There is one week until the Super Bowl and while the Patriots have been here before, it’s been a decade since their last victory. Of the players on the roster, only Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork experienced a Super Bowl victory with the Patriots, while Brandon Browner earned a ring with the Seahawks last season. Stephen Gostkowski and Dan Connolly have been on the roster for the past three Super Bowls, although Connolly spent the 2007 season on the New England practice squad.
The New England Patriots will face the Seattle Seahawks in this year’s Super Bowl. When looking to the opposing sideline, the team will see a familiar face: Pete Carroll, head coach of the Patriots from 1997 to 1999.
The Pete Carroll Era started after the Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXI loss. His predecessor, Bill Parcells, left the team due to disputes with owner Robert Kraft, who – in Parcells’ own words – did not let him “shop for some of the groceries”; a hint at the 1996 NFL Draft, when the team, to its head coach’s displeasure, drafted wide receiver Terry Glenn in the first round.
Experience doesn’t really provide an advantage when the Patriots are facing the reigning champions- but there are more than a handful of important players who were on the New England roster during the 2011 Super Bowl. The inexperienced members on the team will have to rely on them for insight on how to prepare for the most important game of the year.
Linebacker Jerod Mayo doesn’t seem concerned about the difference in Super Bowl experience. “I think guys [on the Patriots] know what they have to do- manage the anxiety and things like that,” Mayo stated. “Other than that, it’s going to be an exciting game. Seattle Seahawks, they have a great team. I know the guys are excited to put in a good week of practice and go out there and perform well.”
For the Patriots, the goal is to compartmentalize the noise and just focus on the opponent. They’re on to Seattle, as some might say, and the focus starts with the coaches. source. patspulpit.com
The Seattle Seahawks will begin their long trip south to Glendale, Arizona, on Sunday morning for Super Bowl XLIX. Before they fly out, thousands of 12s will line the streets in SeaTac to give them a proper send-off.
D’Alice Craig can’t believe 12 months have already gone by since she and her friends bid farewell to the Seahawks on their way to Super Bowl XLVIII. It was an experience they’ll never forget.
“As soon as you got off the freeway, you were honking your horn, had the windows rolled down, we were bumping Macklemore. It was so awesome,” said Craig. “Pete Carroll was sitting right in front of the first bus with his suit on and the smile on his face was unbelievable.”
There will be no access or staging areas Sunday morning along Seahawks Way just outside the Virginia Mason Athletic Facility, the Seahawks training facility in Renton. Fans can line the route to the airport along South 188th Street in SeaTac between 46th Avenue South and 28th Avenue South. Get there early to beat road closures, including the I-5 exit ramp to South 188th Street. It closes at 8:30 a.m.
The Seahawks encourage fans to park at Chinook Middle School, the Tyee Educational Complex, Bow Lake Elementary School, SeaTac City Hall, Angle Lake Park, or SeaTac International Airport. source: komonews.com
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