‘Dynasty’ is a word every sports fan is tired of. It’s brought up soon after the trophy presentation of every championship-clinching game. Successful players and coaches are constantly being asked if the current era with their teams are in, can be classified as more than just dominant. They usually always deflect those questions, too. But let’s be honest here, in today’s sports landscape, dynasties are harder to come by and fewer and far between. If the Seattle Seahawks are triumphant this Sunday in their second Super Bowl in a row, it’s appropriate to indeed label this era for Seahawks football, a ‘dynasty.’
In five seasons under current coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks are 80-50, with 4 NFC West divisional championships. In his first two trips to the playoffs, Carroll couldn’t get his team ‘over the hump,’ losing both times in the divisional round. But it’s these last two seasons that Seahawks have been nearly untouchable, at times. They are a combine 30-7 in regular season and playoffs in-part to an ultra-aggresive, ultra-physical defense led by All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and his ‘Legion of Boom’ secondary mates. And with a poised, young ‘budding super-star’ quarterback in Russell Wilson flanked by the most punishing running back in recent memory in Marshawn Lynch, their offense is no slouch either.
Last year however, the Seahawks swept through the playoffs after a first-round bye and capped off a truly dominant regular and post-season with 43-8 romping over Peyton Manning and the AFC champion Denver Broncos. A Super Bowl victory on Sunday would mean two in a row or Manning and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who’s been a part of a dynasty of his own.
Beating Manning and Brady back-to-back in the biggest game of them all? Dynasty.