The Seattle Seahawks Remind Basketball Coaches Many Valuable Lessons

With the NFL season officially over, the sports world now gives its undivided attention to the NBA and college basketball.

However, basketball coaches and fans should pause for a minute and remember what the Seattle Seahawks dominant performance can teach us.

1. The Seahawks, the number one ranked defense, proved that even in a offensively geared NFL era, defense STILL wins championships.

Despite rule changes that clearly favor the offense, the Seahawks primarily built their team on the defensive side of the football and overcame the Denver Broncos, the number one ranked all-time offense.

Let us be reminded that college basketball was going through an offensive renaissance early this season too, regarding the “freedom of movement” emphasis. This sent players to the foul line at an increased rate as scoring increased. Some coaches and fans were in an uproar because game took longer and a plethora of fouls were being whistled. Nevertheless, the uproar settled and coaches are now adapting to the new emphasis to a rule that has always been in place (just never enforced).

I think the question that most college coaches continually ask themselves are “should I focus on our offense more because of the favorable rules (i.e. outscore our opponents) or focus on our defense (i.e. stop our opponent)”.

Maybe the Seahawks will reinforce the old adage to some coaches in the basketball world.

2. The Seahawks reminded coaches that you can win with a young team. Head Coach Pete Carroll oversees a team with the fourth-youngest roster for a Super Bowl champion, with an average age of 26 years, 175 days.

Just like Coach John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats showed us a few years ago, you can win with freshmen at the college level.

Thanks for the reminder Seahawks…all things being equal, play the younger players and build with youth and speed.

3. The Seahawks also reminded us that in an age of instant gratification, that good things take time. Carroll, having built a powerhouse program at USC, took four years to shape these Super Bowl Champion Seahawks. The key was they made strides each year and they took the next step each and every year.

The old saying for coaches is “you are hired to be fired,” and that may be so. However, for at least right now, Carroll has built the organization with solid personnel, fan support and an unmatched enthusiasm.

4. However, the Seahawks and the culture of the NFL may also remind us to slow down a bit and appreciate where we are in our professional careers.

According to a recent story by ESPN, “less than 12 hours after winning the Super Bowl, Carroll already was talking about getting started on next season. ‘The first meeting that we’ll have will be tomorrow. … Our guys would be surprised if we didn’t,’ Carroll said Monday morning. ‘We really have an eye on what’s coming, and we don’t dwell on what just happened. We’ll take this in stride.'”

As a coach, I understand never being satisfied and looking to the “next game”. That is how we are hotwired. It is our passion. It is our curse.

However, I would caution Carroll, his staff, the organization and the players to enjoy the win. Even if it is for just a few days. Take three days off and just soak it all in.

It was a win 37 years in the making.

You earned it.

Follow Bert DeSalvo on Twitter @CoachDeSalvo

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