The San Francisco 49ers have the most talented roster in the National Football League. This is the opinion of many -- not just the majority of us here at Niners Nation. The media and even executives around the league seem to subscribe to this line of thought as well.
Of course, the thought isn't unanimous among the media and those same executives, let alone fans around the league. Many think the Denver Broncos have what it takes to be the best. Others think it's the Baltimore Ravens, while the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers also have plenty of traction. Then you have that one Oakland Raiders fan who swears Terrelle Pryor is the truth and that the Silver and Black are going all the way this year.
But there's another team that is at the top of the list, and for 49ers fans, the amount with which this seems to occur is bad news. That team: the Seattle Seahawks.
So Pete Carroll finally has put it together in the NFL, and no amount of jokes about how creepy he is or how much his team loves ex-49ers will change that. The Seahawks are here, and they're here to stay. Personally, I'm not a fan of them changing up their entire modus operandi this offseason with a bevy of free agent signings, but the talent is there, and it's indisputable.
Are they the best team in the league? Will the NFC West be theirs in 2013-14? Smart money is on both Seattle and San Francisco making it into the playoffs, but we all know that winning the division accounts for a higher seed and serious bragging rights. And as fans, we've gotta appreciate the little things in life -- like bragging rights.
In my recent Power Rankings article, I placed the Seahawks at No. 4 in the league, behind the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos. The Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals rounded out my personal top ten.
Despite that, I'm really nervous to see how the Seahawks do next season. I'm a confident, if somewhat pessimistic at times, fan. I believe the 49ers are the best team and I'm secure in this belief. Will they win the Super Bowl next season? You damn well better believe they will, but I still would vastly prefer a weak NFC West when it comes to the Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals.
I was interested to see where exactly the Seahawks come in on the rankings here. I like to call my feelings toward the Seahawks "hater respect." I know they're a great team, but I also hope they fail catastrophically. I don't want to see a back-and-forth war for the division; I want them to come out of the gate and I want to see quarterback Russell Wilson go careening into that sophomore slump like none other.
Where do you place the Seahawks? Are they your No. 2 team in the league? Perhaps even your No. 1? Or are you letting your homer flag fly, and you have them somewhere down near No. 28 or so? Let's hear it.