Crushed Optimists

We are twin brothers who grew up in Central Washington. This blog is devoted to the life of Seattle sports fans, as well as various other topics that we will espouse for your enjoyment. We could be called another OFFICIAL SEATTLE SEAHAWKS site, but we'll take our uneducated crack at the Mariners, Sonics, and Huskies as well. A Seattle Sports Blog? Must be the land... of crushed optimism!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Super (Old) Bowl

By and large, gentleman who appreciate the great game of football understand that the quarterback is the most important position on the field. They realize that the quarterback has the ball in his possession longest, is in control of ball distribution, and can make serious mistakes to cost his team the game.

This is the main reason why people are discounting the Bengals as a contender until Carson Palmer proves he's healthy. It's why the Bronco's have never won the Big One since Elway left. It's why quarterbacks are generally taken #1 in the draft.

Thus, when you are handicapping potential Super Bowl champions, by and large, one must first take stock of the talent at that position before mentioning any other valuables. In other words, teams like the champion Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccs (led by an underappreciated Brad Johnson) don't come around that often.

Even Big Ben, though he absolutely sucked in the Super Bowl, was the main reason the Steelers made it to the game, with his absolutely stunning play against the Colts and Broncos.

Can someone explain to me, then, why Jason Whitlock would be picking a Super Bowl matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Redskins?

Super Bowl XLI: McNair. Brunell. Championship football!

Steve McNair has yet to complete a truly healthy football season in, like, the past ten years. His arm strength is down, and his mobility, that truly made him special, is basically gone. He is now no more mobile then Drew Bledsoe, and the Ravens are protecting him with an aging and unspectacular offensive line.

Mark Brunell was completely broken down before last season, but had an amazing first half. However, his second half, and especially his two playoff games, were horrendous, as perhaps he wore down through the grind of tough NFC East football.

By the way, that's the other argument against both these posers. There is no way that a team out of the NFC East gets a 1st round bye. Same with the AFC North. Compare either of those divisions with, say the NFC West, or the NFC North, or the AFC South, or the AFC East.

I give a little more probablity to the Redskins then to the Ravens, simply because of coaching, Clinton Portis, and a better defense, but both these picks are going pretty out on a wire.

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