Carroll, Hawks partied hard, expect return
NEW YORK — Coach Pete Carroll said owner Paul Allen played “big licks” with his own band on stage late into the night at the Seattle Seahawks team party following Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII victory.
“Sleep wasn’t in order last night,” Carroll said Monday at the Sheraton New York press conference. “There wasn’t much of it. We can sleep some other time.”
The Seahawks throttled the Denver Broncos 43-8 at MetLife Stadium, earning the first sports championship for Seattle since the NBA’s Sonics in 1979.
“I think it’s unique it was here in New York/New Jersey,” Carroll said. “I know there was concern about the weather and all but that wasn’t an issue, it was just a great event.”
Delays of up to 90 minutes were seen on public transit from New York to East Rutherford, N.J. Some trains from New York to Secaucus, N.J., where free shuttles were available to the game, experienced delays of more than an hour.
“We had a couple things we obviously will review and improve on,” commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday morning, congratulating the region on a successful week.
“We are thrilled with not only their effort but the outcome,” Goodell said. “Obviously our work continues today, getting our fans back home.”
Weather did not impact the game. Light drizzle fell during the game, which kicked off with a temperature near 50 degrees, and grew to rain and then heavy snow by early morning Monday. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning calling for five to eight inches of snow by 7 p.m. ET.
There was plenty of sun and relative warmth Saturday and Sunday. Goodell said close to 25,000 people used the NFL-staged toboggan run and more than 1.25 million experience Super Bowl Boulevard.
“Nineteen teams now have won a Super Bowl amongst our 32,” Goodell said. “I guess most importantly for Pete Carroll and Seahawks fans, they have the youngest team in the league right now.
Carroll, who coached the Jets 20 years ago, said the Seahawks envisioned this moment from the time he was hired. He said the mentality is not arrogant, it was to build a foundation of confidence the team created with a strict, disciplined approach.
“We had an extraordinary week in the area,” Carroll said. “It was a great week. Everything went just exactly as we had hoped, of course the game did as well, so we’re really happy about that.”
One of the young players Carroll built a trust level with, linebacker Malcolm Smith, played for Carroll at USC. He was the 242nd overall pick in the draft, not invited to the Scouting Combine and became the ninth defensive player to win Super Bowl MVP. Smith was asked if he considered when he left Seattle that he might need a suit for the MVP press conference.
“I’m dressed to go to Disney World,” Smith said Monday morning. “We had a lot of guys, for it to be me I’m surprised but excited.”
Seattle led the NFL with 39 regular-season turnovers and tacked on four Sunday.
Carroll said flattering conversation about the Seahawks as a great defense in line with the 2000 Ravens or 1985 Bears isn’t on his mind, and he’s not able to measure whether the Seahawks belong at this stage.
That will come in time, with multiple successes on the Super Bowl stage, Carroll said. While schools in the Seattle region are expected to be closed Wednesday when the Seahawks celebrate with a championship parade through downtown at 11 a.m. Pacific, the mantra of the team to be “Seahawks 24/7 and Leave No Doubt” won’t be paused.
“The first meeting that we’ll have will be tomorrow,” Carroll said. “Our guys would be surprised if we didn’t. We really have an eye on what’s coming and don’t dwell on what happened. We’ll have a celebration with our fans Wednesday and enjoy it.
“I think we are in a very fortunate situation. One of the things that happen is teams have a big fallout after the Super Bowl. We won’t do that.”