Super Bowl Overreactions and Perspective
With an event as widely viewed as the Super Bowl, there are always emotional outbursts and overreactions on the Monday following the game. We are going to lend a little perspective about what actually occurred during Super Bowl XLVI.
Overreaction #1- Tom Brady was average and is overrated
The New England quarterback in question played well enough to win the game. A series of dropped balls shouldn’t reflect negatively on Tom Brady’s legacy. 27 for 41 for 276 yards with two touchdowns and an interception against a very good defense is usually good enough to win you a Super Bowl. It’s hard to imagine any other quarterback winning as much and making it as far with an utter lack of talent around him.
Overreaction #2- Bill Belichick can’t coach anymore
The Patriots head man may not be the genius that seemingly everyone has touted him as, but he’s nowhere near average. Bill Belichick managed to get the 31st ranked defense in the NFL to the Super Bowl with virtually no speed on offense. He did a great job with this team and there might not be another coach in the history of football that could’ve accomplished that.
As a personnel man, Belichick is far from a genius. His drafts have been mediocre and his big offseason free agency acquisitions of Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth netted nothing but wasted salary. New England would be better served to have a general manager.
Overreaction #3- Mario Manningham’s catch was among the greatest in history
Mario Manningham’s 38-yard reception down the sideline set up the Giants game-winning drive as the catch gave them breathing room for the shadows of their end zone. Although it was a difficult catch between two defenders it by no means compares to David Tyree’s impossible grab in Super Bowl XLII. Was it an important play? Absolutely. It doesn’t rank among the all-time great catches.
Overreaction #4- Wes Welker cost the Pats the Super Bowl
Wes Welker’s dropped pass will go down in infamy, especially among Patriots fans but that singular play did not cost New England the game. Sure, if Welker caught the ball the team would have been in field goal range and they likely would have run another two minutes off the clock but there’s no guarantee Steven Gostkowski would have made the kick and the Pats defense would have stopped the Giants. On the next play Deion Branch dropped a catchable pass that would have accomplished roughly the same field position.
Overreaction #5- Tiquan Underwood getting cut didn’t cause bad “Karma”
The Patriots waived wide receiver Tiquan Underwood on Saturday night and although he didn’t get to suit up he still receives the full Super Bowl share from New England. Underwood would have received a ring had New England won and the team simply made a business decision. If karma was truly involved, the Pats likely wouldn’t have benefited from three missed pass interference penalties.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie