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January 25, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Transcript of Jermaine Kearse’s Sunday media session in Arizona

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Here’s the transcript of Jermaine Kearse’s media session on Sunday in Arizona. He talks about the receivers being underrated, deflategate, returning to the Super Bowl, former teammate Brandon Browner and other things.

(on if there is a different vibe from this year to last year) “I don’t think so. Coach (Pete) Carroll does a nice job of keeping things the same, not changing things, but I mean it feels good to be back here at the Super Bowl again.”

(on whether returning to the Super Bowl makes the experience more comfortable) “Not necessarily. I feel like it gives us a heads up on how it is sometimes, how we can handle certain things, but I think every week a lot of guys treat it, every week as a championship week. I think that helps us in the long run.”

(on if he thinks Seattle’s wide receivers are an underappreciated group) “I think we just kind of go out there and all of our guys have a chip on their shoulder. The majority of our room is undrafted, minus two guys. A lot of our guys play with chips on their shoulders. We have a lot of talent in our room. I’ve watched these guys practice. I’ve watched these guys play. There’s a lot of talent.”

(on the experience of going through the Super Bowl again) “I feel that the only difference would be the location, but other than that I feel that Coach Carroll has done a nice job of just keeping things normal, of how our normal weeks are, how we practice and everything, just a different location. I think a lot of guys are doing really well with this week.”

(on last week’s preparation) “It was good. We had a chance to install our game plan without, I wouldn’t call you guys (media) distractions, but without distractions. We got a chance to install our game plan and just prepare for the game, more so this week. We’re just looking forward to playing.”

(on the controversy surrounding New England) “I don’t think we really pay much attention to it. We are focused at the task at hand and that’s trying to win another Super Bowl. I don’t think too many guys are focused on that at all.”

(on going against former teammate and current New England cornerback Brandon Browner) “It’s going to be exciting to go against BB especially in a game like this. Going against him last year in practice with stuff, he’s a real competitive guy and I feel like our guys are extremely competitive as well, so I think we will be looking forward to the matchup.”

(on the different challenges that New England’s secondary presents) “They move a lot of guys around. They game plan for their opponent. You just have to prepare for everyone. You’ve got to watch enough film on each guy and be able to know the ins and outs of each coverage. You’ve just got to do a lot of film study and when the game goes, you’ve got to adjust.

(on what he learned from winning a championship last year) “Last year was just learning to play for one another. I think that was a huge key to winning last year’s Super Bowl, just every guy playing for one another and then going into this year, I think, was playing for one another after going through adversity. I feel like these guys have done a great job doing that. We have a real tight team and to win another Super Bowl I feel like it would be a testament to our team’s motivation and how they can push through adversity.”

(on the difference in the team’s confidence between last year and this year) “I think guys are motivated. The last time a team won back to back Super Bowls was with the Patriots. I think a lot of guys have a lot of motivation for that. We’re just going to come out here and try to compete. That’s the ultimate goal right there is just compete and make plays when your opportunity shows.”

(on the mindset being different for this year) “I wouldn’t say so because I feel like we go through the season with the same mindset. It’s a championship mindset each week and you’ve got to bring it each week and every team is going to. You have a target on your back when you win the Super Bowl and you’ve just go to defend that.”

(on the sendoff in Seattle this morning) “It was unbelievable. It just shows that we have the best fans in the world. Just the amount of people out there, all the cheering. It just shows the pride that they have in their team. It was unbelievable. Words can’t describe what that sendoff was like. It was something that you have to be there to really grasp the whole concept of it.

(on feeling better prepared for this year’s Super Bowl) “It’s a totally different season. It’s a new season. You’ve got to go about it like that. last year’s Super Bowl is not going to win this year. You need to game plan, prepare and just compete.”

(on being one of the few players chosen to speak on the first day of Super Bowl week availability) “It’s really cool. I wouldn’t be here without my teammates, the support from them, my family, my friends, and everyone throughout Washington. To be able to be here and speak on behalf of them is such an honor and blessing.”

(on whether Seattle is still riding the wave from the way the NFC Championship Game ended) “I think that game’s totally behind us, a lot of players. We have one mission and that’s to bring a Super Bowl back to Seattle. Last week was a lot of fun. We got to enjoy it. Now that we’re here it’s a business trip and we’ve got to prepare to get ready to go.”

(on the week following the NFC Championship Game) “Probably the first two days after, maybe the first day after, it was a lot of congratulating, people telling me how proud they are of me and the team. We enjoyed the win. It was a huge in for us, but once we started practicing again, that game got put in the shadows and everybody started focusing up on this game.”

(on quarterback Russell Wilson’s positivity throughout the NFC Championship Game) “The power of positivity is huge. When you can stay positive in situations like that, it’s kind of hard to just crumble. His leadership on the sideline continuing to keep guys in it was huge. That just shows the type of leader he is and the type of belief that he has in his teammates and in this team.”

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