While Super Bowl week is known for one notable event after the other, it's a bit of a slow burn. Things got off to a relatively quiet start on Monday, or at least as quiet as they can get when it comes to the Super Bowl.
Both teams went through brief practices on Monday, their first full day in New Jersey. The coaches and several players from both sides also met with the media. The session was small in comparison to what will happen on Tuesday with media day. One of the headline events of Super Bowl week, media day figures to be entertaining with so many notable players and interesting personalities on each side.
That, of course, includes Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman. His propensity to speak his mind has resulted in national headlines before, including after the NFC Championship game. With media members from around the world attending media day, Sherman figures to be a popular interview. So far, he's shied away from saying anything that could be considered bulletin board material.
Super Bowl media day has been known to spark some controversy. That included last year with Ed Reed's candid comments about concussions and Chris Culliver issuing an apology for an anti-gay remark made during media day. We'll find out what 2014 Super Bowl media day has in store soon enough. The Broncos are scheduled to meet the media from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. ET while the Seahawks will take their turn from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
- When the Seahawks head to media day, they may not be joined by teammate Marshawn Lynch. The media-shy Lynch said he's still deciding whether he will attend the mandatory session, according to NFL.com. Lynch was fined $50,000 earlier this season for not speaking to the media. The fine was rescinded with the idea Lynch would talk to the media for the rest of the season. He's obliged thus far, albeit with very brief once-a-week sessions. According to the terms of the appeal, Lynch would be fined the original $50,000 and at an additional fine of at least $50,000 if he didn't comply. That means missing the hour at media day could be worth at least $100,000 for Lynch.
- Denver practiced outside on an artificial field on Monday, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. John Fox said he'd prefer the team practice on outdoor grass fields, but snow accumulation is an issue.
- Seattle practiced indoors on Monday in what Pete Carroll described as a bonus walk-through, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
- After dealing with the flu last week, Denver kicker Matt Prater is close to healthy. He wasn't able to practice last week due to the illness, and before Monday he hadn't kicked since the AFC Championship. He took part in practice on Monday and said he will hopefully be back to normal in a couple of days.
- Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett were two of Seattle's big free agent acquisitions last offseason. Avril signed a two-year deal while Bennett inked a one-year deal. Both have played big roles for the Seahawks this season and on Monday both said they'd like to stay in Seattle long-term.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Super Bowl will be the third time Peyton Manning has faced a No. 1 scoring defense outdoors in the playoffs. He tallied one touchdown and six interceptions in the previous two.