Super Bowl media day can be a frenzy.
Say one silly remark and it will be blown out of proportion in a heartbeat.
No chance of that with Desert Vista graduate Zach Miller as the Seattle tight end stayed on the straight and narrow per usual.
Here is the transcript of Miller's back and forth with the media in New York today.
(Check out Friday's edition of the AFN to see a story about Miller and his brother Brent)
TIGHT END ZACH MILLER
(on the week so far) "It's been pretty unusual for a trip like this, just getting used to everything. Got a chance to go to the Giants facility today, we got a practice in there so kind of got our surroundings acclimated and kind of got used to everything."
(on if he has been involved in any events that compare) "Of course nothing of this magnitude, but my brother and I were talking and we played college football together at ASU, it's kind of like a bowl game in that sense that you're here for a week and there's always events."
(on if they'll change the way they do things based on the weather) "No, I don't think we're really thinking that's going to be an issue. Obviously we're used to all kinds of weather; we practice outside as much as we can when we're back home in Seattle. So I think we'll be ok with whatever the conditions are. Obviously it's going to be a little colder than we're used to, but we've got some cold days out there in Seattle too. I don't think we're too worried about it; if it snows, it snows, and I think it will make the game more fun."
(on Seahawks WR Percy Harvin) "I think he's just an offensive weapon. You've seen the kind of speed he has; he's a playmaker, he catches the ball so well, he makes plays. Just having him on the field, defenses have to account for him, and if you can get the ball in his hands as often as possible, it's a good thing for an offense."
(on wind affecting the passing game) "I think wind is one of the biggest things that can disrupt a passing game. I think if you talk to any quarterback, they'll agree with that because it really just changes the ball flight. Long downfield throws, it's tough to be as accurate when you have wind in play. So if that's an issue we have to deal with, I think we know how to run the football and we'll do more of that. It's something that we might have to deal with on gameday, but until we know exactly how it's going to be really, there's no point in thinking about it."
(on the Seahawks offensive line) "I really feel like the offensive line, as we've gotten our starters back throughout the season, it's kind of gelled more for us. The run game's gotten more on point. Pass blocking, pass protection has held up better. Any time you're missing some of your starters, some guys that are quality players, it really hurts. It helps to have the continuity as an offense, understanding when those five o-linemen are working together, plus me at times and the running backs, that you need all that in pass protection."
(on the Seahawks offense) "I feel like as an offense, you've got to be able to do it all to keep the defense guessing. You want to be balanced if you can be. If the running game is just working better that day, is it better to run the ball? Sometimes, yeah. But what if the passing game is really clicking that day? You should be able to pass it a little more. So I think we can kind of slip and slide, and do what's most effective on a given day."
(on the coldest game he has played in) “I played in a game in Green Bay when I was a rookie, so a little while ago now, back in 2007. I think it was like five or ten degrees, something along those lines. That’s the coldest one I remember.”
(on if the weather really matters) “Yeah, it doesn’t matter. You know, it’s just something to focus on and be aware of, and not be surprised by something. But it’s not going to distract us. It’s not going to be any reason why we don’t win on Sunday.”
(on if the Seahawks can win in a shootout) “I think obviously with our defense, we haven’t been in many shootouts. Our defense has played so well. When our passing game is clicking, I think we’re explosive and we have explosive receivers. Russell (Wilson) can throw the ball all over the field, and he’s so confident. He can handle it. He can make all the throws, he can throw the deep ball just extremely well. We like to score a ton of points, and we’ve scored tons of points in the past before. So if we need it, I have no qualms about us being able to do it. It’s just a matter of if it comes up.”
(on if they have experimented in practice for weather conditions) “Yeah, we’ve wet the football before. If we know it’s going to be a rain game in Seattle, we’ll douse the balls in water before a period in practice. Someone has their rain gloves on during practice and it’s not raining out, but we’re simulating it. So we know how to do that. We’re going to have it as cold as we can, practice with the cold this week just to prep us for that. Everything else, the wind, you just have to adjust to it.”
(on today’s practice) “Yeah, it was great to get out there and go see the Giants’ facility, and kind of get back to football, because it hasn’t been really about football the last couple days with travel and all that. So nice to get back into our gameplans, get focused on the game and what we can do to get better for this week, and kind of roll into a regular week; as regular as we can keep it.”
(on balancing work with enjoying the whole experience) “I think you enjoy it, but you’ve got to know at the end of the day, we’re here to win a football game, so all our focus has to be on that. If it comes down to a distraction out there and not doing something, I think guys are going to err on the side of not doing what that distraction is.”
(on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, and if he was skeptical of him at first) “Definitely when he showed up, you know, you do notice he’s shorter; he’s shorter than the average quarterback. So it’s something you notice, but just getting a chance to play with him for so long in that whole training camp when he was a rookie, in the offseason and how he handled himself; he wins you over really quick. You immediately notice that he’s a playmaker, that he knows exactly what he’s doing, and that he wants to win so bad. So you can’t help but just want to do well for him.”
(on if there can ever be too much preparation) “Probably not. It depends. You don’t want to be second guessing yourself. You want to still trust yourself, and just keep doing the things we’ve done throughout the whole year to get ready for a game, because there’s nothing we need to change or do differently.”
(on if he feels the Seahawks offense is being overshadowed by the Broncos offense) “Yeah, I mean obviously the number one offense versus the number one defense is going to get a lot of attention, and it deserves to. It’s a cool matchup. Seeing our defense play every week is something special. I think as an offensive player, I have plenty of confidence in our offense. When we’re playing well, we look really good. We just need to execute, and as long as we’re doing that, we’re going to be scoring points. I expect this game to be close throughout, so we’ll see.”
(on the Broncos defense) “The last two games obviously, they’ve played really well. They’re doing a good job of getting offenses off the field, stopping teams on third down. It’s tough to watch film from earlier in the season because they get such big leads that they’re playing different defenses than they do in the second half. So really watching the last two game tapes has been really good.”
(on the Seahawks secondary) “In training camp, we go against those guys all the time. Really, they are physical, and it’s tough to practice against them. Practices against Kam Chancellor is one of the toughest things I do all year. He’s such a physical safety. He’s huge for a safety that can run, and he can hit. So having that guy, and the corners obviously; I don’t go against them quite as much, but I see them play constantly and we battle at practice. Receivers are battling against the corners, tight ends against safeties, linebackers, that sort of thing. They’re just physical. Sometimes it seems like it’s illegal because it seems like it’s not fair, but they’re just winning. They’re jamming you up, and sometimes there’s nothing you can do about it.”