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Richard Sherman says Seahawks will be “special for a long time”

during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Getty Images

After losing 31-24 to the Panthers on Sunday, the Seahawks won’t be going to a third straight Super Bowl but falling short of their goal for this season didn’t damper enthusiasm about the future in the locker room.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin said the team prides itself on learning from losses and that they will “become stronger because of this” while quarterback Russell Wilson called himself “optimistic” about what’s to come for the team in 2016 and beyond. Cornerback Richard Sherman shares the outlook that big days are ahead for the Seahawks.

“One hundred percent, because we’re still young,” Sherman said, via the team’s website. “I think people get confused sometimes like our quarterback is 38. I think he’s closer to 26 or 27, Bobby Wagner is 25; we’ve got a young core. I think people have been astounded by what we’ve been able to do in our young careers, but we’re far from done. Guys are just entering their prime, and we’re going to be special for a long time.”

The Seahawks do have several key players in their prime signed for the long term and there was plenty about Wilson’s play in the second half of the season that gives rise to thoughts of more prolific offensive days to come, but things don’t always play out the way they look on paper. Kam Chancellor’s holdout early this season was a reminder that not everyone will be a happy camper while personnel changes and injuries are an inevitable part of life for every team.

Seattle’s core certainly puts them in a position to navigate those issues without a major downturn in fortunes, but history says that runs of sustained success at the highest levels are hard to pull off in the NFL.

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  1. gizzmonic says: Jan 18, 2016 7:34 AM

    Sherman is correct. The final group of eight is sorta special. They did better than 24 other teams

  2. celticsforever says: Jan 18, 2016 7:35 AM

    Of course Russell Wilson’s play in th first half might have their future as one and doners.

  3. tattooit says: Jan 18, 2016 7:37 AM

    Yea, yea… Now hustle up and get that locker cleaned out you sniveling loudmouth.

  4. 15YearsandBradyStillRunsYourTeam says: Jan 18, 2016 7:40 AM

    You’re not special. You’re not special.

    Herein lies the difference between being coached on a dynasty team, and a team that wanted to be one. Rule #1, Richard;

    Nobody is special. Belichick will wake up laughing at this one- Oh wait, no he won’t. He won’t be focusing on anything to do with Seattle, they’re old news.

  5. dansardo says: Jan 18, 2016 7:42 AM

    “We will be back and we will be stronger” like that isn’t something every team that has lost in the playoffs have said before them. Look how it worked out for the 49rs and Ravens……..

  6. paulieorkid says: Jan 18, 2016 7:46 AM

    Coming into 2014, a lot of people thought the 49ers were going to be “special” for a long time too, and bip bam boom -> they fired their coach, have no effective quarterback (when previously, they had two) and are now picking near the top of each round of the upcoming draft.

  7. jcf78 says: Jan 18, 2016 7:46 AM

    Does he understand that you are only special if you win super bowls!!!!!

    Losing doesn’t make you special, ask Viking fans and bills fans in regards to be special and having no Lombardi trophy to show for it!

    What five years in the playoffs straight and this “dynasty” as one Super Bowl to its name…..

    This is a insult to the true dynasty’s…..Oakland, Pittsburgh, New England, Dallas, San Fran, Green Bay…

  8. floratiotime says: Jan 18, 2016 7:51 AM

    I think a lot of the guys on that team are ‘special’. Just not in a good way.

  9. jcf78 says: Jan 18, 2016 7:51 AM

    Also Baldwin saying they learn from losses, if that’s true you’d be going to the Super Bowl as you would’ve learned last years lesson:)

  10. typicalnipple says: Jan 18, 2016 7:58 AM

    Also going to be special for a long time… Big John Football.

  11. bradygirl12 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:04 AM

    Okay,whatever you guys need to say to get over losing…..yeah,you are special.

  12. rootpain says: Jan 18, 2016 8:05 AM

    Just follow the Patriots procedures and you will be able to be sustainably successful. Do your job.

  13. seattlesue427 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:10 AM

    Very proud of the way the Hawks never give up, even when most other teams would crumple like a wet paper cup. Sherm’s right…Seattle will be special for many years to come. Go Hawks!

  14. richcranium2112 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:11 AM

    As long as the masking agents continue to work their magic!

  15. coloradofort says: Jan 18, 2016 8:12 AM

    Hey Richard…….you mad bro?

  16. shlort says: Jan 18, 2016 8:24 AM

    The salary cap will eventually catch up with the Seahawks. Everyone wants to get paid, and success of the team makes all the players think they are worth a lot of money. All they have to lose is a couple of guys that make the difference.

    Of course Sherman thinks all is good, he got paid. So did Wilson. But Wilson and Sherman are not the only pieces to that puzzle, and the team is one of those teams that is put together in a way where it is not one part, but many parts of a machine.

  17. lemmetalkwouldya says: Jan 18, 2016 8:25 AM

    You can tell that the Seahawks are “special” because they lost last year’s Super Bowl, and didn’t even make it to this year’s Conference game.

    Yep. “Special”.

    Their “special” azzes will be parked in front of the TV next weekend.

  18. mikeytoth says: Jan 18, 2016 8:27 AM

    Uhhh, where’s this so called dynasty I keep hearing about? They are forever stung by their Superbowl loss and won’t ever be the same again.

  19. walluptown125 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:29 AM

    There are exceptions who have been able to beat the odds and are mainstays in the quest for a championship year after year. Count the Hawks as one in that category. For as long as the JS & PC are at the helm, they will navigate through the challenges ahead and bring another championship to the NW.

    This loss may be a blessing in disguise. The Hawks have traveled farther and played in more games than any team in the last three years. Now they can regroup, refresh and retool for the next opportunity.

    The draft position and prospects available may give them the needed pieces to bring that about, along with keeping key FA’s. This is just the beginning of their journey for greatness.

  20. teddysgloves says: Jan 18, 2016 8:32 AM

    Mr. Sherman misspoke. He meant to say that the Seahawks were special one time, and above average for some time.

    One Super Bowl win does not equal “special for a long time.” Seahawks are claiming glory they haven’t achieved, never a good sign.

  21. kissmysandwich says: Jan 18, 2016 8:36 AM

    If by special, he means, lucky, well then I might agree. Made the playoffs only because of a bad call earlier in the season (megatron). Won the first game only because a kicker missed a kick shorter than an extra point. You’re luck ran out because….dun dun dun….you’re not that good!! #moron

  22. magnumpimustache says: Jan 18, 2016 8:37 AM

    They should have lost to Detroit.
    They should have lost against the vikings.

    Seahawks were not special this year.

    No reason to think they will be special next year.

    Especially if they don’t sign chancellor.

    And Richard Sherman was mediocre this year at best.

  23. stopthemadness101 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:46 AM

    I call BS on this. They’re window is closing already and they know it.

  24. infectorman says: Jan 18, 2016 8:46 AM

    “but history says that runs of sustained success at the highest levels are hard to pull off in the NFL.”
    Shermy boy will find out just how impressive the Patriots run has been, when his team is averaging 8-8 over the next 7 seasons. Like many Seattle newbie fans, he just doesn’t know what he doesn’t know yet.

  25. ariani1985 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:47 AM

    Sure you are, sure you are!

    #one year dynasty

  26. greenmtnboy31 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:03 AM

    “I think people have been astounded by what we’ve been able to do in our young careers, but we’re far from done.”

    Well you’re done for now Richard, now go home and be quiet, so we don’t have to hear from you anymore. Carolina shut the door on you guys, good night. Don’t act like your on the first team to do something in your “young careers”.

  27. eagles1960 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:08 AM

    Saw some slippage this year.

  28. dtroxallday says: Jan 18, 2016 9:08 AM

    Based on the overall tone of most of the comments above, the Shehawks and their obnoxious fanbase aren’t very well liked. I can’t stand them either. As annoying as Cam and the Panthers are, Seattle takes the cake.
    (Cam reminds me of the president in Idiocracy)

  29. packattack1967 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:08 AM

    I like Sherman but what sort of guy uses the term ‘special’ ?

  30. dvdman123 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:09 AM

    Wishful thinking Sherman.

  31. mack2x says: Jan 18, 2016 9:17 AM

    No they won’t.

  32. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 18, 2016 9:19 AM

    Seahags and the 2012th Man= yesterday’s team and yesterday’s fanbase.

    That was the last time they’ll be in a playoff game for a while.

    Good riddance to both.

  33. jwcarlson says: Jan 18, 2016 9:22 AM

    I cannot express in words how overjoyed I am that that loudmouth overrated mess of a team along with their cheating, sack of garbage coach is out of the running for another Super Bowl title this year. Carolina let them make it interesting… but 31-0 at half was marvelous.

  34. cantescapekarma says: Jan 18, 2016 9:42 AM

    To me, special is the ’90’s Buffalo Bills team that went to FOUR straight Super Bowls, and although they didn’t win one, it is a feat that even the great Belichick/Brady and the Patriots have not matched…

  35. thepoofighters says: Jan 18, 2016 9:54 AM

    Poor Seahawks.:)

  36. pastabelly says: Jan 18, 2016 10:03 AM

    They need to rebuild the offensive line. Wilson gets sacked too much. Some blame goes to him for not knowing when to get rid of the ball, but most is on his line. I don’t get the hate on Seattle here though. For the most part, they are very talented and mentally tough and will be in the mix for several years to come.

  37. thebirdofprey says: Jan 18, 2016 10:10 AM

    This Seattle team is intact for another 5 years at least. They have an estimated 30 million and space to get the guys they need locked up. Pete Carroll and John Schneider hit home runs in rookies like Thomas Rawls, Tyler Lockett and Frank Clark. Stars like Earl Thomas is 26 and Russell Wilson just turned 27.

    The Legion of Boom is absolutely special. Leading the league defensive scoring 4 years in a row never been done in Super Bowl era. Only the 50’s Browns can claim to have done the same. Last night Seattle lost in Divisional Round by a touchdown. The MVP QB of other team had 166 passing yards.

    Once the offensive line you will see even more from Wilson and this offense as he enters his prime. Go Hawks

  38. ncphinsfan says: Jan 18, 2016 10:14 AM

    I laugh at the comments that the Seahawks never gave up and all that bravado. You realize the Panthers thrashed a 31-0 first half lead and then came out essentially in a Prevent/ Party mode.

    Say what you will to feel better about the loss, but the majority of NFL fans are happy that Seattle will be irrelevant again going forward. Oh and also, you guys stole the 12th Man thing from Texas A&M.

  39. goseahawks24 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:01 AM

    It’s hard enough to make it to one Super Bowl. It’s even tougher to make it to 3 consecutive Super Bowls. So many people fail to realize that. The Hawks have arguably the best young QB, a great young defense, underrated talent at the WR position, and a potentially very good running in Rawls. The Future of the Hawks looks bright right now. I’ve seen many comments comparing the Hawks to the Ravens and 49ers. Many people fail to realize that the Ravens lost Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Paul Kruger and several other members of that defense. The 49ers had a aging defense as well to go along with an unstable front office that could not see side to side with Jim H. The Hawks have a great GM to Coach relationship. Russell Wilson is far better than Flacco and Kap. I feel confident that Seattle can sustain the level of success they’ve had for many years to come.

  40. akaodoyle says: Jan 18, 2016 11:18 AM

    Does anyone remember when Schiano had the Bucs blow up a victory formation, I believe it may have been against the Giants? All we heard was that he was a terrible person, and how it was not proper sportsmanship. He was roasted in the media, and by the fans. The Seahawks pulled that crap last year in the Super Bowl, and now again yesterday against Carolina, and not a peep….

  41. purpleguy says: Jan 18, 2016 11:39 AM

    This just didn’t seem to be the Hawks year for some reason — they never really seemed to find their mojo. They will be a very good team the next 4-5 years, but so will quite a few other NFC teams.

  42. ratraget says: Jan 18, 2016 11:42 AM

    Sherman still runs his mouf after a loss

  43. seahawksbmx says: Jan 18, 2016 11:53 AM

    ncphinsfan
    Jan 18, 2016, 7:14 AM PST
    I laugh at the comments that the Seahawks never gave up and all that bravado. You realize the Panthers thrashed a 31-0 first half lead and then came out essentially in a Prevent/ Party mode.

    Say what you will to feel better about the loss, but the majority of NFL fans are happy that Seattle will be irrelevant again going forward. Oh and also, you guys stole the 12th Man thing from Texas A&M.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    1. The Panthers have made a habit of giving up big leads all season and look for it to finally catch up to them, whether it be Sunday vs. the Cards or in the Super Bowl if they get there.
    2. Seahawks are now irrelevant? You keep thinking that. You’ll be right in a few years.
    3. A&M (1922) stole the 12th Man thing from the U. of Minnesota (1900). How many times does that need to be pointed out to you people?

  44. skimbell says: Jan 18, 2016 12:57 PM

    I’ll tell you what’s special.
    Seattle has 17 UFA’s this year and 9 of them are starters who are going to all think that they should have a “special payday”.
    This is going to be “special” alright watching how they handle dealing with Lynch and Chancellor.

  45. beastmode5150 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:13 PM

    you trolls never disappoint, he was ASKED A QUESTION about this. We love all the hate, nobody hates a team that doesn’t threaten them. Seattle drafts as good as any team, and is already the 5th youngest team in the NFL. So good luck.

  46. coltluger says: Jan 18, 2016 1:27 PM

    Unless Seattle cheats on the cap, which would be in keeping with Pete Carroll’s past efforts, this team will look a lot different next year. The cheap talent they have now will be demanding a lot more money. Embrace the suck.

  47. coltluger says: Jan 18, 2016 1:43 PM

    Anything to keep your fan base engaged, eh, mouthy?

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