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Pete Carroll: Lack of Super Bowl experience shouldn’t be a problem

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There’s not much previous Super Bowl experience on either roster at Super Bowl XLVIII, although the Broncos have a slight edge on the Seahawks in that department.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked at Wednesday’s press conference if he thought that was something that would impact Sunday’s result and he said he hoped not because it wasn’t something his team had a lot of to draw on. He also shared his opinion that it wouldn’t prove to be a particularly big deal.

“There’s a big emphasis about Super Bowl experience that I don’t think is that big a deal,” Carroll said. “It’s handling the process, handling the distractions, handling the newness of this game and this matchup that you’d think the unfamiliarity might make it a problem. I don’t think it will be a problem.”

One member of the Seahawks organization that does have some familiarity with the big game is linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr., who won three straight Super Bowls with the Cowboys and 49ers in the 1990s. I asked Norton Wednesday if he felt having more experience was a benefit in the latter games.

“It didn’t then. Once all the hoopla and buildup is over with, it comes down to playing ball,” Norton said. “Who can execute? Who can tackle? Who can block? The game is still the same. The surroundings may be different, but once we get to the ball it’s all about attacking the football and that’s what we do pretty good.”

Linebacker Malcolm Smith said that Norton has told the players to focus on the task at hand because it would be a shame to come this far and then lose because they weren’t preparing the right way for Sunday’s game. They’ll start doing that with a regular Wednesday practice that Smith said he’s looking forward to as a way to get into the headspace that Carroll and Norton want the team in come Sunday.

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15 Responses to “Pete Carroll: Lack of Super Bowl experience shouldn’t be a problem”
  1. beastmode5150 says: Jan 29, 2014 12:30 PM

    Experience has never worn a Uniform.

  2. chawk12thman says: Jan 29, 2014 12:34 PM

    Only approach to take. Frankly, never being there and being hungry, fresh and the young upstarts should help.

  3. thevikesarebest says: Jan 29, 2014 12:34 PM

    The seadderall shehawks will get abused.what will happen first,will Peyton hit 5 Tds before glassy harvin gets injured…AGAIN?

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 29, 2014 12:41 PM

    Not as long as his team doctor’s shipment of Chinese steroids and peptide hormones arrives at the safe shipping location.

  5. thealmightybigblue says: Jan 29, 2014 12:48 PM

    The New York Football Giants don’t have to worry about lack of Super Bowl experience.

  6. ajgreenhof says: Jan 29, 2014 12:50 PM

    Study film on how Belicheck looks on Superbowl day.

    When you win stand tall and smile proudly.

    When you lose stomp off the field when there is a play left in the game and give the champions a cold shoulder.

  7. fumblenuts says: Jan 29, 2014 12:50 PM

    If you don’t believe that the Hawks won’t be ready and hungry for the win then I have some oceanfront property to sell you in Arizona.

  8. thevikesarebest says: Jan 29, 2014 12:53 PM

    The vikings are the best franchise in the game,when you try us with a sorry franchise like the seahawks that’s the results you gon get!

  9. joetoronto says: Jan 29, 2014 1:01 PM

    “There’s a big emphasis about Super Bowl experience that I don’t think is that big a deal, since we have meds that’ll make them think they DO have experience” Carroll said.

  10. dwoofer says: Jan 29, 2014 1:04 PM

    Don’t worry, Pete will have them so stoked on PED’s, they won’t even know they are in the Super Bowl.

  11. uwsptke says: Jan 29, 2014 1:08 PM

    Super Bowl experience didn’t help the Steelers against the Packers in XLV. The Packers just took the normal game day approach. McCarthy said, “We’re not preparing to play in the Super Bowl; we’re preparing to play the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

  12. Go-Hawks! says: Jan 29, 2014 1:27 PM

    It is hilarious to see so many Vikings fans hate the Seahawks. Yes, we got burned on Harvins first year. But, hey, the Seahawks are in the Superbowl and the Vikings have a new coach.

    Have fun with that.

  13. trollhammer20 says: Jan 29, 2014 2:54 PM

    Super Bowl experience didn’t help the Minnesota Vikings of the 1970s, the Denver Broncos of the 1980s, or the Buffalo Bills of the 1990s.

  14. harveyredman says: Jan 29, 2014 4:53 PM

    How’d all the Superbowl experience help the Bills in the ’90’s…? lol

  15. unitasftw says: Jan 31, 2014 9:25 AM

    Peyton will win and put Eli fans in Hell. 🙂

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