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Will Seattle Seahawks be the NFL's next dynasty?

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From: Hanzus, Dan
Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 3:34 PM
To: Sessler, Marc; Rosenthal, Gregg; Wesseling, Chris
Subject: ORGANIC EMAIL CHAIN 5

The Niners and Seahawks have engaged in some fun back-and-forth sniping of late, but Vernon Davis has some serious respect for his division rival. He told Jeff Darlington on Tuesday "they're building a dynasty over there."

Is Davis nuts? Or are the Seahawks the NFL's most likely team to go on a multi-title roll over the next decade?

ORGANIC.

CW: Davis nailed this one. I ranked the Seahawks as the team with the strongest roster prior to the draft. What's even more relevant to this discussion is that their most valuable players (Wilson, Harvin, Lynch, Okung, Unger, Sherman, Thomas, Chancellor, Wagner) are all 27 years old or younger.

From purely a roster composition perspective, I think the conversation has to start with Seattle even if arguments can be made for the 49ers, Falcons, Packers, Redskins, Ravens, Patriots and Colts.

GR: Can we wait for a team to win a Super Bowl once before worrying about them building a dynasty? The NFL is set up to eliminate dynasties because there are at least five or more teams every year that seem to have an equal chance of winning the title by the time we get to September. There's no reason to think that's changing anytime soon.

So my answer would be that no team is likely to be the next dynasty. It's a lot more likely that we don't have any dynasties for another decade or more.

DH: I feel like Gregg just draped a sopping wet blanket over my computer screen.

GR: Here's more sogginess: Even the last dynasty (New England) was essentially two great teams ('03 and '04) with a random lucky year thrown in.

MS: Gregg: That's no fun.

Seattle is a logical pick. You see the seeds of a tight coach/quarterback relationship, paired with a nasty defense and a general manager that operates in tune.

The same way the Patriots were lauded for viewing free agency and the draft differently, today's Seahawks under Pete Carroll and John Schneider are re-imagining team-building. If Russell Wilson builds on last season, what's not to like here?

They get my vote, with the 49ers close behind.

CW: If not for Tyree's helmet catch, Samuel's dropped interception and Gronkowski's high-ankle sprain, would we consider the Patriots one long dynasty?

If that's your angle, though, it's tough to argue. There's no question the NFL is set up to avoid juggernauts. But if we wait for a team to win a Super Bowl before they're eligible for future dynasty status, doesn't that defeat the point of this exercise? What good is prognostication if everybody knows it's already happened? Stand out from the crowd, go out on a limb, step into the batter's box and take a swing.

DH: It's easy to fall down the "What If" rabbit hole in dynasty talk. What if Jon Kasay doesn't kick the ball out of bounds? What if Lewis Billups doesn't drop that Joe Montana pass? What if Scott Norwood goes high middle instead of wide right? The list goes on and on.

GR: Wess shamed me into answering the question. Without overcomplicating things, the team with the best quarterback should have the best chance to lead a dynasty.

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So that means ... Aaron Rodgers and the Packers first. And Andrew Luck and the Colts next if you want to get a little spicy.

MS: Looking beyond Seattle, I'll throw one out there for deeper down the road: the Buccaneers. The coach/general manager combination are thinking along the same lines and have shown an ability to vastly improve position groups quickly and efficiently.

I understand the questions with Josh Freeman, but if he or Mike Glennon develop, this is another young, talented roster.

CW: This party must be getting late. Sessler just picked up the kool-aid bowl and spilled half of it down his shirt.

DH: Sessler is a hype man of Flavor Flav proportions for the Bucs. Someone get him a stupid clock.

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