Pete Carroll Says Team is Focused and Ready

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor
On handling extra breaks during the Super Bowl:
“As we finish the week, we’re dealing with that so that we can prepare our guys and actually practice with breaks. That’s really what we’re going to do, so that everybody’s familiar with it. We have a way to do that. We’re not just going to dissemble, and then all of a sudden it’s longer. We’re going to work our way through that so everybody’s prepared.”
 
On Super Bowl officials:
“It’ll be relative to both teams, and whatever it is, it is. We have the best guys in the NFL calling this football game, the guys that have been ranked the highest and regarded the highest by the league and by all sources. We’re going to get the best job they can possibly turn out. This is a big day for them, too. Officiating the Super Bowl is a lifelong dream for them, as well. They’re going to do a great job, and we’re going to play the game accordingly. There are times when you have to adjust to how things are going, but we’re not going to do anything differently.”
 On indicators that his team is prepared for the Super Bowl:
“We’ve done this so many times that there’s a tenor, there’s a focus you can feel. There’s an energy level, enthusiasm moving from drill to drill and the way we practice. It may be a little different, but I know it well enough. We’ve been doing it this way for a long time. I can sense when it’s on, and the players can feel it, too. You’ve got to understand, this is an extraordinary day for us. Each one of these days is awesome. We’re in Super Bowl week, we’re in countdown to the game. We’re not going to miss it. They’re not going to be not right. They’re going to be on. They’re going to be fired up. They’ll be flying around. At the end, we’ve just got to make sure we take care of one another. We’re going to have a really rocking day today. That’s how we do this. We’ll get to the next day. The only thing that’s important is having a great Thursday. That’s what we’re going to do today.”
 
On Seattle K Steven Hauschka:
“He’s a quiet person. He’s very intellectual, very astute about his skills in the game and the situation. We totally trust him…He’s done nothing but hit everything. He had one kick this year that wasn’t on, and that one kick got knocked down at the end of the stadium.”
 
On receiving advice from former Minnesota Viking Head Coach Bud Grant:
“I talked to him the week of the New Orleans game. That was the last time. We had a big Monday game coming up, and nobody ever played in more conditions and understood how to do that better than Bud. Over the years, I’ve always kind of checked in with him to get my mind right about how we want to operate. We talked through situations, kicking the ball and stuff in particular that day. He’s always been a great resource. There’s nobody better in the world to talk about playing in nasty conditions.”
 
On the importance of a good start on Super Bowl Sunday:
“We would always like to start well, but that doesn’t determine how the game turns out. It’s how you finish. We know that well. We’ll come out fine, but there’s a lot of football left to be played. Although, it’s really nice for the fans when you start well because they’re more comfortable and they like it. I think they’re going to have to suck it up. We’ll do the best we can in that regard, but what we do know is it’s how you finish that counts.”
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