In pursuit of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, teams have to prove they can go deep. By Daniel Holzhauer When the Seattle Seahawks defense met the Denver Broncos offense at Super Bowl XLVIII it was a clash of styles that personified the current state of the NFL. The Seahawks overcame the restrictive rules by building depth, especially in the defensive backfield, through great drafting. The Denver Broncos reached the big game with superstar quarterback Peyton Manning spreading the ball to a long list of skilled receivers. But holding onto these stars will not be easy. The Legion of Boom used their aggressive style to disrupt the Broncos offense immediately. With the echoes of the National Anthem still ringing through the stadium, the game began to slip away from Denver. Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor helped set off the avalanche in the first quarter by intercepting a Manning pass in Broncos territory. “We did exactly what we said we were going to do,” Chancellor told the Daily Herald. “We finished business.” With players constantly being lost to free agency and injury, coaches have become quite accustomed to losing the players that helped them achieve success and using the phrase “next man up.” Coupled with the current prevalence of nickel and dime defenses—featuring five and six defensive backs—to go along with the spread offense— featuring up to four or five wide receivers—positional depth has never been more important to building a successful franchise.
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