02-04-2014, 05:00 PM #21
Do you think any QB in NFL history would have done more than Manning did? He completed 34 passes at a rate of 75%. Considering the pressure Seattle's defense put on him and the total lack of separation achieved by any of the Denver receivers, he did a great job.
It's hard to say that a single Bronco played better than any Seahawk defender. The only argument to be made is for Peyton Manning.
It was an overwhelming assault by Seattle. No one could have done any better than Peyton did.
As to the rest of your post, I don't look at it simply as who played better but rather who prepared better and what team had superior planning and communicated to the players better and that team was seattle. if you read the news today Sherman said the reason they won was that they cracked Mannings code on offense and knew what Denver was going to do on their plays. In other words seattle did a better job of figuring out the broncos and the broncos failed to realize that they had been figured out and then didn't counter that by changing their signals. Sherman also eluded to the fact that if Denver had added some double moves to the calls Seattle would have been exposed and vulnerable.
If you look back at the past 2 off seasons I threw out the notion that rather than signing a franchise QB and a franchise LT that will command big salaries, that we could build the team around a strong running game with Peterson, an average QB and a stout defense. Of course I was told that this is a passing league and that you can no longer win with defense and a ball control offense. Now, Wilson is a heck of a QB. he doesn't make mistakes and gets the job done. But obviously he doesn't put up the gaudy numbers of Brees, Brady, manning and Rogers.
In the end it is my opinion that you can win with a offense or defense but you need balance and most of all you need the right combination of coaching and personnel to carry out the game plan. That is something that Seattle did and Denver did not.
02-05-2014, 10:19 AM #23
Actually kinda liked the comments from the Raaahdjjerrrrrz this morning...
ďWith all due respect, I donít think itís possible to play at that kind of level for many other teams in this league, if any,Ē Rodgers said. ďThatís a talented group. I donít think that should be our goal. We do need to improve on both sides of the ball, but that team has a unique mixture of secondary talent thatís as good a group in the league as you can see, and then a front seven that really plays well together. It should be maybe the standard weíre going for, but it might be a little unrealistic to think of any defense being as good as that for the next couple years.Ē
Yup, it'll be hard to duplicate that! But, the Vikes are not all that far off, really...awesome RB, check. Hell, our OL and WRs might actually have better top-end talent, if not the depth of SEA, looks like the gaping hole on offense is still just QB. Top five Special Teams, check.
On defense, less zone and more man coverage might be a big step in the right direction all by itself, along with, of course, getting some of those guys healthy. It keeps getting harder to play defense in the NFL. Big hits and physical coverage have pretty much been banned. These days you need D-backs with decent size and some serious hand-eye coordination, because you can put your hand on the ball, but not the player. I don't think our Defense was as bad as it looked on the stats page. They kept us in games while the offense had tons of 3 and outs and way too many turnovers. Yeah, we need some upgrades and some youth, but we do have the cap space and early draft picks needed to add some top-end potential to all three levels of the D. And, most importantly, a coach who can bring it together as he's shown with his defenses at several teams in a row.
Here's a run down of how SEA built the team...every which way but loose. There are early picks, late picks, Undrafted Free Agents, value vet signings AND trades for marquee players. You got to play the game from every angle!
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02-05-2014, 12:07 PM #24Rookie
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I suppose the question is just how close this D is to being anything close to Seattle. If it's not close, then I still think you do whatever you gotta do to get the best QB solution. In a perfect world, Norv's got a 2nd or 3rd rounder that he feels is just as good as the top three.
02-05-2014, 12:19 PM #25
Remember the '85 Bears defense? How good was it in '86? REALLY good, but not as good as the "lightning in a bottle" season of '85. Things change, personnel changes, and Seattle itself will be hard pressed to put something similar on the field next year.
And also, remember they DID have some stinker games. That game with AZ was horrible, and it was IN Seattle when they needed the win to solidify home field advantage. If they played THAT game last Sunday, no one would be saying anything about that defense. I've been on teams that ROCKED, but sometimes, for some reason, it didn't work on a given Sunday. What would have happened if Manning's target CAUGHT his passes and then protected the ball? How would Seattle have reacted? How would their offense play if they needed to score points, since the points were not coming from the defense?
My point is, lets not throw out every other way to build a championship team based off one season.Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.