Throughout the Pacific Northwest, you hear it peppered into conversations, you see it symbolized on Facebook walls.
More than ever, fans are foaming at the mouth about the Seattle Seahawks.
The season may be months away, but Super Bowl fantasies occupy the minds of many.
“There’s a lot of excitement,” Warren Moon said recently. “It’s based on how they finished last year and the off season they had in terms of the free agency acquisitions and also their draft.”
Moon, a Duvall resident, played locally for both the Huskies and Seahawks and is a member of the NFL Hall of Fame. As excited as he is about the big picture, quarterback Russell Wilson intrigues him most.
“I’m impressed with Russell’s maturity and work ethic,” Moon said. “The way he’s the first one in and the last one to leave every day. When your quarterback is a guy who sets that type of example it makes everybody else follow. He’s going to become the best player on their football team.”
When Atlanta bounced Seattle from last year’s playoffs, people took note of the rookie Wilson’s demeanor.
“He’s very optimistic,” Moon said. “Instead of being down and out because of them losing the football game, he was looking to the future and what he thinks the future of this team could be. They’re a young team that hasn’t scratched the surface yet.
“I’m sure he feels the same way about himself, because his rookie year started off slow and it just kind of slowly built as the year went along. They have the confidence in him now. They’re going to give him more responsibility now.”
Recently on the Dave Dameshek Football Program, the show’s producer brilliantly described Wilson as throwing a “sexy deep ball.”
“Russell throws one of the best deep balls I’ve seen in the league,” Moon said. “He throws it with a lot of air on it and he gives his receivers a chance to make adjustments, which is something a lot of guys don’t do. He throws it with great accuracy as far as putting it in a place where only his receiver can get the football.”
But one thing Wilson didn’t have was a big-time receiving threat. That’s been remedied with the acquisition of Percy Harvin.
“Harvin can be like a security blanket for a young quarterback because you don’t have to throw the ball far down the field with a guy like that,” Moon said.
“You just need to get it in his hands somehow, someway. You can line him up in the backfield. You can bring him around and give it to him on a reverse handoff. You can line him up in the slot and throw him a quick little bubble screen, or you can line him up outside and throw him a bubble screen. So there’s a lot of different ways you can get the ball into his hands with high percentage passes.
“I’m just excited about seeing the evolution of Russell Wilson,” Moon concluded. “They still were pretty conservative with the way they used him. I think he only went over 30 throws in one game ... I would like to see him throw the ball somewhere around 28-33 times a ball game and see what accumulates to go along with Marshawn Lynch and that running game.”