Celebration time is over for the Seattle Seahawks. The start to another Super Bowl run has begun.
Of course, the odds are against these Seahawks repeating. The last two Super Bowl champions have failed to even reach the playoffs following their championship season.
Seattle started training camp with a handful of starters returning on both sides of the ball. Led by third year quarterback Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and a healthy Percy Harvin, the offense should continue to build on last year’s solid season
But the key to the Seahawks Super Bowl run was their stellar defense in 2013. Seattle spent plenty of money to keep their defense intact, signing Pro Bowlers Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman to long-term deals and preserving what is arguably be the best defensive backfield in the business. Seattle also solidified their defensive line by resigning Michael Bennett to a long-term contract.
Based on what we’ve seen in mini-camp, the Seahawks definitely seem ready to get back to work. Just a few days into practices, the Seahawks have already demonstrated the intensity that lead them to a last year’s Super Bowl. Wide receiver Phillip Bates and Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman got into a heated argument, which led to punches being thrown between the teammates. Teammates blamed the fight on the Seahawks competitiveness but were quick to explain the fight will be quickly forgotten.
As it has been the last few years, the NFC will be incredibly competitive once again in 2014. Of course, the 49ers will be returning a good core to try to end the Seahawks reign. Led by Drew Brees, the Saints will also contend to win the conference. Green Bay and Carolina, led by solid quarterback play, also have the potential to make a Super Bowl run. Nonetheless, the Seahawks will be certainly be the favorite to return to the Super Bowl.