Looking Back and Ahead in the National Football League

You might not like Richard Sherman but he doesn't care and those that came before him don't either.

It’s Tuesday and the temperature in my world will likely not get out of single digits today but such is life. Makes the hot days in the summer worth it I guess. Today I’m taking an early look at some of the storylines from this past weekend’s NFL Championship Games and will briefly look ahead to the Super Bowl as well.

The Richard Sherman Blow-Up

Those of you that read my stuff regularly know that I’m an old school guy when it comes to sports. That said, you’d think I’d be all up in arms over Richard Sherman of the Seahawks going crazy after Seattle won the NFC Title.

I don’t mind Sherman talking trash because I understand its part of the game now. Doesn’t mean I like it, but I “get it” so to speak. What turns me off about not just Sherman but other guys as well, is when they want to put all of the focus on them rather than the team.

Sherman didn’t need to run over to Michael Crabtree and taunt him the way he did. That was classless as was the choking gesture which I still don’t get. Seattle was at home and the number one seed so how did the Niners choke?

Sherman is a tremendous player and he will make for some great sound bites over the next two weeks that’s for sure.

Welker and Belichick were both wrong in my opinion and need to move on.

Welker’s Pick, errrrr, Block

New England Head Coach Bill Belichick said Wes Welker’s ‘block’ of Aqib Talib was dirty. The block knocked Talib out for the rest of the game and as expected, Peyton Manning attacked his back-up at will.

I feel both Belichick and Welker are wrong here. There is no question in my mind that Welker committed the same types of blocks while he played in New England so Belichick needs to stop right there.

As far as Welker, it was a clear pick-play across the middle and the fact he went low should have drawn an immediate flag. Furthermore, with his concussion history, Welker is lucky that he didn’t take a more substantial knee to the head.

Going low in that part of the field should not be allowed. Defenders in that case are truly defenseless against such moves.

Early Thoughts on SBXLVIII

As of right now, the long-range forecast for New York/New Jersey on Super Bowl Sunday is a high of 37 degrees with a 60% chance of precipitation. Roger Goodell claims he will be sitting outside too. If he makes it a half I’ll be impressed….

This will be the first time since 1980 that the number one scoring offense takes on the number one scoring defense. Offense sells tickets but defense wins championships right? Does that still mean anything today?

Seattle’s Pete Carroll has the opportunity to join Barry Switzer and Jimmy Johnson as the only coaches to win both an NCAA Title and a Super Bowl Title.

Early analysis tells me that the biggest factor in the game will not be Peyton Manning or Russell Wilson. Look for Denver’s Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball to be the keys. If they have any success running the ball then that will make Peyton Manning that much more dangerous and will keep the Seattle defense off balance.

Should Denver struggle to run the ball, which isn’t impossible against the NFL’s best defense, then Manning could face serious pressure all evening.