Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/15/13
Seattle, Washington - dubbed the ‘Queen City’ in 1869, with all of its regal splendor, bore that nickname because of its frontier hospitality to gold prospectors during the Alaska-Yukon gold rush. In the modern era, the name of the former multi-purpose facility that housed two-thirds of the city’s professional sports was also in keeping with the royal theme.The King Dome, as the venue was so wittily named, was attributed to Seattle’s serving as the county seat for King County, Washington.It was also a clever pun for the word ‘kingdom.’In fact, practically everything about this enchanting city suggests royalty, with one major exception – No recent reign over major sports – which equates to no major-sport championships.In 1979, The NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics gave the city its only major championship.The Seahawks came close, but fell to NFL powerhouse Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10 in Super Bowl XL, Seattle’s only Super Bowl appearance.    The 2013 version of the Seattle Seahawks may very well have a golden opportunity to reign supreme in the NFL.The brain trusts of the wild-card playoff qualifying NFC West runners-up have been arduously toiling this off-season to improve upon last year’s wild-card playoff win.Seahawks executive vice president and general manager John Schneider and his support staff are carefully and steadily hand-crafting a Super Bowl contender. Last season, the Seahawks were a mere thirty seconds from advancing to the NFC Championship game (quite possibly against its divisional nemesis – the HATED San Francisco 49ers).Along with last year’s brilliant draft choices of DE Bruce Irvin (1st round), LB Bobby Wagner (2nd round), RB Robert Turbin (4th round), OG J.R. Sweezy (7th round), and All-Pro QB Russell Wilson (3rd round), free agent acquisition WR Percy Harvin will help fortify a Seahawks’ championship run this season. Schneider’s brilliant work continues…Harvin, who spent the last four seasons as a receiver/return specialist for the Minnesota Vikings, will be reunited with former teammate and fellow tandem receiver Sidney Rice.Rice joined the Seahawks in 2011 after an injury-laden four-year tour of duty with the Vikings. Harvin also had health issues in Minnesota, suffering from chronic migraine headaches.The Vikings became the benefactors of first and seventh draft choices in the 2013 NFL Draft (and a fourth round selection in 2014), in exchange for Harvin’s services.While in Minnesota, Harvin earned many accolades for his on-field performances. In 2009, Harvin was the NFL Rookie of the Year, All-Pro and a Pro Bowl selectee. He amassed 3,302 receiving yards, 3,183 return yards and 683 rushing yards in 43 games with the Vikings.However, persistent migraine attacks have plagued Harvin throughout his brief career, hampering his playing time. To date, 2011 was the only season that Harvin was able to participate in all of the games.Harvin joins an effective Seahawks offensive unit that didn’t generate gaudy statistics. With the exception of Wilson ranking fourth in passing efficiency (100.0), and RB Marshawn Lynch ranking third in rushing (1,590 yards), the Seahawks were near the bottom in most offensive statistical categories.The Seahawks’ offensive success has been predicated upon risks taken in critical situations by head coach Pete Carroll, and big plays spearheaded by Wilson, Rice and Lynch.Last season, the Seahawks were ranked 28th in total defense.To its credit, the defense meshed as the season progressed. The youthful Seahawks' defense is led by third-year All-Pro CB, Richard Sherman.The defense’s elder statesman is last season’s starting outside linebacker, Heath Farwell. Farwell, a ten-year veteran, is not projected to be a starter this year. He will possibly be replaced by K.J. Wright, who is entering his fourth year in the NFL.The oldest projected starter is seven-year veteran defensive end, Red Bryant. The defense will be anchored once again by second-year middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. Wagner led the team in tackles with 86 total stops. Sherman led the team with eight interceptions.The Seahawks are steadily overcoming a tall order – surpassing the NFC Champion (and Division champion) San Francisco Forty-Niners. Last season, the Seahawks maximized its draft picks, and acquired players who made an immediate impact on the team’s success. This season, due to the limited number of picks in the draft, the Seahawks will have to reconcile its remaining personnel requirements via the free agent market.  Look for the NFC West to be the hottest division in the NFL! Seattle and San Francisco are in an offseason chess match for divisional (and possibly conference) supremacy. In the heavyweight fight that is the NFC West, San Francisco landed a counter-punch by signing Anquan Boldin away from the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.Off-field strategic wars are interesting, but the real drama will be on the gridiron! The two on-field battles between the Seahawks and 49ers in the upcoming season will likely determine which team will be crowned as the Divisional Champion.At this juncture in the free agency period of the off-season, we can only speculate what team will reign supreme in the NFL. Sound personnel decisions and acquisitions have supported a compelling argument as to why prognosticators should pick the Seahawks to win the division, conference or even the Super Bowl.  So, in the words of then-Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green during his infamous yet amusing rant, “If you want to crown their a--es, then crown ‘em!!”
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