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Aaron Rodgers: “Unrealistic” to use Seahawks as goal for defense

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It has been said more than once over the years that the NFL is a copycat league, which would suggest that several teams around the league will be using the Seahawks as a model for building their own teams.

Emulating their defense would seem to be a particular attraction for other teams, but Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers cautioned teams not to expect much immediate success going down that route during his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN. Rodgers said that’s as true of his team as it is of the 30 others trying to get where Seattle did on Sunday night.

“With all due respect, I don’t think it’s possible to play at that kind of level for many other teams in this league, if any,” Rodgers said. “That’s a talented group. I don’t think that should be our goal. We do need to improve on both sides of the ball, but that team has a unique mixture of secondary talent that’s as good a group in the league as you can see, and then a front seven that really plays well together. It should be maybe the standard we’re going for, but it might be a little unrealistic to think of any defense being as good as that for the next couple years.”

Trying to mimic the team the Seahawks put on the field will be difficult, but there’s definitely something for teams to gain by seeing how the roster was put together.

As we pointed out just after the Seahawks beat the Broncos, their victory was a testament to the way General Manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll have identified and acquired talented players in every possible way and developed many relatively unheralded players into key performers. It’s not easy to pull off, but every team should be trying to put together a personnel department and coaching staff that can give them their own version of what the Seahawks have built.

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  1. nyninerfan says: Feb 5, 2014 9:28 AM

    It is unrealistic. Without a doubt. Team pharmacists, like Seattle’s don’t grow on trees.

  2. greej1938l says: Feb 5, 2014 9:29 AM

    True. True

  3. mrgreenbird says: Feb 5, 2014 9:30 AM

    Aaron seems to be a big fan of those guys

  4. kd75 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:30 AM

    Easier said than done when your QB makes less than $1 million.

    Wait a couple years when Wilson is eating up 20%+ of the salary cap and Sherman, Thomas III and Chancelor are getting PAID by other teams.

  5. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Feb 5, 2014 9:30 AM

    Just another reason to love him, he can give a totally unbiased assessment of a rival team.

  6. jamaltimore says: Feb 5, 2014 9:31 AM

    Look it was a great win for the Seahawks and everything went their way. Kudo’s for them but talk of dynasty is a little premature and they are tipped pass away from watching the Superbowl at HOME. Did the 85 bears or 2K Ravens repeat? No, and they were both good if not better than the Hawks. The Qb is a game manager ( who apparently wants to play baseball) and the defense will not be the same next year so if you wanna go ahead and crown them go ahead but history tells us all it’s nothing more than worthless words to get clicks and sell advertising.

  7. johntonioholmes says: Feb 5, 2014 9:33 AM

    Seattle has, probably without a doubt, the best secondary we’ve seen in a long time.

    Is it one of the greatest defenses ever, though? No. It wasn’t even the greatest within the last 5 years.

    Statistically, it was barely better than the 2010 Steelers. In fact, that defense was significantly better against the run than this Seahawks defense was. And the 2010 Steelers defense didn’t even sniff the 2008 defense.

    Again, you can make the case that it’s the best secondary of all time, and I would probably even agree with that. But the defense is not in the same category as the 2000 Ravens or, 85 Bears, or 08 Steelers.

  8. roadbiscuit says: Feb 5, 2014 9:33 AM

    They took Earl Thomas at 14. There’s plenty of luck involved in Sherman in the 5th. If they thought he’d be All Pro they wouldn’t have waited that long. It doesn’t hurt that they have Packers DNA via Schneider. Where do you think he learned his craft?

    Draft well and develop is a lesson that most teams learned long ago, but thanks for the hot tip.

  9. yooperman says: Feb 5, 2014 9:34 AM

    Can’t wait until John Schneider returns home. I’m starting to doubt Ted, again.

  10. axespray says: Feb 5, 2014 9:34 AM

    They’re loaded in the dline – linebacker – corners and safeties.

    Everyone would love to be that loaded on defense – but it’s impossible this day and age unless you have a couple monster draft classes along with a young QB that’s good from the get go on a rookie contract.

    Gotta give props to Seattle’s front office – they’ve got an awesome window now.

  11. seahawks19081 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:36 AM

    In the words of the great Chase Utley “Worl Champions. World Effin Champions.” I don’t care what teams did in the past or how many rings you have. Right now, right here, until a new team is crowned Superbowl champions, the Seahawks are the best.

  12. dangeruss3 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:37 AM

    Seattle beat the best statistical offense of all time. Can’t say the same about the 85 bears, 00 ravens or 02 bucs. Not saying the Seahawks D is the best of all time, but should be considered in the top 5.

  13. kerzondax says: Feb 5, 2014 9:38 AM

    Love his comment.

    Seattle blew it out of the water and may do so again next year. Kudos. But dynasties in the age of Free Agency and teams adjusting is neigh unto impossible. After 2011 and into 2012 the 15-1 Packers were the next “dynasty”. They are in the mix every year, but not a dynasty. You just don’t get them in the NFL anymore (a good thing I think). So I just don’t see it esp when those rookie wage scales end for that team.

    However, at a minimum, Seattle should at least be in the mix for many years to come.

  14. ocgunslinger says: Feb 5, 2014 9:38 AM

    And John Schneider/Pete Carrol are precisely why the Sea Hawks will be very competitive and dominate for many years. They know what they want and how to develop their talent. Players will come and go but management is the only constant. Look at the top teams (Steelers-Patriots for example) and note the management excellence and stability. We will now add the Sea Hawks to that list.

  15. jimmyt says: Feb 5, 2014 9:38 AM

    They had a great year, Hawk fans, please don’t turn into the the idiot “we are a dynasty, we will win the Super Bowl for the next 20 years” clowns that we saw from the Pats, Saints and Pack to name a few. Enjoy the SB victory, they are hard to come by and next season we all start out 0-0.

  16. jwcarlson says: Feb 5, 2014 9:38 AM

    Seattle will go into salary cap hell in the next two years. Starting with 2014 and really getting it in 2015.

    All those young guys on rookie deals that now have “Super Bowl Champion” on their resume are going to eat up all the money and realistically probably play less hungry. That’s the way it works.

  17. dangeruss3 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:39 AM

    08 steelers? Lol, the same defense that lost the Super Bowl the following year? Again, lol.

  18. roadbiscuit says: Feb 5, 2014 9:39 AM

    Denver laid a huge egg. The Seahawks helped that along but they looked unprepared.

  19. jimmyt says: Feb 5, 2014 9:40 AM

    “Seattle beat the best statistical offense of all time. Can’t say the same about the 85 bears, 00 ravens or 02 bucs. Not saying the Seahawks D is the best of all time, but should be considered in the top 5.”

    I would like to see the match up with The Greatest Show on Turf.

  20. packergator says: Feb 5, 2014 9:42 AM

    Said the guy who REALLY could use that type of defense in Green Bay.

  21. diveleft says: Feb 5, 2014 9:42 AM

    This is Rodgers back-handed way of saying his defense really sucks and has no chance of being any good and he knows it.

  22. ez4u2sa says: Feb 5, 2014 9:44 AM

    What needs to be understood is that teams to strive to be more balanced. A team that is all offense or all defense is going to struggle.

  23. marclepore7 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:46 AM

    Niners fans have nothing else to do right now besides trying to bash Seattle, PED’s, overrated, lucky, etc.. Beat San Fran twice this season and completely shut down best statistical offense in history end of story. News Flash, Montana & Young are not coming back anytime soon. Come back in September Niners fans, move on for now.
    CHAMPS

  24. concord148 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:47 AM

    Get real – It was the freakin weed. Seattle smoked and Denver didn’t.

  25. guitarmaninks says: Feb 5, 2014 9:48 AM

    So thinking there will ever be 32 elite QB’s in the NFL at the same time is more realistic?

  26. southpaw2k says: Feb 5, 2014 9:49 AM

    jwcarlson says:
    Feb 5, 2014 9:38 AM
    Seattle will go into salary cap hell in the next two years. Starting with 2014 and really getting it in 2015.

    All those young guys on rookie deals that now have “Super Bowl Champion” on their resume are going to eat up all the money and realistically probably play less hungry. That’s the way it works.

    ————————————————

    Boom. This post sums up pretty much everything.

    Props to Seattle for loading up the way they did; it paid off for them. However, they’re already at the cap limit for 2014 as it is, so they’ll have to restructure quite a bit in order to get back under and leave room for signing their draft picks and other players. Once Sherman, Thomas, and Wilson all hit free agency, the front office will have to choose who they’ll want to keep and who they’ll let walk. The Broncos are in a very similar position right now as well.

    This is how the league is going, kids. A team will bulk up to make a championship run, and then have to cut a lot of cords once the window closes. The Ravens just happened to be the first team to face this situation. The Seahawks and Broncos are following suit.

  27. osiris33 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:49 AM

    Wow, what a bunch of desperate clowns. The Seahawks don’t have any cap issues to speak of until 2015, and guess what? The new TV deal kicks in and the cap goes waaaay up. There is plenty of money to pay all the key players and keep this team together.

    As to the greatest defense ever talk, there are only 3 teams in the convo, the 85 Bears, the 2000 Ravens & this Seahawks team. This is the best secondary in NFL history, and they crushed the best offense in NFL history. Not Tony Eason or Kerry Collins.

    Seattle wins 2 of the next 4 Super Bowls.

  28. realdealsteel says: Feb 5, 2014 9:50 AM

    Kurt Warner would have been just as effective as Manning. QB’s that can’t move have been getting destroyed by the Seahawks and 49ers the last two seasons.

    Plus..stupid Mike Martz loved using 4 and 5 WR formations. Can you imagine Warner only having 4 lineman to protect him against the Seahawks front 4??

  29. patriotinvasion says: Feb 5, 2014 9:51 AM

    Being in Boston, Pete has been the target of a lot of rah rah jokes over the years (“pumped and jacked”). But, what he’s built and just pulled off locks him in as one of the best and he’s earned respect around here. With the help of Manning’s fame, that defensive performance will be even more legendary because of who it came against.

    And all fan on fan hating aside, congrats Seattle. I remember the thrill of watching the Pats win their first Super Bowl in similar fashion against the Rams. Enjoy the parade and the 7 months of bragging rights. It goes by quick.

  30. anactualnflowner says: Feb 5, 2014 9:51 AM

    The recipe is simple:
    1. Get a quarterback for $500,000 that can lead your team to a Superbowl
    2. Hit home-runs on almost all of your draft picks.
    3. Don’t get injuries.
    4. Spend the rest of the cap on talented players.

    Why doesn’t everyone do this?

  31. kingpel says: Feb 5, 2014 9:54 AM

    Tell that to the Rams, Niners and Cardinals who are looking pretty good playing defense first. These offensive teams who put up star wars numbers need to realize they aren’t as good as their statistics would indicate compared to the offensive teams of the 80′s and 90′s. If you want to beat Seattle it is going to take abandoning your gimmick offenses, running the ball and getting actual EFFORT and SKILL out of your wide receivers. These wideouts are labeled great but are usually running untouched through the secondary due to their scheming and the offense friendly rules.

  32. packfanaj12 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:54 AM

    Aaron respects talent on both sides of the ball. Super smart dude and he knows the Seattle D is not an average defense. Having a talented group like Seattle’s D on the same team is pretty much impossible to do over a few off seasons.

    Luckily for Packers fans, Rodgers will always keep them in the race for the playoffs and SB, with D or not.

  33. discountdoublecheck says: Feb 5, 2014 9:54 AM

    Comparing this Defense to any great D of the past is a basically pointless venture. The game then and the game now are two completely different animals.

  34. justintuckrule says: Feb 5, 2014 9:55 AM

    Giants beat the best statistical offense of all time too in 07. It was one game folks. Barely a month ago the Seahawks were one game away from being the 5th seed.

  35. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 5, 2014 10:01 AM

    dangeruss3 says:

    08 steelers? Lol, the same defense that lost the Super Bowl the following year? Again, lol
    ———————————————
    No, actually it wasn’t that same defense. Not sure who the losing defense of 09 SB was, I’d have to look it up. You should try that sometime.

    And yes, the 08 Steelers defense was 2nd best in SB era, 2nd to the 85 Bears. One lopsided SB doesn’t count as a great defense.

  36. Talk football or shut your pie hole... says: Feb 5, 2014 10:03 AM

    As an old, and I do mean old, Vikings fan I couldn’t help but have flashbacks to the Vikings super bowl loses while watching the Broncos implode against the Seahawks.

    Was it just a bad day for the Broncos or were they just really overrated? I don’t really know, but I do remember the Vikings in 69, 73, 74 and 76 being really good teams that just fell flat on their faces in the super bowl. It’s a bad feeling and you don’t forget it no matter how many years ago it was.

    So enjoy Seattle, you earned it with an outstanding game where everything went your way. But lets not get carried away and start saying the Seahawks are the best team or best defense ever. If not for a tipped pass and a “fumble” when Navarro was already down they don’t get past San Fran. So lets keep our heads while we give them their rightful credit for playing a great game.

  37. pfic15 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:04 AM

    No joke. This team is only together for a year more. Can’t afford them all which is great for the NFL…better Super Bowls…less arrogance…less Carroll. All good things.

  38. whatjusthapped says: Feb 5, 2014 10:04 AM

    I think Seattle’s defense was the best in 2013 but it is now getting more credit than it deserves because the Bronco’s decided not to show up on Sunday.

    Everyone take a deep breath, Seattle is not a dynasty.

  39. seatownballers says: Feb 5, 2014 10:06 AM

    Never said we were the best of all time. Only that we beat the offense of all time. Held them to 8.

  40. dwoofer says: Feb 5, 2014 10:07 AM

    Super Bowl MVP: Shire US, Inc. (the makers of Adderall)

  41. ariani1985 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:09 AM

    Don’t worry turd bay, Ted will have 25 7th round Draft picks fighting for your honor.

  42. steves11 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:09 AM

    Seattle “should” be in the mix for many years to come, but NFL teams can go downhill fast through injuries, players leaving for free agency, other teams on the rise, complacency and a myriad of other factors. The Seahawks are king of the hill until September, and then it all starts over. Every team will be 0-0 and the ultimate glory will be up for grabs again. Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame, Seahawks and your fans.

  43. bigjim50010 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:10 AM

    I am tired of the block heads calling Russell Wilson only a game manager. If you mean he managed to get 1st downs on 3rd and 6… then yes he is a game manager.

    Every QB is a game manager and there are 25 other teams who would love to have him ‘manage’ their offense.

  44. patriottony says: Feb 5, 2014 10:12 AM

    BOB Kraft Said it best,,,,you can do what seattle did and load it up for a WIN…but you hock the future. If you put 10-12 headhunters on a team, what happens is that you can’t pay the rest. Panthers is another good example, they had a GREAT run. but in the next 12-24 months all of their “stars” on Def/off come up for big contracts, that will be a problem. Could the PATS, go out and “buy” a 1 or 2 yr team? FOR SURE!!!,,,but then there is a quick drop off as you loose them or get into CAP problems.

  45. duece5 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:13 AM

    jimmyt says: Feb 5, 2014 9:38 AM

    They had a great year, Hawk fans, please don’t turn into the the idiot “we are a dynasty, we will win the Super Bowl for the next 20 years” clowns that we saw from the Pats, Saints and Pack to name a few. Enjoy the SB victory, they are hard to come by and next season we all start out 0-0.

    duece5 says:

    Oh jimmyt, you need to be aware, packer fans still believe they are a “dynasty”.

    It’s all you heard for a year……lucky for us, they believe TT is a genius (the genius that omits a functional oline to protect their number #1 asset, and omit a backup qb, and omit a training regiment that allows injuries for the frail), and they believe MM is capable as well.

    This year was a great example of that.

    Even a depleted Viking offense headed by Frazier and Musgrave on offense had a better 2nd half of the year than all teams in the NFC North with a 4-3-1 record. Wow…..now that is embarassing.

    The fact the packers “won” the division is a great thing……they are lulled into believing they are a player or two away.

    All teams have a way to go in the NFC North, but the Vikes demand excellence……so they clean house and add a no nonsense, but HIGHLY respected coach in Zimmer, and add Turner to head the offense.

    No dynasty for the Vikes next year, but definitely headed in the right direction!

    Another thing to consider: the niners were a play away from the Super Bowl, so for all the “dynasty” talk, that is why it is so rare for those to occur.

    I can see the niners taking that division next year, but the dominance is definitely in the NFC.

  46. seabrawk12 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:14 AM

    Hey butt hurt people, I heard there’s a parade happening in Seattle today, I’m not sure what for. If you are really feeling down you should check it out. Parades make everyone feel better.

  47. southpaw2k says: Feb 5, 2014 10:19 AM

    osiris33 says:
    Feb 5, 2014 9:49 AM
    Wow, what a bunch of desperate clowns. The Seahawks don’t have any cap issues to speak of until 2015, and guess what? The new TV deal kicks in and the cap goes waaaay up. There is plenty of money to pay all the key players and keep this team together.

    —————————————————-

    Wrong. Overthecap.com projects them at $127 million for 2014, which is the expected cap limit. They’ll need to make at least $15 million worth of space in order to sign their draft picks and free agents, and quite possibly they’ll need more than that amount of space. Like I said, this is the direction the league is going, which is a big part of the reason why teams don’t repeat anymore. Heck, a defending Super Bowl champion hasn’t even won a single playoff game the next season since the 2004 Patriots, so if the Seahawks even accomplish that next year that’s a big triumph for them.

  48. penvik says: Feb 5, 2014 10:22 AM

    I’ve heard enough already. They had a good year and the Broncos made them look better than they are. Rodgers making them sound like the greatest defense ever. Not even close, I think a non playoff team could have won that Super Bowl that’s how bad the Broncos played. Also, not sure, but Rodgers may know that Green Bay is rebuilding basically and is coming up with early excuses already. Didn’t think Seattle was that good and I’m leaning even more that way today

  49. jamaltimore says: Feb 5, 2014 10:23 AM

    jimmyt says:
    Feb 5, 2014 9:40 AM
    “Seattle beat the best statistical offense of all time. Can’t say the same about the 85 bears, 00 ravens or 02 bucs. Not saying the Seahawks D is the best of all time, but should be considered in the top 5.”

    I would like to see the match up with The Greatest Show on Turf.

    ————————————

    Plenty of teams have beat PEYTON MANNING, ie the greatest qb of all regular seasons in the playoffs. Respect to the hawks but Manning loses more than he wins in playoffs.

  50. TheDPR says: Feb 5, 2014 10:26 AM

    It’s more than just talent. It’s their willingness to take risks that pays off for that defense. They play in the gray area of almost-dirty defense, and by that I don’t necessarily mean cheap shots, but lots of grabbing and chucking that defenses with a lesser reputation would get penalized for more often. They have said they are willing to risk a handful of penalties in exchange for being able to intimidate WRs and physically get them off their game. It worked for them.

  51. tobis81 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:26 AM

    Look at NYNINERFAN still using the lame PED line almost a year after our last player tested positive for actual PED’s, LOL. About 15 other players have tested positive for them from other teams since our last player. I think it’s time you get a new line, loser, HAHA. What’s even more comical is this pathetic troll was the very first one to comment on a Hawk’s article. Talk about no life!!! He must be butt hurt his 49ers lost in the SB last season, and haven’t win a thing in almost a quarter of a century, LMFAO. To the dude talking about salary cap… Chancellor already got his pay day, big guy. Thomas, and Wilson will get paid well, but I imagine them being willing to take a little less to help the team, just like Tate just stated he would. Sherman I hope will do the same, but I could see him trying to be the highest paid, and be all about the money!!!

  52. duece5 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:28 AM

    whatjusthapped says: Feb 5, 2014 10:04 AM

    I think Seattle’s defense was the best in 2013 but it is now getting more credit than it deserves because the Bronco’s decided not to show up on Sunday.

    Everyone take a deep breath, Seattle is not a dynasty.

    duece5 says:

    Uhhhh….pot meet kettle!!!!

    Said the packer fans that still are in a fog from their self-proclaimed dyansty!!!!!

  53. vdogg says: Feb 5, 2014 10:29 AM

    Coming from a guy who didn’t think they needed a running game, I’ll just dismiss his thoughts on how to build a defense…

  54. russellwilsonismymvp says: Feb 5, 2014 10:30 AM

    Still a lot of crying from niner fans, I see. Really? Get your panties out of a bunch already…sheesh

  55. cguy7 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:32 AM

    Seattle has an excellent defense, but they are not in the conversation of the greatest of all time. Their achilles heel is their run defense, but the Broncos were too arrogant and thought they could pass their way to the title. They played into Seattle’s strength – and it cost them dearly. 08 Steelers? Stop it…

  56. rbirving says: Feb 5, 2014 10:33 AM

    Let the Seahawk fans enjoy their championship. Until someone knocks them off, they’re the champions, get used to it.

    The reasons it’s hard to repeat are numerous and real.

    Nothing stays the same, players get better or the they start to fade, that’s reality.

    The teams that handles injuries the best are typically the teams that do well in the playoffs. Denver’s biggest problem on Sunday was getting off the field on defense. They didn’t have enough to stop Seattle’s mediocre offense. Defense wins championships.

    The players that will leave Seattle first are the backups, they want to be starters. Then they’ll lose the guys who want more money. They can talk the talk all they want to, but with the pedal hits the metal they want to paid because they have no guarantee of another chance.

    Professional atheletes have huge egos, it’s part of what is neccessary to make it to that level, they want to be seen as the best and to them it all comes down to who gets paid the most.

    Injuries will happen, that’s the nature of the game. I hope Seattle repeats, but the odds are against them. Everyone talks the talk after a SuperBowl win but how many have even made it back to the big dance the year after winning it? So many factors involved.

    For now, let the Seahawk fans enjoy their time in the sun, they’ve earned it.

  57. snnyjcbs says: Feb 5, 2014 10:33 AM

    It is the Al Davis D, one deep safety, rush with 4 max 5 lineman and play bulk man to man mixing in some zone.

    When you have the players to play the D there is non better, when you don’t it is not pretty. Good luck on the other teams trying to copy cat the D, better luck hitting Lotto

  58. thevikesarebest says: Feb 5, 2014 10:33 AM

    The shehawks and packers will be at the bottom of the ranks next year.

  59. bleedgreen says: Feb 5, 2014 10:35 AM

    He’s saying you can’t just copy scheme. You need scheme, players, depth, chemistry, coaching. You could give teams the Seattle defensive playbook and they couldn’t do it. Just like you could put Mark Sanchez on the Broncos Offense and they wouldn’t do half as well.

  60. PriorKnowledge says: Feb 5, 2014 10:36 AM

    The secret of Seattle is Bang for the Buck. In the current NFLPA contract that is the rookie contract. You can pay your year 1-3 rookies far less than their worth. Once they get going veteran wages, it kills your cap.

    Draft well is the secret. Maybe add a free agent or two but most of the secret of Seattle is the huge number of good players still playing their rookie contract.

    Bang for the Buck people. My Redskins have not learned that lesson yet.

  61. russellwilsonismymvp says: Feb 5, 2014 10:40 AM

    @patriottony

    Is your point to NOT try to assemble the best players you can because you’ll have to pay them eventually? Sounds like the Vikings personnel philosophy…how’s that working out?

  62. purpleguy says: Feb 5, 2014 10:42 AM

    He’s right. And another reason is that as long as the Pack has Rodgers, they don’t need a Seattle-like defense.

  63. osiris33 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:48 AM

    southpaw2k says: Feb 5, 2014 10:19 AM

    Wrong. Overthecap.com projects them at $127 million for 2014, which is the expected cap limit.

    ——————————————————
    In other words, I’m right and the Seahawks will be under the cap in 2015 after signing all their key players.

    $15 million? Cut Rice, Clemmons and Miller. There, I just made $15 million in cap space and we already have their replacements on the roster.

  64. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 5, 2014 10:51 AM

    Sooner or later they are going to have to pay those guys and then they’ll be the real Seahawks again.

  65. osiris33 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:52 AM

    cguy7 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:32 AM

    Seattle has an excellent defense, but they are not in the conversation of the greatest of all time. Their achilles heel is their run defense…

    ————————————————-
    Wow this is so stupid and at odds with reality I have to just laugh. Frank Gore had… wait for it… 14 yards rushing in the NFC championship game. The greatest offense of all time had… wait for it… 26 yards rushing! Yeah if those Broncos had just stuck with it they would have had like 50 yards rushing and maybe another field goal. What idiocy.

  66. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 5, 2014 10:53 AM

    Well Tate they probably could get rid of, his HOF season was for 840 yards which really is pedestrian.

  67. thebirdofprey2 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:56 AM

    Aaron Rogers is right – it took 4 years for Pete and John to get a defense to play a Super Bowl winning level. They probably still have the most transactions in that time period. If people didn’t know this defense ranks up there with the 2000 Ravens & 2002 Bucs. The stats back that up but former numerous players of those teams have said that’s exactly what it reminds them of.

    Seattle actually gets more people hating now that they won. Chancellor got extended coming into this year. Seahawks cap situation is really good and I highly doubt Wilson will aim for a 20 million a year contact.

    To the guy talking of their run defense. They had 2 games where they were beat for yards, Pete had the re-committed to stopping run and for the last 2 months held running backs to under 3 yard per carry and finished ranked 7th in the NFL.

  68. philtration says: Feb 5, 2014 10:59 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Feb 5, 2014 9:30 AM
    Just another reason to love him, he can give a totally unbiased assessment of a rival team.
    ===================================

    Like his totally unbiased assessment of athletes that uses performance enhancing drugs to cheat?

  69. themage78 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:00 AM

    Just like the Ravens last year, Seattle feasted on some moribund teams. The Falcons, Texans, Jaguars, Giants, Rams, Vikings, and Buccaners. That accounts for 7 of their wins. They got a bye and got home field advantage. They lost one game at home the entire season.
    It’s hard to play in Seattle due to the noise. This only helps their defense. And it can get loud at MetLife stadium too. This helped their defense in the SuperBowl. The Broncos had a horrible game as well. But for a QB like Manning who makes audibles and changes at the line, this noise probably threw him.

    So while I believe Seattle was good this year, I think some key pieces will be lost and it’s not going to be the same defense.

  70. jedyknyt says: Feb 5, 2014 11:05 AM

    I am not a Packer fan but Rodgers is right. You can thank Free Agency and PLAYERS THAT BECOME GREEDY after winning a Superbowl.

  71. thedanceface says: Feb 5, 2014 11:05 AM

    as far as the longevity of the seahawks success goes, i think what people overlook is the importance of a structure and formula when it comes to talent evaluation. both carroll and schneider are gifted in this area, and young talent on rookie salaries will continue to be a factor in their success. their roster is full of 5th – 7th round picks. out with the old, in with the new.

  72. rubenxx7 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:06 AM

    Rodgers knows their def sucks and always will. Mathews can never stay healthy aswell

  73. southpaw2k says: Feb 5, 2014 11:10 AM

    osiris33 says:
    Feb 5, 2014 10:48 AM
    southpaw2k says: Feb 5, 2014 10:19 AM

    In other words, I’m right and the Seahawks will be under the cap in 2015 after signing all their key players.

    $15 million? Cut Rice, Clemmons and Miller. There, I just made $15 million in cap space and we already have their replacements on the roster.

    ————————————————

    Then how do you expect to replace Michael Bennett, Walter Thurmond, Cliff Avril, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, and Byron Maxwell between this year and next year? Those guys constitute half your defensive starters. You certainly can’t re-sign all of them.

    I’m not trying to detract from your Super Bowl win. In fact, I was in those same shoes a year ago, and the Ravens had to rebuild their roster while having to part ways with several aging veterans. It’s just how the league is going now.

  74. awdlmd says: Feb 5, 2014 11:12 AM

    It’s pretty simple. They are getting by with a QB on a 3rd round rookie contract so they have extra money for the rest of the team. They will only get by with that for another season.

  75. boiler72 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:15 AM

    The ’85 Bears were great, but also a bit overrated. Yes, shutting out two teams and then winning the Super Bowl 46-10 is domination, but we should consider who they played. A Giants team that would win it all the next year – fine. But a Rams team led by Dieter Brock at QB and then a stupid drug-addled Patriots team that beat Miami in a huge upset to get there? Sorry, but not exactly awe-inspiring for the ages.

  76. rjwalnuts says: Feb 5, 2014 11:18 AM

    Like if you think Jerry Jones will structure the Cowboys like the Seahawks in order to build a winner.

    Dislike if you believe Jerry thinks Seattle did it the wrong way and got lucky.

  77. robf2010 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:19 AM

    Three NFC teams were catching up to the Seahawks by the end of the season. They’re King of the Hill now and congratulations for that but they’ll not only be studied this offseason for ways to copy what they do well but also for how to attack them. There’s a reason no one has repeated in a long time and no one has won more than two in a row. It’s because it’s ridiculously hard.

  78. mn2long says: Feb 5, 2014 11:24 AM

    johntonioholmes says:

    “Is it one of the greatest defenses ever, though? No. It wasn’t even the greatest within the last 5 years.

    Statistically, it was barely better than the 2010 Steelers. In fact, that defense was significantly better against the run than this Seahawks defense was. And the 2010 Steelers defense didn’t even sniff the 2008 defense.

    Again, you can make the case that it’s the best secondary of all time, and I would probably even agree with that. But the defense is not in the same category as the 2000 Ravens or, 85 Bears, or 08 Steelers.”

    Come on man. Look at the schedule the Steeler played and the offenses they face all year. They played 3 top notch offenses and lost all 3 games. I believe New England hung over 40 on them and Green Bay put up 31 on them…And they lost the Super Bowl. The Broncos were the #1 scoring team of all time and they scored 8 points. It is the 2010 Steelers that are not in the same league as the 2000 Ravens, 85 Bears, or this year’s Seahawks.

  79. oreo51 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:27 AM

    Sure, the Hawks have some contract issues to resolve. Not everyone will be back. But they redshirted most of their 2013 draft class and developed those guys to step up when the time arrives. Just as they replaced Browner with Maxwell they have Shead, Lane and a host of others waiting in the wings. It is much better to be the Hawks with too much talent than the other 31 teams with too little.

  80. ajgreenhof says: Feb 5, 2014 11:28 AM

    Just say it Rodgers you need everything except wideouts and a running back.

    His fingers have been crossed on a o-line for years now.

  81. olcap says: Feb 5, 2014 11:30 AM

    I agree with Rodgers. He knows what he’s talking about.

  82. dragonfly99 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:39 AM

    You have to give them credit for their success. John Schneider learned his lessons under Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson and then paired this draft and develop strategy with his smart but aggressive approach to free agency, something Thompson will not do. However getting Russell Wilson under a third round rookie contract is what really made this team and allowed them to afford the additional talent. When Wilson’s contract is renegotiated is when the real challenge begins

  83. wikidpissah says: Feb 5, 2014 11:41 AM

    jimmyt says: Feb 5, 2014 9:38 AM

    They had a great year, Hawk fans, please don’t turn into the the idiot “we are a dynasty, we will win the Super Bowl for the next 20 years” clowns that we saw from the Pats, Saints and Pack to name a few.

    ===================================

    There’s a difference between winning one, and winning 3 out if 4.

    The Seahawks are well positioned, but their fans should enjoy this and not worry about or plan on next year and beyond. There’s plenty of time for that.

  84. hawksforever says: Feb 5, 2014 11:44 AM

    Only Tate and Bennett need to be resigned this year and Tate already said he is willing to give a home town discount and Bennett implied the same.

    Hawks will work on signing Thomas and Sherman this year and I bet they feel the same as Tate. Chancellor was already signed for 5 years last year.

    Cutting Rice and Clemons and restructuring Miller or cutting him saves the Hawks over 20 million this year.

    We have two defensive tackles drafted last year that will be studs in 2014 so if Avril leaves next year we are good.

    We also have a stud cornerback in Simon who fits the Sherman mold so we have good depth there.

    Bryant’s contract is not up till 2016 and Thurmond may have to go but we played well without him this year so not a big deal.

    Wilson will not want 20 million like Payton, Flacco, etc. That is just not who he is. Expect to be suprised on what he wants. Remember he wants to “change the game” so maybe he settles to 8 million a year? LOL wouldn’ that be funny!

  85. lengai says: Feb 5, 2014 11:45 AM

    Doesn’t seem likely, but risking injury as a running QB getting low pay after a SB win would have me thinking about hardballing the team. Hold out for a big contract now. Seattle doesn’t budge…retire and force them to pay up. Any team would do that type of thing to a player in a heartbeat.

  86. ghost26 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:47 AM

    It’s insane how people have become so short-sighted. Why does everything always have to turn into a discussion of ‘best of all time???’ There’s NO WAY you can compare the Seahawks defense to the defense of those Steelers teams that won 4 SB’s & were loaded w/ HOFers. The Seahawks have the best defense in the NFL right now & that’s all that matters. The Niners & the Panthers are the only two teams who defense is close but Seattle’s secondary is better right now.

    And please stop w/ the predictions for 2014. No team is the same anymore in the NFL from year to year & it’s going to be much more difficult for Seattle to win a 2nd SB. Injuries happen, outside distractions happen, & EVERYONE on that team is going to want a raise.

  87. funshipm174 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:53 AM

    I am a Vikings fan, not a Seahawks fan, but I congratulate them.

    Bottom line is their defense was in another stratosphere on Superbowl Sunday and there wasn’t a team in ANY N.F.L. year that would have beat them that day.
    The amazing thing to me is that the rules are more slanted to the offense today and that defense was a bunch of maniacs.
    I was especially happy for Cliff Avril who endured that 0-16 season with the lions to see him win something like this.

    The N.F.L. is about parity, not dynasty, so as soon as Russell Wilson’s rookie contract is done and he gets his well deserved “Joe Flacco” typr of contract, the Seahawks will not be able to keep all their big Defensive names, they will then again built through the draft picks.

  88. rukkus1 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:54 AM

    I bet you put the hawks defense back a few years or 20, theyd be right up there with almost any defense. They just held the qb with the best ever statistal season to squat in the super bowl. You cant deny what theyve done. They did it to drew brees twice this year too. These are all time great qbs.

    Look at just the last few years with all the rule changes to make it a more offensive leaning game. You cant touch a qb, you can only tackle a certain way, cant do anything all those old time defenses did.

    No way those 85 bears, 2000 ravens, steel curtain, and so on, get the rep they had after playing against multiple qbs who threw for over 4,000-5000 yds. They wouldve still been great, but you cant deny what the league has become today.

    Thats one of the things people love about this hawks team. In an era of never before seen offense, they are a dominant defense.

  89. ghost26 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:56 AM

    lengai says: Feb 5, 2014 11:45 AM

    Doesn’t seem likely, but risking injury as a running QB getting low pay after a SB win would have me thinking about hardballing the team. Hold out for a big contract now. Seattle doesn’t budge…retire and force them to pay up. Any team would do that type of thing to a player in a heartbeat.

    Lengai,

    Russell has only played two NFL seasons & according to the rookie contracts–even if the team wanted to give him a raise–they can’t until AFTER his 3rd season. That’s why Newton & Kaepernick are in line for contract extensions this off season. So the Seahawks are guaranteed at least one more year of not having to worry about paying Wilson more than his rookie deal.

  90. syrinx35 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:58 AM

    “If not for a tipped pass and a “fumble” when Navarro was already down they don’t get past San Fran.”
    —————————————————

    That was a bad call on the fumble, but you can’t use it as an excuse for the Niners losing the game — they got the ball back on the next play, on the 15 instead of the 1.

    If not for the tipped pass, well, the pass WAS tipped. And now you’re crying about it, while I am at this moment sitting in my office hearing the noise from fans lining 4th avenue getting ready for the championship parade in a couple of hours.

  91. syrinx35 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:03 PM

    Gotta love the comments people are still making that Russell Wilson is just a game manager.

    His QB rating in the Superbowl was 123.1, he has won more games than any QB in their first 2 seasons in NFL history, and he has thrown more TD passes in his first 2 years than anyone except Marino and Manning (despite being on a team that runs the ball more than just about every other team).

  92. stellarperformance says: Feb 5, 2014 12:05 PM

    Sometimes the sun-moon-and-stars all align for the perfect storm in sports. Denver self-imploded and the Seahawks become “legendary?”

    I don’t think so. They’re OK…in fact, pretty good, but that’s about it. They deserve the SuperBowl victory. But they aren’t unbeatable. The Packers will see to that when they play next season. The Packers were one fumble-fingered interception from keeping San Francisco from advancing, and they did it with duct tape and popsicle sticks.

  93. thefirstweaponofchoice says: Feb 5, 2014 12:09 PM

    Respect

  94. southpaw2k says: Feb 5, 2014 12:09 PM

    ghost26 is totally right. Can we get through free agency and the draft before starting to talk of who will win Super Bowl 49? I’m holding off making any predictions until close to training camp, since nearly every team will barely resemble how they look now.

  95. kkalama1 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:18 PM

    Amen osisrus33- the cap space here is fine and everybody from this years roster will be back for next season. The only changes will be a healthy Harvin and Rice. The front offices are talented enough that they will continue to build this team amd stay in salary cap.

  96. lengai says: Feb 5, 2014 12:18 PM

    ghost26, that’s why I said retire.

  97. blogatron2000 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:24 PM

    Everything being said about the talent level of the Seahawks is valid. They’re quite a group. I’m not trying to diminish what they accomplished, but I’m thinking that their ultra agressive “they won’t call a penalty on every play” style of playing D won’t be as effective going forward. Other teams and the zebras now have the offseason to develop countermeasures.

    It will be interesting to see what happens.

  98. maestro71 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:30 PM

    Imagine Russell Wilson if he had Green Bay’s defense. 6-10…maybe? Now imagine Rodgers coupled with Seattle’s defense. Scary good.

  99. lengai says: Feb 5, 2014 12:50 PM

    kkalama1 says:
    Feb 5, 2014 12:18 PM
    Amen osisrus33- the cap space here is fine and everybody from this years roster will be back for next season. The only changes will be a healthy Harvin and Rice. The front offices are talented enough that they will continue to build this team amd stay in salary cap.

    _________________________________

    Until Wilson gets paid. Then, Seattle is in the same boat as New England, New Orleans, Baltimore, Atlanta, Green Bay, Denver, San Diego, Dallas, etc. Only New England has shown they are capable of continuing to make it to the SB with a high dollar QB.

  100. kuranda84 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:52 PM

    As a Hawks fan, I can’t say they are better than the 85 Bears (I was born in 82), or the Bucs or Ravens teams in the early 2000s. And really, neither can anyone else…two different eras playing VERY different offenses. However, just to be in that conversation is something special.

    As for salary cap, the Hawks will not have issues til 2015. Next year they will essentially be the same team – possibly without Golden Tate and/or Michael Bennett. However, I’m not scared. Think about all the ways that this team brought in talent: Sherman (5th rnd), Chancellor (5th rnd), Maxwell (6th rnd), Wright (4th rnd), SB MVP – Malcolm Smith (7th rnd), Doug Baldwin (UFA), Kearse (UFA), Wilson (3rd rnd), Lynch (traded a 4th rnd), Browner (CFL), Thurmond (4th rnd). The list goes on.

    Once or twice and it may be luck. However, this roster is full of late round talent that was overlooked by 31 other teams. I’m not scared about the Hawks future.

  101. rockinchox says: Feb 5, 2014 12:53 PM

    Given that it is pretty widely agreed that the rules packages have been changed to create more scoring and offense. And given that the Denver offensive and Seattle defensive numbers correlate with some of the greatest seasons ever. Wouldn’t it be logical to assume the Seattle numbers are a far more greater accomplishment? And also shouldn’t that be factored in when considering greatest defensive seasons ever?

  102. rrthomasxyz says: Feb 5, 2014 12:54 PM

    I laugh at the amount of time people spend on pouting excuses why their team didn’t win the superbowl

  103. southpaw2k says: Feb 5, 2014 12:57 PM

    maestro71 says:
    Feb 5, 2014 12:30 PM
    Imagine Russell Wilson if he had Green Bay’s defense. 6-10…maybe? Now imagine Rodgers coupled with Seattle’s defense. Scary good.

    ————————————————

    And imagine if Tom Brady had Detroit’s defense.

    And imagine if Peyton Manning had Cleveland’s defense.

    And imagine if Tony Romo had Seattle’s defense.

    What on God’s green Earth is the point of playing the “what if” game, aside from fan boy fantasizing?

  104. pwh925 says: Feb 5, 2014 1:02 PM

    I’m sick and tired of trolls going on about PED’s and Seattle. Get over it. The substance abuse violations in the NFL this season were widespread. Bitter SF fans I suppose.

    Props to Seattle. GM, coaching staff, and players did great this year. Finished the job they started in 2012.

    For all you Richard Sherman haters, watch a couple videos of him reviewing film. No BS or trash talk there. Completely different guy when he’s off the stage. Phenomenal talent regardless of what you think of him personally.

    For the record I’m a Jets fan and I think spygate remarks are irrelavant and pointless as well. Let’s move on.

  105. rbirving says: Feb 5, 2014 1:08 PM

    speaking of distractions, R.Wilson wants to play MLB, you don’t think that would be a distraction? Compare the average career length of the two sports and which way do you think the kid will lean now that he already has his SB ring? Distractions are unavoidable.

  106. kmartinson says: Feb 5, 2014 1:13 PM

    Now that they’ve had success they will have to deal with what all good teams have to deal with….big contracts and coaches leaving.

    They don’t have anyone on a big contract(besides Harvin/Rice). Sherman will want to make north of what Revis is making..Wilson will make at least $15 million a year….and that’s for 2 guys. Those d-line guys aren’t sticking around for 1 year deals now that they’ve been noticed.

    Success costs money. I love Schneider but he’s going to be forced to cut ties with alot of players the next 2-3 years. They’ll keep the nucleus but they won’t have the depth just like all the other top teams. Same is going to happen to SF.

  107. Norseman says: Feb 5, 2014 1:17 PM

    It certainly is unrealistic for the Green Bay Packers to build a defense as good as the Seahawk’s.

    They don’t have the players- or enough draft picks or salary cap to get them.

    The Packer defense is not the tough, physical type you need to really shut down an opposing offense.

  108. imbetteratlifethanyouisamoron says: Feb 5, 2014 1:18 PM

    Packers will never have an elite defense as long as Dom Capers is there. Another problem is their overrated “star” player, Fabio, cannot complete an entire season without getting hurt.

  109. dahmergeinteam says: Feb 5, 2014 1:28 PM

    Aaron is right, and I agree, all the attention and money should be spent on Aaron. We don’t need no stinkin defense when we have a QB with a great arm and eyes like Aaron’s. I love him and want to have dinner with him!

  110. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 5, 2014 1:38 PM

    It’s Unrealistic to think Rodgers won’t give his opinion on every single topic.

  111. djstangcougar says: Feb 5, 2014 1:38 PM

    There are many ways to win, it’s not necessary to copy someones defense. As long as your defense is stout and stingy and your office can put up some points.

  112. hopelessinseattle says: Feb 5, 2014 1:46 PM

    Yeah I am thinking that after he reflects on those comments a little bit he’s gonna wish he hadn’t made them, least not in public. While he may be correct I think he just threw a whole slew of defensive teammates under the bus and that might not sit well in the clubhouse.

  113. shaggytoodle says: Feb 5, 2014 2:22 PM

    The Packers have had some bad injury luck the past few seasons.

    I think of the other tough teams in the NFC is going to get their tough injury luck this season. Its just bound to happen sooner or later.

  114. 23rdusernameused says: Feb 5, 2014 2:26 PM

    Of course it’s unrealistic ERIN, b/c you and “thumb boy” make about 35-40% of the cap money alone, 2 PLAYERS!!!
    Great work Ted…. NOT!

  115. bullcharger says: Feb 5, 2014 2:31 PM

    There is definitely something to the PED use in Seattle… Been caught more than any other team since 2010. Many undrafted and low round picks with the right frames to become hard hitters if they get bigger and faster.

    Rapid change in performance level is a tell tale sign. Guys that throw 80 in baseball and suddently can throw 95 get starting jobs. There are lots of documented cases that have been exposed.

    You would have to look at it on a case by case basis to see if speed and size improved at an unatural level or if it was just that the player had better coaching.

    Not saying other teams have no players on PEDs… All of them problaby have at least some players on PEDs, but Seattle may be running a program.

  116. packerbadger says: Feb 5, 2014 2:37 PM

    Only thing worse than a poor loser is a poor winner…. Sehawk fans and players are both.

  117. robgilman says: Feb 5, 2014 3:49 PM

    Good point Aaron. Shoot for mediocrity and avoid disappointment

  118. swaggyy says: Feb 5, 2014 4:14 PM

    Chancellor is already signed long term, Thomas and Bennett are top priorities this off season, and Sherman and Wilson are next years top priorities. When you release Sidney Rice, Red Bryant and ask Miller to take a pay cut, that opens up PLENTY of cap to sign all the stars. Wagner, Wright, Okung, and Irvin will be re-signed. Mebane is locked up. Unger is locked up. This team isn’t going anywhere. They’re fantastic at drafting anyways, so when you have a franchise QB like Wilson and the defensive players I named, you’re going to go to the playoffs year in and year out barring any key injuries. They have great depth behind all that as well. Sorry haters, but this team will be together for a LONG time. Dynasty.

  119. cball77 says: Feb 5, 2014 4:28 PM

    They are actually in a good cap situation for the next two seasons while RW is in his rookie contract.

    With cutting Rice and a substantial amount of cap space already they will re-sign Tate, Bennett, and either Thomas or Sherman (the other will be franchised the season after next). Guys like Wagner and Wright are also coming up in the next 2 but they won’t break the bank.

    They won’t need to make any real tough decisions until the 2016/17 season when Wilson will eat up Top 5 QB money.

  120. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 5, 2014 4:38 PM

    remember: seattle did not have Brandon Browner for that game. he is 6’4.

    Sherman
    Chancellor
    Thomas
    Maxwell
    Browner
    Thurmond

    that’s just not fair. defenses are lucky to have ONE of these guys.

    i could not stand all the idiot analysts saying seattle “didn’t have enough” to cover “all those denver receivers.” idiocy. i cannot believe some of these guys are paid to sound so stupid. “Denver has too much!!!” they said. good lord. the only passes they completed were basically garbage.

  121. leatherface2012 says: Feb 5, 2014 4:53 PM

    VIKINGS MAKE SEAHAGS D LOOK LIKE NOTHING

  122. jhtobias says: Feb 5, 2014 4:59 PM

    Only Tate and Bennett need to be resigned this year and Tate already said he is willing to give a home town discount and Bennett implied the same.

    Hawks will work on signing Thomas and Sherman this year and I bet they feel the same as Tate. Chancellor was already signed for 5 years last year.

    Cutting Rice and Clemons and restructuring Miller or cutting him saves the Hawks over 20 million this year.

    We have two defensive tackles drafted last year that will be studs in 2014 so if Avril leaves next year we are good.

    We also have a stud cornerback in Simon who fits the Sherman mold so we have good depth there.

    Bryant’s contract is not up till 2016 and Thurmond may have to go but we played well without him this year so not a big deal.

    Wilson will not want 20 million like Payton, Flacco, etc. That is just not who he is. Expect to be suprised on what he wants. Remember he wants to “change the game” so maybe he settles to 8 million a year? LOL wouldn’ that be funny!

    My friend you are missing the point .. Do you really think Mr. Sherman and all the other defensive studs not to mention Russell Wilson will play in 2014 for their extremley undervalued contracts ? Maybe Seattle plays hardball with them, but don’t expect these guys to stick around in 2015 if they get screwed in 2014 except for the poor sapp who get the franchise tag.

    It happens everywhere after 2010 gb no defense just offense can’t keep a guy on that team that is worth a damn except 1.

    This is not an attack on the hawks they are studs , but the cap is real and unlike baseball you can’t keep a 15 million a year corner back 10-15 million a year qb and so on.

  123. vegasgreek says: Feb 5, 2014 6:57 PM

    Rodgers is right . It will take at least 2 more years for the Packers to get the Players to build a great defense . Ted Thompson builds only through the draft and shuns free agency. That means the Packers have to hit on all their picks . So the best approach is to give Rodgers all the top weapons he needs to build a great offense and fill as many holes on defense as possible during the next 2 drafts.

  124. txnative65 says: Feb 6, 2014 3:13 AM

    Sounds to me like Rodgers mainly doesn’t want teams to quit overpaying quarterbacks to build a defense, especially himself.

  125. danmedsker says: Feb 7, 2014 2:23 AM

    Everyone talks about the secondary which is great, but interesting Browner was suspended and missed Playoffs. Maxwell or Thurmond fill in w/o a hitch, and Lane is almost as good.
    The real difference in the Superbowl was the 7 man rotation on the D-line! 2 leading sackers didn’t start most of the year, Avril and Bennett. Pressure on Peyton was the key (not sacks), batted balls or in his face,w/a 4 man rush. Linebackers…Bobby Wagner should have been rookie of the yr last yr at MLB. KJ Wright and the MVP Malcolm Smith weren’t even starters at OLB at beginning of season. Smith wasn’t til about 4 games back, he was 3rd string. Schnieders GBay experience along w/the fact Carroll recruited alot of these guys in college, or coached for/against them @ USC,are the real advantage..that part will fade. Smith was a backup @ USC too! But the fact they are so deep on D is why this D will last even when Sherman goes free agent,or gets franchised. The QB, will need better stats 4 the contract, or we’ll find another game manager…lol one of the best D’s ever. Damn right, especially w/all starters

  126. danmedsker says: Feb 7, 2014 2:40 AM

    As for the slams that the Hawks barely got there…That has to do w/the offense, not how good this D is….As for contracts..Sherman will probably get renegotiated contract early, which will keep the $s down, Followed by Thomas. Wilson and the Offense have already said they will play for less if they can keep things together..other than Harvin. Best 3 game season ever…lol

  127. rho1953 says: Feb 7, 2014 2:36 PM

    He’s totally right. The Seahawks got lucky with the draft and injuries. They are benefiting from a QB that makes almost nothing. They will be like all the previous SB teams, they will have trouble keeping that group together. Free agency and coaching losses will deplete the roster and coaching staff. Wilson will get a monster contract when his rookie deal expires and the Seahawks will fall back. A fair amount of luck is required along with talent to win a title.

  128. hawkthunder says: Feb 25, 2014 4:17 PM

    Well Seahawk family don’t worry about winning the SB next year, just concentrate on winning the NFC-West and staying humble. No one likes jerks :) One game at a time!

    FYI and Everyone in the League: The Cards and the Rams are going to be sooo good next year. They’ll have excellent draft position and free agents & they are built just like us and SF. We’re going to be monopolizing the League for the next 5 years at least.

    I remember when we lost to the Cards @ CenturyLink last year & their defense was so fast, reminded me of a bunch of rats leaving a sinking ship.

    Congrats to Carroll/Schneider. Hope they have a plan for keeping our team young & chalk full of affordable talent. It’s been fun and I hope we have many years ahead of us.

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