Seahawks Ready to Defend Title


Whitney Curtis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Seahawks are ready to defend their title.  Following their 43-8 win over the Broncos in Super Bowl 48, head coach Pete Carroll said the team will have a meeting on Tuesday once they return.

“The first meeting that we’ll have will be tomorrow. … Our guys would be surprised if we didn’t,” Carroll said Monday morning. “We really have an eye on what’s coming, and we don’t dwell on what just happened. We’ll take this in stride.”

Carroll believes in general manager John Schneider to keep this current roster intact as long as he can.

“John Schneider has done an extraordinary job of structuring this roster contractually and with the vision of looking ahead so that we can keep our guys together,” Carroll said. “One of the things that happens every so often is teams have a big fallout after they win the Super Bowl. We’re not in that situation.”

Super Bowl MVP linebacker Malcolm Smith is ready for another run in September.

“We’ve seen the effort that it takes to get to this point, and obviously we’ll try to replicate that and do it again,” Smith said. “We’re looking forward to the next challenges and guys having a target on their back and people trying to come after us.”

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