EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — In the midst of being reclusive for most of the week leading up to his first Super Bowl, Marshawn Lynch spoke a truth about his Seattle Seahawks.
What they might lack with a roster void of Super Bowl experience, they make up for with an attitude and approach that Pete Carroll has instilled from the moment he landed in Seattle.
"I stay ready," Lynch said. "So there ain't no getting ready."
If there is an overbearing quality Carroll has produced in his four seasons in charge of the Seahawks it's a continuous trend of always being competitive. They don't get blown out. They don't get overwhelmed. They don't succumb in the moment. They treat each week as an individual, singular event.
The Seahawks are trained to operate in this manner and it's why even against Peyton Manning, even against the most prolific, pass-happy offense in NFL history, Carroll's team will not be astounded by what they walk into Sunday night at MetLife Stadium.
"You don't see nervousness in guys' eyes," Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said. "You don't see guys acting any different than they would on any other day or any other week of the season. They're going out there and following the same routine as they have all season long. You just get the sense that guys are comfortable in the situation and comfortable in the moment because you don't really think about the moment."
Seattle's been on this stage once before, eight years ago with a completely different style of team that was unable to match the physicality of Pittsburgh.
Thing is, this version of the Seahawks look awfully familiar to that Steelers team.
Ben Roethlisberger was in his second season as the Steelers' quarterback, just like Russell Wilson is with Seattle. Roethlisberger was less of a passer at that time because the Steelers had a running game led by Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis that was in the top five in the NFL during the regular season. The Steelers also had a defense that was No. 4 in the league during the regular season.
It might be a painful comparison for Seattle fans, but the similarities are notable.
Wilson can win the game with his arm if needed but Lynch and the running game is always Seattle's priority. The Seahawks defense was the best in the NFL in scoring, total yards allowed and turnovers forced. They are unlike anything Manning and the Broncos have seen this season. Denver faced only two teams all season with total defenses that finished ranked in the top 10 when the regular season concluded.