By: Brett Dickinson and Barry Kamen
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BK: So Brett, if memory serves correctly, you had the Broncos winning the Super Bowl this past Sunday. What a TURRIBLE pick! What impressed you the most about the Seahawks putting up 43 points, and dismantling the Broncos?
BD: (Side Note: As I lost our Super Bowl bet, I will answer all Rapid Fire questions on Saturday 02/08 impersonating Charles Barkley).
I tell you what Burry, anyone who picked the Broncos is just knucklehead. Seriously though, I was impressed with the defensive game plan more than anything. They had a strong understanding on Manning’s tendencies. They had a great focus to shut down crossing routes, with pick patterns and the quick screens.
Seattle basically dared the Broncos to push the ball down the field and Manning was hesitant to do so all game. They rarely lined up in two deep formations, stacking the box and the middle of the field. Add in the large and fast athletes the Seahawks defense had on the outside and you get an ass-kicking like no one has seen, since the early 90’s, in the Super Bowl.
With all that, nobody really knew to anoint as Super Bowl MVP. What player really stood out for you Barry and deserved the honors?
BK: In a game that was so one-sided, it was truly team effort on the Seahawks part. On offense, it was Russell Wilson’s ability to convert 3rd downs, and WRs Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse exposing the Broncos’ inability to tackle, all while playing turnover-free football. The mantra “defense wins championships”, was never more true than on Sunday, when the entire unit rocked Peyton Manning and never allowed them to get in the game.
Malcolm Smith was a worthy selection for Super Bowl MVP, but my vote would have gone to Percy Harvin (Harvin Super Bowl Highlights). Last year, when the Ravens made their run to the Super Bowl, one could make a case that Jacoby Jones should have been named Super Bowl MVP after their victory over the San Francisco 49ers. I make a similar argument for Percy Harvin; he showed his big-play ability on Seattle’s first drive on a run that almost put the Seahawks up 9-0 less than 3 minutes into the game, and he added another nail to the Bronco coffin with his 87-yard kickoff return touchdown to open the second half. Harvin was supposed to be the focal point of the Seahawks’ offense this season, and injuries forced him to miss almost the entire season, including the playoffs.
The fact that Harvin was healthy and firing on all cylinders made his performance the most eye-opening and impressive for me. It is frightening to think what might have been, had Harvin been healthy for a full 16 games.
Forget the odds from Las Vegas: the Seahawks are the CLEAR favorite to win Super Bowl 49, right?
BD: As of right now you would have to think so. They are one of the youngest teams in the NFL and do not have to give their QB a big money contract yet, hindering them from re-signing players this offseason.
But they will have to make some tough decisions on a lot of players still, preparing for their cap two years down the road. Which contracts are deemed expendable? Could they depart with Golden Tate, now that they hope to have Harvin back next year. Could they let some of their DB’s go, knowing that guys like Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas will take a nice piece of the pie. Do they give Malcolm Smith (my pick for Super Bowl MVP as well) a hefty pay raise for his postseason performance?
History is not on the Seahawks side either; the last Super Bowl champion to win a playoff game in the following season was the New England Patriots in 2004 (when they repeated). Its tough to keep up the level of intensity after reaching the mountain top. And even tougher to keep the team together after everyone looking for a check after putting the title Super Bowl champion next to their name.