In the buildup to the Super Bowl there was a lot of talk about how if Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos didn’t win it was going to hurt his legacy as a great quarterback. I am sure there is probably a lot about pro football that I don’t understand, but I know a lot about football and I know that it wouldn’t have made any difference who played quarterback for Denver in determining the outcome of the game.
Sunday's game wrapped up football for this season and it doesn't get cranked up again until spring training. After how exciting the 2013 college football season was, particularly for the Auburn Tigers, I can't wait for it get started again.
The Seahawks were so much better the Broncos were going to get beat because Seattle dominated all there phases of the contest.
Going into the game I figured if Seattle was able to run the football and stop Denver from running it, the Seahawks would be able to put too much pressure on Manning to let him throw the ball well enough to win the game. That is exactly what happened on Sunday.
I don’t know if there would have been any quarterback who could have dealt with the pass rush the Seahawks were bringing unless it was Johnny Manziel, and I doubt he could have done much about what was happening, even on one of his days when he was playing great.
Whether it is junior high, high school, college or pro football, if a team is getting whipped on both sides of the line of scrimmage it is seldom going to win a game. In my opinion that is what happened in the Super Bowl, which the Seahawks positioned themselves to win by beating the ‘49ers, who I believe had the second best team in the NFL?this year.
I really like the way Seattle plays defense. They play a lot of people up front and the Seahawks have a great secondary. If they can keep this team together for a couple more years there is no reason why they can’t win another championship or two.
Seattle’s defense is so good at giving its team great field position and creating turnovers that the Seahawks don’t have to be a great offensive team to win games. They just have to be good enough to score some points and they have been that.
The Seahawks really have the total package on offense, defense and in the kicking game and they have a young quarterback who can make plays both throwing the ball and running it while not making many mistakes. That is a winning combination.
Russell Wilson, like some of the other young quarterbacks in the NFL, arrived more prepared to play pro football than most quarterbacks did a generation ago. I think a big part of that is due to the training they have received going back to high school where players are taking advantage of all of the opportunities they have to learn the game at passing camps, seven-on-seven tournaments, combines and those types of events. I think they are a lot further advanced than quarterbacks entering the NFL were even 10 years ago.
(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming.
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