The Seahawks spent all season being a physical football team and they weren’t about to run away from what got them to the Super Bowl when it came time to face the Broncos.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll appeared with “Brock and Danny” on 710 ESPN Seattle on Tuesday and said that the Seahawks emphasized the need to “outhit” the Broncos during the two weeks leading up to the game. A big hit by safety Kam Chancellor on Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on the first Denver completion of the game showed the message hit home.
“We really made the decision early to stay with what we know really well and demonstrate to our guys that we believe in them and trust them,” Carroll said. “Let’s play the way we want to play. The more we looked at it, the more excited we got about it. We really felt like we could knock the crud out of these guys.”
Their feeling proved to be correct and Carroll offered further praise for the job his team did preparing for the game.
“There were no surprises in this game,” Carroll said. “It was just who is going to make the next hit, the next statement.”
It’s been said that luck is the residue of design. For the Seahawks, so was a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.