SAFE BET

Inside Sport - - ON THE PUNT -

To quote the flam­boy­ant coach of the old Hous­ton Oil­ers, Jerry Glanville, NFL stands for “not for long”. It’s harder than ever to stay atop a re­lent­lessly equalised league, but af­ter the most com­pre­hen­sive Su­per Bowl shel­lack­ing of re­cent times, “dy­nasty” was quickly be­ing in­voked for Sea„ttle. There’s cause: the Sea­hawks’ core is un­usu­ally young by the stan­dards of Su­per Bowl champs, led by third-year QB Rus­sell Wil­son. The big, phys­i­cal sec­ondary, keyed by Richard Sher­man (pic­tured), Kam Chan­cel­lor and Earl Thomas, is the state of the art in NFL de­fence, the model that the rest of the league is try­ing to copy. The big chal­lenge Sea„ttle will face is the ti­tle com­ing too early, as it were, or the sim­ple re­al­ity that it’s been a decade since a team made (let alone won) back-to-back Su­pers. An­other ob­sta­cle is di­vi­sion ri­val San Fran­cisco, a sim­i­larly built team that was only a tipped ball by Sher­man away from beat­ing them in the NFC cham­pi­onship game last sea­son.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.