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Did anyone find it surprising that they were referring to Marcus Allen as a member of the Oakland Raiders last night during the trophy presentation?

I guess it was just easier since the Los Angeles Raiders don't exist anymore. *shrugs*

I just think they didn't do their research or had a brain fart.

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Did anyone find it surprising that they were referring to Marcus Allen as a member of the Oakland Raiders last night during the trophy presentation?

I guess it was just easier since the Los Angeles Raiders don't exist anymore.

Total jab at this city. Maybe the whole league is still bitter that Al Davis beat them in court to relocate the Raiders down the state, even after more than 30 years. It'd be the NFL equivalent of David Stern being asked about the Seattle Sonics and his response was, "let's make this quick because I have to get to a game in Oklahoma City."

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Did anyone find it surprising that they were referring to Marcus Allen as a member of the Oakland Raiders last night during the trophy presentation?

I guess it was just easier since the Los Angeles Raiders don't exist anymore.

Total jab at this city. Maybe the whole league is still bitter that Al Davis beat them in court to relocate the Raiders down the state, even after more than 30 years. It'd be the NFL equivalent of David Stern being asked about the Seattle Sonics and his response was, "let's make this quick because I have to get to a game in Oklahoma City."

No it was not. I don't know how someone from Los Angeles has such an inferiority complex, but you've got it, pal. You're reading far too much into that.

Al Davis is dead and so is Pete Rozelle. Nobody cares anymore. Marcus Allen was asked to deliver the trophy, he's reconciled with the Oakland Raiders organization in recent years, and he played for the Raiders organization so they chose to use the name of the current iteration of the Raiders. It was not in any way a total jab at all of Los Angeles. Good grief.

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Well, that's too bad for Manning, but you still gotta give it up to him for the season he had.

Props to the Seahawks. They finished off a great season with a more than convincing win. Hopefully the Niners can hang with em again next season and keep the division competitive

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So Gus Bradley becomes the "hot coordinator" and gets a head coaching job based on the performance of Seattle's defense. Then, with him gone, that defense gets even better and wins the Super Bowl. Is the current DC all of a sudden a HC candidate? Is all you have to do to become a head coach now is latch on with a team loaded with defensive (or offensive) talent so that everyone thinks you're a genius? Again, I'm not sure how being teh coordinator of a good offfense or defense qualifies one for a head coaching job, since most HCs don't call plays (and certainly not defensive plays) and it's a whole different skillset required for the job.

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So Gus Bradley becomes the "hot coordinator" and gets a head coaching job based on the performance of Seattle's defense. Then, with him gone, that defense gets even better and wins the Super Bowl. Is the current DC all of a sudden a HC candidate? Is all you have to do to become a head coach now is latch on with a team loaded with defensive (or offensive) talent so that everyone thinks you're a genius? Again, I'm not sure how being teh coordinator of a good offfense or defense qualifies one for a head coaching job, since most HCs don't call plays (and certainly not defensive plays) and it's a whole different skillset required for the job.

More then likely. Since all the open positions are filled, you can probably see Seattle's DC getting some serious looks as being a Head Coach during the 2015 NFL Offseason.

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Since it's never too early to speculate, here are Seattle's 2014 home opponents. So what will it be for the Thursday night opener - a SB rematch or the hated 49ers?

Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants

Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders

Green Bay Packers

Arizona Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers

St. Louis Rams

Please, please not the Cowboys. I'd rather see us blown out on a normal Sunday game, not on national television.

I was able to watch the game late last night, and man, the Seahawks put on one of the most dominating performances I've ever seen. That defense has to go down as one of the greatest.

I feel like I'll echo some of the other comments made by other posters in that, I feel the Cowboys have some good pieces to build around, but we're not anywhere close to being able to compete with the Seahawks. That game next season in Seattle will be tough to watch.

Congratulations to our resident Seahawk fans. Your team is clearly the best and I'm glad to see Seattle win a pro sports championship.

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I'll just put this out there, just so I can quote and say it again in 11 months, but the Redskins will still be an abysmal, ashamed, controversial football team. Shocker. But we do get the joy of watching the Seahawks come to FedEx Field.

We suck. But that's what we get for naming our team after a racial slur, and having a hard-headed scumbag owner like Snyder.

But hey, after all the stuff that's been posted in the thread about teams that haven't won a super bowl/super bowl droughts have made me treasure the 3 Lombardi's even more. Even if I might not've quite been there to see them.

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Well that was as bad as it gets. Only about 3 or 4 Broncos had an ok-good day, while just about everyone on the Seahawks had a great day. The Seahawk defense was responsible for 9 points and the Broncos offense only scored 8. That is ridiculous. Congrats to the Seahawks!

I'll weigh in on the whole Peyton Manning thing as well, he is a great QB. There is absolutely no denying that fact. I think he gets too much blame when it comes to his playoff loses. That being said, I'd still take Tom Brady of him.

The reason Manning doesn't win a lot in the playoffs is not because he "chokes" or anything like that, it's not because he's never had a good defense (while he hasn't had a lot of them, he had a few defenses in Indy and Denver that should have been good enough to win), it's because he is too good. Now I know that sounds weird, but go with me on this, because I feel like it also applies to Dan Marino: Peyton is unreal at putting up points and passing stats. He is so good that during the regular season the team can rely solely on him and has no need to put the time in to develop the run game. And because of that lack of a run game, Peyton is fully responsible for the offense and when he has a bad game there is no one else on the team who can bail him out. And that works fine and well in the regular season because you can get away with having a few bad games against bad teams and still win. However, in the playoffs every team is really good and has a shot to beat when even when you play well. And that is what happened yesterday, Peyton had an off game and the Broncos had no plan B, because up until then they hadn't needed one.

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Since it's never too early to speculate, here are Seattle's 2014 home opponents. So what will it be for the Thursday night opener - a SB rematch or the hated 49ers?

Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants

Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders

Green Bay Packers

Arizona Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers

St. Louis Rams

Please, please not the Cowboys. I'd rather see us blown out on a normal Sunday game, not on national television.

I was able to watch the game late last night, and man, the Seahawks put on one of the most dominating performances I've ever seen. That defense has to go down as one of the greatest.

I feel like I'll echo some of the other comments made by other posters in that, I feel the Cowboys have some good pieces to build around, but we're not anywhere close to being able to compete with the Seahawks. That game next season in Seattle will be tough to watch.

Congratulations to our resident Seahawk fans. Your team is clearly the best and I'm glad to see Seattle win a pro sports championship.

I see visions of that 27-7 debacle in which the Cowboys couldn't do anything right. I want that game over with quickly, get that game that has an embarrassing feel to it out of the way.

But not on Opening Night I agree.

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Well that was as bad as it gets. Only about 3 or 4 Broncos had an ok-good day, while just about everyone on the Seahawks had a great day. The Seahawk defense was responsible for 9 points and the Broncos offense only scored 8. That is ridiculous. Congrats to the Seahawks!

I'll weigh in on the whole Peyton Manning thing as well, he is a great QB. There is absolutely no denying that fact. I think he gets too much blame when it comes to his playoff loses. That being said, I'd still take Tom Brady of him.

The reason Manning doesn't win a lot in the playoffs is not because he "chokes" or anything like that, it's not because he's never had a good defense (while he hasn't had a lot of them, he had a few defenses in Indy and Denver that should have been good enough to win), it's because he is too good. Now I know that sounds weird, but go with me on this, because I feel like it also applies to Dan Marino: Peyton is unreal at putting up points and passing stats. He is so good that during the regular season the team can rely solely on him and has no need to put the time in to develop the run game. And because of that lack of a run game, Peyton is fully responsible for the offense and when he has a bad game there is no one else on the team who can bail him out. And that works fine and well in the regular season because you can get away with having a few bad games against bad teams and still win. However, in the playoffs every team is really good and has a shot to beat when even when you play well. And that is what happened yesterday, Peyton had an off game and the Broncos had no plan B, because up until then they hadn't needed one.

The Broncos' run offense was actually really good this year. Knowshon had 1,000 yards and Montee Ball averaged nearly five yards a carry. Unfortunately, Seattle also had an elite run defense. The run game wasn't going to save Peyton yesterday.

The Seahawks defense is really good and they didn't have a bad game. They had all the confidence they needed after the first quarter.

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I think the NFL and the networks want to save the Hawks-Niners games for mid and late season. Build up the wait.

Hawks at Niners in the middle of the season.

Niners at Hawks on the last Monday night of the season.

I would disagree. By mid-season, there could be far more curious story lines, and people will have forgotten or the interest will have died down. Niners-Seahawks game will be one of the first games of the season. Gotta strike while it's hot.

I'm about 99.999% certain it will be Niners-Hawks on the opening Thursday night game. Bigger rival, more competitive game in the playoffs. If there's one thing the Niners and Harbaugh don't want to see, it's the Seahawks and Carroll hoisting a banner. Build up the game from now until Week 1.

That's how you draw an audience.

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You could make a similar argument with the Broncos not wanting to see a banner hoisted in C-Link. But there is more animosity between SF and Seattle. That matchup has the greater sex appeal.

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I think the NFL and the networks want to save the Hawks-Niners games for mid and late season. Build up the wait.

Hawks at Niners in the middle of the season.

Niners at Hawks on the last Monday night of the season.

I would disagree. By mid-season, there could be far more curious story lines, and people will have forgotten or the interest will have died down. Niners-Seahawks game will be one of the first games of the season. Gotta strike while it's hot.

I'm about 99.999% certain it will be Niners-Hawks on the opening Thursday night game. Bigger rival, more competitive game in the playoffs. If there's one thing the Niners and Harbaugh don't want to see, it's the Seahawks and Carroll hoisting a banner. Build up the game from now until Week 1.

That's how you draw an audience.

I still think the Niners want to open Week 1 at home in their new stadium. I'm still set on it being Broncos-Seahawks for Thursday and the Niners-Chiefs in the Sunday Night game.

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