Joe Montana recently admitted on “NFL Total Access” that the Seattle Seahawks possess the “capability” to become the next dynasty in football.
Considering that he once played for a dynasty himself with their division rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, that’s some amazing praise.
But what is it exactly that makes the Seahawks so dominant? Their 43-8 thrashing of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII was certainly no fluke as they stifled one of the greatest offenses of all time, proving that defense indeed wins championships.
Before that they lost only three times during the regular season and none by a margin of victory greater than a touchdown. They’re not doing anything really groundbreaking. Just executing the gameplan, attacking on every down and playing to their strengths.
The scary part, however, is their youth. They have a hungry group of guys that they can switch up, plug into different schemes and find the same success. In a sense, they are the San Antonio Spurs of football.
A system that works.
Whether players are actually as good as they look when it comes to playing in a system, this has been a proven recipe for success at any level. On defense this is especially important to Seattle as they play a single high coverage system focuses on sideline to sideline coverage rather than attacking.
Meanwhile on offense, they have an effective run game led by Marshawn Lynch that is designed to pound the defense and open the pass for Russell Wilson and company.
The beauty of this style of play is that even with injuries or slumps, different personnel can be plugged in and you’d still see similar, if not the same, results.
That’s not to discredit the great players they have, but when the game becomes more of a team effort rather than relying on individual performances, that’s when you achieve greatness.
The Legion of Boom (plus the front seven).
While the Seattle Seahawks had the second best defense in the NFL for 2013 (right behind the Kansas City Chiefs), we all know who brings the pain.
The group led by cornerback Richard Sherman and the one-two safety knockout punch of Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas is hands down the best in the league. And while the team lost a few guys from the secondary to free agency, they’ll have a brand new crew of young talent ready to contribute.
The front seven proved their worth in the Super Bowl by pressuring Peyton Manning all night, and linebacker Malcolm Smith even won MVP thanks to a 69 yard interception return for a touchdown.
With their defense’s average age well under 30 and some raw young talent ready to help, this could be a dominant defense for years to come.
Russell Wilson is the perfect quarterback.
He has it all: The speed, the toughness, the decision making, plus he’s in the new “Entourage” movie! And, if there’s one thing we’ve learned about Russell, it’s that he always pushes himself no matter how far he gets.
He’s a gamer and will compete like he’s fighting to keep his job. But probably the most valuable part of his role on the team is his leadership. He makes players around him even better and has that special knack for giving his team what they need.
At just 5’11, Wilson had the disadvantage in the past of many scouts holding his size against him. One analyst even argued that he would’ve been the no. 1 overall pick of he were 6’5. Russell proved he’s number one with or without the extra inches.
Pete Carroll gets the best out of his players.
When he left USC, many people questioned not only his integrity but also his ability to perform in the NFL. Just three short years later, no one’s saying a thing.
Pete Carroll is much more than a coach; he’s a visionary. The feel he has for the game comes naturally and his techniques are revolutionary.
But his biggest influence on the team is his ability to get guys to compete, not only against the opposition, but against each other at practice.
Just like his days with the Trojans, he’s installed a fun, but effective way to get the best out of his players. The depth chart can change at any given moment and no matter who you are on the roster, you’ll get your shot.
Creating a winning culture isn’t an easy thing to do in the NFL, but Pete did that while making sure his guys always have a good time. Add this to his cunning defensive strategy and propensity for finding great value in the draft, and one could argue he’s the Russell Wilson of coaching.
The 12th man.
As corny as it sounds, the Seahawks have the best fans in the NFL. I mean, they have the decibel levels (and even seismic recordings) to prove it.
When you’re the home team at CenturyLink field, you can’t help but give it your all and play with the intensity of 67,000 plus fans cheering you on.
The 12th man has been receiving national recognition over the past few years now and it’s no gimmick. These truly are the loudest fans in sports and give their team an advantage like no other. Just ask Drew Brees and the Saints how their last visit went.
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