Originally written on Down and Distance  |  Last updated 11/19/14
NaVorro Bowman offered some words of wisdom to the Seattle Seahawks. (Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) After seeing the free agency arms race between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers last month, both teams seem primed to make a serious run at the Super Bowl in 2013. Seattle added the top two free agent defensive ends, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, and traded for the electrifying Percy Harvin. San Francisco added a couple of big names in Anquan Boldin and Nnamdi Asomugha, but will look to make a bigger splash at the draft later this month, where they have four picks in the first 75, and 13 picks overall. It’s clear that the Seahawks are making a push to become one of the best teams in the NFC, and the aura of preseason hype is in the Seattle air. Still, offseason acquisitions mean nothing if the product on the field doesn’t provide the desired results. San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman was more than willing to remind the Seahawks of that fact when he spoke with NFL Around the League. “I think people like the next best thing,” 49ers All-Pro linebackerNaVorro Bowman told Around The League on Friday. “I think people like seeing the challenger get close to being the best. That’s what they’re doing. (Seattle) had a great game against us at their house (a 42-13 victory over San Francisco in Week 16). (They) turned heads, knowing that we were a good team, and the cookies fell where they may.” Said Bowman: “You have to earn these things. This is their first time being mentioned like that, in this sentence, and we’ll see what they’ll do with that.” Also, don’t count out the other two teams in the NFC West. The St. Louis Rams are taking serious strides to improve under Jeff Fisher. They have two first-round draft picks this year and added two top free agents, tight end Jared Cook and tackle Jake Long. Arizona still boasts a great defense despite cutting safeties Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes, and the offense should be better with quarterback Carson Palmer, running back Rashard Mendenhall and new head coach Bruce Arians. The San Francisco-Seattle rivalry is becoming one of the most enjoyable to take in, and the NFC West is definitely no longer the “NFC Worst”. Welcome to the offseason of never-ending Wild Wild West puns. Follow us on Twitter - @DownandDistance Down and Distance Columnist Joe Ray - @jpray_SK The post NaVorro Bowman to Seahawks: Earn your respect appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE - Presented by Sports-Kings.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

FCC declares that 'Redskins' is not obscene

Padres reportedly acquire Justin Upton

Rajon Rondo after trade: My love for Celtics fans is 'unmatched'

Report: Athletics trade Derek Norris to Padres

Dodgers not happy with Padres GM over Matt Kemp trade

Mario Balotelli banned match for offensive Instagram post

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Marc Trestman: Benching Jay Cutler could revive QB's career

Rob Gronkowski jokes about Tom Brady saying he's grown up

Rajon Rondo traded to Mavs for three players, picks

Washington Post has perfect description for Titans-Jaguars

Wilbon angry at DC for not supporting Wizards

Urban Meyer says Tim Tebow still wants to play in the NFL

Mark Cuban finalized Rondo trade on "Colbert Report' set

Sen’Derrick Marks celebrates $600K sack with money sign

Five most underpaid NFL players of 2014 season

Extremely rare set of Air Jordan 7s selling for $45,000

Five reasons why Alabama will win College Football Playoff

Hugh Freeze proud of Ole Miss’ record 2.57 team GPA

Youngstown St. addresses Bo Pelini's profanity-laced rant

It's been almost 40 years since NFL's last untelevised game

The NHL has finally fined a player for diving

Ben Roethlisberger: Le’Veon Bell is having an MVP season

Jim Harbaugh comments on the reported offer from Michigan

Michael Jordan's college Converse shoes sell for $33,387

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Most underpaid NFL players in 2014

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Impact of U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Andrew Hawkins, other athletes gain support for social statement attire

NBA's most underrated players

Michael Vick nearly debt-free

Dolphins CB rips Brady's career plans

Biggest winners of the MLB offseason

Brian Billick owns Browns fan

Pelini has profane words for Nebraska AD

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.