2014 was a wild but great year. It was a tremendous growing year for me personally and I wouldn’t have done anything differently. I don’t have any regrets with what transpired and how it all went down.
Started off extremely well with the Super Bowl win over the Broncos. That was a huge moment in our franchise’s history and for everyone connected with Seattle. I’d be lying to you if I said we didn’t celebrate a little after the win, but soon afterwards we set our sights firmly on the repeat. This group of guys is not satisfied with one championship, we want as many as possible. Unfortunately we were not able to bring the Lombardi back home after this season but reaching the Super Bowl again was still an achievement. We’ll be looking to get back there in the 2015 season.
I don’t think I was prepared for what the offseason was going to be like following the win. Hectic to say the least but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We were able to bring home 2 ESPYS awards and were nominated for a few more. Our defensive unit was voted to be on the Madden cover and home screen. Lots of talk was made about the Madden curse, but I personally don’t think it affected anything at all. If the Madden curse allowed me to get back to the Super Bowl this year with my team and come within one play of winning it, and having the blessing of a child in my life, I wouldn’t mind getting it again this year!
We were able to sign some important pieces of the team to longer contracts, which is always good news. My family and I were blessed to be given the trust and responsibility of long-term commitment from the Seahawks. To me that is added motivation to come in and give 110% day in, day out. If I had it my way, we’d be bringing back the exact same squad next year, but we all know that is next to impossible.
Heading into the 2014 season we had only one thing in mind: Get to the Super Bowl again and give it everything we got to bring home another ring. The first two months of the season were definitely stop, start as far as momentum. It took us a little longer than we would have liked to get into the necessary mindset needed. The two straight losses to Dallas at home and St. Louis away I think were key in being that wake up call we needed. We fell to 3-3 at that point and knew we had to play much better and harder to get to the level we wanted to be at.
We also had key injuries to guys like Bobby Wagner and Bruce Irvin. Injuries are never an excuse since we adopt the mentality of “Next Man Up” in every instance, but having a healthy team is crucial in the moments that many do not see. Having lots of injuries affects the intensity and ability of practice, of training, of running those plays and snaps you need in order to properly execute in game-time situations.
After beating Arizona away and San Francisco at home is when I think it hit us that we were in our normal stride. That’s when we knew we were going to get back to Arizona in February if we continued doing what we were doing. We feed off the energy and drive of each other and you 12s and that period at the end of November was huge. With your help we improved every week and marched on.
That Super Bowl game has to go down as one of the best ever games and it’s unfortunate we were on the losing side. We showed all our drive, focus, and teamwork to get back into the game and go into the lead. New England is a great team and was able to get themselves back into it too. I have nothing but praise for Russell regarding how he acted after the loss. I wouldn’t say I blame him or any single person for that loss – we lost as a team and that’s it. But to take responsibility from the first moment is a sign of a true leader.
It is easy to beat yourself up over these things and to think to yourself what could have been. All the what if questions, what if I made this play or what if I changed this play call… the list goes on. It’s easy to do that, but the true champions rise up from this and use it as motivation. It’s not how you fall; it’s how you get back up. So here we are now, ready to get back to the grind, ready to do what we do best… play Seahawks football. We have already shifted our mindset to focus on the 2015 season and again we have only one goal in mind, to get back to that game. I think we are more dangerous now than ever. Losing a Super Bowl doesn’t feel good, which makes us want it that much more this next season. We never want to feel that way again.
Also can't forget to add that it was an honor to win the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year award at the 101 Awards. I feel blessed to have been chosen for this award, as there are a lot of other defensive players who are just as deserving of this honor. I owe it to my brothers playing by my side out there.
I am a blessed man. Having a child last month was a unbelievable experience and one I wouldn’t trade for the world, not even a SB title. It has been an amazing journey since his birth and the good news is we are feeling a little more adjusted to his time schedule, which means a little more sleep for us. We will take what we can get. Having the support of the whole family has been a huge help. Raising a child definitely changes your perspective. The lil man has brought a lot of excitement to our lives. He is happy and healthy, which is all we could ask for. Thank you all for the love and well wishes in your posts and comments, reading them all I can think of is how great you 12s are, on or off the field, football or not. This city is truly something special.
Anyway, just thought I would give you a little recap of the 2014 season and keep you updated as to what is happening in my life, after all that is what blogs are for right? Look forward to keeping these going and keeping you 12s engaged during the offseason. We all miss football….