Experience overrated, according to Seattle coach Carroll

Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:18pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the build-up to Sunday's Super Bowl really kicked into motion on Wednesday with his players stepping up their preparation for the title clash against the Denver Broncos.

With their travel from the Pacific Northwest, acclimatization to surroundings and Media Day distractions out of the way, Carroll said his young, physical squad was now raring to go.

"This is a normal week for us now," Carroll told reporters.

"It's officially a ‘Competition Wednesday' for us, which means we're battling in practice today. Today is really about getting back to our football and getting right.

"That means that we want speed and tempo, the technique, all of the fundamental stuff that we emphasize on this day is at hand - no different than any other week that we've played."

The formula has worked for the Seahawks, the second youngest team, by average age, to reach the Super Bowl. They finished the regular season at 13-3, the same as Denver.

"It's a huge day to us. We have objectives and we'll be keeping score all day long today - somebody's going to win and somebody's going to lose," he said.

"I'm hoping that we'll have a very upbeat, very high-energy day at practice today.".   Continued...

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll looks on during their NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football practice in East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 29, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton