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Another Great Pass Rusher Goes To Canton

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When Jimmy Johnson became the head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 1996, he vowed to do things his way in the same fashion that he did when he led the Dallas Cowboys to a pair of Super Bowl Championships as their head coach in 1992 and 1993. Johnson’s first order of business with the Dolphins was to fix the defense as for a long time Miami’s time was quarterback Dan Marino and 52 other guys. And in 1997, Johnson would use a third round pick on defensive end/outside linebacker Jason Taylor to help to remedy that.

Jason Taylor

At 6’6″, Taylor had the height to be a successful edge rusher in the National Football League, but at just 244 lbs., he was slightly undersized to deal with the mammoth offensive tackles. However there is no statistical category in place which measures a player’s heart and determination which is something that Taylor was one of the best at.

Along with the likes of middle linebacker Zach Thomas, cornerback Sam Madison, and defensive end Trace Armstrong, Taylor would go on to develop a reputation as a stalwart on the Dolphins during his tenure as Miami typically had one of the top defenses in the National Football League.

By 2000, Taylor began to solidify his reputation around the National Football League as one of the top edge rushers. That season would see Taylor have a breakthrough season as he record 14.5 sacks. And this would not go unnoticed as Taylor would earn his first Pro Bowl selection. In 2002, Taylor would lead the National Football League in sacks with 18.5 while the Dolphins had the fourth ranked defense in the league. In 2006, Taylor would record 13.5 sacks, while also returning two interceptions for touchdowns. Taylor would be named as the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year and in the process he became the first Dolphins player since defensive end Doug Betters in 1983 to win the award.

Taylor would continue to put up quality numbers in a Dolphins uniform, but after a falling out with the front office in Miami, he would be traded to the Washington Redskins in 2008. Taylor would only record 3.5 sacks in 13 games for the Redskins and after he sighted the desire to be closer to his family in South Florida, he was released by Washington in order to return to the Dolphins in 2009.

Taylor would sign a one-year deal to return to the Dolphins as he recorded 7 sacks. But in 2010, the allure of competing for a Super Bowl Title would see Taylor join the rival New York Jets. At the age of 36, Taylor was a shell of himself as he only recorded 5 sacks, but his veteran leadership would help the Jets reach the AFC Championship Game for a second consecutive year.

After one season with the Jets, Taylor would return to South Florida for this third and final stint with the Dolphins. Taylor would be used in a reserve role in order to keep him fresh, but he still managed to record 7 sacks on the season, while he also recorded a key tackle in his final game which was subsequently against the Jets who had released him after one season.

When Taylor finished his career, his 139.5 sacks were the sixth most in National Football League history, and his 131 career sacks with the Dolphins are by far tops in the history of that franchise. And aside from being the best pass rusher in the history of the Dolphins, Taylor’s name will live forever in NFL history as he is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

It didn’t take Taylor that long to be enshrined as he made it on his first year of eligibility which gives you an idea about the respect that he earned. Taylor was one of the best pass rushers of his era, while he consistently went up against left tackles in the National Football League such as Jonathan Ogden of the Baltimore Ravens, Willie Anderson of the Cincinnati Bengals, and Matt Light of the New England Patriots. But the size of these offensive tackles who were all above 300 pounds never fazed the lighter Taylor who went about his business with speed, quickness, and leverage.

So when Taylor was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, it was only fitting that it was Johnson who inducted him. Thomas would have been a logical fit being that he and Taylor are both godfathers to each other’s kids, but it was Johnson who saw something special in him and thus he gave him a chance to succeed in the National Football League.

Taylor is now the tenth Dolphins player or coach inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he is also the first player that attended the University of Akron to be enshrined. And it is also fitting being that only 24 miles separates Akron from Canton.

Little did we know that when Johnson spent a third round pick on Taylor in the 1997 National Football League Draft that we’d see him end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame where he is now immortalized forever, and more than likely his no. 99 will never be worn by another Dolphins player.

Source: Pro-football-reference.com

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The Prototype Of Futility

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You have to go back to 1957 to find the last time that the Detroit Lions won the National Football League Championship. The Lions are one of four NFL franchises that have never appeared in the Super Bowl, while they have only won one playoff game since 1957. The Lions are also the only NFL franchise to go 0-16 as they did this in 2016. As a team the Lions have been inept, but that hasn’t stopped great individual efforts by the some of the men who have worn the “Honolulu blue”. Players such as Lem Barney, Charlie Sanders, and Barry Sanders enjoyed stellar NFL careers which led to them being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But as good as these players were individually, they were enable to catapult the Lions to success as the organization has been passed by. And unfortunately for the Lions, you can add another player to that list.

Calvin Johnson

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson was the second overall pick of the 2007 National Football League Draft by the Lions. At 6’5″, Johnson had tremendous size for a wide receiver and he was able to blend that with rare speed for a person his size. It didn’t take Johnson that long show that he was the real deal as by his second season with the Lions, he was able to record 78 receptions for 1,331 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns. By 2010, Johnson would be selected to his first Pro Bowl, and the following season would see him lead the league in receiving yards with 1,681 yards, while tallying 96 receptions. In 2012, Johnson would lead the NFL in receptions with 122, while he would also set a single-season league record with 1,964 receiving yards. By this point Johnson had been given the nickname “Megatron” after the character from Transformers due to his freakish ability as he had the respect of everyone around football. However as good as Johnson was individually, he could not help the Lions elevate to the next level.

Since the NFC North was formed in 2002, the Lions are the only team that calls the division home to have never finished in first place. The Lions made the playoffs twice with Johnson on the roster, but he was never able to help them get that elusive playoff victory, while Detroit never had consecutive winning seasons with him. And as the losing continued in Detroit while the injuries were beginning to mount for Johnson, he abruptly decided to retire from the National Football League at the end of the 2015 season at the age of 30.

Barry Sanders

Johnson’s retirement sparked numerous debates as him walking away from the Lions while leaving some quality years on the table brought back memories when Barry Sanders retired following the conclusion of the 1998 National Football League season at the age of 30. Sanders retired as the NFL’s second all-time leading rusher with 15,269 rushing yards. And like Johnson, Sanders simply got tired of the losing as he was a part of the only Lions playoff victory since 1957 when Detroit defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the 1991 NFC Divisional Playoffs. But whereas it was bad enough to see two of the best players in Lions franchise history walk away from the game early, it is how they have been treated since then by the franchise in which they played for.

When Sanders walked away, the Lions held a grudge against him as they felt that this was a ploy on his part to get out of his contract in order to play for another team. However Sanders was done and the losing by the Lions continued once he left. After initially being quiet about walking away from the National Football League, Johnson has recently opened up about leaving and how he has been treated by the Lions.

Since Johnson retired he had to pay back part of a roster bonus to the Lions, and he also let it be known that he would not be let out of his contract or traded to another team because he simply wanted to win. And when you hear cases such as that of Sanders and Johnson, it is no wonder why the Lions have been as bad as they are.

The issues with the Lions go back to “The Curse of Bobby Layne”. Layne was the Lions starting quarterback as he helped Detroit win three National Football League Championships during the 1950’s. But when Layne was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1958, he claimed that the Lions would not win for another 50 years. But the Lions have taken it a step further as it has been 60 years and they still have not won.

Some people might be critical of Johnson’s comments, but what is the purpose of keeping a player on the roster who simply does not want to be there? Just like it was with Sanders in 1998, it would have been very easy for the Lions to have traded Johnson to a contender and wish him all the best with his new team. However the Lions decided to take the low road which makes them continuously look like the bad guy.

Johnson finished his National Football League career with 731 receptions, 11,619 receiving yards, and 83 receiving touchdowns. Johnson was selected to six Pro Bowl teams and although that there are some people who would have liked to see him stick around for a few more years in order to solidify his Hall of Fame resume, he should be commended for walking away instead of padding his stats on a losing team.

The Lions never did right by Johnson as they never put a championship team around him. There were talented players on the Lions such as quarterback Matthew Stafford and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but the losing culture of the Lions has reigned supreme. And as good as Johnson was, that was simply too difficult to overcome.

So now as training camp is set to open in a few days for the Lions, there will once again be some optimism for them; just like it is for the other 31 teams around the National Football League. But whereas the Ford family who has owned the Lions since 1963 has never done right by the team or its fanbase, I don;t see things changing anytime soon in Motown. And as for anyone who is expecting anything different other than the same old futility on the part of the Lions might want to get their heads examined.

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The NFL Versus Kaepernick

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As the calendar has shifted to the month of June, teams in the National Football League are in the midst of OTAs. For the most part the rosters are set with training camps in the NFL scheduled to begin in July. But one man who has yet to find himself a team to play for in 2017 is former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick made waves last year when he decided not to stand during the national anthem as he was protesting in order to shed some light on police brutality in the United States. Kaepernick had those who supported him, while he had folks who were against him as well. Kaepernick and the 49ers mutually agreed to part ways following the season. But when free agency began in March, Kaepernick was not a sought after player, and three months later he is still unemployed. Last year saw some anonymous front office personnel in the NFL refer to Kaepernick as a “traitor” for his stance, while some others are weary of a potential distraction. But however people want to spin it, Kaepernick is still an unemployed NFL player and it stems from the league’s hypocrisy.

Colin Kaepernick

When Kaepernick made his decision to not stand during the national anthem last year, he made it clear that he was doing it in order to bring attention to police brutality against minorities in the United States. Kaepernick’s critics immediately went off of the deep end to claim that he was disrespecting the military, while some police organizations publicly denounced him. This set off a national debate, but unfortunately the majority of the rhetoric was centered around Kaepernick’s alleged disrespect to the American flag and the military, but not the situation at hand which is police brutality.

Kaepernick knew that once he took his stance that he could be a man without a country as only a handful of players in the National Football League made gestures of solidarity alongside him, while no superstars or “faces of the league” joined in. And as much as the NFL might not want to come out and admit it, they’ve blackballed Kaepernick.

John Mara

Recently in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, New York Giants co-owner John Mara talked about potential fan backlash from signing Kaepernick. Mara claimed that he received numerous letters from Giants fans letting him know that they would not support the team or come to MetLife Stadium if they had a player do what Kaepernick did. And in discussing this Mara officially let the cat out of the bag as he let it be known what anyone with half a brain knew all along, but the National Football League was unwilling to admit to.

Kaepernick is not the first professional athlete to speak out on social issues, nor will he be the last, but the National Football League’s way of dealing with it is to attempt to make things quietly go away.

Tim Tebow

In 2010, quarterback Tim Tebow was a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos after winning a Heisman Trophy collegiately with the Florida Gators, while also helping them win a national title. Former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels reached when he drafted Tebow who was scouted as a potential third-round pick in the first round, but he was brought in for his leadership and his ability to win. However the Broncos would fire McDaniels with three games remaining in the 2010 National Football League season which put Tebow’s status in limbo.

In 2011, former Broncos quarterback John Elway became the team’s executive president of football operations. Elway hired Fox to be the Broncos head coach and neither man was sold on Tebow’s ability to be a starting quarterback in the National Football League due to his unorthodox throwing motion and inaccuracy. The Broncos began 2011 with a record of 1-4 and fans were clamoring to see Tebow start. Elway and Fox were reluctant to let Tebow start, but they ultimately gave in just so that they could tell the Broncos fan base that “I told you so” as they expected him to struggle.

However what ensued was a magical journey as Tebow led the Broncos on five comeback victories in the regular season, while leading an upset victory over the defending AFC Champions in the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Game. But with Elway still not being sold on Tebow, and quarterback Peyton Manning becoming a free agent, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets following the season. And after Tebow spent time with the Jets, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles, he was out of the National Football League all together after 2015.

Since that time Tebow has changed sports as he is now playing baseball in the minor-league system of the New York Mets as the National Football League turned their back on him.

Tebow only had a career completion percentage of 47.9%, but he was 8-6 as a starter. However the real reason why Tebow is not currently on a National Football League roster has nothing to do with his ability on the field as it is more about him being outspoken about his religious faith. Tebow is a firm believer in Christianity and he isn’t afraid to spread that message to teammates, fans, and the media. Tebow is a very polarizing figure, but some people around the league deem him as a distraction due to all of the media attention that he received. But at the end of the day quarterbacks in the NFL are judged by wins and losses. And although that it isn’t pretty, Tebow will get wins; the NFL has closed the door on him.

Chris Kluwe

In 2012, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe publicly expressed his support of same-sex marriage. In eight years with the Vikings, Kluwe set a franchise record which still stands as he averaged 44.4 yards per punt. Kluwe was 31-years of age at the time of his comments on same-sex marriage, and never played in the NFL again as he was unofficially shunned away.

In 2013, Missouri Tigers defensive end/outside linebacker Michael Sam was the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year as he led the teams in sacks with 11.5. For years the SEC has been the best conference in college football and for a player to be acknowledged as the league’s best defender is a true honor. When that college football season ended, Sam appeared to be a lock to be a top-15 selection in the 2014 National Football League Draft due to his pass rushing ability. However in February 2014, Sam publicly announced that he was a homosexual, and unfortunately for him, his draft stock immediately plummeted.

Sam went from being a first-round pick to almost not being drafted at all as it took a compensatory pick by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the seventh and last round of the National Football League Draft for him to hear his named called. Typically a defensive player of the year from the Southeastern Conference warrants a first-round selection, while some of Sam’s teammates during his time at Missouri which includes New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson, Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray and New England Patriots defensive end Kony Ealy were all taken in the first, two rounds of the draft.

Michael Sam

In four preseason games with the Rams in 2014, Sam tallied 6 sacks, but he still was unable to make their roster out of training camp which led to his release. After Sam’s release from the Rams, Sam was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys who after only tallying 34 sacks in 2013 needed all of the pass rushing help that they could get in regards to rushing the passer. However Sam never appeared in a game for the Cowboys, and would have to pursue his professional football career in the Canadian Football League in 2015 with the Montreal Allouettes, while he has never appeared in an NFL game.

Jerry Smith

I cannot forget about the National Football League turning their back on former Washington Redskins tight end Jerry Smith. From 1965-1977, Smith was one of the best players of that era and a dependable pass catching option for Redskins quarterbacks such as Sonny Jurgensen and Billy Kilmer. When Smith retired from the NFL, his 421 receptions and 60 receiving touchdowns were both all-time records for a tight end. However when it comes to enshrinement for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Smith is constantly looked over.

Ray Rice

There was also the case of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice who the National Football League banished in 2014. In February 2014, video surfaced showing Rice having an argument with his then fiancee Janay Palmer at an Atlantic City casino. Rice and Parker entered an elevator, however when they got out Rice was dragging Parker out as she appeared to be unconscious. Initially Rice was suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for just two games in spite of the fact that he and Palmer let him know exactly what happened. However just before Rice was set to be reinstated by the league, TMZ released a video from inside of the elevator showing Rice actually strike Palmer. The NFL would panic due to the public outrage and suspend Rice indefinitely. Rice never played in the NFL again, as he was now the guy that no team wanted any part of.

And this is now what Kaepernick has to deal with as his career in the National Football League has more than likely concluded. Teams are going to make every excuse under the sun as to why they won’t sign Kaepernick, but we all know that he hasn’t found a home as teams are worried about some fan backlash. However instead of worrying about potential backlash from some fans, teams in the NFL need to take a look at the facts.

Kaepernick is 28-30 as a starter with the majority of his losses coming over the last two seasons as the 49ers organization was in complete turmoil. Kaepernick has had to play for a different head coach and offensive coordinator in each of the last three years, while the talent around him in San Francisco diminished greatly since he helped the 49ers reach the Super Bowl at the conclusion of the 2012 National Football League season. And in spite of that Kaepernick has still been able to maintain a career completion percentage of nearly 60%.

Since Kaepernick decided not to stand for the anthem, he has also become extremely active in the community. Kaepernick sent a plane full of food, water, and relief supplies to those people that have been starving in Somalia. Kaepernick has donated $50k to the Meals on Wheels program. Kaepernick has also donated his time and money to various youth groups in the United States such as Black Youth Project 100, but this effort by him has been put on the back burner by those who still want to refer to him as a “traitor”, or a “distraction” for not standing for the national anthem. However any other player in the National Football League that would have made half of the effort in the community that Kaepernick has over the past nine months would have been the unanimous winner of the league’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award which doesn’t apply to him since he used his platform as a professional athlete to speak out against police brutality and social injustice in the United States.

And it’s sad since Kaepernick cannot even got a job in the National Football League as a backup quarterback; especially since there are so many crappy quarterbacks in the league that are actually starting. Recently the Seattle Seahawks brought Kaepernick in for a visit, but decided not to sign him as head coach Pete Carroll feels that he is still a starter in the NFL. But even with that it would not hurt the Seahawks to have a quality backup behind quarterback Russell Wilson as Kaepernick continues to be shutout by the league; especially since he is willing to be a backup.

So unfortunately for Kaepernick he took a chance to make an impact for people, but paid the personal price for his bravery. Kaepernick isn’t the first and he won’t be the last as he simply tried to become a voice for voiceless while attempting to make the United States a better place for them to live in.

Source: Pro-football-reference.com

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Still Feeling The Effect

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On February 1, 2015, the Seattle Seahawks took the field at the University of Phoenix Stadium for Super Bowl 49 in what was set to be their crowning moment. The Seahawks were attempting to be the first National Football League team since the New England Patriots in 2004 to win consecutive Super Bowl Championships as it would have been just the seventh time in the Super Bowl era that the champ from the previous year would be able to repeat. The Seahawks won the Super Bowl in the previous season by being a brash and cocky team that could intimidate opponents with their sheer athleticism that was topped off with bravado. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had constructed his team in the same mode that he had previously done during his time collegiately with the USC Trojans as he employed athletes and depth at nearly every position which made Seattle the envy of the NFL.

The Seahawks entered the Super Bowl needing to get past the Patriots and their quarterback Tom Brady who was already a three-time Super Bowl Champion. Because of this the oddsmakers in Las Vegas had the contest as a pick ’em, and they were very accurate in their assessment as the game was a toss up throughout.

The strength of both teams was on display early as Brady was able to lead the Patriots down the field into scoring position. But in the red zone Brady was picked off by Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane. Brady would recover and lead the Pats on a pair of touchdown drives. However each time that New England scored, the Seahawks were able to answer and thus the contest was tied at 14 heading to halftime.

The Seahawks would then take control of the game in the third quarter which saw Brady picked off by Seattle middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. The Seahawks would take a 24-14 lead into the fourth quarter and their second consecutive Super Bowl Title seemed to be right around the bend.

But somebody forgot to mention that to Brady who took over in the fourth quarter as he picked apart the best secondary in the National Football League. Brady was as accurate as could be with crisp passes, while the Seahawks pass rush could not get to him. And with just over two minutes left in the game, Brady found wide receiver Julien Edelman for the go-ahead score to give New England the 28-24 lead.

However Seattle was not ready to mail it in, and led by quarterback Russell Wilson, they charged down the field. On the drive Wilson connected with wide receiver Jermaine Kearse on a deflected pass that netted 33 yards and it got Seattle to the New England five-yard line with 65 seconds remaining. But this is where the Seahawks began to outsmart themselves.

From there the Seahawks would give the football to running back Marshawn Lynch who gained four yards on the next play and got down to the Patriots one-yard line.The Seahawks were expected to keep feeding Lynch the football as his nickname is “Beast Mode”. However the Seahawks would allow the clock to tick in order to deprive the Patriots an opportunity to get the football again. But on the next play Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell called a pass play that was intended for wide receiver Ricardo Lockette. It was quick slant that was expected to be a simple pitch and catch until Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler jumped the route sealed the win for the Patriots with an interception.

Carroll and Bevell faced intense scrutiny from the media and public alike for the play call as instead of giving the football to Lynch who was one of the better goal line running backs in the National Football League, they decided to pass.

The Seahawks left the field that night as a dejected team and rightfully so as the game was there for the taking. But instead of the Seahawks losing the game because they weren’t good enough to defeat the Patriots, they had to deal with the notion that their demise came as the result of one of, if not the worst play calls in Super Bowl history. And that public scrutiny only paled in comparison to the issues that the Seahawks have had to deal with ever since.

Whereas the Seahawks are an outspoken team when things are going well, the same can be said when things aren’t going according to plan for them. The following off-season saw Wilson seeking more money and he got it when he and the Seahawks came to an agreement on a four-year deal for $87.6 million with him. But the way that the cookie crumbles in the National Football League is that if the franchise quarterback wants to be handsomely compensated, then he must also expect to see the talent around him decimate.

Russell Wilson

With the Seahawks paying Wilson, the talent around him on offense regressed as players began to be released, while others were allowed to walk in free agency. During that off-season Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor was seeking more money which saw him sit out the first two games of the 2015 National Football League season. The Seahawks would then subsequently lose those two games. And after Seattle began the season with a record of 0-2, it put them in a hole as they would rebound to make the playoffs, but they couldn’t win the NFC West and get a much needed first-round bye. Subsequently the Seahawks would fall to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. The loss to the Panthers would be more than just a simple defeat as Lynch who wasn’t the same running back in 2015, decided to retire from the NFL at the age of 29.

Without the services of Lynch, the Seahawks would make it back to the playoffs this past season for the fifth consecutive year. However in the NFC Divisional Playoffs they were unceremoniously shown the door by the Atlanta Falcons by the score of 36-20 as the magic simply wasn’t there.

Since then Lynch expressed interest in returning to the National Football after a year away. Lynch didn’t have any desire to play for the Seahawks anymore, but since he was still under contract with them, his next employer had to find a way to work out a deal with Seattle. Lynch would be traded to the Oakland Raiders who worked out a deal with the Seahawks that would send a sixth-round pick to Seattle in 2018, while Oakland would receive a fifth-round pick.

Richard Sherman

This off-season saw the Seahawks put cornerback Richard Sherman on the trading block. Sherman is a four-time Pro Bowl selection while he is also one of the top cornerbacks currently in the National Football League. But Sherman is never afraid to speak his mind and there are reports that he is still upset with Carroll and Wilson over the Super Bowl. Wilson has denied those reports, but where there is smoke, there is fire.

Pete Carroll

Greed cost the Seahawks a chance to repeat as Super Bowl Champions as Carroll forgot what made him successful in the first place. When the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl 48, it was a total team effort as they cruised to a 43-8 win. On the first play of the game Seattle scored on a safety after the Broncos botched a snap that went out of the end zone. The Seahawks got a kickoff return from Percy Harvin, while linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception for a touchdown. Wilson will go down as the winning quarterback for that game,but he was simply a cog in the wheel.

Wilson’s career regular season record is 56-23-1, while he is 8-4 in the playoffs. But the Seahawks are a team in the truest form of the word.

During the Seahawks championship run, they ran the football effectively with Lynch, while they got timely and accurate passing from Wilson. And when Carroll turned things over to his defense, it was a matter of picking your poison with the likes of Sherman, Chancellor, free safety Earl Thomas, defensive end Michael Bennett, and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. The Seahawks put Wilson in the unique position of not needing to win the game as it more about him not losing it. And going back to Super Bowl 49, it was the latter that happened.

Marshawn Lynch

So now as Lynch is with the Raiders, the other key players that remain with the Seahawks following that eventful night in 2015 only can sit back and ask what could have been? Championship windows close very quickly in the National Football League as you must strike while the iron is hot. Since then Thomas and Sherman have had to deal with injuries while they are also getting older. And as teams are always attempting to upgrade to enhance their chances of winning, other teams have caught up to the Seahawks, while in some cases they have passed them altogether.

A few years ago the Seahawks were as close to invincible as a team could be in the National Football League. Opposing teams feared going to CenturyLink Field as their chances of winning were slim at best. But now that isn’t the case as the Seahawks have lost four games at home over the last two seasons as compared to just two in the previous two campaigns. And whereas the Seahawks still have a team which is capable of making the postseason, they aren’t good enough to once again hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl Champions.

This smells of Carroll’s time at USC where after blowing a 12-point lead against the Texas Longhorns in the 2006 Rose Bowl for the national championship, his teams there continued to be good, but never good enough to win another national title. But whereas Carroll’s guys would graduate after four years at USC, he still has to look the likes of Sherman in the face after blowing a chance to be mentioned amongst the greatest teams in National Football League history.

Time has already proven that the Seahawks will never be the same that they once were as this team of alpha males can only sit back and merely ask what could have been if Lynch had gotten the football on the one-yard line on that fateful night in February.

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