If you haven’t heard or seen it yet (where were you yesterday) the Seattle Seahawks received their Super Bowl rings in all its glory, officially closing the book on the extra-curricular activities from the 2014 NFL Championship.
Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks have been insisting that the Super Bowl is in the past and adamant that they are moving forward. After a crazy-busy offseason that included a super-celebration through downtown Seattle with the community, Wilson taking some time for baseball in Texas, a team trip to the White House, more Richard Sherman drama with the other corners in the league and finally culminating in the Super Bowl ring ceremony yesterday…
Well it’s time to officially put it in the past and get on to working for another. The team will never be able to actually practice or play like they don’t have one again, that’s just unrealistic and Carroll isn’t really about his team needing to make that adjustment. He’s more about unique challenges, and embracing being the ‘hunted’ instead of the ‘prey’ is just that.
The best thing about this team is that they already know that and to a man are probably more ready for the challenge than Pete is, they are built that way. I suspect the Seahawks will thrive under the pressure blender that others get mashed in, at least from a competitive standpoint. I don’t see a dropoff, or a lull, or a team that shows up any less hungry than last season.
That’s why the organization under John Schneider went out and re-signed a guy like Sidney Rice, who didn’t get to contribute in the back half of the season and would love that feeling. Then there’s the newest Seahawk, Kevin Williams, who is in the late stages of his prime and is looking forward to finally being part of a contender. Then they went out and re-signed the guys they needed to and replaced the major guys they couldn’t afford to bring back with double the draft picks or key undrafted free agents that come through every year for this team.
Basically my point is, this team is built to avoid falling off, because it was built by the same team of gentlemen that were able to put together a Super Bowl winning roster in four seasons. After watching it first hand, we wouldn’t have expected anything less.