Carroll is much better versed on air pressure and ball handling now than he was a week ago. Until then, Carroll added, he had never checked on the pre-game process involving the equipment staff and the quarterback.
"Awareness is up," Carroll acknowledged.
Although there is natural speculation that Belichick's team will be distracted all week, Carroll expects the Patriots to "rally" around the issue.
- Carroll waxed philosophical on taciturn running back Marshawn Lynch when asked if the two had a talk about dealing with the media this week.
"He's a very unique individual and he has a way that we have embraced, that we understand Marshawn and we support him every way that we can. ... He's also a very private person, too. So that's why the media thing is at it is. ... There is a great deal spoken in his silence, as well.
"I expect him to have a great Super Bowl week. I think he's going to have a great time doing this and playing in this game come game day is something that he really cherishes, and he cherishes playing for his teammates, and we love him. But he is unique, and we have always celebrated the uniqueness of our players in a way that allows them to play at their best. It's what it's designed to do."
- Carroll updated the health of his key defensive backs. Sherman (elbow) practiced "well," while All-Pro safety Earl Thomas (shoulder) looked "fine" in his return to limited participation on Friday. Carroll did concede that both players will have to work through their injury issues during the game, as they are not 100 percent.
- Whereas the reigning Super Bowl champions' mantra last season was "Why not us?" Wilson revealed that this year's guiding mindset is "One mission." The one mission week-to-week was to go 1-0 en route to defending the NFL's crown. Mission accomplished.