The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl in dominating fashion over the Denver Broncos back in February. Even though this year’s team is just as good — if not better — many analysts are picking against the Seahawks to repeat as champions. In fact, most are picking the Broncos — the team that the Seahawks destroyed — to win it all.
This is mainly because history shows that it is very difficult and very unlikely to win back-to-back Super Bowls. Things happen: injuries, unpredictable slumps, suspensions, etc. The last team to repeat was the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004. I get it, there’s many factors going against Seattle to win again. But history is not a perfect predictor — especially not for this team.
Pete Carroll loves gambling on players who other coaches wouldn’t. More often than not, those gambles pay off. Leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, Russell Wilson was described as having all of the characteristics of a great quarterback. But he was only 5-foot-11, and no quarterback under 6-foot has ever had much success in the NFL. Sure, he could serve as a formidable backup, but there’s no way Wilson would ever star in this league. But in only his second year, he won a Super Bowl. He proved the doubters wrong.
The year before that, the Seahawks picked a guy named Richard Sherman in the fifth round. No one really thought of it as a great pick at the time. Sherman was thought to be a serviceable backup corner who lacked technique and could only press in coverage. He was too big and too slow. Today, he’s arguably the best cornerback in the league. He proved doubters wrong. Kam Chancellor, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Malcolm Smith and others were all players doubted by analysts. But Carroll and his staff saw enough in them to gamble and it is paying off. They all proved doubters wrong.
After the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game and were set to face the Broncos in the Super Bowl, most analysts picked Peyton Manning and the Denver offense to beat Seattle’s defense. Manning and the Broncos were more experienced. The Seahawks wouldn’t be able to keep up with Denver’s fast-paced offense. Then, 43-8 happened. The Seahawks silenced the critics and did so with an exclamation point. They proved the doubters wrong.
Now Seattle enters 2014 again being doubted by the analysts. And most of those doubters’ reasoning is because history shows it’s hard to repeat. On a team full of players with chips on their shoulders, history is irrelevant. Last year was last year. This year is this year. That being said, Seahawks fans should hope that those analysts keep doubting them. They’ll make that chip on their shoulders even bigger. It won them a Super Bowl last year.