It is now a few weeks after the worst Super Bowl I have ever seen. We have seen blowouts before but not with the best offense in the game with a legendary quarter back getting completely shut down. Not to mention my home town hosting it’s first and last Super Bowl ever. Let’s look at some of the themes coming from this game.
It’s not fair to start with Peyton Manning. Let me give the Seattle Seahawks their due. What an unbelievable defensive performance. I might have enjoyed it more if not for a genuine hatred for that piece of crap head coach Pete Carroll. I bet you thought I was going to say Richard Sherman. Why do I hate Carroll so much? Because he was a garbage loser head coach with the Jets and Patriots. He goes to USC where he basically throws out the rule book and lets the players and boosters run a muck. They buy the top players and he bullies teams and runs up the score(yes embarrassing my Notre Dame team) and wins a national championship. Then scurries faster that a rat to Seattle when the heat was coming down from the NCAA. Even to the extent that Reggie Bush’s Heisman was taken away a first time that ever has happened. Ol Pete as we see is doing just fine. USC has not recovered. I am not about to call him a genius but he has done what only 2 other coaches have ever done and that is win a National Championship and Super Bowl. Jimmy Johnson who will get a lot of credit from me for what he did for the Miami Hurricanes. What he did in Dallas was just brilliant. The sucker Minnesota Vikings gave the Cowgirls a bushel of draft picks and Jimmy recruited and coached many of the players drafted by Dallas. So I won’t give him that much credit for coaching so many hall of famers. Barry Switzer built the Oklahoma Sooners but he rode Johnson’s coat tails in Dallas and he proved what a horrible coach he was when he could only win once with that great team. Now Pete Carroll did resurrect USC. I will give him that and he turned the culture around in Seattle but John Schneider drafted the team brilliantly.
Jerry Reese with the Giants was called a genius when every player he brought in produced and every draft pick worked out. So is he now a bad GM because his moves aren’t working now. Sometimes everything works out. Schneider will miss on some of these moves. It’s only natural. No one bats 1000 here. And Doug Baldwin. You are a OK wide receiver and a mediocre fantasy player. Please stop making yourself out to be Jerry Rice. Seattle didn’t win because of their offensive prowess. The defense won this championship. I seem to recall the Denver defense keeping this a game until they broke down. If the Seattle offense was so good then this game would have been put away in the first quarter. Cris Carter is and will always be a better player than you and your shiny new Super Bowl ring won’t ever change that.
It was simple this year. The NFC was where the big boys played. All the games were physical fast paced games. The AFC were games were finesse filled with lots of offense. The Seahawks just punched the Broncos in the face and Denver backed down big time. They take their cue from their leader Peyton Manning. More on that later. No AFC team would have beaten the Hawks on that day. We can talk all day about what they did but that game was so boring who wants to re live it again. Seattle is the Super Bowl Champs and it was well deserved. BUT.
This will not be a dynasty no matter what the fans say, no matter what the players say. They all say the same things right after the Super Bowl. Let’s face facts. This reminds me a lot of the Giants Super Bowl win against the un defeated Patriots. There was so many late draft picks who contributed to that win. And as the Seahawks will find out every one is going to want their money now. This is not me drinking the haterade either. It is just the facts. Russell Wilson while he is now a championship quarterback most likely won’t command 20 million a year like Joe Flacco did. Flacco did carry his team and Wilson did not. But we will see. Now that secondary will have to get paid. I read where Golden Tate said Seattle will get a hometown discount from him. That is so sweet. But what happens when teams like the Redskins and Jets come calling with a bag full of money and the promise of being a # 1 WR. Will he say no. On his team he is at best the third best wide out. Just think about that. Also.
This idea that no one is in their class is ridiculous. I have heard Seattle fans talk like they are so much better than the 49ers. I seem to recall the 49ers driving down the field and throwing the ball into the end zone in Seattle to win the game and go back to the Super Bowl. Let’s face it Seattle needs home field advantage through out to make it to the Super Bowl. Seattle is real good. But the NFL is not designed to have dynasties. That is why it is the greatest sport.
Much has been made of Peyton Manning’s legacy. If he had won it might have made him the greatest quarterback of all time. But to say by losing the game drops him a level is not fair either. Manning still is the greatest regular season player in NFL history. His 5 MVP’s and the multiple playoff appearances can’t be ignored because of all the playoff losses he has. You can’t win the Super Bowl every year so most times your season ends with a loss. That is just the facts of it.
The problem with Manning is that he becomes so much of the focal point of his team he over shadows his own head coaches. Let’s look at who they are and none are considered strong willed or have big personalities. Jim Mora did and he lost that battle. Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell and John Fox. Those guys are very mild mannered. John Fox looked clueless on the sidelines. Manning’s team takes their cues from him. That is just the facts and Peyton never re invents himself during the game. When the game becomes chaotic unlike his brother his game goes to crap. How could Denver not know Seattle would play this way.
So where does this leave Manning’s legacy. I live in NY and went to Macy’s at 34th street and Peyton gear was selling like hot cakes. So the common fan clearly loves him. He could hold every major passing record when his career finally ends. But he will have only one ring. To compare him to Montana is not fair. Super Joe played on great all around teams and being a Giants fan I have seen the Giants smack the Joe and the niners all over the field in the playoffs. The comparison to Brady and his 3 rings goes like this. Those Patriot teams played great defense. Peyton never had this. The one thing the Peyton people can say is the one year Peyton didn’t play the Colts were horrible and won two games. The one year Brady was out for the year the Pats still won 11 games.
Super Bowl wins can’t be the biggest determination in this discussion. It’s just not fair. Peyton knows what was at stake in this past Super Bowl. This was no doubt a legacy game and Peyton still has not convinced alot fans that he can win the big one. This second one would have put him in a class all his own.