You’re going to hear it this week, and hear it often, that the Seattle Seahawks defense is one of the best in recent memory. And they are. You may even hear some experts and fans calling them one of the best ever. And as good as they are, and have been all season long, they are not one of the best ever, just outside that group actually, and that needs to be heard as well as understood. That's not a knock against them, rather a reminder of their unfinished business.
Just to clarify, in order to be considered one of the best ever, the expectations are rather simple, even if meeting those expectations is nearly impossible with today’s pass happy teams and rules geared toward favoring offense. To be in the conversation, your defense needs to hold opponents to under 13 points and 300 yards per game. Simple, right? It's an accomplishment so rare that only the 1973 Rams, 1976 Steelers, 1977 Falcons, 1985 Bears, 1986 Bears, 2000 Ravens, and 2002 Buccaneers have pulled it off. That’s where the bar is set to be considered. This does not change the fact that the Seahawks defensive unit is very, very good. Elite even. They will always be the best defense to play in 2013. They came extremely close to breaking both benchmarks, allowing under 15 points and less than 280 yards per game. They're just not one of the best ever. But so what?no comments