The Seattle Seahawks are a win away from having the first back-to-back Super Bowl championships since the Patriots in 2004. Pete Carroll and team GM John Schneider have assembled something in Seattle over the past three years that few franchises can ever dream of. Is it safe to call the Seahawks a dynasty? A win on Sunday would wipe out any debate. Seattle would unequivocally be the first true dynasty in the NFL in over a decade.
How did they get here, and more importantly, how can they remain? A quick glance at the Seahawks’ roster and two things become apparent almost immediately.
1. This is a very young team.
Kam Chancellor, 26. Russell Wilson, 26. Richard Sherman, 26. Earl Thomas, 25. Jermaine Kearse, 24. Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennet are the Methuselahs of the team at 28 and 29 respectively.
In every key position on the field, the Seahawks are better and younger than pretty much every team in the NFL. In a league that prides itself on parity, Seattle is a unicorn of sustained dominance. Only two teams have won back-to-back Super Bowls in the past 20 years. A large part of that goes back to the parity of the league. The other is money. After every season, the Super Bowl winning team is systematically disbanded piece by piece by the 31 teams who didn’t come out on top.
That’s why …
2. It’s almost impossible for dominance to last.
It almost always, always comes down to money. For the Seahawks, that money is due to Russell Wilson. The quarterback is making $667,859 for the 2014 season. Fifty-two quarterbacks made more. After the Super Bowl, Wilson will enter the last year of his four-year rookie contract worth $2.9 million, which will allow him an extension, which means …
… he’s about to get paid.
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SOURCE: USA Today FTW! – Mike Foss