There are still nine days until the Super Bowl but already the pre-game talk is in full flow. Unsurprisingly it's the Seattle Seahawks secondary with most of the chatter so far.
Earlier this week, the NFL announced that Wes Welker would not be fined for a hit that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick called 'the worst play I've ever seen'.
The hit itself was thought to be a 'pick play' a play where a receiver purposely runs into a defensive back in order for a fellow receiver to get open. Welker's hit in question resulted in the Patriots Aquib Talib to leave the game with a knee injury.
Seattle's Earl Thomas said he was prepared for the Broncos tactics:
"That's how teams want to attack us now," Thomas said via the New York Daily News. "They don't want our big corners to press or they don't want us to mess up the timing, so getting us in condensed formations ... bunch formations, but we know that. We understand how teams want to attack us. That's the beauty of it."
Kam Chancellor, Thomas' defensive teammate said he was prepared to be more athletic than Welker:
"If (Welker's) coming at me to do a pick play, I'm going to try and get around him, I'm going to get around him and get to my guy. If I blatantly see him, I'm not just going to run into the guy and let my guy be wide open. I'm going to go around him and get to my guy (and) be athletic."
Although the NFL obviously did not deem Denver's play illegal in the last round, the ambiguity around the rules is sure to last all the way up to the big game in nine days time.