NEW YORK — Since they won the NFC title nine days ago, much has been said and written about the Seattle Seahawks’ lack of Super Bowl experience.
While no one on their 53-man active roster has played in a Super Bowl, second-year quarterback Russell Wilson made sure he was prepared for it when the time came.
Wilson will take his first snap in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday when the Seahawks take on the AFC champion Denver Broncos in MetLife Stadium, but he may feel more like a seasoned veteran thanks to his experience in New Orleans a year ago.
Wilson’s main objective in going to the Big Easy wasn’t to party, but to envision what it’d be like when the Seahawks got there.
“I went to the Super Bowl just to observe and watch and do some broadcasting stuff, but my main objective within all of that was to get prepared for the situation,” Wilson said. “Just observing and noticing the time that it took in terms of pregame, in terms of halftime, you never know what may happen.
“You always have to be prepared for that. I think the biggest thing for our team is noticing that circumstances are a little bit different. At the same time, it still feels like 100 yards (long) and 53 and a third (yards wide). It doesn’t change.”
Leaning on Brees
Before the Seahawks played the New Orleans Saints in early December, Wilson talked about how he has closely followed the career of Drew Brees — mainly because they’re both slight in stature compared to the prototypical NFL quarterback.
To add to his research on playing in the league’s title game, Wilson said he also chatted with Brees, the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLIV, last week.
“We’ve been in communication over the past week, just (talking) about the experience,” Wilson said. “Like I said, he knows that I look up to him. He’s a great individual, and he was just talking about the experience.
“I’ve read his book several times. … He’s just a great inspiration. He’s a guy that does things right, a guy that is a great leader and is so poised in big situations. That’s the thing you notice about him.”
Getting into it
The Seahawks and Broncos, who are both used to playing in colder climates, arrived in New Jersey on Sunday evening and were on the practice field Monday.
The Seahawks will practice this week at New York Giants headquarters in East Rutherford, while the Broncos will work at the New York Jets’ training facility in Florham Park.
Both teams on Tuesday will attend Media Day, which is typically held on the floor of the stadium where the game is played. But this time, it’ll be at the Prudential Center — home of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.
Being inside is a good idea. A low of 12 degrees was forecast for Monday night with a temperature of 15 for the Broncos’ media session that begins at 10:30 a.m. local time.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and Broncos counterpart John Fox are returning to a familiar area.
Carroll had a 6-10 record in his only season as the Jets head coach in 1994 after spending the previous four seasons as their defensive coordinator.
Fox served a five-year stint as Giants defensive coordinator from 1997 to 2001 before taking the Carolina Panthers’ head coaching job in 2002.
Both men coached those teams in old Giants Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands — just a football field or two away from the new MetLife Stadium where they’ll meet Sunday for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
You knew it wouldn’t take long this week for Fox to be asked about the meaning of the now-famous “Omaha,” which quarterback Peyton Manning often barks out during pre-snap reads.
While Fox wouldn’t get into specifics, for obvious reasons, he made it clear he’s not thrilled the NFL puts microphones on linemen.
“There is a lot of communication that goes on at the line of scrimmage in today’s NFL, and that is both offense and defense — even special teams,” he said. “You’ll see hand signals, you’ll see different things, even in the kicking game. When you give people 18 hours a day to think of stuff, this is what we do.”