The Super Bowl was one of the best games I have ever seen. Regardless of who won or lost. Hands down, the best. Many in Seahawks Nation were sad with the outcome, but let me be one of the first to say – Seattle WILL be back next season. There are plenty of reasons to point this out.
Contract extensions being the first. Key players are due for big paydays in the coming months including Quarterback Russell Wilson and Running Back Marshawn Lynch. Defensive Star Bobby Wagner is also on the list to get a raise. Seattle has also found another way to add to their talented roster.
Pete Carroll will have a ton of selections in the upcoming National Football League Draft. The team will have eleven selections. If you add the conditional picks they will have fifteen. Fifteen spots to add to a roster that does not need much to get back to the top.
Unfortunately the saying ‘One play does not make a season’ will no longer apply in the world of sports. I’m not sure why such a rookie move was made in the final minutes of the game on Sunday evening, considering the amazing play that Jermaine Kearse made off his chest just moments before in catching the ball before it hit the ground.
It was also clear to me that the Seattle Defense was not up to their usual speed and pace with injuries to star players including an elbow injury to Richard Sherman. With a bevy of draft picks in their back pocket Wilson will again lead the charge for the Seahawks, but the road will be tougher as each team looks to get better.
The home schedule in 2015 appears favorable with San Francisco, St Louis and Arizona joining Carolina, Chicago and Cleveland coming to the home of the 12’s. Also making an appearance a Qwest Field will be Pittsburgh and Detroit. The away games seem to be a bigger challenge.
The usual suspects of San Francisco, St. Louis and Arizona will be joined by trips to Green Bay, Dallas and Baltimore. Seattle will also visit Minnesota as they transition to face teams in the NFC Central next season. Dates for any of these games have yet to be announced but I would expect the game with Green Bay to be front and center as it has been the last several seasons.
Now that I have wet your appetite, all we have to do now is wait. The next event for the NFL is the Draft in late April and May.