Let me first say I am no fan of the Seahawks. I think about this team and what they are doing more often than I should. They are good. No doubt about it. But, as tool for instruction I ask myself why are they good? Do they really have more talent than the 49ers? No, I don't think they do. Than why? Why are they winning?
I first learned about the Seahawks and their very progressive, almost new age, culture by reading an ESPN article in which Russell Wilson was in this goofy yoga pose. They have a "director of player health performance", staff psychologists, yoga instructors, and nutritionists. They perform visualization exercises and the players get their amino acid levels checked.
Pete Carroll has created a culture of positivity and compassion unheard of on a football team. How many times have we seen Carroll hugging his players, high fiving his players, or generally speaking praise about his players? I really hate watching Carroll and his coaches chew their gum. But, why do they do that? Because he believes it helps him think. EVERYTHING they do is to help this team win. And it is working.
Now, I must admit, I am quite jealous Carroll does this. Because I know both in my personal and professional life. We are what we think. We are what we tell our self. And we are much more capable when we have supportive and positive people surrounding us. And now we are seeing how it can create a dynamic and confident team capable of winning even when down.
I think the 49ers have just as much talent as the Seahawks. I truly believe if the culture surrounding the 49ers changed just a bit and Kaerpernick's head (along with other players) were filled with positivity, rather than negative tweets, this team could become great --- capable of anything, yes, even the almost impossible of winning the superbowl a year after losing in one.