Pete Carroll talked to the reporters this week about the significance of playing in New York this week, offering a gentle reminder – the Seahawks are playing in New Jersey.
“I asked how many of our guys have played in New York,” Carroll told reporters this week. “And a few guys raised their hands, and I said, ‘Well, we’re playing in New Jersey.’ ”
Yes, Pete, we understand the New York Giants’ new digs, MetLife Stadium, actually is in East Rutherford, N.J., seven miles west of midtown Manhattan.
Still, it’s the first time a Carroll-led NFL team will play in the New York area since his return to the league last year.
Carroll served as head coach of the New York Jets in 1994. The team had a 6-10 record and finished last in the AFC East.
The game also is an opportunity for Leon Washington to play in his former stomping grounds for the first time since playing for the Jets his first four years in the league, along with eight-year pro and Brooklyn-born Seattle defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove returning home.
“As far as the loudness of the stadium, the Giants fans have long money and have had season tickets forever, so they don’t really get as crunk (loud) as the Jets fans,” Washington said. “So I don’t think the crowd noise will play a significant role compared to what we get here. So it’s just a regular game – go out and play.”
John McGrath of The News Tribune dives into Seahawks running back Justin Forsett’s latest endorsement, the Shower Pill, an anti-bacterial body wipe used an alternative to a time-consuming shower. McGrath said it makes sense that Forsett is trumpeting the new product, since with only 10 carries on the season he probably hasn’t played enough to need one.
A saxophone-playing Sidney Rice made a cameo on The League last night. Check out a snippet of the video below.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides some news and notes from Thursday’s practice.
Sam Borden of the New York Times writes that Giants’ safety Deon Grant wants to make sure his teammates are not taking his former team.
Adam Caplan of Fox Sports reports the Seahawks worked out former San Francisco middle linebacker Scott McKillop on Thursday.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post takes a look at some of the base power run plays in the league.
Brian Burke of the New York Times Fifth Down blog gives Seattle a 19 percent win chance against the Giants.
Zach Berman of the New Jersey Star Ledger writes that running back Brandon Jacobs missed his second practice.