Anytime you put together a successful team there are bound to be players that stand out as key components. I thought I would take this bye week to address three that come to mind. The Seahawks have been put together with care and thoughtfulness which means that each player is important. But with that care and thoughtfulness also came a desire to look to the future and draft/trade for high quality back ups that could step up and play. In a general sense we wouldn’t be the team we are without any of our starters…but there are a few players that set themselves apart and that is my topic today.
I chose three key players that would have severe ramifications to this team if they weren’t on the field playing. My criteria of a key player is boiled down to those players that couldn’t be replaced in ability, tenacity or game-changing qualities. The beauty of this list, with this team, is there are many combinations and different opinions of who is indispensable, but without further ado here is my list of our 3 most indispensable players in ascending order.
#1: Richard Sherman. He is the outward reflection of the Seahawks inward personality. There is confidence on this team, confidence to know that they can win any game, in any given situation…no matter how dire the circumstances might seem. He personifies this quality…sometimes to the extreme. But we wouldn’t want him to play any other way. He is not the prototype cornerback, which may make coaches rethink the position. He plays with a chip on his shoulder, partly because he was drafted in the fifth round, which means teams passed him up…multiple times, and he wants to remind them that they passed on him. His intelligence distinguishes him from his counterparts, he studies tendencies and forces other teams to pay for those tendencies. He makes this list because when an opposing team has to consciously think about a player and how to neutralize him, especially in the secondary, that speaks volumes about that player. He may get beat from time to time, that is the nature of the cornerback position…but he won’t get beat twice because he will have learned from the first time.