The great Peyton Manning didn’t deserve to fall victim to a one sided 43-8 disaster in front of the entire world. Not after a record breaking season that followed those neck surgeries that threatened his career. This as he attempted to cement his legacy for those who count a quarterback’s Super Bowl victories as the true measure of greatness despite football being a team sport made up of 53 guys. Oh the cruelty.
Seattle earned it though. They were faster, fearless in the face of no prior Super Bowl experience, and more aggressive physically in all phases. Their defense proved why they were dominating opponents all season. Their offense ran hard and protected the ball all day, while the receivers to their credit held onto every fastball that Russell Wilson threw. Wilson himself was poised and timely on deliveries and decision making regarding when to escape pressure.
Don’t forget the Seahawks special teams either, and the speed of Percy Harvin. Whose effective first half reverses were the pre cursor to the kick return for TD that started the second half and more or less ended the game at 29-0. The Seahawks played all day with the energy that Bruno Mars and the Chili Peppers gave at halftime. The Broncos came out in Bon Iver speed. Before Flea could even jump around Met Life stadium with his bass, the game was over.
The Coach and the Quarterback
Now Jets fans have to wonder how much of the Champion Seahawks blueprint ex Hawk Sr Director of Football Operations John Idzik has in mind for Gang Green. The Jets GM will get a chance to show what type of eye he has for talent again soon enough. With some cap room too this time around. As for the two main pieces, HC and signal caller, one could argue that both clubs have a similar intent.
Pete Carroll is and has always been one of the guys. The Jets have in Rex Ryan, a defensive minded players coach of their own too. Both relate to their guys, and don’t need the old school applications of fear and constant negativity to be successful. Carroll’s hyper fast defense, combined with the moxy of Wilson and greatness of Marshawn Lynch have however widened the gap between the two coaches for now.
Geno Smith was drafted to bring some of the traits Wilson has over to the Jets. Like Wilson, Geno is calm, has the arm strength, and mobility. Smith is not as explosive of a runner though. To become more than a decent knock off version of Wilson, Smith will have to among other things, break out sooner and make his legs more of a weapon when the chance to scramble is there.
The Pats Fired Carroll Too But…
Congratulations to coach Carroll. The one time inexperienced HC that Jets owner Leon Hess canned after the 1994 crash in order to make room for a maniacal dash to Rich Kotite. “Hey the Patriots fired Carroll too after the Jets did” you say? True but they didn’t fuel up the private plane to race over at mach speed to pick up Kotite from the unemployment line. Instead, they grabbed the guy who ditched you guessed it, the Jets at the podium in 2000. Bill Belichick. Happy Monday folks.
Sheldon And Warren
Last week in the days leading up to the big game, as we learned that Sheldon Richardson had won 2013 defensive rookie of the year, Hall of Famer Warren Sapp said “Let’s not anoint this kid the next best thing since sliced bread yet.. He’s not that highly skilled of a pass rusher.. If you’re highly skilled, you should be able to rush the passer, right?… [He's] a run stuffer in a pass-first league.”
No Warren, Richardson is a difference maker, even though he is not a prototypical pass rush guy. He is timely in the clutch already and by the way is too valuable to be on goal line offense anymore. Sapp is unfairly comparing him to sack mastering models of the past, and even himself (as others have), but Richardson has his own type of swagger. He will continue to learn and grow because he is hungry and respects the game. No matter how many sacks that officially leads to.
As for Sapp’s ability to predict the future, I hear he bet 100,000 bucks on Denver winning yesterday. So there you go.
Mike Vick Anyone?
Rotoworld noted on Sunday that “Adam Schefter reported on Sunday Countdown that the Jets and Bucs are both “expected to have some level of interest” in free agent Michael Vick. This should come as no surprise to any of us. Vick and OC Marty Mornhinweg worked together in Philly. Vick has the mobility the Jets now like many clubs seem to covet.
A veteran backup is essential. That we all know. I guess the question is, would you folks be willing to overpay a little in order to grab him over the other options currently on the market?
Namath And The Fur Coat
So Joe Namath botched the coin toss and inspired PETA to release statements about his fur coat moments after kickoff. Hey it was a mistake made with a little flair. Once a Jet always a Jet, right? Of course this all took place days after speaking about the brain damage he believes he has from all of the hits taken in his career. So naturally, I initially feared that an ugly barrage highlighting the correlation would follow on twitter. Luckily the jokes centered mainly around the coat. Fair enough. Besides, Joe has heard the boos before. He can take it.
Broadway Joe has never gone away even though he left the Jets as a player way back in 1976. He loves being a face and voice for the organization. He cares like the diehards do because he is one himself. There are those who get angry or embarrassed when he sticks his nose in the current team’s business at times which he done frequently over the past few years. I don’t mind though. I often like what he has to say about the team, it’s players, and the sport itself. When it comes to Namath nowadays, it’s a matter of taste. Like the fur coat itself.
- Super Bowl 48 entertainer Bruno Mars combined stage energy with a host of musical genres. He didn’t need to swing on a wrecking ball, or pop out of some spaceship to excite anyone about the music. When singing and grooving is done from the soul with conviction it hits harder than any shtick can. Living off of bells and whistles on stage is the equivalent of trying to win football games based on gadget plays.
- What if there really is no starting market for Mark Sanchez. What about one for Tarvaris Jackson who hasn’t started in two years? Jackson has been forgotten by many but may still have potential to some team. If Jackson leaves Seattle as Wilson’s insurance policy for a better situation elsewhere, couldn’t you just see the Sanchise and Pete Carroll reuniting? Especially if Pete believes what he says when he says that Sanchez can be successful again.
- The Jets and John Idzik reminded Geno Smith days ago to act like a Jet after a few recent minor off the field incidents. Idzik said “We hold our players to a high standard — on the field and off the field. That’s part of acting like a Jet. It’s not only playing like a Jet, it’s acting like a Jet. Everyone understands that.” We all rush too fast to judge and report nowadays but like all players do, Smith has to accept that and be careful. The team may be trying to build around him. It’s an opportunity to cherish and not screw up. Don’t give the vultures a reason Geno.
- I couldn’t help but think that Rex Ryan must have given John Fox and Carroll challenge flag lessons in New York this past week after both threw one in the first half on Sunday and lost a time out because of it. Carroll had better reason to. It was worth seeing if Wilson had reached out with his arm on third down by the sideline to gain the first down. Fox ‘s challenge of a pass that simply didn’t come off as a backwards lateral felt more like wishful thinking on his part.
- Speaking of laterals, with the Jets leading the Raiders 27-23 and just minutes left in the 1968 AFL championship, Raider QB Daryl Lamonica threw an ill fated swing pass behind the line of scrimmage. One that occurred inside the Jets twenty yard line that Jets LB Ralph Baker scooped up. The play essentially sealed the game and sent the Jets to Super Bowl III.