How do you handle the unpredictable on the biggest stage? Coach Steve Logan said that when the lights go out, that’s just one more thing that tests championship teams.
“I used to cherish and value preemptive information to give to my team,” Logan said. “You coach all around in circles to prepare emotionally, your team, to handle those adverse situations.”
Logan said that on Sunday, Colin Kaepernick appeared to be a deer caught in the headlights and the San Francisco game plan did not help the untested starter ease into the big-game atmosphere.
“That was a lot of stuff. It was real slow, there wasn’t a lot of rhythm,” Logan said. “The 49ers, I think, were in a little bit of a technical overload.”
When the lights came back on in the Superdome, Logan said that the Ravens did themselves no favors by letting their foot off the gas.
“If I’m ahead 28-6, my goal is to make it 35-6 as soon as I can,” Logan said. “I’m telling you, if you want me to take my foot off the gas, you are going to come back to me in 20-30 minutes and say,’ hey, hey, we need to score now.’”
When it was all said and done in New Orleans, the Ravens defeated the 49ers, 34-31 and Joe Flacco was named the MVP. But Logan said that the real key to the game was Terrell Suggs on the Baltimore defense making the read-option a non-factor.
“The best football player on the field for the Baltimore Ravens is No. 55,” Logan said. “What he did on the read-option yesterday, if you go back and look at the film, he took the dive and the quarterback. It screwed up the reads all the first half. There wasn’t any place to run because he took out the dive and still jumped back out on the quarterback. He was taking Kaepernick out of the game and still holding (Frank) Gore to minimal damage.”
Plus, Logan said the Carolina Panthers will have a salary issue headed to next year and that a Super Bowl Ring changes expectations for players, coaches and franchises.