Greg Cosell: Wilson Doesn’t Have To Play Great, Peyton Does
Greg Cosell stopped by for his final weekly visit of the 2014 NFL season to discuss the Super Bowl and how the Panthers can better emulate Seattle and San Francisco.
On the Seahawks defense matching up with Denver: Assuming everything stays the same, and that’s always the caveat when teams have to weeks to prepare, the Broncos play with three wide receivers on 70% of their snaps. That means they’ll be facing the nickel defense of the Seahawks. The Seahawks are not a man-to-man defense, they match up man-ton-man, at times, based on the wide receiver splits. They are predominantly a zone defense. The question becomes if they stay with that, how do they match-up on the inside? They’ve got to deal with Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, maybe even Decker on the inside. Do they allocate two bodies to Welker? Peyton Manning is a very patient quarterback, if you give him 6-yard passes, he’ll take them. I have a feeling they might try to clamp down on those short routes and try to force Manning to throw to the outside.
On Richard Sherman v. Peyton Manning: I don’t think Peyton goes into the game saying, ‘I’m not throwing at Richard Sherman.’ It’s possible based on their alignments they may not go after him per se, but there are ways to attack him. He’s much less effective when he’s in off coverage and you can force him into off coverage by your receiver splits. the closer the receiver to the formation, he’s going to back off.
On the new wave of NFL QBs: When you look at where the NFL is going with a lot of offense. If you look at teams like Seattle, San Francisco, and even Carolina, the pass production, by NFL standards is not very productive. We these quarterbacks you don’t get that, but you get a lot of other things. You get more multiplicity in your game, you get the ability to make plays outside of structure, which has to be factored in. Russell Wilson’s passing numbers haven’t be very good by NFL standards, but his opponent has to be concerned with his outside of structure plays. Keep in mind, he’s on a great team with a great run game and defense. He doesn’t have to play great football to win. Whereas, Peyton Manning has to for Denver to win, because Denver isn’t a great team.
Greg breaks down potential wrinkles in the game, the importance of the run game, and his time breaking down film with Peyton Manning.