Wide receiver Doug Baldwin speaks at a press conference Sunday night after the Seattle Seahawks arrived at their hotel in Jersey City, N.J. for the start of on-site preparations for Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos. (photo by Curtis Crabtree / Sports Radio 950 KJR)
by Curtis Crabtree
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos both arrived in New Jersey on Sunday, a week ahead of their meeting in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The Broncos flight got into Newark, N.J. at approximately 4 p.m. ET while the Seahawks landed a few hours later at 7 p.m.
Head coach Pete Carroll made special note of the reception the team saw as they made their way to Sea-Tac Airport late Sunday morning.
"We had an extraordinary sendoff," Carroll said. "When we got down to the last stretch, there were thousands of people lining the streets. The bus could (only) go two miles an hour because they had swarmed into the streets. It was just enough room for the bus. It was really fun to see. They weren’t just waving; they were jumping up and down and cheering, just like the 12s do."
"It was extraordinary fun for everyone to see that. Everyone had a blast. They pounded on the bus and the whole thing."
Now that the team is in New Jersey, the work resumes.
Seattle installed their entire game plan for their matchup with the Broncos last week in the comforts of the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. This week will be mainly be used to make minor adjustments and additions.
With the increased media obligations during the week leading up to the Super Bowl, the coaching staff wanted to get the heavy lifting accomplished in familiar fashion.
Carroll said the team will try to keep everything as normal as possible given the media requirements for the week, but acknowledged some of the difficulties to the process.
Carroll added the team would like to practice outside this week, if the weather allows for it. The Seahawks will practice at the New York Giants training facility this week, which is located right next to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
"I understand there’s snow on the field and they’re somewhat frozen, so we could likely be indoors for most of the week," Carroll said. "As we always do, we’ll figure that out on a day-to-day basis. We like to get out when we can. We’ll have to see if it’s available to us."
Doug Baldwin reflects on early days of Richard Sherman, the cornerback:
WR Doug Baldwin has known CB Richard Sherman since long before he became the best cornerback in the NFL.
Sherman converted to cornerback midway through his time at Stanford University after initially playing wide receiver for the Cardinal. Sherman moved to the defensive side of the ball for the final two years of his college career at Stanford.
However, Baldwin says the transition wasn't seamless for Sherman by any stretch.
"To be honest, when he first switched over he was awful, he was terrible," Baldwin said. "He couldn’t backpedal, he couldn’t track the ball, and he didn’t really try to quick jam, because he would get lost at the line of scrimmage."
What a difference a few years can make.
Baldwin said he always felt Sherman would succeed following the position switch due to his desire to be the best and his work ethic.
"We had wonderful coaches at Stanford, they kind of honed in his skills, made him focus more on the details and then when he got here he kind of blossomed into amazing defensive back that he is now," Baldwin said.
"He never in his mind had doubt that he would be one of the greatest, he’s always said that he was going to be one of the greatest whether he was going to be a receiver or a defensive back. I had no doubt in him as well because I know how hard he works."