Tuesday, February 4, 2014
No, you weren’t dreaming. It really happened. The Seahawks did win the Super Bowl on Sunday with a performance so dominating the Pacific Northwest is still stunned.
Stunned, and overjoyed. The euphoria is certain to last for weeks, if not months — maybe even years.
The Seahawk players and coaches likely picked up some fans across America with their work on the field and the classy way they handled the postgame celebration and interviews.
The Legion of Boom — defensive backs Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond — lived up to its moniker on Sunday. The Seahawk linemen and linebackers were outstanding. Linebacker Malcolm Smith (an interception for a touchdown, a fumbler recovery and 10 tackles) was named the game’s most valuable player, the first time a defender has received that honor in a dozen years.
The offensive was equally fantastic on Sunday. Second-year quarterback Russell Wilson was on all night and so was his receiving corps. Beast Mode Marshawn Lynch was beastly.
The talent on the Seahawk roster is impressive. But what might be more impressive is that General Manager John Schneider and Pete Carroll, the head coach, were able to see that talent when others did not.
Wilson was a third-round draft choice who is playing for the NFL’s minimum wage, just over $500,000 a year.
The defensive unit, outside of first-round draft choices Thomas and Bruce Irvin, is made up of players who were all passed over and passed over again on draft day. Thurmond and Red Bryant, the anchor of the defensive line, were fourth-round choices. Chancellor and Sherman were fifth rounders and Maxwell was taken in the sixth.
MVP Smith was an undrafted free agent as was defensive line standout Chris Clemons.
Anybody can build a championship team with first-round picks, it takes a special ability to spot those with potential and then get that potential out of them. Coach Carroll has done that over the four years he has been in Seattle, essentially building an entirely new team from scratch.
This group of rising football stars has the pundits on the sports talk shows predicting a run to the Super Bowl in 2015. Not so fast. Let’s not move on so quickly.
The Super Bowl victory parade is Wednesday in Seattle. Enjoy it and everything else that comes with a world championship.
The long-suffering sports fans of the Pacific Northwest deserve to savor this victory.