An interesting thought about our Seattle Seahawks crossed my mind earlier this morning, what if the Hawks had lost at any point in the 2014 NFL Playoffs? Would we be as high on this team today?
Obviously we don’t have to worry about that, but the point is more based off of the fact that this team actually lost quite a few key contributors this offseason. It’s not as easy as it seems sometimes to put together a team that is just cohesive and ready to take the league by storm. A lot of issues can come up, from chemistry, to injury, to skill.
The simple fact is that the Seahawks were so good during the 2013/2014 season and in particular throughout the Playoffs and in the Super Bowl that they have to be the favorite in Super Bowl XLVIIII. But if the Saints or 49ers had derailed the Hawks late last season, we might be talking about how they lost too much this offseason (Golden Tate, Chris Clemons, Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond, Clinton McDonald, Red Bryant, Breno Giacomini, Paul McQuistan and others) to go win their first this year.
In the end it makes little difference, the team’s depth has already been tested and come through with incredibly high marks, leading to reviews that the Seahawk roster is the best in the NFL by sources like Pro Football Focus. But it’s an interesting argument to put into play if the roster were to be considered as strong as it is and they were still looking for that first championship. The Seahawks would still have to be considered among the Super Bowl favorites.