Seahawks, 49ers both built strong to last long

Published on January 15, 2014 by     Tacoma News Tribune (Feed)

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Most NFL owners and general managers would prefer to use a franchise quarterback as the best building block for a sustainable championship team.

An argument exists to support that – just look who is playing in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday in Denver.

That game, featuring New England’s Tom Brady and Denver’s Peyton Manning, will certainly appease those who love watching the mass compilation of yards and points.

If you prefer the complete opposite – two teams who’d prefer to walk on burning coals than surrender a touchdown – then tune into the NFC Championship Game between Seattle and San Francisco at CenturyLink Field.

There will be more than just bluster: expect defenses to hit, claw and try to destroy whatever comes their way. Expect running

backs – not quarterbacks – to be the focal points of each offense. And anticipate lots of jawing, pointing, showboating and raw emotion.

Because that is the way Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and 49ers counterpart Jim Harbaugh have constructed them, that is how they want their teams to be.

“There is a fundamental approach to the game of football that we share – it’s about playing tough, playing physical, playing defense and relying on really obvious running-game emphasis, ” Carroll said. “It is historically the best way to win football games … and it continues to show itself again.”

Just how have these two NFC West rivals been built?

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Carroll wasted no time overhauling the entire Seattle roster when he was hired in 2010 along with John Schneider, who became the Seahawks’ general manager after serving as Green Bay’s director of football operations the previous two seasons.

The two made 284 transactions that first season, which netted a good portion of the nucleus of the team: Tackle Russell Okung and free safety Earl Thomas were drafted in the first round, followed by receiver Golden Tate (second), cornerback Walter Thurmond (fourth) and strong safety Kam Chancellor (fifth).

They also acquired running back Marshawn Lynch in a trade with Buffalo, and defensive end Chris Clemons in a deal with Philadelphia.

And since that first year, they’ve added to the roster mainly by draft (23) or free agency (18). Cornerback Richard Sherman was drafted in the fifth round in 2011, and linebacker Bobby Wagner (second) and quarterback Russell Wilson (third) were drafted in 2012. Defensive linemen Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Tony McDaniel was signed as unrestricted free agents before this season.

Of the 53 players set to be on Seattle’s active roster Sunday, only four remain from the Tim Ruskell era – defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (2007); defensive end Red Bryant and punter Jon Ryan (2008); and center Max Unger (2009).

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