We all we got.
We all we need.
That was the message that started it all.
Back in 2010, the Seahawks were a shell of a team.
Pete Carroll and John Schneider had gone through so many roster moves, tried out so many players.
They were left with a small group of guys willing to buy into the vision and start this thing off.
Very few actually remain as the Seahawks try to win Super Bowl 48. But that same message has stood the test of time.
And it has just as much value today.
We all we got.
We all we need.
The Seahawks are not favourites to win the Super Bowl. That’s despite having the best overall roster in the league, a much healthier group of players and for the most part superior quality than the Broncos.
Yet very few people outside of Seattle really believe in this team.
Would you want it any other way?
This is what the Seattle Seahawks are about. Shutting up the doubters. Proving people wrong.
Winning football games.
It’s not totally disrespectful to expect a Denver victory — Peyton Manning has just recorded the best single season by a quarterback in the history of the NFL.
To quote Richard Sherman: “We’ve got 11 players out there to play great ball, and we’re never going to let one man beat us. It’s not just about one man.”
He made that comment after beating Tom Brady last season.
That’s another game Seattle were not favoured in.
I’d say it’s fantastic news that the majority of pundits seem to be picking the Broncos.
I’ve removed the word ‘experts’, seeing as for the most part the term is not relevant. It’s basically a comedian, Skip Bayless (he’s not the comedian) plus a handful of insiders and radio broadcasters.
Of the 37 people asked to decide, 27 pick the Broncos.
Here are a few of my favourite quotes:
Cari Champion, “First Take” host
Broncos 31, Seahawks 26 — Peyton Manning is a surgeon. He will carve up the defense and go down as the greatest doctor in NFL history
What does this even mean? The greatest doctor in NFL history? Shouldn’t he be working on RGIII’s knees instead?
Tom Jackson, “Sunday NFL Countdown” analyst, former Broncos LB
Broncos 24, Seahawks 13 — If you give Peyton Manning and this Broncos team two weeks to prepare, they’ll figure out a way to score 24 points.
The Seahawks, of course, spent the last two weeks finishing off a Breaking Bad box set — so will only score 13.
Mark Schlereth, “NFL Live” analyst, three-time Super Bowl champion, former Broncos OL, Denver resident
Broncos 31, Seahawks 17 — As long as it’s not windy out, I think the Broncos have too much offensively.
The last time Seattle lost a game by more than seven points was week 9 in the 2011 season. Good old Mark.
Another note of interest — nobody is predicting more than a six point victory for Seattle. The narrative appears to be Denver ‘could’ win quite convincingly, but the Seahawks can only get by with a squeaker.
It’d be easy to get frustrated by stuff like this — and there’s worse out there.
Scott Wetzel at Sirius Radio called Russell Wilson one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL, Jim Rome has predicted a Manning-inspired blow out and apparently some guy named after a pot roast is suddenly the NFL’s defensive MVP.
None of this noise matters.
In fact, it’s a really good thing.
The attitude inspired by ‘we all we got, we all we need’ is crafted by doubt.
Every scout, coach, GM or ‘expert’ who questions these players — it just fuels the fire.
This is a rag tag bunch of so-called misfits who found a home and turned into the best.
And now they get a chance to prove it.
Gushing praise just doesn’t suit this team, this group.
It’d be weird to hear universal approval of what’s going on, however much it’s justified.
And maybe, just maybe, it’d take away some of the edge?
Right now there are players in that locker room determined to make the ultimate point.
Red Bryant. Doug Baldwin. Richard Sherman. Earl Thomas. Breno Giacomini.
These guys don’t want praise.
They just want to win.
At the heart of everything is a quarterback who quietly just gets on with his business.
A player who has barely received any attention this week, except for those complaining about his recent lack of prolific stat-making performances.
It’s funny, I went back and had a look at the stats from last season.
(You know, the time when Russell Wilson was the next best thing)
In the last four games of the regular season, when Seattle was blowing everyone out of sight, he recorded an average of 194 yards per game.
He had a further 187 yards in the playoff victory over Washington.
The Seahawks won all of those games without Wilson needing to be sensational or carry his team.
Guess what? He wasn’t flawless either. He struggled against the Rams — missed a couple of opportunities against the Redskins and played a minuscule role in the 58-0 win over Arizona.
Right now he’s not playing as well as he did to finish the 2012 season, but the facts are he’s never been a big yardage quarterback. He’s been the point guard this team has always wanted under Carroll.
And coming up against the lowest ranked defense he’s faced since week 11… tomorrow, I fully expect Wilson to play a great game.
This guy has been preparing for this moment his entire life.
The words, ‘pressure’, ‘choke’ and ‘worry’ are not part of his vocabulary.
Russell Wilson is a gift to Seattle. On and off the field.
And it’s a gift that’ll keep on giving, win or lose against the Broncos this weekend.
This city deserves some success.
The Seahawks fans finally have the team they fully deserve. And more importantly, this fantastic Seahawks team have the fans they deserve.
It’s time to make history.
My final message tonight is to enjoy these last few hours.
Make a toast to this team and its direction.
Treat yourself to a bit of humour and watch this video:
There’s no need to stress about this game.
Unlike 2006, this isn’t a window waiting to be slammed shut. This team is here for the long haul, with the right people in charge.
And despite that fact, they are ready to deliver right now.
They really are bigger, faster, stronger and louder.
They’re ready to leave no doubt, 24/7.
And there’s only one more question to ask…
Why not us?
We all we got.
We all we need.
Let’s do this.