5 Seattle Seahawks Who Most Deserved a Super Bowl Ring
5 Seahawks Who Most Deserved Super Bowl Ring
The confetti has fallen and the Seattle Seahawks, owners of the No. 1 defense in the NFL, are now Super Bowl Champions. The Denver Broncos put up a very pre-1997 Super Bowl performance in which they only put eight points on the board and turned the ball over four times.
It’s easy to say what the Broncos didn’t do and point to their mistakes, but the Seahawks played the game exactly the way they wanted to. The Seahawks' intensity and execution could not be matched by the Broncos who looked intimidated the entire game.
Seattle’s defense controlled the line of scrimmage and consistently pressured Peyton Manning without blitzing. Getting pressure with the defensive line is a key to being able to stop a prolific passing game. It’s how the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII to end the Patriots' perfect season at 18-1.
The pressure on Manning and the long down-and-distance situations that Seattle consistently forced the Broncos into is what led to Denver’s four turnovers.
The Seahawks were the beneficiaries of players stepping up and playing big. It wasn't the first-round picks, like Earl Thomas and Marshawn Lynch, but the late-round and undrafted guys like Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Malcolm Smith.
The Seahawks' offense, which is normally lackluster to say the least, got a huge boost from the presence of Percy Harvin. Harvin made his impact felt immediately when he took an end around 30 yards into field goal range on Seattle’s second offensive play. Harvin consistently drew the attention of the Broncos secondary, which opened things up for both Baldwin and Kearse to have tackle-breaking touchdowns on which they made the Denver defense look silly.
Malcolm Smith is the man who caught the famous last-second interception that Sherman lightly swatted into his hands in the NFC Championship Game which got the Seahawks into the Super Bowl.
Smith followed up that memorable play with a ten tackle performance with a pick-six and a fumble recovery that earned him the honor of being the Super Bowl MVP.
The Seahawks earned the Lombardi Trophy and the big rings in which they will be receiving. Seattle played with intensity that could be not be mirrored or matched. The Seahawks intimidated the number one ranked offense.
Even though every Seattle Seahawk will receive one, these are the five Seahawks who most deserved a Super Bowl ring.
5. Percy Harvin
This is really a toss-up. It could be argued that a guy who played one and a half games this season isn’t one of the most deserving of a Super Bowl ring, but really Harvin provided the spark that Seattle needed to score enough points to win this game. In the less talked about matchup of 19th ranked defense against the 17th ranked offense, Harvin proved to be a piece of the puzzle which completed the Seahawks' once struggling offense. That's not even mentioning his kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half of the game.
4. Doug Baldwin
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I love Doug Baldwin. You have to love a player who doesn’t play with just a chip on his shoulder but a “boulder.” Baldwin, who went undrafted, stepped up and became a main threat when Sidney Rice got hurt. Baldwin has become a big play receiver and scored a touchdown in the Super Bowl by dipping and diving past Broncos defenders and into the end zone.
3. Malcolm Smith
Smith, a former seventh round pick who started the season on the bench, did nothing but make game-changing plays this postseason. He caught the game-winning interception in the NFC Championship Game to propel his team to the Super Bowl. Smith followed that up with a pick-six off of an errant Manning throw and a fumble recovery that ended any hopes of a comeback. Smith became one of only nine Super Bowl MVP’s to play on the defensive side of the ball.
2. Kam Chancellor
Chancellor is a huge safety who made huge plays all year but produced the biggest plays at the most important times. Chancellor had an interception in the fourth quarter of the NFCCG that helped seal a victory and an interception of Manning in the Super Bowl which set the tone for Seattle's domination. Chancellor shut down the Broncos' crossing routes that they have lived on this year by crushing whoever caught the ball and allowing zero yards after the catch.
1. Marshawn Lynch
Lynch played the first half of his career for a bad Buffalo Bills team. After Lynch experienced legal trouble, the Bills traded him for chump change to Seattle. Lynch became the heart and soul of the Seattle offense which leans heavily on the running game. He earned the nickname "Beastmode" while in Seattle, and everyone knows he's "about that action boss."
Lynch scored one touchdown against a defense that was scheming to stop him in Super Bowl XLVIII. He runs harder than anyone in the league and led the NFL in broken tackles. It’s nice to see someone who tries so hard to have their effort be rewarded with a Super Bowl ring.