediate family members would be attending the game. And each coach has a son on his staff – Nate Carroll, the Seahawks' assistant wide receivers coach; and Steve Belichick, a coaching assistant for the Patriots.

Belichick said his entire family would be there, but then doubled back to add, "I have a little correction on that. My 94-year-old mom won't be here. She's in Annapolis. I know she'll be yelling at the TV set the whole game. But I do miss that she won't be here."

Carroll also was asked about the possibility of All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman becoming a father, as his girlfriend is expecting their first child any day now, and what the game plan is if she goes into labor on Sunday.

"Well, that's up to Richard," Carroll said. "He knows he has the opportunity to face a big decision. Whenever our players have a personal or family issue that comes, it's always about family first and they have to decide what's best for them. And I support that. However it goes, we'll support him."

"And I can't wait to see little Petey."

Carroll and Belichick can only hope that their teams perform as well at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday as the respective coaches did on Friday.


The end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:

OT Justin Britt (knee)
SS Kam Chancellor (knee)
RB Marshawn Lynch (back)
CB Richard Sherman (elbow)
OG J.R. Sweezy (ankle)
FS Earl Thomas (shoulder)

For the Patriots:

C Bryan Stork (knee)

LB Akeem Ayers (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
DT Chris Jones (elbow)
Darrelle Revis (not injury related)
DL Sealver Siliga (foot)


The Seahawks not only practiced on the bubble-covered field at Arizona State again because of the rain that fell in the Valley of the Sun all day, they also slowed the tempo in their final full session before Sunday's game.

"We shut down the tempo today because we've had two great weeks of preparation," Carroll told pool reporter Peter King of after the 77-minute practice. "We're just trying to ice it up now, get everything just right and make sure we're set to play our best on Sunday."

All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor was added to the injury report after he fell near the goal line on the next-to-last play of practice.

The sideline spectators for the "No Repeat Friday" practice included former owner John Nordstrom, Ring of Honor QB Jim Zorn and hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg.


Photos of ex-Seahawk Kenny Easley raising the 12 Man Flag for the 12s at the Divisional Playoff Game with the Carolina Panthers.

Ring of Honor strong safety Kenny Easley will serve as the Seahawks' honorary captain for Sunday's game.

Easley was NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1984, and also was named to the Pro Bowl five times and All-Pro three times during his seven-season career with the Seahawks. He became the seventh member of the 11-man Ring of Honor in 2002.


Earlier this week, I asked Sherman how growing up Compton, Calif., shaped the player and person he has become.

"Growing up in Compton, you just deal with different things than I guess a regular neighborhood wouldn't deal with," he said. "You deal with a lot more adversity, a lot more different pressures, I guess – adversity, diversity, different people trying to pull you in different directions."

But Sherman added that he didn't know that until he moved out of the tough neighborhood in Southern California.

"Until you leave and you visit other neighborhoods, then you realize they don't have drug dealers around and crack addicts walking down the street," he said. "They don't have violence on a daily basis, police helicopters and things roaming around. Once you learn that, you're kind of grateful for that environment in which you were brought up, because you know if you can survive there, you can survive anywhere."


The players will hold their "Review Saturday" walkthrough at Arizona State University in Tempe and then go the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale to take their Super Bowl team photo.

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