The Seattle Seahawks head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles this Sunday in the wild-card round of the postseason. For many young players, this will be their very first experience in a playoff game.
Coach Pete Carroll had a message for his squad Friday after practice.
“That it’s just football – it’s the same as it is week in and week out – it’s not different,” Carroll said. “What makes it different is the way you perceive it. As soon as that ball is kicked off, this game is the same and we have to play like we’re capable and not try to play to the moment or to the matchup. They’ve heard that message from the older guys and the guys who have been around.”
And the mantra isn’t just for the rookies, it’s also for the seasoned veterans, some who will be making their career-first playoff appearance – like safety Quandre Diggs.
“Really, the whole buildup is with that messaging,” Carroll continued. “The same messaging you’re asking questions about a first-year guy, well here’s a guy that’s dreamed of being in the playoffs and now he gets a chance. That can change you and the whole point is to not let the event change you so that you can play like you’re capable.
“That’s been the message throughout the week.”