Super bowl notes: Seahawks, Broncos avoiding pre-game jitters

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll walks during their NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football practice...

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll walks during their NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football practice in East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 31, 2014. (REUTERS)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:14 PM ET

NEW YORK - If the Seattle Seahawks are having pre-Super Bowl jitters, they certainly weren’t showing it on Saturday as they went through their final workout before The Big Game.

And it was coach Pete Carroll who played the role of ringleader in his efforts to set a light-hearted tone.

According to the NFC pool reporter who was on hand for the walk-through, Carroll came over to the sidelines to greet former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander and a friend.

As the three men chatted, Carroll made sure they were situated right behind the punter, who was poised to boot the ball downfield.

All pieces were in place for Carroll’s practical joke.

Sure enough, when the ball was snapped, Carroll, Alexander and the punter all busted a move out of the way, leaving the unsuspecting buddy to take the spiralling pigskin right in the gut.

Cue the laughter.

That has been Carroll’s trademark since taking over in Seattle - keeping things upbeat and easy going.

And, thanks in part to their coach’s philosophy, it appears his team is feeling no pressure heading into Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

“We’re ready to go,” Carroll said. “That’s kind of how we are. I don’t know if it’s loose, but we’re where we’re supposed to be. This is how we always prepare. This is the exact routine we always do. And the guys did it perfectly today.

“It’s been great. We have no hesitation saying it’s been exactly what we hoped to get done. We’re physically right and mentally right and we’re ready to go.”


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