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Bad matchup dooms Denver

Posted February 3
Updated April 1

No matter how you plan and prepare, I know as a coach that something crazy is always possible on the football field. That's why I don't make game predictions and I didn't have a pick in this year's Super Bowl.

Look at that first play. Who anticipates that a snap will go over your head and the game opens with a safety?

That said, Seattle and San Francisco represented the real strengths of the NFL. Both teams deserved to be there. And you can never bet against Peyton Manning.

The Denver Broncos just ran into the ultimate bad matchup. The Seahawks and their top-rated defense had a good game plan and the Broncos have a bad game plan. It's that simple and today the Seahawks are celebrating.

All evening long, the Seahawks ran their two gold-standard, lock-down cornerbacks deep in man-to-man coverage with zone coverage underneath. I was shocked that Denver did not do more in the passing game to challenge that single Seattle safety underneath. They kept running crossing routes into the zone coverage and BAM.

We never saw the play we call "four vertical" which would exploit that middle part of the field.

On offense, Seattle played it just right. All offensive coordinators have what they call "investment plays." They run these early in the game to set up other plays later on.

We saw Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson several times pull that ball from Marshawn Lynch and run around the end. With that threat established, Seattle could go back to Lynch and Percy Harvin later to pound, pound, pound in the running game.

The first Super Bowl for a city is such a rush. Trust me, while the fans celebrate the coaches and players are already feeling the pressure of "the next."

You need to be so good and so lucky, extremely good and extremely lucky just to get to that far. Wilson's early success puts pressure on him, his coaches, his teammates to match it.

Use Manning as an example. The guy has five MVP trophies and Super Bowl win. But the story line is always, "Will he get another one?"

Wilson's rise also raises fan expectations for how quickly a quarterback can lead his team to a title.

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  • BB5 Feb 4, 11:15 p.m.

    His center choked on the opening play which set the tone early & gave momentum to Seattle. Had... View More

    — Posted by BB5

    give me a break...22 pts scored by seattle in the first half...9 were on the broncos offense,... View More

    — Posted by sweet D

    Brady has 3 rings, should have won another if not for poor officiating in one of the Giant... View More

    — Posted by BB5

    both brady and manning are the best to play their positions, but you know as well as I its a... View More

    — Posted by sweet D

    Okay, that'll work. The D did have problems stopping Seattle in 3rd down situations in the first half. Seattle was just the better team, congrats to RW & the 'Pack players.

  • sweet D Feb 4, 7:34 a.m.

    Manning doesnt need a great team around him, because they have him. This has been the excuse for... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    His center choked on the opening play which set the tone early & gave momentum to Seattle. Had... View More

    — Posted by BB5

    give me a break...22 pts scored by seattle in the first half...9 were on the broncos offense,... View More

    — Posted by sweet D

    Brady has 3 rings, should have won another if not for poor officiating in one of the Giant... View More

    — Posted by BB5

    both brady and manning are the best to play their positions, but you know as well as I its a helluva a lot easier to be a qb these days than the days of Montana, etc....the qb's cant be hit, breathed on too heavily, the receivers cant be touched, or impeded....the Denver d was missing 5 starters from the reg season, and the offense was ranked #1, and record-setting...they were outscored by the seattle d....this loss was on the offense...if they help, in any way, during the game, the d prolly doesn't crack in the 2nd half.....the Beast was contained, except for an 18 yd run, after the d cracked

  • BB5 Feb 4, 6:39 a.m.

    Manning doesnt need a great team around him, because they have him. This has been the excuse for... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    His center choked on the opening play which set the tone early & gave momentum to Seattle. Had... View More

    — Posted by BB5

    give me a break...22 pts scored by seattle in the first half...9 were on the broncos offense,... View More

    — Posted by sweet D

    Brady has 3 rings, should have won another if not for poor officiating in one of the Giant games. Is what it is but I doubt he's complaining too much with his 3 rings in 5 appearances. Give me a break with the Brady criticism and just admit what most people already know, he's EASILY one of the greatest to ever play the game.

  • BB5 Feb 4, 6:34 a.m.

    Manning doesnt need a great team around him, because they have him. This has been the excuse for... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    His center choked on the opening play which set the tone early & gave momentum to Seattle. Had... View More

    — Posted by BB5

    give me a break...22 pts scored by seattle in the first half...9 were on the broncos offense,... View More

    — Posted by sweet D

    “Holding them to field goals? We should’ve got the ball back. That’s how I view it," defensive end Robert Ayers said. "Sudden change, they get the ball with a short field or whatever, we’ve got to go get the ball back. We didn’t do what we needed to do. We didn’t create turnovers. We didn’t get sacks. We gave up chunk yardage. We stopped Marshawn a little bit, but Percy got off two runs. We didn’t do our jobs. Field goals, whatever. In a game like this, we need blanks. We need to get the ball back. We need turnovers, and we didn’t do that.”

    As I said, plenty of blame to go around. That bad snap set the tone for the game & gave Seattle momentum out of the gate. The 4 TOs were too much to overcome but if you think Manning is the only reason they lost, you don't know football, big guy.

  • sweet D Feb 4, 4:45 a.m.

    Manning doesnt need a great team around him, because they have him. This has been the excuse for... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    His center choked on the opening play which set the tone early & gave momentum to Seattle. Had... View More

    — Posted by BB5

    give me a break...22 pts scored by seattle in the first half...9 were on the broncos offense, and the one td was a 37 yard drive after a pick(37 yards!)..the other two scores were 2 fg's(nice play by Nate Irving breaking up a td pass)....the 2nd half kick-off was another td not on the d...the d is the only part of the team that showed up, until they cracked in the 2nd half, after no support from the offense...manning cant handle getting hit, just like brady...the giants showed how to handle brady(twice), and seattle showed how to handle manning...the nfl has spoiled these guys with rules changes to aid them...I have seen brady screaming at officials, many times, trying to get a flag for late hits, pass int, etc...the Denver d wasn't the top ranked unit, the o was, and they failed miserably

  • BB5 Feb 3, 9:21 p.m.

    D forced a couple of field goals in the early stages. Manning didnt have a first down until the... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Are you Seattle's newest, biggest fan? I know you were rockin' that 'Hawks hat today. Admit it, T! You can't BS BB5, brah. LOL

  • myperspective Feb 3, 9:07 p.m.

    Russell Wilson was born in 1988, the same year the first African American quarterback started and won the Super Bowl. Russell Wilson is the 2nd. In 1988 Doug Williams and the Redskins also crushed the Broncos, led by Elway, in a final score of 42-10. Last night's game 43-8. History. Repeated.

  • mittnfriends Feb 3, 8:18 p.m.

    Sherm tried to tell y'all.

    Richard Sherman>

  • Whistling Dixie Feb 3, 8:12 p.m.

    Jon Fox is a genius!

  • BB5 Feb 3, 8:03 p.m.

    D forced a couple of field goals in the early stages. Manning didnt have a first down until the... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    You keep forgetting the rest of the team, the O-line, D-line, STs, WRs, coaches, etc. Didn't realize one player won or lost a game. Last I checked, it was a team effort. Manning had 2 picks, one not his fault, went for 280...I've seen much worse. Manning must cause you to have sleepless nights as often as you post about him. Obsess much? LOL

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