It has almost become a “rite of annual passage” as a new NFL season approaches to ask the question “Can last year’s Super Bowl winner repeat?”
Highlights from last years super bowl shows pure dominance in the Seattle Seahawks.
So it is for the Seattle Seahawks who destroyed a seemingly invincible quarterback in Peyton Manning on the way to trouncing the Denver Broncos 43-8 and capturing the Vince Lombardi trophy in SB XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2, 2014.
Let us first take a look at the history of this quest.
The first ever Super Bowl champ, the Green Bay Packers won back to back titles but that was in 1967 and 1968.
The last franchise to celebrate consecutive NFL Championships was the New England Patriots in 2004 and 2005. After the latter victory the Pats were eliminated in the second round of the next year’s playoffs after only managing a triumph in the wild card round.
Since then, not only has there not been a repeat Super Bowl winner but teams having won the crown the previous year have failed to even win one playoff game the following season.
The beginning of this journey for the Seahawks is an early one with them facing the latest incarnation of those original “Big Game” champion Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 4 as the seasons initial official offering.
In week 3 a rematch awaits with a sure to be fiery eyed herd of Broncos who they embarrassed in the 2014 Championship clash. Both of these encounters take place at Qwest Field.
After an early bye week September 28, Seattle will be faced with 13 games in a row which even with a less than stellar assortment of challengers (with the exception of the 2 matchups with the intra-division rival Forty Niners) could prove to be a burden coming off a short offseason.
The good news entering the new campaign is that running back Marshawn Lynch ended his 7 day training camp holdout and is back in the fold.
QB Russell Wilson also returns with the valuable experience he gained during the title run.
Sometimes overlooked was the addition of wide receiver Percy Harvin whose only real action for Seattle came in the Super Bowl.
His availability for the entire season should provide a nice target for Wilson, albeit the departure of Golden Tate may somewhat mitigate the situation.
The Seahawks also return with a defense boasting one of the best secondary’s of all-time.
Perhaps the most compelling case against Seattle returning to the Super Bowl is the departure of no fewer than 10 players from last year’s roster including 3 defensive linemen, 2 cornerbacks, a safety, 2 “O” linemen, tight end Kellen Winslow and the aforementioned Tate.
Couple this with no major free agent signings and the absence of a first round pick and arguably this team does not have the depth and overall talent of the 2013 squad.
Seattle still has enough talent with the only impediment to a division title being San Francisco.
If they prevail over the 49ers and can earn home-field advantage in the postseason then the sky is the limit for the Seahawks to soar back to the Super Bowl.