The giant chip on the shoulder of the Seattle Seahawks last season was a driving factor in leading the franchise to its first-ever Super Bowl title. The 2013 edition of the Seahawks weren't satisfied with just the NFC West Championship, home-field advantage in the playoffs or the NFC Championship.
That desire led the Seahawks to a blowout win over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. It has always been the worry of previous Super Bowl champions, that once they hoist the Lombardi Trophy, that giant chip disappears.
The Seattle Seahawks and the team’s leaders are trying not to let that insatiable desire go by the wayside. During Wednesday’s minicamp practice at the team’s headquarters in Renton, Wash., All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman got into a knock-down, drag-out fight with his own teammate, wide receiver Phil Bates.
The fight was quickly broken up and Sherman and Bates supposedly made up later. Actually, it seems that Sherman didn’t have a lot to do with starting the fight. Seattle’s KOMO News reports that tempers flared with fellow All-Pro safety Earl Thomas hit wide receiver Bryan Walters as he went down during a “non-contact practice.” Walters stayed down with an injured shoulder and Sherman and Bates got into it on the very next play.
"When we're out here everything's happening fast and, ah, you know those receivers, they're kind of soft sometimes," Thomas said, via KOMO news. "They see one of their teammates, or guys in their same room fall, they start crying. You just kind of shrug it off and you don't pay attention to guys like that. But it's all in the game we're teammates at the end of the day. Obviously we're going after the same goal."
That same goal Thomas is talking about is another Super Bowl championship, which has been very, very rare lately in the NFL. Actually, since the New England Patriots repeated nine years ago, the defending Super Bowl champions have won only one playoff game.
Over the past five seasons, three of the defending Super Bowl champions have failed to even qualify for the playoffs.
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