Sometimes, great sports teams and franchises appear unstoppable. They have many of the best players in the league and win multiple titles in a row. But this can be an illusion because every team is vulnerable. Even the best teams decline over time because nothing lasts forever.
Usually, this is because of three reasons. First, financial problems wreak havoc and throw plans into disarray. Another issue is when the best players depart from a team. Finally, complacency is devastating. If a team takes its place for granted, it can fall behind very quickly. Check out 25 great sports teams that went into decline via ESPN.
25. Seattle Seahawks
For a moment it looked like the Seattle Seahawks had ignited a great NFL dynasty. It was 2014 and they had just crushed the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. But life isn’t that simple. They missed their chance to secure back-to-back titles after a heartbreaking defeat to the Patriots. Arguably, the franchise never recovered from the moment Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson’s attempted pass to Ricardo Lockette.
Yes, they’re a playoff mainstay but they aren’t the same team they once were. The Seahawks have one of the most reliable quarterbacks in the league but they’ve lost a lot of their talent in order to pay Wilson. Meanwhile, Pete Carroll is great but he may have overstayed his welcome in Washington. This team could have and should have achieved so much more but instead, they went into decline (via The Guardian).