The more they claimed they didn't want to talk about it, the more they had to say.
A return trip to the Meadowlands for the Super Bowl hardly was a taboo subject after the Seahawks manhandled the New York Giants 23-0 on Sunday. With the way other contenders are betraying their weaknesses — and with the NFC road to East Rutherford almost certainly running through Seattle — Pete Carroll and crew should embrace the topic.
No team has more of a Super look than the Seahawks.
"Obviously, getting a huge win here is a great thing for us," Russell Wilson said. "You get good vibes when you come back. That's a positive thing. New York City, Jersey, wherever we want to call it, is a great place to play. So, if we can get there, that'll be great."
Few NFL teams would openly address such a scenario. But the Seahawks hardly were reticent about it, just another example of the way Carroll runs his program.
Yes, program, as in a college team. The success Carroll had at Southern California has carried into the pros in great part because he never lets the enthusiasm meter dip. After his players speak at a podium to the media, they punctuate their comments with "Go Hawks."
These Hawks very easily could go to the Super Bowl. The defense is deep, versatile, aggressive and smart. The offense — built around Wilson's adaptability and playmaking at quarterback, the bruising "Beast Mode" runs of Marshawn Lynch, and receivers who deserve more credit than they get — is championship caliber.
So let them talk about it, if at first reservedly, and then more fervently.
"It's important to come to New York, knowing it's snowing out here," said cornerback Byron Maxwell, who had two of the five interceptions off Eli Manning. "You know what it is. It happened in the game, we were talking, and we said, 'You know, the Super Bowl's here.'
"But then you get focused."