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LOB Top-Three Defenses Of All-Time, Says Michael Bennett

GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 25: Left to right Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, Cliff Avril, Brandon Mebane, Bobby Wagner and Earl Thomas (front, center) pose for a photo before the 2015 Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 25, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The last the Seattle Seahawks started 6-1 like they did earlier this season, they represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Seattle would go on beat Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII, and Malcolm Smith was named the MVP.

During the early to mid 2010s, [2012-2017] the Legion of Boom wreak havoc on the NFL, and helped Seattle make back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2014-2015. There style of play was so revered, the NFL had to implement rule changes [Legion of Boom rule].

“In 2013, the Seahawks brazenly committed illegal contact and holding, knowing that, if illegal contact happens on every play, the officials won’t throw a flag on every play,” said Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

“In an intriguing segment that aired on NBCSN’s NFL Turning Point, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman was displaying to a teammate on the practice field techniques for concealing illegal contact”.

“The game was allowed to be played physical, and that’s why you had so many run games,” Sherman said regarding the way the NFL used to be.  “That’s an old school brand of football.  I don’t know how old the rules are, but since these rules have come, you look up and every receiver, every play they could drop a wide-open pass and turn around and look for a flag.  I think that kind of ruins the game.  That kind of ruins the intensity, the whole DNA of football and what it is if you see flags every single play.”

Where does the LOB match up to other defenses in NFL history? Michael Bennett, a member of that Seahawks defense, believes they are in the top three.

“I think our defensive will be in the top three. I think our defense was one of those defenses that we hit on all the three things you need to remember in football. I think swag was one, and I think people will not forget that we were one of those teams that had that swag that you cannot deny, and they were about their business,” Bennett told me recently.

“Secondly, statistically, we were the best when we start looking at what we did as a team and how we accomplished what we did. Third, we won a championship. Many good teams do not make it to the Super Bowl, and they cannot do it year after year after year. As far as statistics, so I think we will be at the top when you look at the swag and our personalities. I think people will try to imitate it but won’t be able to match it.”

Bennett served two stints in Seattle. The first one was back in 2009, the Seahawks signed him as a undrafted free agent, but was waived by the Seahawks on October 10, 2009, to make way for the offensive linemen Kyle Williams, who was signed off the practice squad.

Four years later, Bennett would return to Seattle  as an unrestricted free agent one year deal. That season, he would earn a 4 year deal worth $28.5 million with $16 million guaranteed, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

Earlier this year Bennett announced his retirement to spend time with his family.

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Written by Landon Buford

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