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By Alan Robinson
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 9:03 p.m.

“Beast Mode” took on a different meaning during the Seahawks' final pre-Super Bowl practice Friday when 318-pound tackle Breno Giacomini squeezed into 215-pound running back Marshawn Lynch's jersey. Four teammates switched jerseys as a way to loosen up the team before a 77-minute practice, held indoors but with the doors open to create temperatures much like those expected Sunday night at MetLife Stadium.

Love for long snapper

There was levity at the Broncos' practice, too, as a plane displaying a sign reading “Meet Aaron Brewer tonight at Time (sic) Square” flew overheard during a 30-minute outdoor walkthrough. Brewer is the long snapper — and there was no public appearance scheduled. Because coach John Fox felt the outdoor synthetic field at the Jets' complex was too hard, he moved the main practice indoors.

Let it snow?

There was humor at the commissioner's news conference; fake snowflakes fell as Roger Goodell was introduced, a reminder this is supposed to be the first outdoor, cold-weather title game of the Super Bowl era. But no snow is predicted, and the temperature might approach 50 on Sunday before cooling off into the 30s by the 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

Long walk home

Denver safety Mike Adams is promising to walk the approximately 9 miles between MetLife Stadium and his home in Paterson, N.J., if the Broncos win. Paterson already has had a pep rally for him this week.

“I was just thinking, if I go to the Super Bowl, I'm walking home,” Adams said, saying the AFC title game win over New England inspired him. “I'm keeping my equipment on, and I'm walking home. That's how it started. It seems like I have to prove you guys right, huh?”

Living up to his name?

So much is being made about Peyton Manning chasing a second Super Bowl ring as he approaches age 38 that cornerback Champ Bailey's attempt to win a first Super Bowl in his 15th NFL season often is overlooked. But not by Bailey. “Every year I don't have doubt that I could get there or my team could get there. I always think that I have a shot,” he said. “That's the only reason I still lace them up; because I want to play in games like this.“

Warming trend

The weather at the next three Super Bowl sites: Phoenix, 2015, sunny, 63 degrees (retractable roof stadium); Santa Clara-San Francisco, 2016, chance of rain, temperature in the high 40s (open air stadium); Houston, 2017, cloudy, 66 (retractable roof).

Coach ‘Stud'

During a two-man news conference Friday, Fox said the recovery time for his in-season open heart surgery was the same as for a sprained ankle. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll couldn't believe what he heard.

“What a stud. He's comparing an open-heart surgery and being on his back to an ankle sprain,” Carroll said.

Carroll's learning curve

Carroll was fired by the Patriots and Jets before going back to Southern Cal.

The Seahawks subsequently brought him back to the NFL, a hiring that wasn't universally praised in Seattle at the time.

“I personally don't feel like I've changed that much. I've just grown and learned how to better send the message out clearly and because the philosophy in my mind is more clear than it's ever been.”

Alan Robinson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @arobinson_Trib.

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