Super Bowl XLIX Team Profile: Three-and-a-half reasons to oppose the Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson is the Seahawks' only likeable talent - according to Luca anyway

This is a Beauty and the Beast Superbowl, Offense v Defense, Brains v Brawn. Whichever way you look at it, this is a clash of opposing styles. Here's Luca Bercelli with detailed look at the Seahawks....

"In my mind there are two kinds of coaches;  the ones who look bewildered every time the ump blows his whistle (Pete), and the ones who know the rule book better than the officials (Bill)."

Seattle
Record: W12 - L4
Offence: Passing yards: 27th; Rushing Yards: 1st
Defence: Passing yards: 1st; Rushing yards: 3rd

Coach
Pete Carroll

I'm not a fan of Carroll, and it's not just because he sucked as head coach of the Jets (one season, 6-10 record). Sometimes a coach just happens to surround himself with the right players, and it's their efforts that bring the wins, not any coaching genius. I mean, Russell Wilson will make anyone look good. In my mind there are two kinds of coaches;  the ones who look bewildered every time the ump blows his whistle (Pete), and the ones who know the rule book better than the officials (Bill). 

Who does he remind me of: Felipe Scolari in charge of Brazil, circa 2002, not last year (I could've managed that team to World Cup glory with a blindfold on.)


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Key players for Seattle
Quarterback

Russell Wilson is the real deal, there's no getting away from that. He's worked miracles with the limited offensive tools he's got at his disposal. His scrambling ability is the best in the league but now that defences have allocated a 'spotter' to track him, half his game has been taken away. Will surely not be bottled up as much as he was v the Packers so maybe worth a 'Rushing Yards Buy'.

Reminds me of: Tiger Woods in his pomp. Supremely confident, talented and actually sounds like him too.


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Running Back
Marshawn Lynch has a bigger chip on his shoulder than Nicolas Anelka. Let's not beat about the bush, in interviews (or should that be non-interviews), he comes across as an absolute arse. No it's not a popularity contest, but Jesus, what's your effing problem mate? Needs to have a big game or Seattle are sunk. I'd be on the short side of his rushing yards as a lot of new England's defensive playbook will be focused on him.

Reminds me of: Nicolas Anelka (in a bad mood).


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Cornerback
Richard Sherman

Look at me, look at me, look at me.
Sherman is pushing Lynch very close in the 'Biggest pain in the arse in Seattle' stakes. He seems to spend his whole life shouting about how good he is, slagging off opponents or moaning at team mates. A thoroughly un-likeable player, which is a shame as he's phenomenally gifted. The Seahawks need him badly, however, and if he's over the injury he suffered v the Packers he'll shut down one side of the field. He obviously didn't get enough attention as a kid.

Reminds me of: Robbie Savage (with talent).


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Conclusion
Seattle need to find some offense from somewhere, but I can't for the life of me see where.  No doubt the defense will play well (if they don't get overly penalised), but this is strictly the Russell Wilson show. Will that be enough to win this match? No chance.

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