Super Bowl Winner, the San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers will win the Super Bowl today. These are my reasons. I believe it will be all about the coaching, and that will not be entirely because of the decisions of the Harbaugh brothers. In the playoffs, coaching won and lost games, and I believe that will be the issue today.
The Baltimore Ravens should never have been in the AFC Championship Game. Denver had the game won when coach John Fox took the game out of future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning’s hands. Instead of allowing him the option to pass with just over 3 minutes left, and the Ravens with no time outs, they ran the ball and gave the ball back to the Ravens. Baltimore caught the defensive secondary out of position and won the game. Error, coaching.
The 49ers were completely prepared for their game against the Packers, offensively and defensively. The Packers offense could not control the San Francisco defense, and Aaron Rodgers was not able to overcome the pressure created by the defense. Meanwhile, the 49er offense had a game plan that allowed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to set an all time record for yardage from scrimmage with 181 yards.
The championship games saw the Ravens pressure St. Tom Brady, forcing him into mistakes that eventually cost his team the game. The 49ers struggled against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half, but Kaepernick passed them to victory in the second half, aided by superior offensive line play allowing Gore and James to run effectively against the Falcon defense. The offense made the necessary adjustments.
Baltimore Ravens Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell has never been an offensive coordinator previous to this season. He will be facing a San Francisco defense that is effective against the run, and has one of the best pass rushing groups in football. If Joe Flacco is hurried or sacked, he will be ineffective.
Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees must depend on an aging defense to control Frank Gore, and the inventive offense presented by Colin Kaepernick.
On the other side of the field, Vic Fangio, the Defensive Coordinator of the 49ers has been able to adjust to every offense he encountered in the playoffs. He controlled both Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan, and guided his defense to the ultimate game.
Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman was not only able to convert his team to an entirely new “pistol” offense just past mid-season, but was also able to adjust his team’s attack in the NFL Championship game to secure a trip to the Super Bowl.
I believe San Francisco has the superior coaching staff. I am positive that both Harbaugh brothers are equally adept at leading their team and hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, but they cannot do it alone. Jim Harbaugh has an assistant coaching staff that is superior to the Ravens’, and will adjust as the game progresses to give them victory.
Columnist-The Guardian Express