Carroll says it's Sherman's call
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said yesterday it will be star cornerback Richard Sherman's decision whether to play in tomorrow's Super Bowl if his pregnant girlfriend goes into labour with the couple's first child sooner than expected.
Carroll said during a joint news conference with New England coach Bill Belichick that family comes first and "if (Sherman) is faced with that decision, we'll support him".
"He has an opportunity to face a big decision and whenever our players have a personal, family issue that comes up, it's always about family first and they can decide what is best for them, and I support that," Carroll said.
Favour for Dad
Sherman said on Thursday that the baby - a boy - isn't due for a couple of weeks and "he was going to do his father a favour," and wait to be born until after the game.
Carroll's comment regarding Sherman was the biggest news to come out of the final media availability with the coaches, as both were extremely complementary of the other. Carroll was clearly the more talkative of the two, although Belichick added quips throughout the 34-minute availability.
Carroll said the preparations for the week had a very similar feel to last year in New York prior to the Seahawks' victory over Denver.
"The process that we go through is very much the same. What changes is the team that you're playing and the challenges they present, which are extraordinary," Carroll said.