It's not too early to start thinking about Seahawks' next season

by: COURTESY OF MICHAEL WORKMAN - Paul Allen, owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers, gets to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL teams Super Bowl XLVIII thrashing of the Denver Broncos 43-8 defeat.Hitting on a number of items, starting with post-Super Bowl thoughts:

• If there were ever a defensive victory, Seattle’s 43-8 pounding of Denver was it.

Coverage and run defense were sound, but the biggest factor was the pressure applied on Peyton Manning while he was in the pocket. The veteran quarterback was sacked only once, but had defenders in his face the entire way.

Manning was off his game, for sure. But a lot of that had to do with inadequate protection in the pocket.

• It’s a cliche to say that turnovers are instrumental in any football game. But the scorecard — Denver 4, Seattle 0 — said as much about the outcome as anything.

• Loved coach Pete Carroll’s explanation about why Seattle was able to win the Super Bowl by its greatest margin of victory all season.

Carroll: “Sometimes it can be kind of like an avalanche. Scores start happening ... we were ready for the opportunity ... we seized the night.”

• Has there been a player who did so little through the season and so much in a Super Bowl as Seattle receiver Percy Harvin?

Harvin, injured all year, played in only one regular season game, catching one pass for 17 yards. On Sunday, Harvin broke loose for two big runs, then dotted the exclamation mark with the 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half and break the backs of the Broncos.

Denver’s defense looked as if it had never seen a fly sweep before when, on Seattle’s first series, Harvin took a handoff from Russell Wilson and swept 30 yards around left end. He did it again later, for 15 yards.

by: COURTESY OF MICHAEL WORKMAN - Seattle coach Pete Carroll celebrates the Seahawks Super Bowl victory Sunday evening.• Did Carroll take two Gatorade baths from his players? Or was it just replayed so often, it seemed like it?

• Three players who scored touchdowns for Seattle — receivers Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin and linebacker Malcolm Smith, the third MVP from the defensive side in the Super Bowl’s 48-year history — weren’t exactly considered blue-chip prospects out of college.

Kearse and Baldwin were undrafted. Smith was a seventh-round pick.

All three are Pac-12 products, incidentally — Kearse from Washington, Baldwin from Stanford, Smith from Southern Cal.

There were 11 Pac-12 players in uniform for the Seahawks on Sunday. That doesn’t include injured tight end Anthony McCoy from Southern Cal and suspended cornerback Brandon Browner from Oregon State.

• Denver had six Pac-12 representatives on its active roster, including backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, who played for Dennis Erickson at Arizona State.

Why did Denver coach John Fox not use Osweiler in the waning minutes of the blowout? Would have been nice for him to be able to say he played in a Super Bowl. He may never get the chance again.

• It was tied for the third-largest margin of victory ever in a Super Bowl, behind only San Francisco 55, Denver 10 (1990, XXIV) and Chicago 46, New England 10 (1986, XX).

• Can Seattle do it again next season? The Seahawks were the fourth-youngest team to win a Super Bowl, with an average age of 26 years, 162 days. They are the youngest team to win it all since the 1985 Chicago Bears — maybe the greatest team in history.

Ten teams have returned to the Super Bowl after winning the previous season. Eight of those teams won it again the next year.

• Average resale value of the $500 face-value ticket right before game time was $3,481. I’d rather pay my mortgage for a couple of months.

by: COURTESY OF MICHAEL WORKMAN - Seattle Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse (center) celebrates his 23-yard touchdown reception with teammates Zach Miller (left) and Derrick Coleman. The play gave Seattle a 36-0 lead in the third quarter of Sundays Super Bowl XLVIII.• Could Seattle ever host a Super Bowl? Sure, as soon as Portland gets an All-Star Game. (Wait: The Blazers’ Chris McGowan is calling, saying it’s going to happen.)

• The Seahawks’ victory parade Wednesday through downtown Seattle conjured memories of the one staged up Southwest Broadway in 1977 after the Trail Blazers’ NBA championship. The crowds in Rip City were estimated at 200,000 that day. It’s one old-timers around here will never forget.

• Would love to have been on hand to watch Paul Allen’s rock band, the “Underthinkers,” play at the Seahawks’ post-Super Bowl party.

The Seahawks/Blazers owner, 60 years young, looked stoked jamming on his guitar.

On Monday, Carroll said this of the owner’s performance: “Paul was hot last night. He was tearing it up — big licks.”

• Just watched a documentary, “Inner City Champions,” chronicling the careers of two Los Angeles basketball legends — Dwayne Polee and Freeman Williams.

Williams is the former Portland State great (1977-78) who still ranks second (behind “Pistol Pete” Maravich) on the NCAA career scoring list.

Williams averaged 30.7 points in his four-year career at PSU, including 38.8 as a junior and 35.9 as a senior — all before the advent of the 3-point shot. He scored 81 points, shooting 39 for 57 from the field, against Rocky Mountain as a junior, third on the all-time list against non-Division I opponents.

Williams, 57, and Polee, 50, were stars at Manual Arts High in South Central L.A. before moving on to college. Williams went on to play six NBA seasons, averaging 14.7 points, including seasons of 19.3 and 18.6 with the L.A. Clippers. Poor defense and drug problems contributed to Williams’ pro career ending at age 26.

Polee, who also got caught up in the drug scene after a stellar college career at Pepperdine, played one NBA game before finishing his career in Europe.

In 2010, Polee asked Williams to join him on the coaching staff at their alma mater, Manual Arts. The documentary follows them through that season, as well as takes the viewer back through the lives and careers of each man. The team made it to the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

There are cameos of former NBA players Mychal Thompson, Michael Cooper, Larry Briggs and John “Hot Plate” Williams, as well as baseball’s Darryl Strawberry, commenting on the two players. There are some interesting photos and clips of Williams in action and also of his spot alongside Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson in a scene for the film “White Men Can’t Jump.”

It’s an honest portrayal of Williams, who is candid in his interviews, speaking of “orgies” and getting “caught up with the ladies” and cocaine in detriment to his career.

“The stuff I did with drugs, I’m supposed to be dead,” Williams said. “I wouldn’t want no kid to go through what I went through.”

One of his daughters, interviewed for the documentary, says her first glimpse of her father was in “White Men Can’t Jump,” when she was a teenager.

The documentary has three screenings in Southern California through the month. Here’s hoping executive producer Fred Hawthorne will bring it to Portland for a screening, too. It will bring back memories for long-time basketball fans in the area.

• No surprise that Beaverton resident Herb Brown, the former Trail Blazer assistant, is being honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ International Committee with a lifetime achievement award at its annual convention in Dallas in April. Brown, who turns 78 next month, has coached worldwide over the years and recently guided the Japanese women to the FIBA Asia Championship in Bangkok.

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