The Matrix of Manning
The whirlwind also includes a host of decoys. Code words that represent a running play may be called when a pass play is the ultimate result so as not to tip off a defense. And some of what Manning says carries no meaning at all; it is designed to toy with defenders as they wait and wonder what play is coming.
We just want to know who came up with Fat Man.
'A Unique Day And Night'
I’ve got a feeling if Denver wins, fourth receiver Andre Caldwell or second tight end Jacob Tamme is going to be a headline player coming out of the game. Manning has to be thinking: In five-receiver sets, somebody has to be open.
Bubba or Tamme the key? That might be a bit of overthinking, there, PK. FWIW, King and most of the ESPN guys are picking the Broncos, while their beat guys are sticking with their teams; SI's gambling experts are taking the Seahawks and the points.
Most importantly, the Simpsons predicted a Denver victory nine years ago.
Is the Hall of Fame Process Broken?
Occasionally, it boils down to something far simpler than playing status or championships: You vote for my guy, and I’ll vote for yours.
“I’ve been in it for three years, and it happened one time,” says Glauber of such deal-making. “I was mortified. I didn’t like it. It was very uncomfortable. But I think that stuff is going by the wayside. There was quite a bit of it from what I heard 10 to 15 years ago.”
What a joke.
Super Bowl Profile: Richard Sherman
Since the regular season ended Sherman has been in coverage for 74 snaps and allowed no receptions.
Zero. Zip. Nada. Nothing.
He has been flagged for holding against the 49ers, but that play aside he has only been targeted twice over those 74 snaps. Sherman has been the very definition of shutdown since the lights went on and things got real.
Of course, with as many great targets as Peyton Manning has at his disposal, avoiding Sherman really doesn't present Denver with a problem.
“Give me another opportunity, and I’ll run a 4.4 for you.”
The Broncos provided Trevathan with that second chance and then some, after stopping his slide through the draft in Round 6. Trevathan’s story could have become a footnote there — the selection Denver used on him, No. 188 overall, was one of the picks acquired by trading Tim Tebow to the Jets.
In my opinion, I think they’ll take some of these shots early in the Super Bowl to see if they can get on the board quick. I think they’ll feel if they can get a couple touchdowns early, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will get impatient against their defense.
It's been a while, and this is a different defense, but Denver did get hurt on some of those familiar play-action boots against Houston last year.
Game Riffs breaks down the Super Bowl from all angles
Early in the week, during the deep freeze, I picked the Seahawks to win—not because of any Manning cold-weather juju, but the simple reality of trying to execute a precision passing game when no one can feel his thumbs. Milder weather, however, favors the team that can do some little things that its opponent cannot.
Vasquez at home with Broncos
“It kind of took me off guard,” he said. “The neighborhood I live in, it’s like something out of Hollywood. People come welcome you to the neighborhood, bringing you baked goods. People coming up, neighbors. They brought like cookies, bottles of wine … At first, I was like, ‘What do you want? What are you doing here?’ Then I realized that’s how people are. I never experienced that. The neighborhoods I grew up in never did that.”
Umm, Louis? They wanted tickets.
Just before the playoffs, the Wall Street Journal ran an article titled “The Seahawks’ Grabby Talons“, which alleged that their defenders “mug, obstruct and foul opposing receivers on practically every play.” The piece is long on anecdote, short on actual data…The piece gives the impression that Seattle’s defense is basically built upon the use of physical contact of a questionable variety on every play. (It also spawned this guest article at Advanced NFL Stats, which makes some pretty wild assumptions about the use of the tactic).
The problem with Lisk's piece is that it presents no baselines, and the Seahawks are the most oft-penalized team in the league this year.
Broncos move Super Bowl practice indoors to avoid injuries, Fox says
There were no injury setbacks, and after practice Fox presented the exact same injury report as he had the previous day: Of the 53 players on the active roster, the only non-participant was defensive tackle Sione Fua.
This entire Broncos season has been about dodging bullets and meeting expectations; or at least, it's seemed that way. So with the ultimate goal just a few days away, it feels like a victory just for the team to get through a practice unscathed, doesn't it?