The biggest question that surrounds the Seahawks prior to Friday’s training camp is much different from a year ago.
With the franchise’s first world championship under their belts, the Seahawks are no longer the hungry upstarts looking to prove the establishment wrong. To the contrary, many have wondered if Seattle will lose the chip on its shoulder from last season simply because it took the Lombardi Trophy.
Oh, but not so fast.
If there’s one thing known about the Seahawks, it’s that they’re rarely lacking bulletin-board material, especially with players like Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman around. And the idea that they’ll get fat and happy after earning their Super Bowl rings would certainly qualify as something they’d set out to disprove, as ESPN.com Seahawks reporter Terry Blount said on “The John Clayton Show” on 710 ESPN Seattle.
“I think it really rubs on them that people think they’ll lose their edge,” Blount said. “I think these guys wanna prove that that’s not true.”
The Seahawks’ confidence hasn’t been in question for a long time, and Blount doesn’t expect that to waver at all, either.
“I think this team without question believes they can win the Super Bowl back-to-back. They’re an extremely confident bunch.”
Confident as they may be, there have been of changes to the roster this offseason that have dramatically altered the makeup at several positions. Players like Golden Tate, Brandon Browner and Breno Giacomini left for bigger contracts elsewhere, and the Seahawks – never a particularly experienced team to begin with – are now without 10 players from last season that have a combined 58 years of NFL experience between them.
That’s where it could get scary for the rest of the league, however. Despite losing all those veterans, Blount believes the Seahawks will enter training camp with an even more talented roster than in 2013.
“If you go position by position … I think they’re better in most positions than they were before,” he said. “The one question for them is depth. … That’s a lot of experienced players that they won’t have, and they’re gonna have to fill in with guys that have a lot less experience.”
When it comes to head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, though, that’s just the way the Seahawks do business.
“They believe many of those guys are as talented or more talented and can potentially be better than the ones they lost,” Blount said. “They’re going to have to fill in with younger players, and that’s what they’ve always done with Pete.”