Carroll tells Seattle to forget win vs. Saints

Updated: January 6, 2014, 3:34 PM ET


By
Terry Blount | ESPN.com


RENTON, Wash. — Throw it out. That was coach Pete Carroll’s message to the Seattle Seahawks about the rematch with the New Orleans Saints.

Carroll said his team’s 34-7 home victory six weeks ago doesn’t mean a thing ahead of the teams’ playoff game Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

“We start all over again,” Carroll said Monday. “It has nothing to do with what happened before. We don’t care about that. Obviously, we learned and gained information for the game, as they did, but we start from scratch.

“We will take a look at what’s happened since we played them and what they’ve done. But it would be a mistake to try to call it based on what’s happened in the past.”

Do players automatically know that?

“Oh, no,” Carroll said. “There are no automatics here. They’re going to hear about it. It’s human nature that you would like to think it’s going to be the same. But we have to know better than that. We need to respect this for what it is, a great championship matchup, and they’re going to come loaded up.”

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