By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on June 17, 2014
The Seattle Seahawks capped off a dominant 13-3 season in 2013 by winning the Lombardi Trophy in a 43-8 defeat of the AFC Champion Denver Broncos. The Seahawks will look to repeat as Super Bowl Champions when they defend their crown in 2014. However, they will go through some hurdles in their attempt to do so. Here are the Seahawks' five biggest red flags entering 2014.
The NFL hasn't seen back-to-back champions since the New England Patriots did it in 2004. In fact, the past two Super Bowl Champions haven't even returned to the playoffs the following season after winning the Lombardi Trophy. If the Seahawks hope to achieve the same level of success as they did last season, they'll have to remain motivated through the ups and downs.
The biggest storyline revolving around the Seahawks as minicamp opens is the ongoing saga involving RB Marshawn Lynch. Word has it that Lynch is considering retirement if he doesn't receive a new contract with the Seahawks. Although it was previously reported that Lynch would skip minicamp, he reported on Tuesday.
The receiving corps of the Seahawks was considered the weak link of the team throughout the entire 2013 season. After losing Percy Harvin for essentially the entire 2013 regular season, Harvin returns healthy in 2014. Not only does Harvin return, but the Seahawks also drafted WR Paul Richardson in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. However, it still remains to be seen whether the group will perform consistently in 2014.
Both Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman received contract extensions that made each player the highest-paid players at their respective positions. Not only are Thomas and Sherman now rich men, they also have a championship on their resumes following last season's Super Bowl XLVIII victory. With both defenders having accomplished so much early in their careers, will they remain motivated heading into 2014?
It's no secret that the NFC West is the toughest division in the entire NFL. Outside of the Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers achieved success, advancing to the NFC Championship Game. The Arizona Cardinals finished the season 10-6, falling a game short of becoming the third NFC West team to advance to the playoffs. The NFC West division will be the biggest detriment to the Seahawks' quest of repeating as Super Bowl Champions.
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