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NEW YORK — In an interview with the New York Post, Colin Kaepernick said Richard Sherman’s comments after the NFC Championship Game were “ridiculous” and that he knows Sherman is “afraid” of the 49ers receivers, adding, “That’s something I look forward to (exploiting) next year.”
“I think everyone knows his comments were ridiculous,” Kaepernick said, referring to the FOX Sports postgame interview in which Sherman criticized 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree and said he (Sherman) was the best cornerback in the NFL.
“As my dad has always told me, if you have to tell people how good you are, then how good are you really?” Kaepernick added, according to the Post. “If you have to go on national TV and try to say you’re the best cornerback in the league, then you’ve got your own insecurities.”
Kaepernick said Sherman “made a good play on that ball” on the pass he tipped to Crabtree that was intercepted by another player, “but if I throw it a foot farther, it’s a touchdown and now you’re the goat, Richard Sherman.”
Kaepernick said he looks forward to meeting Sherman and the Seahawks next season — and vowed that he will never fear Sherman, no matter how badly the throw to Crabtree turned out.
“I’ll take that matchup every day,” Kaepernick said. “I feel like he’s afraid of our receivers, and that’s something I look forward to [exploiting] next year.”
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The Seahawks completed their media interview obligations Thursday prior to the Super Bowl and got in what several players described as a great practice.
“Another great day of work in the books,” wide receiver Golden Tate tweeted. “The big day is getting closer.”
“Man these past two practices have been ridiculous,” Doug Baldwin tweeted Thursday afternoon. “Can’t wait!”
Cornerback Walter Thurmond tweeted, “In my opinion, today was the best practice we had all year. Really, two weeks to prepare, smh. Guys are flying around, feels good.”
In an interview with Q13 FOX Sports that will be broadcast in its entirety Saturday at 6 p.m., coach Pete Carroll said players are doing well with all of the distractions that come with Super Bowl week.
“I think they’re doing beautifully,” Carroll said of the players. “Everything seems really good. Really, they’re handling it perfectly, I think.”
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Coach Pete Carroll said in an exclusive interview Thursday that he believes the Seahawks players are handling the distractions of the Super Bowl well.
“Everything seems really good,” Carroll said. “They’re handling it perfectly, I think.”
He also said that Marshawn Lynch “is going to be fine,” despite the media uproar about Lynch’s brief appearances at the NFL players’ media availability sessions.
To see the entire Carroll interview, watch the Special Super Bowl edition of “Seahawks Saturday Night” from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Q13 FOX.
NEW YORK — Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has been stressing all along this team would not be where it is without each one of the players on the squad. And no better example of that is kicker Steven Hauschka and his unconventional path to Seattle.
Hauschka never intended to play football in college — he was on the soccer team. But a series of events led him to the college team and then the NFL.
Steven Hauschka has been an especially critical piece to the Hawks’ winning season this year. He hit 33 field goals thus season, including two game-winners in overtime, and it’s hard to believe that the kicker has only been playing football for about a decade.
Ironically, the team that Hauschka played for before the Seahawks was the Denver Broncos.
Hauschka was asked what it would mean to be in a situation to kick a game-winning field goal against his former team in Sunday’s Super Bowl. He said he’s just focusing on whatever he can do to help bring the Lombardi Trophy to Seattle.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin said Wednesday he expects he will be emotional just before the Super Bowl kick-off, “but at the same time I’ll be ready to play that game” Sunday.
Which is good news for Seahawks fans. Watch the video interview.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch answered a few questions before a packed media availability session for about seven minutes before he left Wednesday.
“I really don’t have much to say, boss, I really don’t,” Lynch said when asked why he was not speaking to the media more. “I appreciate it … (but) I don’t get it. I’m just here so I don’t get fined, boss. That’s the only reason why.
“Y’all say y’all is a bridge from the players to the fans, and the fans really ain’t really tripping, then what’s the point?” Lynch wondered. “What’s the purpose? They got my back. I appreciate that. But I don’t get what’s the bridge being built for.”
The NFL levied a $50,000 fine earlier in the season against Lynch for not speaking to reporters, but then put that on hold when he said he would comply with the NFL’s rules on media availability.
Later Wednesday, coach Pete Carroll defended his star player.
“Not everybody’s the same,” Carroll said. “In our program we understand that to a point … where we celebrate the individuality and uniqueness of our guys. We like to comply and do everything we can to the best of our abilities, but we are who we are. There’s people that are more available than others because they’re more comfortable with that, they feel good about that,” Carroll said.
He lasted about six minutes, 20 seconds at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday before he stood away by himself, and eventually gave an interview to NFL Network’s Deion Sanders.
Lynch will have to endure only one more media session — on Thursday — before Sunday’s Super Bowl.