By Peter Gleason
One of the oldest and grandest traditions in the NFL is opposition coaches blowing smoke up the asses of the media about an upcoming opponent.
Enter Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks, who play the Eagles this Sunday at the Linc in the wild card.
“They’re a championship team,” Carroll said during a conference call with reporters. “They’ve shown that makeup and I’m sure it comes right from the top.”
A lot has changed since the Eagles’ 17-9 loss to Seattle on Nov. 24.
Greg Ward was getting his first action of the season, Miles Sanders was still developing into a main running back, and Andre Dillard was playing right tackle for the first (and possibly only) time in his career.
“They’ve really rallied well,” Carroll said. “They’ve played like a championship team down the stretch, and to put together the four games to win it and to ice it with a big win over Dallas, it just shows that their leadership from the coaches on down is really strong. I mean, I really admirably watched them hang tough and put together a great finish to the year.”