Super Bowl notebook: Lynch bolts another media session
By Alan Robinson
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 7:12 p.m.
For the second successive day, Lynch — the word-shy Seahawks running back — talked for only six minutes-plus Wednesday before excusing himself — snapping at a teammate along the way for blocking his exit.
During his brief few words, Lynch said fans don't care if he talks or not. “If y'all is saying y'all is a bridge from the players to the fans, and the fans really aren't tripping, then what's the point?” he said.
Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, the former Penn State player, tried to loosen up Lynch as a crowd of reporters surrounded a small group of players inside the team hotel. He answered several questions as Lynch would, ending every response with Lynch's favorite word “boss.”
Robinson also had Lynch take a picture of him and a group of reporters.
Broncos pad up in cold
Trying to set the proper Super Bowl-week tone, the Broncos passed up practicing indoors in the Jets' complex to work outside — and in full pads.
Padded-up practices, as they are called, are uncommon so late in the season, but several Broncos said they were a Wednesday staple for all but a couple of weeks during this season.
Broncos coach John Fox installed a team curfew starting Wednesday night, but multiple players for both teams went into New York City on Monday and Tuesday nights for meals and relaxation.
“It's not college where they can keep you on a leash because you're 18, 19 or 20,” Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said. “He knows we'll be responsible because this is a job.”
Manning to test Sherman
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman doesn't believe he has an equal in pass coverage, but he's not even the highest-rated cornerback in the Super Bowl, based on Pro Football Focus' play-by-play grades.
Denver's Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is ranked fifth overall, while Sherman is sixth after allowing 30 catches on 60 passes thrown his way.
And Peyton Manning won't hesitate to test Sherman, saying, “On the teams I played on, I've always had some real good receivers, and we felt like we had to try to get them the ball. That was the best way for us to win. This team is no different.”
Close call for Gase
Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is one of the hottest head coaching prospects in the NFL, and he might have had the Browns job if he wanted it at age 35. But he almost left football while working as a low-paid grad assistant at LSU a dozen years ago.
“I remember sitting in an Applebee's, interviewing with a guy for an insurance salesman job and him basically telling me if I want to, move back to Mount Pleasant (Mich.) — and actually thinking that's what I was going to do,” Gase said. “Thankfully, three buddies from college talked me out of it.”
Colquitt born to punt
When it comes to punting, Denver's Britton Colquitt was born to boot the football.
Colquitt's father, Craig, won two Super Bowl rings while punting for the Steelers during a seven-year NFL career.
“It's really crazy,” Britton said. “When you grow up around it, that's what you know. All I see is Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl stuff on the wall. It was kind of normal to me.”
Broncos' ‘Pot Roast' relates to ex-Steeler Hampton
Only a player nicknamed “Pot Roast” could identify with one nicknamed “Snack.”
Former Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton weighed upwards of 350 pounds while effectively patrolling the line of scrimmage for more than a decade, so he wasn't held up by many NFL players as a role model. But he was that and more to Denver defensive lineman Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton, whose disruptive play was pivotal in the Broncos' AFC championship game win over New England.
Knighton, a former Temple player who joined the Broncos via trade in 2009, admits to weighing at least 330. So he closely studied other similarly sized linemen, including Vince Wilfork, Haloti Ngata and, especially, Hampton.
“I watched a lot of the big guys that moved well and had quick feet,” Knighton said. “I watched him (Hampton) a lot. Casey Hampton has good pre-snap indicators, and he does a good job with his hands — that's what I took from his game, his hand placement, having quick hands and keeping the o-linemen up off you. They never got close to him. He was always in control of blocks.”
Hence a role model — and an XXXL-sized one at that.
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