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Did the Seahawks provide a blueprint or just another way of getting it done?

Feb 3, 2014, 11:56 AM EST

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So it’s all over Twitter and TV and virtually any medium that says anything about last night’ game:

Defense wins championships.

This newfound wisdom comes in the wake of the Seahawks’ big Super Bowl win after being ranked first in in the NFL in defense during the regular season.

This must come as a shock to the 2012 Steelers, who led the league in defense and didn’t make the playoffs. And to the ’11 Steelers, who lost in the first round of the playoffs to Tim Tebow’s Broncos after being No. 1 in total D. The 2010 Chargers were first in defense but second in the AFC West and out of the playoffs.

Last year’s champions, the Ravens, were a shadow of their formerly dominant selves finishing 17 in defense. The previous three champs, the Giants, Packers, and Saints were 27th, 5th, and 25th respectively.

And remember that Bucs dynasty after they won the Super Bowl following the 2002 season with a dominant defense? How about the string of championships that started off with that historically dominant 2000 Ravens defense?

What? You mean neither of those teams launched a dynasty?

For that matter, if you want to go back further the Bears of the mid-80’s only won one Super Bowl.

I think you get the point here. The Seahawks found a way to win a Super Bowl. That doesn’t mean that doing it their way is the key to winning Super Bowls going forward.

Certainly, there are some fundamental ways that the Seattle organization goes about doing things that other teams can and should go to school on. They have a very definite idea about the type of player they want in the draft and one they get their prototypes they go about developing them into their type of pro players. And as evidenced by the two wide receivers who caught Russell Wilson’s TD passes, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, they do the same thing when they dive into the undrafted pool.

It will be interesting to see if the idea of employing bigger, “longer” defensive backs is something that can be duplicated elsewhere. There might be one or two safeties like Kam Chancellor coming out every year and 6-3 cornerbacks who are as quick and athletic as Richard Sherman also are rare.

But there is no reason for NFL teams to abandon their innovations on offense and forget about getting that franchise quarterback and throw everything into the defensive side of the ball. That can work but it’s not a surefire way to build a dynasty or even win a championship.

Yes, defense can win championships. And, history shows, so can offense.

  1. kenlinkins - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Rich, Glad to see that you are not a member of the “Football Flavor of the Week” club! There are many ways to win in the NFL as you pointed out. IMO This Super Bowl was more about a very good team (Seahawks) having a great day and another very good team (Denver) just falling apart. A very smart coach once told me “That a great Defense will beat a great Offense AND Visa Versa”. I can not wait to see what Coach Gruden has planned and we start to see how he wants to rebuild this team.

  2. ajbus1 - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Excellent points. I was just about to hop on that “defense wins championships” bandwagon. I even thought to myself, “great and we just hired an offensively minded coach”. Then I read this.

  3. internetcareer - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Good solid football play and execution wins football games….along with FIRE IN THE BELLY. Seattle had too much fire in the belly for Denver. The Broncos looked flat from the first quarter on. Also remember their is no letter i in the word team. When Peyton Manning left Indy they because a 2-14 team. When Manning had a bad day in the Superbowl…Denver looked like a 2-14 team. Team means a whole bunch of very good players working together and not just ONE MEGA STAR. The 2013 Redskins were a team with an INJURED MEGA STAR and then a whole bunch of average “just a guy” players left on the field. 3-13 proves that they need more VERY GOOD players and to focus less on that one MEGA SUBWAY SANDWICH STAR.

    • kenlinkins - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      Internetcareerm There is a “I” in team, you just have to know where to find it. I have always been told it is in the “A” hole!

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