Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Ryan Clark: Seahawks' success is unique
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- The Seattle Seahawks, fresh off their 43-8 demolition of the Denver Broncos, are now the model other franchises will look to as they try to achieve their Super Bowl aspirations.
To those organizations looking to copy what the Seahawks have done in winning a Super Bowl with a relatively young team Ryan Clark has two words: good luck.
"When you look at the pieces they were able to put together late in drafts, free agency, you can’t really model yourself after that because nobody gets that lucky," the Steelers free safety said Tuesday on ESPN’s "SportsCenter."
Not that Clark was casting aspersions on the newly minted world champions.
Far from it, Clark offered nothing but praise for the Seahawks. He also paid them the highest compliment for how they were able to dominate the Peyton Manning-led Broncos.
"I was jealous of the way these guys got to play on Super Bowl Sunday," Clark said. "The way Kam Chancellor was able to enforce in the game without being penalized, the way he was able to affect the game early. I think it changed the flow of what the Denver Broncos wanted to do."
Now that the Seahawks have reached the pinnacle the tougher challenge may be staying on top.
The past seven Super Bowl champions failed to win a playoff game the following season, including the Steelers in 2009.
The most recent Super Bowl champions from the AFC North, the Ravens in 2012 and the Steelers in 2008, did not even make the playoffs the following season.
Human nature, Clark said, is as much a factor as anything in why it is so hard for teams to repeat as Super Bowl champions, something that hasn’t been done since the New England Patriots in 2003-04.
"It’s tough to come back the next season and with the same intensity, the same sense of urgency you had," Clark said. "The good thing I think Seattle has going for them is they have young players. Young players just want to get out play, hit people, run around, dance and have a good time and I think they will be able to do that.
"With a coach like Pete Carroll he will keep the enthusiasm around the organization, but it’s hard to come back every week and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got something to prove. We’ve got to go out every week and show people we are as good as we talk and as good as we say we are.’"