Seahawks riding old-school formula

Mailbag: Carroll & Co. trying to prove that defense still wins championships

Originally Published: January 22, 2014
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

From 1983 through 2005, defense meant everything in the NFL.

Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and others changed that formula, turning the NFL into a quarterback-driven league.

Pete Carroll and the Seahawks are trying to bring the old formula back. The Seahawks have the No. 1 defense in terms of yards and points allowed. Stopping Manning and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII could revive the axiom that defense wins championships.

"That statement that defense ...

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