With the 2013 NFL League year over and everyone moving onto 2014, one offseason question is how will the Seahawks react now that they’ll be the new darlings of the NFL? The Seahawks fed off their underdog status, they were motivated by it, hit harder because of it. Now, their players will no longer be disrespected the way they once were (or felt they were) and will now be called champions and not misfits. The media, they’ll be all over the Seahawk players for interviews, the fan base will have grown. While many players, with the most famous being Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, are famous for holding grudges over their draft day positions that motivate them even after winning the Super Bowl.Seattle has many players who felt slighted as can be seen by a few quotes from Seahawk players after the Super Bowl:
"That dude [Cris Carter] that said we were appetizers, he told me to Google him," – Doug Baldwin
"21 of our 53 players are undrafted, so that should tell you a lot. We have dogs on this team, and every opportunity that they get, whether it’s offense, defense or special teams, they’re going to go out there and dominate." – Doug Baldwin
"We’re a bunch of misfits, in some ways: fifth-round, Kam Chancellor; sixth-round, Byron Maxwell; fifth-round, Richard Sherman; fourth-round, (CB) K.J. Wright; undrafted, (DE) Michael Bennett. (DE) Cliff Avril, (DE) ‘Big’ Red Bryant, (Brandon) Mebane – lot of guys that not a lot of people have heard of, who probably should be Pro Bowl, and All-Pros, and things like that. I think (the world) learned how complete of a team we are, (and) how complete our defense is." – Richard Sherman
Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 5, 2014
While there is little doubt that the Seahawks are a threat to win it all again next season as they are a very well-run franchise with many of their players returning, but will their new champion status change them? Will they still be the same team as when no one gave them a chance? Or will the championship lead to a Super Bowl hangover that causes them to miss the playoffs in 2014? This should be interesting to follow as they play opponents outside of the Niners (we know Seattle will bring the intensity those games) as both teams battle for the NFC West and home-field for the playoffs.