The receiver that doesn't pull his eyes off the pass until he's got hands firmly on it, is a 'smart' player. The player that does not give up on the block too soon or does not quit looking for the ball (a la Navarro and his season saving interception) after his initial assignment is complete, is a 'smart' player.
Dick Sherman got into Stanford, but SAT scores have little to do with 'quality' individuals. His insistence on behaving like a preadolescent is a clear sign of arrested maturity. His superior athleticism is undermined by the desire he breeds in his opponents to beat him, instilled by way of his moronic harangues. He lacks sophistication in the sense that quietly going about one's business successfully does more to demoralize an opponent than berating him.
In my opinion, that among the 'stars' on the 'Ospreys' (there is no such animal as a sea hawk), Russell Wilson is the only man with any class. Lynch seems an impulse away from a felony and the others are simply solid journeyman football players who are operating a notch or two over their heads performance-wise and, for some reason, it is occurring simultaneously with his co=players. This will not last, and reality lurks, waiting to bring them crashing back to earth. Free agency will gut the team next year and #12 will have to settle back into a number of mediocre years.
Organizations like the 49ers and the Patriots are perennial contenders because they have the tradition of choosing quality individuals that also happen to be superior athletes. The Microsoft Money that rejuvenated the Seattle area has created a George Steinbrenner mentality where they think they can simply buy the best athletes without much regard to their social maturity or mental acuity. These 'hired guns' are generally so self-absorbed (or full of PEDs) that they fail at forming a 'community of interest' that meshes into coherent team-oriented play.
Then there is the coach who is a Psych thesis in waiting. But more on that some other time, except to say that before Carroll is done, he will shock the NFL to its core by his own aberrant brand of behavior. Not to judge him as he has a perfect right to be whomever he choses, but does anyone else get the feeling that he is unlike his NFL coaching peers in some intangible way. He apparently is a nice fellow, etc. etc., but all will be revealed when we one day find out what planet he hails from.