In 2014, the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl. In 2015, they lost it.
As a result, you would think that the vibe in training camp and in the preseason would be vastly different this year than it was last year.
“It really didn’t feel any different,” Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Obviously we wanted to come out with the win, but we just have to keep pushing forward and continue to keep getting better in the offseason and look forward to the upcoming season and the upcoming opportunities.”
So often people talk about the dreaded “Super Bowl hangover” – the tendency for teams to lose in the Super Bowl one year and not make the playoffs the next. Kearse, who caught 38 balls for 537 yards and a touchdown last year, isn’t too concerned about that.
“We’re just trying to get better,” he said. “We’re just putting the work in, looking at the film, correcting mistakes and just trying to get our football right. I think that’s what our main focus is.”
The Seahawks, who have arguably the best rushing attack in all of football, added another dimension to their offense this offseason, trading for Jimmy Graham. The all-world tight end has 46 touchdowns in the last four seasons.
“He’s looking really good,” Kearse said. “He’s definitely getting comfortable in the offense and learning the schemes of the offense and just trying to improve every day. That’s something we admire about him. He comes to work every day and works and puts in the effort, so that’s something we really like.”
While the offense should be better, the defense may regress, especially if Kam Chancellor continues his holdout.
“It’s a difficult situation for both parts,” Kearse said. “I’m sure the team has their reasons and Kam has his reasons. Right now for me, my main focus is just focusing on football and trying to do whatever we can just to get better and win games this season.”
Regardless of what Chancellor decides, the Seahawks will still be favored to win the NFC West, which is arguably the best division in football.
“We’re in a tough division,” Kearse said. “We got a lot of great teams in our division. It’s just focusing on the task at hand and just taking one step at a time. Right now we’re just trying to get better in this preseason. We’re trying to correct the mistakes that’s been going on and just continue to try to improve. I think that’s what’s really important heading into this upcoming NFL season.”
Kearse believes that the Seahawks still have more than enough hunger to advance to their third straight Super Bowl, to still be the hunter and not the hunted.
“I don’t think this team feels like we’re getting chased,” Kearse said. “I think this team feels like we’re still doing the hunting. I see it every day in practice and the way these guys compete with each other every day. I feel like it’s just the mentality to still go hunting.”