Defending Super Bowl title comes with ‘good’ problems

Posted Feb 22, 2014

The Seahawks will discover during the 2014 season something that Giants GM Jerry Reese already has learned: “There are a lot of problems that come with it, but they’re all good problems to have.”

INDIANAPOLIS – Winning the Super Bowl is one thing. Defending that Super Bowl championship is another.

After winning Super Bowl XLVIII three weeks ago, the Seahawks will discover during the 2014 season the nuances that have morphed into negatives for other defending champions.

The last team to win back-to-back Super Bowls was the New England Patriots, who did it after the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In the nine seasons since then, seven teams have won Super Bowls. The only teams to do it twice were the Pittsburgh Steelers (2005 and 2008) and New York Giants (2007 and 2011).

But the Steelers went 8-8 in 2006 and 9-7 in 2009, and did not even advance to the playoffs. The Giants fared somewhat better, going 9-7 in 2012, when they were 3-5 in the second half of the season; and 12-4 in 2007, only to lose their playoff opener to the Philadelphia Eagles.

So, what are the problems associated with defending a Super Bowl title?

“Whatever the problems are, it’s a good problem to have,” Giants general manager Jerry Reese said with a smile during his podium stint at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday. “But some of the problems, when you win a Super Bowl, most people think it’s because of them. So you have those kinds of issues coming up with players and coaches and front office.

“And it is because of them. When you win a Super Bowl, somebody’s doing something right.”

Reese, who became the Giants’ GM in 2007, smiled again before adding, “So there are a lot of problems that come with it, but they’re all good problems to have.”

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