We were good enough in 2005 and overpowered people with our running game. We weren't deep enough on the defensive side of the ball; our 2005 D overachieved, held together by chewing gum and baling twine and the fact that that amazing 2005 offense kept them from being under pressure a lot of the time.
The team personalities and team media relations in 2005 didn't grab the national media by the balls and have their way with them the way this team has.
Wilson & Sherman have forced their way onto the national media map, and love or hate is irrelevant, as long as there's attention and plenty of it. Skip Bayless, Trent Dilfer, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, whether they're dissing the Seahawks or praising them is irrelevant, as long as they are talking about us.
The fan energy is off the charts, even more so than 2005. I never saw the level of total regional fanbase involvement in 2005 that I'm seeing this year. It's just unbelievable. Tons of people at my work who didn't care one way or the other 2 years ago came in this Friday with Seahawks gear, faces painted, tailgate parties, etc. Ask them to name more than 3 offensive linemen and you'd probably get a blank stare and maybe one or two names, but boy are they passionate fans. People are looking for *something* to identify with and celebrate. I won a lot of bets with coworkers by taking the Seahawks last year (especially on GB, Patriots, 49ers games) but nobody will bet against them this year.
I'll have to try the more-than-3-offensive linemen quiz and see what the results are. I figure Okung, Giacomini, and Unger get a certain amount of attention, but to name Bowie, Bailey, McQuistan, JeanPierre, and Carpenter, someone would need to be more than a this-year's bandwagon-jumper. Not dissing bandwagon jumpers, by the way; the more the merrier.
This time, all the pieces are in place, on the field, and off the field, to seal the deal. I have a really good feeling about how things will turn out.