Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks speaks to the media during an availability January 29, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet at Super Bowl XLVIII at Metlife Stadium on February 2, 2014. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - The media onslaught for the players that will take the field at MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII is now officially over.
The players for both the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks were available to the media for one last time Thursday morning. Now the players will have the rest of the weekend to purely focus on the game.
For the most part, the Seahawks appeared to have handled the extra attention as well as can be expected (with the notable expection of RB Marshawn Lynch - who did speak more freely with the media on Thursday that he had all week).
LB O'Brien Schofield compared the experience to a slightly different league-run event.
"It kind of reminds me of the combine," Schofield said. "There's a lot of waking up early and meetings and sitting and waiting until you're needed and then going out and practicing."
Seattle has been preparing for the Broncos for nearly two weeks now, an eternity in the NFL. Usual procedure during bye weeks is for teams to practice their own playbooks to clean up areas that may have slipped in prior weeks. But for the Super Bowl, that protocol is thrown out the window.
With the extra commitments required during Super Bowl week, the Seahawks installed their game plans last week in Seattle before heading east. Thursday afternoon's practice will be the sixth day of work the team has put together in preparation for the Broncos. Typical game week preparation usually involved just three or four practices.
Both teams have to fight the urge to prepare too much. With so much time to analyze and delve into tendencies and game plans, the amount of information consumed can become a bit of an overload.
"I think you can kind of do too much," S Kam Chancellor said. "I think you can kind of look at too much also on film. I think once you find your formula and you find what you need to know, the exact things you need to know, I think you just need to stick with that and go with it.
"If it's something you didn't see on film and they run it, just react. Be athletic, be disciplined to your coverage or whatever you're in and react."
Just like the fans back in Seattle, the Seahawks themselves seem to be ready to get on the field and get playing for the right to hoist the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night.
"Everybody is just ready to play. We've been doing this for two weeks. I think that's the longest we've had to prepare for a team. Everyone is really confident in where we're at in practices and we're just sharpening that knife," Schofield said.
However, the wait will have to continue a little while longer. The Seahawks will have one final practice on Friday with a walkthrough on Saturday. Kickoff for the game Sunday is scheduled for just after 6:30 p.m.