Seahawks 'in the middle of something really special'
Asked if he studied why no Super Bowl winner has repeated since the 2004 New
England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll offered a self confident
response suggesting his team is unfazed by history or the vulnerabilities that
tripped up previous defending champions.
haven studied it particularly. I well aware of it. I think everybody else is
very aware of it but that doesn have anything to do with us, what happened
before to other teams or whatever, Carroll told USA TODAY Sports at the March
Carroll also knows any chance for a Super Bowl title defense begins and
likely ends with winning the ultra tough NFC West, the new black and blue
Related: Sehawks 2014 schedule
That dynasty quest begins when the Seahawks host the annual kickoff game
Thursday night Sept. 4 against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field,
where the Seahawks went 7 1 last season. Their challenge continues with a Week
3, Sept. 21 Super Bowl XLVIII sequel also at home against Peyton Manning and
the Denver Broncos.
The NFC West will likely come down to a 17 day span beginning with Seattle
Nov. 27 Thanksgiving night showdown at San Francisco Levi Stadium followed by
what could prove the NFC West championship game Dec. 14 when the Seahawks host
Sandwiched in between those two titanic contests, the Seahawks face a Dec. 7
cross country trip to face Chip Kelly Philadelphia Eagles.
division makes it better for us we have to play, we have to learn to stay up
week after week after week, Carroll said. the best thing about our division, it
calls for us to be at our best constantly. Because this whole thing is about
consistency. And there absolutely no chance that you can get by any other
of the hallmarks is that we have those type of matchups so our division is
as good as it gets making us as good as we can get. Carroll might be just the
against the grain, ever positive leader to inspire his team to buck long odds
and the grinding challenge of wearing a bulls eye each week.
While the rival San Francisco 49ers have been embroiled in offseason
turmoil, the Seahawks re signed free agent pass rusher Michael Bennett and
receiver Sidney Rice.
Now imagine if the defending Super Bowl champions Chris Borland Kids Jersey get a healthy
regular season out of home run threat Percy Harvin, whose 87 yard kick return
touchdown against the Broncos cemented Seattle 43 8 Super Bowl throttling.
Harvin played just 19 regular season snaps following preseason hip surgery.
Carroll said playing what amounts to six regular season playoff games
against divisional rival 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams is Seattle
built in sharpening tool for their repeat quest.
is a championship. Every game has a chance to determine if you make it or you
don make it, Carroll said. absolutely try to discipline ourselves to expect
that is what we going to see every single week.
guaranteed now. So I don have to do a lot of selling on that one.
part of the makeup of handling this challenge understanding the reality of
why our division is so crucially important to give us the best chance of
where we can play at that level of consistency. 62, believes the Seahawks are
just getting started.
in the middle of something really special here, said Carroll when he signed
his three year extension this month. don want to just get a ring. There so much
more to get done. Russell (Wilson) and the fellas are ready to go. NFL schedule
releasedTop 10 games of the 2014 seasonTeam by team schedules
Here is how the division is expected to finish, from first to worst.
1. Seattle Seahawks
Why they will finish first: See above.
San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick continues to improve as a quarterback who led his team to
the Super Bowl two seasons ago and that down to the wire, NFC Championship game
against Seattle. Vic Fangio Bruce Ellington Kids Jersey
orchestrated the league fifth ranked defense, but continuing legal problems
have troubled pass rushing linebacker Aldon Smith 2014 season and 49ers future
4. St. Louis Rams
The Rams are still waiting for fifth year quarterback Sam Bradford breakout.
Only everything rides on it happening this season. Unfortunately, Bradford is
coming off a season ending knee injury suffered in Week 7 with his blind side
protector Jake Long not expected to be ready for the start of the season coming
off his own knee surgery.
3. Arizona Cardinals
Bruce Arians coaxed 10 wins out of the Cardinals and appears poised for
better in Year 2. The return of last year first round pick guard Jonathan
Cooper will help keep Carson Palmer protected. Arians spoke of utilizing second
year tailback Andre Ellington as a Jamaal Charles type weapon. very, very
similar. When they get out, they gone, Arians said.