The Denver Broncos defeated the New England Patriots 26-16 in the AFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. This will be the Broncos 7th Super Bowl appearance, tying New England for the 3rd-most in NFL history (Dallas and Pittsburgh have 8 each). The 15-3 Broncos face the 15-3 NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks for the Lombardi trophy on February 2nd, 2014 at MetLife Stadium.
In the interim Bye Week before the Big Game, coaches often tell their players not to do anything stupid and stay out of trouble. Even more common, you never want to give your opponent any more motivation that they already have.
Somehow, there is always that guy. The guy who makes brash statements to create “Bulletin Board” material for the other team. In this instance, Seattle Seahawk Cornerback Richard Sherman has cast the first stone with his egotistical, self-promoting rant at the end of the NFC Championship Game.
It matters not, that he was addressing a player on the San Francisco 49ers. What Sherman did was not only act like a conceited knucklehead, but he ignorantly provided a little impetus for the Bronco receivers.
Usually, the pre-game niceties are a bit more Politically Correct and purposely avoid Braggadocio. No matter what you think of your opponent, don’t step on your own tongue. Here is a classic example of how it’s done.
Broncos Head Coach John Fox on the Seahawks:
“I know they’re a great football team. I think Pete Carroll and his staff have done a terrific job. They’ve been the one seed all through the NFC for at least the last six-eight weeks. I know they got after us pretty good when we were out there in the preseason. We haven’t dug into them too in-depth yet but any time you reach a championship game, the world championship game, I think usually the opponent is pretty good.”
There. Sure some of that is coach-speak, but when your occupation comes in contact with a limited amount of people, showing respect goes farther than making an Ass out of yourself.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll on Peyton Manning:
“Nobody has ever taken more command of the game than he has, at this stage of his career. And the coaching staff has allowed that to happen, where he can be in total command of what’s going on. I think that’s great football, because guys have to play it.”
Of course, speaking the truth and giving someone their due makes it easier to make a statement. After the season Peyton Manning had, what is any coach to say.
“This is a very rare illustration of that,” Carroll said of Manning being not only at the controls, but in total control. “There aren’t many guys that have ever played the game that could do that. In the old days, quarterbacks called the plays. But they had, like, a couple formations. So this is thrilling to have a chance to go against the best guy that’s ever played. This is a cool challenge.”
So Richard Sherman, maybe you should defer to Mr. Peabody to speak for you, because you just climbed straight to the top of the “Cornerbacks who are going to get Burned” list for Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas and Knowshon Moreno.
And let’s not forget that guy with the excellent memory and attention to detail. The guy who throws Ducks, yeah, you know who I’m talking about. Peyton Freaking Manning!
– Kaptain Kirk