DALLAS — Making the rounds at radio row Friday, it didn’t take long for Seahwawks DE Raheem Brock‘s thoughts to trail off, dreaming about what might have been last year as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
I asked Brock a simple question about this year’s game, and he couldn’t escape the memory of the Colts’ 31-17 loss to the Saints.
“I think it’s going to be a great game,” Brock started. “I’m hoping it’ll be a defensive game and come down to the end, like last year … well, let’s not talk about last year’s Super Bowl.”
When pushed (ever so gently), Brock had an interesting perspective on what went down last year.
“I mean, the Saints took my Super Bowl ring.”
Perhaps he should bring that up to Tracy Porter. Or rather, Peyton Manning.
In the meantime, Brock was happy to discuss Seattle’s surprising run to the playoff’s as a 7-9 team and his the little bit of revenge he was able to get on the Saints in the wild-card round.
“To be able to do what we did late in the season, with a losing record, beat the Rams and then going into the playoffs and winning that first round, it just showed how we’re improving,” Brock said. “If we play consistently, we’re a good team.”
Brock thinks the Seahawks are on the cusp of taking the next step.
“We’ve got everything we need, it’s just little things here, little things there that we need to tighten up and we should be alright,” he said.
Brock praised coach Pete Carroll for changing the culture of losing in Seattle.
“He was definitely the perfect coach to bring in to Seattle,” Brock said. “Guys had been losing the last couple of years. They’d been real down. You need a guy to come in and get everybody upbeat and motivated. He did a great job with that all year. Even if we lost a game or two, he’d rally everybody. That’s what we needed.”
Brock just wished their run had lasted a bit longer.
“It would have been great to make it, but you can’t make it every year.”
— Aron Angel