Seahawks Come Of Age And Find Success
The Seattle Seahawks are one of the NFL's “newer” teams, having been formed in 1974 and beginning play in 1976. As part of the agreement in the NFL-AFL merger of 1970, the league would expand to from 26 to 28 teams. In 1972 a group from Seattle led by Lloyd W. Nordstrom, the son of the founder of Nordstrom Inc., a high fashion retailer, announced plans to buy one of the two NFL expansion teams. In June of 1974, the franchise officially came into being and in December, Lloyd signed the agreement. In 1975, John Thompson was hired as the first general manager, and in 1976, the franchise began play, going 2-12 in the first season. The Seahawks didn't have much success their first several decades of existence, but in when Mike Holmgren arrived in the late 1990's, that all changed. Since Holmgren arrived in town, the Seahawks have made the playoffs 11 times, won their division 8 times, won the NFC three times, and won the Super Bowl in 2014. The Seahawks have played in three different buildings. From 1976 to 1999 they played in the Kingdome. They spent two seasons in Huskies Stadium after that and in 2002 they moved into their current home, CenturyLink Field.
The Seahawks were an afterthought until Mike Holmgren arrived in the late 1990’s, since then, Seattle has enjoy a nice long run of success, winning the division eight times, the conference twice, and of course the Super Bowl just a few months ago.
The Seattle Seahawks have been flying high the last few years, and 2014 was no different. The Seahawks entered 2014 as the defending Super Bowl Champions with sky high expectations and Super Bowl aspirations once again. The Seahawks lived up to all of those expectations in 2014. Seattle finished the 2014 season 12-4, good for the best record in the NFC. The Packers came to town and held the lead late in Seattle before the big meltdown that led to Seattle advancing to the Super Bowl, where they were a goal to go away from winning it again.
Seattle entered the 2015 season with pretty much the same aspirations. The difference is that 2015 will be their last season at such an elite level. What will happen when all of these cheap young players will all come looking for their contracts over the next several years? It will certainly lead to a drop-off in performance team-wide, as these free agents follow the money out of town. This has already begun to happen with the ongoing Russell Wilson contract negotiations.
The last few years the Seahawks have been “all in”, and they have maybe been the league's best team as a result. They won the Super Bowl in 2014, and won the NFC Championship again in 2015, but came up one yard short in the Super Bowl that season when the Seahawks coaching staff made one of the worst play calls in NFL history, electing to drop back to pass from the one yard line instead of running it. The Patriots Malcolm Butler intercepted the pass, and won the game for the Patriots as a result. Internet Memes involving head coach Pete Carroll and that play have sprung up since then and are still in use to this day. As a result of being “all in” the Seahawks have ended up paying most of their cap to four players all at once and people are now waiting for when they are going to drop off the table.