Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll went 7-2 in bowl games as coach at the USC.
So it’s no surprise how he views Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto.
“It’s kind of like a bowl game,” Carroll told Buffalo-area reporters on a conference call. “Here, go play at somebody else’s place and see what happens.”
Carroll jumped from USC to the Seahawks in 2010.
Told that Sunday’s forecast in Orchard Park called for 40 degrees and rain, Carroll said: “Wow. I think it’s a great opportunity. I love playing in Canada. It’ll be a fun experience, and I won’t miss that day at Rich Stadium. It’ll be just fine.”
Does Carroll think the NFL schedule maker allowed him to dodge a bullet? “If we weren’t playing at (Seattle’s) Century Link I would think that we would have lost a bit of an advantage. If we go play somewhere else at a different site and we were playing up in Vancouver, I would think that would be different. It’s going to be a different makeup in the crowd. But it’s not going to factor into anything that we’re doing or our approach unless it does. And if it does, hopefully we’ll be the beneficiary of it.”
Seattle will wear its “Wolf Grey” uniforms for the first time Sunday. It’s Seattle’s alternate, or third, uniform. The Seahawks redesigned their uniforms this year. Their normal road uniforms have white shirts, white pants and blue trim. The “Wolf Grey” has gray shirts and pants with blue numbers and blue and green trim.
The rapper PSY will perform his hit “Gangnam Style” at halftime at Rogers Centre. The YouTube video of the song had been played 948 million times as of Thursday.
The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation on Wednesday presented a $66,000 check to two dozen Western New York not-for-profit groups during its annual luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
The primary recipient was the American Diabetes Association.
“This really is the highlight of the year for our foundation”, said former Bills tight end Charley Ferguson, the alumni treasurer. “These organizations that receive this support from us are so very appreciative, and we are happy to help them out in any way possible so they may continue bringing those needed programs and services to our community.”
The foundation, created in 1999, has given more than $1.6 million to Buffalo-area charities.
Bills right tackle Erik Pears was walking around the locker room Wednesday. That was a good sign. Pears just got off crutches this week after having hip surgery at midseason.
“They feel good about it,” Pears said, referring to his doctors. “I should be running by the end of April, and I’m looking forward to having an offseason of conditioning and being able to be back the way I should be. I fully expect to be 100 percent.”
Pears had surgery to repair a sports hernia last offseason, but had a tough training camp. He wasn’t cleared to practice until the week before camp started, and he had to sit out a good amount of the summer. He was able to start the first seven games before going on the injured reserve list.
Bills linebacker Nick Barnett sat out practice again Thursday due to a sore knee. Coach Chan Gailey said he still thinks Barnett will face the Seahawks. Defenders Jairus Byrd, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Spencer Johnson and Leodis McKelvin, all of whom sat out Wednesday, were back working Thursday. Defensive end Mark Anderson, out since Week Five with a knee injury, was able to practice a second straight day.
Seattle’s top receiver, Sidney Rice, sat out again with a foot injury. Other starters sitting out were safety Kam Chancellor (groin) and defensive end Red Bryant (foot).
Carroll recruited Bills defensive end Kyle Moore out of Warner Robins, Ga., to play for him at USC, and Moore played for the Trojans from 2005-08.
“When we went to recruit outside of California, we had the criteria that we wanted to recruit what we thought would be a profile No. 1 draft pick,” Carroll said. “And we thought that Kyle had that makeup. He was fast enough, he was long enough. He was a really good all-around athlete. ... I think he’s a great talent for those guys.”
Moore wound up being a fourth-round pick of Tampa Bay in 2009. He has three sacks this season.
“It’s an NFL factory out there at USC, especially at the time I was there and we had just won a national championship,” Moore said. “We had all these big guys. I had come from a high school where we won but we didn’t win enough for me. He came all the way to Warner Robins, Ga., and found me, and that’s the reason I went.”