Kam Chancellor says Seahawks defense ‘has advantage’ against Broncos
Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) intercepts a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Kam Chancellor said he “has no idea” what to expect of Super Bowl Sunday as an event. As a game, on the other hand, Chancellor said the Seahawks are ready to play and excited for the opportunity.
Chancellor has recorded 99 tackles and three interceptions this year and is a valuable part of the Seahawks defense that is ranked No. 1 in the NFL.
In a press conference on Thursday, he said that he believes the Seahawks defense may have an “advantage” against Peyton Manning and the Broncos top-ranked offense.
“I’m going to say it’s an advantage,” Chancellor said. “We know what we’re going to run on defense, they know what they are going to run on offense. It’s just about manning up and playing ball.”
But, Chancellor said, that also means playing defense without worrying too much about outsmarting Manning or over-thinking his gestures on the field.
“It’s not worth it trying to figure out what he’s saying,” he said. “Just play your defense, play your coverage, [and] know what you [have] to do on your side of the ball.”
Earl Thomas, who also spoke to the media on Thursday, agreed.
“When a receiver catches the ball, we [have] to tackle him immediately,” Thomas said. “When we have a chance to put pressure on [Manning], we have to get to him and frustrate him.”
Thomas also said that he is proud of how far the Legion of Boom has come, especially since few recognized them as a unit early in the season.
“I think we’ve done great,” he said. “I think we’re the best tandem in the league because of our chemistry and the connection that we have.”
They will have a chance to show the nation their chemistry next Sunday as they try to help the Seahawks win their first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.
It’s a lot to ask of a relatively young team, but the Seahawks aren’t concerned. Not at all.
Even though no players on the Seahawks roster has experience in the Super Bowl, Chancellor said it doesn’t really matter.
“It’s just a football game,” said Chancellor. “At the end of the day it’s football. It’s running and hitting.”
Super Bowl XLVIII is scheduled to kick off on Feb. 2 at 3:25 p.m. PT.