RENTON, Wash. - A month ago, Pete Carroll downplayed the significance of his Seahawks' Dec. 15 game at MetLife Stadium against the Giants. It wasn't the time to talk about the possibility of coming back for the Super Bowl, he'd said.
Now that time has come.
With the Seahawks advancing to Super Bowl XLVIII, Carroll said Monday that already having played in the stadium this season will be a benefit to his team. Of course, it might not be an advantage. The Broncos also played there in Week 2. Seattle and Denver outscored the Giants 64-23.
"We'll be staying at the same hotel, we'll be in the same locker room. We played well in that stadium," Carroll said of Seattle's 23-0 win. "Hopefully we'll utilize that."
A bowl is a bowl
The Seahawks are the first team since the 1990 Bills to advance to the Super Bowl without any players on the roster who have played in the big game previously. But that doesn't mean they lack experience.
"We've been to a lot of bowl games, you know?" Carroll said, referencing his tenure at Southern California. "This kind of seems very similar. We'll be there for a week.
"Our guys that have been through this in the years past, we kind of feel like we've been there before. Not the Super Bowl, but the event leading up to a big game."
Carroll was asked if coaching in the Super Bowl in New Jersey brings his career full circle, given that his career as a head coach began with the Jets in 1994. "My first time as a head coach in New York was kind of in the middle of the circle somewhere, or maybe it wasn't even a circle," he said. "It might have been some other shape." Carroll was fired after going 6-10 . . . A truck carrying much of Seattle's gear departed Monday night for the cross-country drive . . . The Seahawks will practice Wednesday and Carroll said he expects WR Percy Harvin (concussion) to be cleared to participate.