The beat-down Seattle put on Denver in the Super Bowl was something to behold. Peyton Manning and the Broncos had nothing for the Seahawks starting with that safety from the first play from scrimmage. I think we knew how good Seattle’s defense was yet we still figured Manning would find a way to get the ball out to his arsenal of receivers. While the Seahawks made good on their opportunities, the Broncos wilted on America’s biggest stage. What was it about the Seahawks that made them so good so soon? Pete Carroll won the Lombardi trophy in only his fourth year coaching the team. How were they built and what can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers learn from their model?
The Bucs are in the enviable position of having a fresh start without the cupboards being depleted. So often in the NFL the new coaching staff and front office are faced with a total rebuilding process, but not at One Buc Place. There’s plenty of talent already on the roster and, in this copy cat league, it’d be wise to take a look at how they forged a Super Bowl Champion in the Pacific Northwest. Owner Paul Allen has a tireless GM in 41 year old John Schneider who worked closely with Pete Carroll to mold the league’s youngest team at just over 26 years of age. Integral parts of the puzzle, like Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman are locked up for years before they’re eligible to re-negotiate their contracts. Also, 21 of 53 players on the Seahawks went undrafted. Guys like Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse who felt so disrespected by Cris Carter. Think they didn’t have something to play for? If Jason Licht and Lovie Smith can evaluate talent at or near the level of Seattle’s brass, things will be fine in Tampa Bay. Easier said than done.
Seattle has also benefited from QB Wilson’s mobility and his ability to extend plays with his legs. It would be smart to pursue a quarterback more elusive than Mike Glennon if this team is to be considered elite. The last four teams standing in this year’s tournament [Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, and New England] all had superior play at quarterback. Where the Bucs actually rival the Seahawks would be their secondary of Revis, Banks, Goldson, and Barron, a formidable crew for sure. Kam Chancellor de-cleated Demaryius Thomas early in the Super Bowl and set the tone. Hit ’em in the mouth on defense and perform efficiently on offense, all while playing with a passion and a love for each other. The Bucs can learn a lot from the reigning Super Bowl Champs. The only problem is Seattle might be great for years to come.