Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith and coach Pete Carroll both said that the Seahawks will be ready to defend their title.that he appeared at a news conference at a Manhattan hotel with linebacker Malcolm Smith, the MVP of Seattle’s 43-8 victory over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson just wrapped up his 2nd season in the league, as did Jermaine Kearse, who caught one of Wilson’s two touchdown passes Sunday. Doug Baldwin, who caught the other, is only three years in to his pro career, as are star cornerback Richard Sherman and Smith, who at 24 is the fourth-youngest player to be the Super Bowl MVP.
“We’ve seen the effort that it takes to get to this point, and obviously we’ll try to replicate that and do it again, ” Smith said. “We’re looking forward to the next challenges and guys having a target on their back and people trying to come after us. “
The core of Seattle’s defense also will remain intact next season. Of the 15 Seahawks who played at least 500 snaps on defense through the NFC Championship Game, defensive linemen Michael Bennett, Clinton McDonald and Tony McDaniel are the only three not under contract for 2014, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Smith became the third linebacker to earn Super Bowl MVP honors, thanks to a 69-yard touchdown return of an interception of regular-season MVP Manning in the first half and a fumble recovery in the second half.
He said that during the game some of his teammates were telling him, “You might be the MVP. “”And I was like, ‘No way. No way. maybe not me. ‘”There’s the need to replace players who leave via free agency as well as the need to pay other players with new, better-paying contracts.
“John Schneider has done an extraordinary job of structuring this roster contractually and with the vision of looking ahead so that we can keep our guys together, ” Carroll said. “One of the things that happens every so often is teams have a big fallout after they win the Super Bowl. We’re maybe not in that situation. “
Carroll was reminded during Sunday’s game of some of his blowout victories in bowl games when he was a championship-winning coach at Southern California. “It felt like it. It looked like it. The score was like it, ” that he said Monday.
“I really can not tell you exactly what it is, but something’s going on, because I sat back there at the end of the first quarter and said, ‘Shoot, here it goes, ‘” that he said. “Bang, bang, bang, bang, and it’s 22-0 at halftime.
“Carroll described the lopsided nature of the game as “kind of like an avalanche, ” an interesting choice of words given the hubbub last week – and, really, for months before that – over whether the first outdoor Super Bowl at a cold-weather site would be affected by snow.On Monday morning, meanwhile, driving snow hit the area and forecasts called forto 8 inches.”I don’t know how [NFL commissioner Roger Goodell] pulled this off, but he drawn off the weather in ideal fashion, ” Carroll joked. “The NFL is effective. ”