Putting together some thoughts for a column out of the NFC title game. One of the things that jumps out at me is the strange situation in which the Packers were the NFC's No. 6 seed while the Seahawks were No. 4. Generally, teams that make it to the divisional round of the playoffs, as did the Hawks, are considered among the conference elite. Screwy year in the NFC West skewed customary thinking, of course.
But now that the conference champion has been crowned, it's fair to hold that team up as the measuring stick and wonder just how far the Seahawks are away from reaching that level. I think one interesting element in any look at the Packers is the way the team has been built. And if there's anybody on another team in the league who understands the approach, it's Hawks GM John Schneider, who was part of the Green Bay front office. So, in that way at least, it seems as if the Green Bay success could be viewed as some hope for the future for the Seahawks.