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January 29, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Kam Chancellor: “We just play ball. We don’t worry about referee issues”

Here’s some of what Seattle safety Kam Chancellor had to say to the media today. Topics include the weather, if the team worries about how the game might be officiated, buying his mom a house on the off-season, and more:

(on how they are going to approach the game) “You know, we just stick to what we do best, play our zone and man coverage. We’re very fundamentally sound. We have to teach fundamentals. That’s what you’re taught, fundamentals, as a kid. You do your fundamentals to the best of your abilities and everything will turn out alright.”

(on one-on-one matchups) “It’s just fundamentals. If you do have a one-on-one matchup, just the basic fundamentals you were taught. For the defensive backs, just keep your eyes disciplined, and just be as disciplined as you can as a defensive back.”

(on what poses a threat to them) “I look at their whole receiving corps, the whole offense, they’re all threats. They’re all good. They deserve to be in the Super Bowl. So, I think the competitive battle is going to be a great one.”

(on how to fight off picks) “It’s something you’re aware of. You know that it’s probably going to come in certain plays by formation and how a guy lines up. But it’s something you just have to adjust. You have to get around them, be athletic and get around. It’s not something we just put our mind on or we have to really be aware of, just trying to get this or that. But we definitely are aware of it.”

(on if Denver is good at fighting off picks) “They do a good job at it. They do a good job.”

(on the history of the Legion of Boom nickname) “I did an interview a few years back at the facility. It was a radio interview where they were basically talking about the styles of play. I was telling them when we go to attack guys, we want to lay the boom on them. So all the fans were listening and came up with a lot of names for us. They came up with bunch of names and I was like, ‘No, not this one, not that one,’ but then we saw, ‘Legion of Boom;’ and it was pretty catchy. Legion sounds pretty important and boom was how we play, so it was the name we ran with. Before the name, we were always connected as a brotherhood. It was already there. The trust, the preparation we all had, the drive, the passion, and the Legion of Boom was just the icing on the cake.”

(on who got the mats made for them) “(Richard) Sherman actually went the extra mile to get the mats made for us and a few guys in the Seahawks department.”

(on the process of going from free safety to strong safety) “Being in college playing strong safety, free safety and corner, I’ve had the best of all worlds. I’ve been on the island. I’ve been in the box. I’ve been in deep field. I’ve been checking guys in slot receivers. I’ve been doing it all for a while now. I’ve been picking up different things every level and just trying to perfect my craft.”

(on if he was disappointed being drafted in the fifth round) “I knew coming out a lot of guys viewed me as a ‘tweener’ and weren’t pretty sure what I was going to be or what I wanted to do. I think I was kind of mad when I was drafted in the fifth round at first, but then when I really looked at it, it was a blessing. I think it was a blessing I’m on this team. It was a blessing I’m playing with the guys I’m playing with and I’m with a great coach and a great staff and program. I definitely think it was a blessing. I’m here for a reason and, you know, everything is playing out exactly like it wanted to.”

(on if there was something that was overlooked in the draft since majority of the secondary were late picks) “I’m not really sure what it is that makes them overlooked. Like I said about myself, it was the ‘tweener issue being that I don’t think anybody knew which position I was going to play and which position I was going to be most successful at. I can’t really speak for others. I don’t really know the issues those guys had or anything.”

(on the game officiating) “We are definitely not worried about referee issues. We just play ball. We don’t worry about referee issues.”

(on their bad boy image and how important the intimidation factor is) “You know, it’s not a bad boy image. We don’t look at it like that. We just are a physical bunch. We like to be physical. We like to be hands-on. We like to make you feel our presence and that’s how we operate.”

(on buying his mom a house) “This summer I signed my new deal with the Seahawks to come back, and I told my mom that I was going to get her a house a long time ago. I told her I wanted to get her a house, the first thing I was going to do. Right after mini camp I went home and looked at like 20 houses in two days and there was just this one house that just stuck out and I knew that it was the one she wanted and everything she wanted. She also wanted a car, so the next time I went home I told her we’re going to go get a car from this guy’s house. We go drive to the neighborhood and she’s like, ‘Oh, these houses are nice’ and I’m like ‘Yeah, I know.’ We get to the house and the car is in the driveway and it has a bow on it. It’s a white Lexus and she pulled up to it. She loved it. She was smiling and happy and tried to open it but the door was locked. I said, ‘You have to go in the house to get the keys from the guy,’ so I’m knocking on the door and no one is answering. I have all my nephews, nieces, sisters, brothers and coaches all in the house just waiting for her and once she opened the door, everyone jumps out and says surprise. She was so happy and it just felt good. She deserves it.”

(on how his upbringing contributed to his toughness) “My mom, she always had about two or three jobs all the time. I have five siblings and we all lived together. It was kind of rough for us, but we always stuck together. We always had each other. My older sister always looked out for the little brothers, for us, just making sure we had stuff to eat, that we were taken care of and helped with homework. It was pretty rough, but my mom and my siblings kept a good job of keeping us off the streets and just keeping us out of harm’s way.”

(on Denver’s defense feeling disrespected) “I can’t really worry about what everyone is talking about our defense and their defense. It’s not an our defense, their defense battle. It’s a their defense and our offense and our defense and their offense. It is what it is.”

(on how much the lack of Super Bowl experience on their team will matter) “I don’t think it’s going to be a big factor or a big difference maker. Maybe the media is big and the Media Day isn’t what guys expected, but I think the guys are handling it well, I think for a moment like this. At the end of the day, it’s all football. It’s running and hitting. That’s all, and come this Sunday, that’s all what’s in our head.”

(on why the weather does not matter) “You have to think about it. When you were a little kid, did it matter? When we were little kids, we were playing in the rain, playing in the snow. It was fun. Why lose it now? If you really have that passion for the game, why complain? So, that’s how we feel. It doesn’t matter about the elements. At the end of the day, it’s football.”

(on if his idea of the Super Bowl is warm weather) “My idea of the Super Bowl is let’s play football. That’s my idea of the Super Bowl. Forget the weather.”

(on the reputation of the team) “Everyone says we’re a really young team, but I think this team is learning, learning from things in the past and moving forward. Nobody is perfect. Everybody makes mistakes. I think that if we make a mistake, we learn from it and talk about it as a team and move on from it. Everything is in the past.”

(on why he felt the need to speak up to the team about attitude) “I know a lot of guys look at me as a leader, a positive guy, a guy that does things right. So, if I go talk to everybody, they’ll listen. They’re going to take advice from me. I want to do things right. I’m not going to put myself in a position to hurt the team, but the same time, like I said, nobody is perfect. We make mistakes and we move on.”

(on competition Wednesday) “I can’t wait. We were talking about it today in meetings and I was getting hyped in meetings. Competition Wednesday is big for us. We love it.”

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