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Seahawks' Trade For Harvin The Latest Sign Front Office "Gaining Confidence"
Published March 12, 2013
WILD, WILD WEST: CBSSPORTS.com's Clark Judge wrote what once was a "not-so-friendly rivalry" between the Seahawks and 49ers has "turned into something more like an arms race, with the Seahawks making the first bold move" by adding Harvin. 49ers co-Owner John York said, "I guess we won't be hearing about the 'crummy NFC West' anymore" (CBSSPORTS.com, 3/11). FOXSPORTS.com's Jen Floyd Engel wrote yesterday's trade "feels like a tipping point, a moment we will look back to in a couple of years as when Super Bowls were determined in Pacific Standard Time in ugly, nasty games between" the 49ers and Seahawks. What seems to be taking place between these two teams is "the NFL's version of Moneyball, the realization that rivals also can be engaged in March with free agency and April with the draft." The surest way to "get in cap and long-term trouble in this league is trying to keep the band together -- after Super Bowls and certainly after 8-8 seasons." The best teams are "always churning their roster," and Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome "certainly has shown himself to be the best in the league at assembling a Super Bowl roster" (FOXSPORTS.com, 3/11).