Seattle Seahawks already eyeing a second Super Bowl triumph
The mantra of the Seattle Seahawks after their Super Bowl XLVIII demolition of the Denver Broncos was simple: "Let's do it again next year."
A contest tipped to be one for the ages, featuring the most prolific offence of all time taking on a Seattle defence that topped the standings this year, was a blowout as the Seahawks ran roughshod over their opponents.
A 43-8 scoreline hardly flattered Seattle as the self-styled Legion of Boom suffocated Peyton Manning et al in a performance for the ages.
Richard Sherman, the most famous member of the Legion, said: "There is not much further (to go) than being a Super Bowl champion but we can do it again. We plan on being back."
With Seattle's team featuring several players in their formative NFL years, the future certainly looks bright.
Defensive end Chris Clemons was a little more expressive than Sherman, saying: "We never limit ourselves, so sky's the limit for us.
"And every year we only got better so looking forward to things now, we're going to celebrate this and we'll see how it goes next year."
Their performance in the MetLife Stadium was reminiscent of that produced in 2001 by the Baltimore Ravens, who did not give up a single point on defence.
Given Seattle's effort came against a future Hall of Famer in Manning, plus his array of receiving weapons, some might even term it as even more impressive.
Clemons, who suggested a good back-page headline for tomorrow would be 'dominance', certainly believes it belongs in that company.
"We are Super Bowl champs, too, so put us on the same page as them,"he enthused.
Head coach Pete Carroll echoed the sentiments off his players.
Asked about building future success, he said: "The first meeting that we'll have will be tomorrow. So it starts tomorrow.
"Our guys would be surprised if we didn't (repeat). We really have an eye on what's coming. And that we don't dwell on what just happened, so we'll take this in stride, and we'll have a big celebration on Wednesday in town, and enjoy the heck out of it.
"We won't miss the fun part of it, but that doesn't meant that we can't also set our sights on how this thing can go ... I think we are in a very fortunate situation."
With their team being so young, and the collective bargaining agreement stating that a player's first extension cannot come until after his third year, Seattle can look forward to another season of not having to give stars like quarterback Russell Wilson a deserved pay-rise.
That affords the Seahawks a great amount of cap room to build depth elsewhere.
Carroll added: "(General manager) John Schneider has done an extraordinary job of structuring this roster, contractually, and with a vision looking ahead so that we keep our guys together.
"One of the things that happens so often is that teams have a big fall-out after they win the Super Bowl. And we're not in that situation.
"We'll be battling and competing, but we will not be in that situation. So we've done that with foresight so that we will be prepared.
"We'll go back to work eventually .... Start a lot sooner than that. Get going on the next challenge."
It seems nobody is thinking 'job done' just yet and, based on Sunday's evidence, that is bad news for the rest of the league.
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