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January 31, 2014 at 6:26 AM

Carroll: “We’ve been preparing for this moment for years”

Well, for the combatants in Super Bowl week, it’s all over but the playing.

The head coaches of the two teams, Seattle’s Pete Carroll and Denver’s John Fox, met the media for one last time this morning at the Rose Theater in downtown New York.

No real news from Carroll — as noted throughout the week, the Seahawks have no real health issues heading into the game.

Carroll instead talked a little bit about how the team got here, and compared the Seahawks to the Broncos.

“We have a very, very young team and we have a bunch of guys that are growing up together as a team that comes together tor try to do something special and rallied around the brotherhood of it all,” Carroll said.

He then noted how Denver is a much more experienced team and, “It’s exciting to see that it can be done in such different formats and makeups.”

He also recalled Seattle’s first team meeting in April when he laid out the challenge of trying to deal with the expectations of the season.

“Our language since the first meeting we ever had when we arrived was to get to this point and to be mindfully ready to be available for this opportunity and make the most of it when it comes,” Carroll said. “We’ve been preparing for this moment for years.”

In a few other comments. …

– Carroll said the Lombardi Trophy, which was on stage with the coaches, “really does symbolize the ultimate competitive challenge in our sport.”

– Carroll agreed that the matchup of Seattle’s defense and Denver’s offense “is the logical matchup to look for” but that, “This game is going to be involved in so many different aspects of it.” He said he thinks there is “a little bit of an undercurrent” that Seattle’s offensive guys and Denver’s defensive guys are noting that, “They want to be part of this battle” as well.

– Carroll, though, said that for all the hype and buildup of the game, it ultimately will likely be decided in the same manner as every other football game. “It’s probably going to be somebody taking care of the football better than the other,” he said.

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