As we wrote here earlier, today was a big day for Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith as he announced his return to Seahawks practice with a spectacular one-handed interception.
Jayson Jenks has more on that play and Smith here.
And here is all that Smith had to say after practice today:
(On announcing “hey don’t forget about me” by making a one-handed interception in practice) I guess, man. I’m just trying to do my job and I was fortunate to get an opportunity there, you know, so make them pay.
(On picking up where he left off) I guess, man. Hopefully keep it rolling. I don’t think one practice will do it all but just trying to stack some good days together.
(On Coach Quinn talking about off season difficulties) I’ve been itching. I mean, you come off a pretty good game – we did some great stuff in the Super Bowl. And then it (the offseason) was just a lull for me. A lot of down time, a lot of watching, and a lot of learning. Dealing with my own emotions and stuff every day. It was good to get out here today and start moving around a little bit.
(On how life changed as an MVP) Not much. My life hasn’t changed. A lot of people care about you a little bit more than they used to. But other than that, it’s all the same to me.
(On how impressive the linebacker group and the team has been in the preseason) It just shows. Those guys get opportunities and they make the most of it. That’s something we care about in our room. Just try to step in and be better than the guy before you. You know. Just try to earn that respect. It’ll be good and getting everybody back hopefully will make us strong as a group.
(On his ankle issues that he had surgery for and if they’re chronic or if they just came up after the Super Bowl) It kind of caught me off guard. It made me slip up and they suggested I get it fixed. That’s it. It took longer than I expected to get back but it’s not easy to come out here and play football.
(On having an idea of his role this season) Not really. I am just trying to be available. That was the best thing for me is to be available last year. Hopefully the coaches count on me when I get those opportunities.
(On pain in his ankle last year) I didn’t have any issues with my ankle last year. I just had normal bumps and bruises during the season. It was kind of more of an offseason thing.
(On how you would rate the interception he made in practice) I haven’t seen it yet. It’s never is as good as it feels.
(On running the ball into the end zone with half dozen team mates in the end) It just shows I care about being a good teammate. I know those guys too. Especially in our room we care about each other as men and as young guys growing up in the NFL. It was good.
(On giving him a hard time for being MVP) I mean not really. They’re supportive. They see the struggle it takes for us to get any recognition so they’re happy for us.
(On having to sit out for three weeks) It’s been really hard. You want to carry momentum and try and do it mentally. I’ve been trying to focus my energy on things I can do while I can do them.
(On Coach Norton being easier today than four years ago) I think he wants to develop that trust in you and that relationship and understanding. But it’s in waves. He’ll be hard on us again pretty soon. We’ll enjoy the good times while they’re here.
(On getting used to Coach Norton and if he has caught him off guard) He’s funny. He’s always growing – as a coach and I’ve seen him as a parent. I’m watching him all the time just as he’s watching us. He’s coaching us and I’m watching him.
(On how Pete Carroll has changed since recruiting Malcolm at USC) Well, it’s the NFL. It’s a little more pressure I guess you’d say, if you look at it like that. He’s kind of a guy that has his philosophy, and he just kind of elevated it to this level. It really hasn’t been much change.
(On why he was able to play so well down the stretch last season as well as in the postseason) Just that focus and trying to take those mental reps. Like I said earlier, just be available. You’re not really helpful when you can’t practice and you’re not there. That’s my main concern, getting back on the field and trying to be out here every day from now on.
(On how he feels right now) I feel pretty good. If we had a game today I feel like I could play. So, you know, I’ll just keep building from there and try to get the most out of my ankle.