The Seattle Seahawks are about as healthy as can be heading into the Super Bowl, coach Pete Carroll said Friday morning during the traditional coach’s press conference that concludes the pre-game activities here.
Carroll and New England coach Bill Belichick took questions on the stage together here at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mostly, this is a session for bigger-picture topics and there wasn’t a whole lot of real news.
Carroll said of his team that ” everybody is in good shape for us and ready to go. Fortunately we made it through (practice) without anybody getting nicked. We’re about as healthy as we could be for this time of year.”
That includes cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas, who each suffered injuries in the NFC title game win over the Packers on Jan. 18, but have been full participants in practice down here.
Here are a few other quick hitters from what Carroll said today. …
- Carroll said that if Sherman faces a decision about whether to play or be with his girlfriend for the pending birth of their son that it will be “up to Richard. … whenever our players have a personal or family issue, it’s always about family first.” Carroll then got a laugh by saying that “I can’t wait to see little Petey.” Sherman has said here he will not reveal the name of the baby until born.
- Both coaches downplayed the issue of the officials signaling which receivers for New England are eligible or not eligible. Belichick shrugged it off saying that “it’s not my job” to make sure the official communicate that properly to the other team. Carroll said “I don’t have any problems with the way it is expected to be handled.”
- Belichick, asked what he’d like to establish early in the game, said “What I’d like to establish is the lead.” Hard to argue that.
- Carroll said the team had had a good two weeks of preparation and that the feeling is similar heading into this game as it was a year ago when the Seahawks beat Denver 43-8.
- Asked a final emphasis in the last two days before the game, Carroll said he wants the team to “trust the preparation and the hard work and all that’s gone on to get to this point so they can turn it up and cut it loose.”