Moments after the Seattle Seahawks disposed of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, 43–8, the “D word” came up.
Coming off their suffocating performance of the NFL's highest scoring team in a single season, Pete Carroll's team got talked up as a potential dynasty.
These days in the NFL, that “D word” has stood for “doubtful.”
No team in the NFL has won back-to-back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004. In fact, Bill Belichick’s club is also the last to make consecutive Super Bowl appearances. And to make matters even worse, the 2005 Patriots are the last defending Super Bowl champion to win a postseason game.
Can Carroll’s Seahawks end this recent trend of one-and-out champions before it starts taking on a streak similar to horse racing’s Triple Crown?
Here we have “affirmed” that the previous nine defending Super Bowl champions (starting with the most recent) couldn’t get the job done the season after they held the Lombardi Trophy.
As for this year’s Seahawks, there’s a lot of work to be done. But this is a young team that appears prepared to overcome some of its offseason departures and defections. They also return most of a unit that was tops in the NFL last season in fewest yards and points allowed while forcing the most turnovers.
So will we see Carroll’s club in Glendale? No doubt about it.
The team plays the Arizona Cardinals there in Week 16.
Now, when it comes to an appearance in Super Bowl XLIX, we will see if this champion can avoid the fate of the previous nine Lombardi Trophy winners.