Seattle linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith was a guest on the NFL Network’s Total Access today and talked about a number of topics concerning the season, the win over the Broncos, and more.
Here’s a video preview of some of what he said.
Smith was asked if the Seahawks had a good read on what the Denver offense was going to do in the Super Bowl.
“We had an idea what they were doing,” he said. “They had some looks that would kind of show some things that they’ll do. Obviously every team does. You have tendencies and we try to play to those; play our strengths and just try to be able to force them to do the things we felt that we could take advantage of.”
Here’s some more of what he said in a transcript provided by the NFL Network:
On if Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is the same guy in the NFL that he was in college at USC:
“Yeah, he definitely [has] the same energy level, the philosophy hasn’t changed, so I would say he’s the same guy. But to have him as my coach for all of these years, I don’t know much else. It’s an awesome experience; you’re familiar with the way things are going, some of the speeches you’ve heard a few times but it still gets better.”
On players stepping up for injured teammates throughout the season:
“We have a lot of hungry guys that throughout the preseason made plays and couldn’t wait for their opportunity in the regular season games to make plays. I think you’ll continue to see that especially from coach [Pete] Carroll and his staff, the way they prepare guys and develop them. I think it’ll always be like that.”
On how the Seahawks defenders are coached to pursue the ball and create turnovers:
“We’re playing until the echo of the whistle. Fanatical effort, just trying to be around the ball just in case those things happen, whether it’s a tip or a ball is forced out. We’re practicing turnovers every Thursday and the guy with the most strips, he’s getting the good parking spot. Stuff that like. There is incentive to it in our practice and there is a formula to why we do it like that.”
On if he is OK with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman being the voice of the team:
“Yeah. He’s a Stanford guy; you know he’s going to use the right words and project things in a proper manner. Even when he’s excited, it still sounds good, it’s still entertaining and it’s still well-said. He can be our voice. I think we’re good with that.”
Smith also talked about whether it would be a distraction to have a gay teammate, a question asked in light of the news regarding Missouri’s Michael Sam. You can watch that clip here.
On how big of a distraction it would be to have to answer questions about a gay teammate every day:
“I think that would be a distraction if the questions were about one player constantly. You’ve seen it on other teams but we’re trying to focus on the product on the field more than anything else. As long as your teammates are doing what they’re supposed to do on the field, taking care of business, being good teammates and being respectful, I think that everything else is secondary.”
On if the thought of playing against an openly gay player comes to mind while he is on the field:
“No. You have a lot more responsibility than to be worried about one guy and it has nothing to do with what’s going on on the field. It’s hard enough to be successful in the NFL, it’s hard enough to make plays. You have to get your mind wrapped around that before any of that other stuff comes into play.”