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Michael Bennett pinpoints the exact moment the Seahawks were doomed to break up

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For a number of seasons, the Seattle Seahawks were the most feared team in the NFL. 

Their defense crushed all opposition - with the Legion of Boom leading the way. 

Formed by the likes of Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett, the LOB played a huge part in ensuring the Seahawks had the best defense in the league.

From 2011 onwards, they regularly allowed the fewest passing yards and passing touchdowns in the NFL, with a number of their players regularly featuring in the Pro Bowl too. 

But it wasn't just defense that made Seattle almost impossible to stop.

Quarterback Russell Wilson is still one of the best in the league but dominated between 2011 and 2015.

And then there was running back Marshawn Lynch.

He was unstoppable on his day - and had plenty of them during the 2013 and 2014 seasons when the Seahawks reached back-to-back Super Bowls. 

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Despite failing to win two world championships, the Seahawks were no doubt one of the most dominant forces in the NFL between 2011 and 2015. 

That was thanks to the LOB, Wilson and Lynch. However, things have changed over the last few years and Seattle are no longer feared like they once were. In fact, they didn't even make the playoffs in 2017.  

Some prominent members of the defense are now gone, including Sherman and Bennett, while the futures of Chancellor and Earl Thomas are still uncertain. 

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But according to Bennett, who has just been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Seahawks downfall began a long time ago, before he left.

In fact, he believes that the moment Lynch left in 2016 was the moment the Seahawks lost their swagger. 

"Marshawn’s personality is so big. People misunderstand him all the time. He’s such a great teammate," Bennett said on The Bill Simmons Podcast, per For The Win

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"He shows up to everybody’s thing. He plays hard. When he practices, he practices hard. So when he left, you could feel it.

"He was just that guy that had swag that made the Seahawks feel like a different type of team."

The defensive end also suggested that every successful team needs a player like Lynch. 

"You don’t want a whole bunch of Russell Wilsons. You gotta have three or four Marshawn Lynches on your team. At any moment, you never know what they’re going to do. 

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"Whether they’re going to come to work or dropkick the coach. You just never know. You can’t have a whole bunch of nice people on a sports team.

"You need one good guy that does everything right, you know, prays and does all the stuff then goes, “Yeah! Let’s go play!” Then you need some thugs. That’s just how it goes."

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