Two major transactions we made in the NFL on March 11, 2013. Two major transactions were made by two powerhouse teams that happen to reside in the NFC West. Two major transactions were made by two teams that may captivate our football viewing pleasure for the better part of the next decade.
Yesterday morning, it was announced that the Seattle Seahawks had acquired Minnesota Vikings all-purpose threat Percy Harvin for a first and seventh round pick in this year’s NFL Draft, plus a third-round pick in 2014.
A mere few hours later, it came through the wire, shockingly I might add, that the Baltimore Ravens had agreed to send stud WR Anquan Boldin to the Hawks’ conference rival, the San Francisco 49ers, for a sixth-round draft pick. A perfect example of “anything you can do, I can do better.”
Yesterday’s acquisitions were the latest moves in the chess game that has become the 49ers vs. the Seahawks.
The success that both squads enjoyed last year, coupled with yesterday’s moves, has to beg the question of how far this fight can go. Last season, both teams rode the roller coaster of success deep into the playoffs with young starting quarterbacks. Russell Wilson, a rookie, in Seattle and Colin Kaepernick, in only his second season in San Francisco, both shone brightly putting their respective teams on their backs and carrying them to the postseason.
Now, while the moves made by both organizations added to their already very potent offenses, we can’t forget that these teams possess two of the most young and punishing defenses in the league as well. These aren’t just two one-dimensional squads that are beefing up here. These are two of the best, if not the two best, overall teams in the game today. And what makes it even better is that they reside in the same household. We get to see regular collisions with these two, not once, but twice per year.
While the game of football is about the players on the field, the two men leading these gladiators into battle week in and week out, have a bit of history themselves that just adds to the intrigue that already exists within this rivalry.
Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh have a feud that dates back to their days as two coaches in the Pac-12 Conference. While Carroll was enjoying his time guiding his USC Trojans through their dominance of the mid-2000s, an up-and-coming Harbaugh was quietly building a Stanford Cardinal squad to tear down the mighty Trojan empire.
In 2009, in the Los Angeles Coliseum, Harbaugh did just that. The Cardinal walked into the Trojans’ house and walked out 55-21 victors. It was a beating that Carroll was certainly not used to as head coach of the Trojans. This would go on to prompt the infamous “What’s your deal, bro?” conversation at mid-field after the thrashing was over.
Carroll soon left for the Seahawks and the NFL, and Harbaugh quickly followed suit.
All of these elements considered, these two teams are now on the fast track to creating one of the all-time great rivalries in the history of the NFL. With Harbaugh and his 49ers competing in this past season’s Super Bowl, you can say that the Niners have the leg up right now.
Only time will tell who will be remembered as the one that finished on top of this battle when it’s all said and done. But, one thing is for sure, it’s going to be one fun battle to watch for the next decade.