Sherman injury downs Seahawks
With the NFC open to virtually any team with a pulse , it appeared the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl window might be open for another year.
But that window slammed shut when Richard Sherman was lost for the season in the Thursday nighter against Arizona. Sherman is many things but, as much as any Seahawk, he’s the leader and conscience of the team. He remains one of the game’s best cover corners but the Hawks’ identity, its swagger, its physicality, all runs through Sherman. Take him out of the lineup and they still have a good team. But that thing that separates the Seahawks is removed.
You also wonder what this means to the team’s future. The Seahawks lay the foundation for their Super Bowl team with three extraordinary drafts in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Those players — Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson and others who’ve since moved on — were in their early and mid-20s when the Seahawks won it all in 2014.
Now, those players are pushing 30 and there’s some serious tread on their tires. This was their last, best chance at making some noise.
Sad to see it end this way.