Seattle Seahawks Could Change Direction of NFL

ShermanIt’s a little strange to say this, but it was a pleasant feeling to see the league’s most productive offense in history led by America’s darling utterly dismantled in living rooms nation-wide. I smiled. I cheered. I was…delighted.

Why? Because I’m not the type of person to jump on trends. I dress like crap, I don’t eat quinoa, and I absolutely hate Imagine Dragons. So when it comes to the NFL I’m naturally a bit of a crumuddgeon.

The most recent trend for the NFL has been over the last few years that offenses are like your hot cousin–untouchable. With all of the new rules that have emerged regarding play at the line of scrimmage and how to properly bubble wrap a quarterback¬†there’s been a proliferation of the passing game. It’s led to a seemingly annual rewrite of the record books for the best offensive seasons of all time.

And in this case, you could certainly make the case that Denver was the best offense of all time. Peyton Manning went god mode with a team that featured All Pro receiver Wes Welker as their 3rd guy on the depth chart. This offense was amazing and they put up the numbers to prove it. The 2013 Broncos averaged 37.9 points, 457 yards, and racked up 91 big plays (20+) for the season. They were hilariously good on occasion. For example, that 52-20 win over the Eagles when Peyton put up a stat line of 28/34 for 327 yards and 4 TDs…

And that’s where Peyton comes into the equation. One thing that I hate about the NFL is the mythical ethos that surrounds quarterbacks. It’s the undying belief that regardless of the circumstance a great quarterback should be able to win the game. It’s when a GM talks about “the franchise quarterback” the team needs. It’s seriously misguided because of both the positive and negative applications of the rule.

Following the Super Bowl, one of the main comments has been how Peyton crumbled under the pressure. He played a dud of a game and now his legacy is tarnished. But is that entirely fair?

Peyton put on a pretty good performance given the circumstances. He didn’t have many places to throw the ball and, given the pressure, had to go underneath in order to gain yards. Was it a great game? No. But to be fair, his receivers were never open.

And that’s the issue. Regardless of how good a quarterback is if you’re surrounding team doesn’t perform then you’re not going to win the game.

That’s why I’m excited for what this Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl win could mean to the league. If I have it my way, this win is remembered in NFL history as The Shot Heard Round the World. It’s that shocking (and fittingly boring) moment in history that can change the culture of the league as we know it.

Supposedly the murmuring right now has been about teams discussing how they can build a defense like Seattle, which is a fine start. Even if you buy into the quarterback driven model. There’s a simple point that everyone can agree on: franchise quarterbacks are hard to find. There’s only a hand-full in the NFL. So given how tough it is to find such a rare player you’re better off building a complete team and hoping to stumble upon a great player down the road. Reaching on a player like Blaine Gabbert is like drinking goldschlager and expecting to shit a golden brick.

arusswilsonsaidThere’s no reason to force success at a single position when you have 21 other starters to put on the field. That’s why I hope this shift towards defense ultimately sparks a bigger revolution in which flashy, QB based offense is put aside to build complete teams. OK so teams have won recently with studs like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady. That’s fantastic and all but, just like fat girls in yoga pants, other people doing it doesn’t make it ok for you.

And that’s where Seattle’s true beauty comes into play. They run a balanced offense that isn’t based on the quarterback being a super star. The quarterback’s role is to simply do his share. In fact, the most attempts that Russell Wilson had in a game this year? 33! 33 attempts was his season high…and it was week one!

So the moral of the story is that Seattle is the new model of what NFL teams should be: a complete team of Super Bowl champions. That’s why I’m smiling…it’s about time the copycats found a good role model.

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Posted on February 8, 2014, in Posts, Vince Quinn and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Really did a good job with this article.

    My question is, do you think this change immediately impacts the 2014 NFL Draft? Last year it seemed like this year’s draft was going to be the YEAR OF THE QUARTERBACK but now it seems like the Texans are going to take Clowney with the first pick.

    Are more teams going to draft defense (or lineman to protect against great defenses) and sit on the QB-WR-RB position until later rounds?

    • Ryan, great question. I’m actually going to take this a step further than a simple response. Expect a post in the next day or two!

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