Carroll says nothing changes now

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle coach Pete Carroll emphasized that nothing will change in how the Seahawks prepare for the playoffs.

“Yeah that’s the whole idea,” Carroll said. “To get this point where we know what we’re doing and how we want to do it. So the language we’ll use this week will not change at all, and the perspective that we hold about what’s at stake and all that kind of stuff, we’re ready for all that.”

The Seahawks (13-3) have gone into each game this season calling it a championship opportunity. It was their way of expressing Carroll’s philosophy that no one game is more important than any other if they hope to reach their goals.

Obviously, each game is do or die now, but the overall approach and attitude will stay the same. Carroll brought up free safety Earl Thomas’ comment Sunday, after clinching the NFC West title and home-field advantage, how it felt normal to him.

“We want them to be comfortable with the expectations and the challenges to the point where they can function really well,” Carroll said. “So nothing has changed and nothing will change.”

The only thing that has changed for the Seahawks was some well-deserved time off after earning a first-round bye. The team will practice only Thursday and Friday this week, then take the weekend off and watch the games that involve their possible opponent.

Seattle will play New Orleans at CenturyLink Field on Jan. 11 (1:35 p.m. PT) if the Saints defeat the Eagles in Philadelphia on Saturday. If the Saints lose, the Seahawks will play the winner of the 49ers-Packers game played at Green Bay on Sunday.