I had an interesting conversation with a good friend of mine the other day about Sunday’s Super Bowl and whether it was a “good quality” game or not. He mentioned Sunday’s Seahawks thrashing as on par with some of the least competitive games in Super Bowl history–with the likes of Super Bowl XX (Bears 46, Patriots 10), Super Bowl XXIV (49ers 55, Broncos 10), and Super Bowl XXXV (Ravens 34, Giants 7).
That comparison is more than fair. Seattle led after the first snap, and never looked back. Denver never established the offensive dominance that had brought them to the big game in the first place, and looked woefully unprepared both offensively and defensively. The game was a blowout, and not much fun for many football fans.
I, on the other hand, enjoyed the game. It may not have been as close as some of the last few Super Bowls, but that was okay with me. Here’s why:
A recent story on ESPN detailed the changing culture in the Indianapolis Colts organization, specifically revolving around star quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning, who missed the entire season with a nerve problem in his neck, watched as the only team he has ever played for struggled to a 2-14 season, earning them the first overall pick in the NFL draft in April. Following the Colts’ disastrous season, owner Jim Irsay fired vice president Bill Polian and general manager Chris Polian. Just a short time ago, Irsay continued cleaning house when he fired head coach Jim Caldwell.
All of the changes have taken their toll on Manning, who, at age 35, may be on his way out of Indianapolis to make way for likely #1 overall pick, quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford. Much of the concern focused on the $28 million bonus that the Colts owe Manning in early March. Before this past season, there was very little question that Manning would receive his bonus; however, with his health a key issue, the Colts may not want to spend that kind of money on someone that may not play much longer.
This is why they should. Read more…