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.