Editor's note: This is the first of our open mic blog posts. This comes from Stephen Shoemake. Enjoy!
-- Darrin Beene
I hate the waiting associated with this time of year. I have done my scouting, set up my stacked board, and I hunger for anything football.
Unfortunately, the NFL Network’s myopic coverage only extends to players who might be in the first round. The only other football news I get comes from fans spouting about their teams; which usually devolves into some kind of statement about the “glory years” of their club.
OK… so the Patriots have a claim. But the Steelers? The 49ers? The Raiders? Come on.
The good part of all of this is that I realize that the glory years for the Seahawks is NOW. How cool is that? This is a team that has been in the Super Bowl two times in two years, and was legitimately 12 seconds from winning them both.
I am ecstatic over that. Here’s what gets me. If the virtually ANY OTHER QUARTERBACK in the league accomplished that feat – especially as early in his career as Russell Wilson did – he would be the object of endless google-eyes from the “experts”.
I continue to hear that Russell does not deserve top dollar… that he is a game manager that benefits from an excellent defense and the skills of Marshawn Lynch. Why doesn’t that ever come into the discussion when they discuss Terry Bradshaw?
By the standards that matter (wins, Super Bowls, touchdowns), Russell ranks up there with the best of them… EVER … yet doesn’t seem to get any credit for turning this team around. I have rooted for the Seahawks since their inception, and I have seen a lot of good teams; but I have never seen three years in a row where so many (even the “experts”) list the Seahawks as having as good a chance as any to win the Super Bowl.
When Pete Caroll came in, the Seahawks started playing like they gave a damn again. When Russell Wilson came in, they started believing they should win every game. I think that is worth a lot. Russell Wilson is the most important player on this team during its glory years… which is now.