Lessons from the Super Bowl

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In the wake of the Super Bowl where the Seattle Seahawks defeated Denver Broncos 43-8, there are some interesting lessons one can learn by examining what happened.  Many watchers of the big game were perhaps in shock to see Peyton Manning and the Broncos perform so poorly and be beaten so resoundingly.  What happened?

The best summary of this game would be to say it was the change of times and playing style that created the outcome.  

FootballThe playing style of the traditional quarterbacks in the NFL were to remain in the pocket, and although they would move around and avoid trouble, in this style of play they throw from that position. Quarterbacks in the game that currently use this style are Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and even Eli Manning. They are all brilliant powerful passers, but their style of play has become predictable in that they are no threat to run the ball.  

What does this mean for the other team when facing a quarterback who is a pocket passer?  It means they do not have to assign a man to cover the eventuality of the QB running, and therefore can have an extra man down the field to defend passes, etc.  This was how the Seahawks defense was able to dominate the Broncos.  They have a team that has drafted and signed talent exclusively to be the best at pass coverage and defense.

With Russell Wilson as the Seattle Seahawks quarterback you have the opposite of the traditional strong armed pocket passer.  He is no comparision to the arm of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or even Tom Brady in the ability to get the ball down the field through passing deep.  However, he is effective on the short to mid-range pass and a threat to run.  

In fact many of the new breed of quarterbacks coming into the league in recent years are being selected high in the draft because they are this style of player. Look at Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton, Mathew Stafford and Nick Foles who are all this new style of the game generation of players.  All of these QB's are threats to run or at least move out of the pocket and are a new hybrid between the old and new, so defenses have to assign an extra man or two to account for that variable in the game.  There are even a few seasoned players at Quarterback such as Michael Vick that excelled at this style of play.  

What does this all mean and what can we learn from the recent Super Bowl?  What is means is that the NFL is changing and what worked in the past without fail is being replaced with a new style of playing.  The Seattle Seahawks style of play was incredibly diverse with a sound defensive backfield, and a strong defensive line.  However, they also had such diversity on offense that allowed them to be adjustable between the running back and the hybrid pocket passing & scrambling style of quarterback.  

Much kudos is deserving of Pete Carroll's coaching style and his building of that team model.  You can bet that many teams who have not been successful in the NFL and have been building their style of offense on the strong pocket passer model are taking note of what Seattle, Carolina and the 49er's have accomplished in the past two years and are drawing up a new draft board come April.

Times change and one must be willing to look at one's own gameplan now and then to see if it is still relevent.  If you are not able or willing to look, you might find yourself being passed by the next generation thundering by you much like Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos experienced last night. 

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MJ Olsen
Coldwell Banker The Ron Brown Company - Rockport, TX
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Great post... and so true.   

Feb 03, 2014 10:21 PM #49
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Michael, I agree you have to stay up-to-date with the industry today. However, real estate is a sport where you sometimes have to get back to the basics to make it.

Feb 03, 2014 10:21 PM #50
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
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I know one thing the Super Bowl taught me...a lot of hype and no delivery is not good!

Feb 03, 2014 10:34 PM #51
Bill Morrow
Keller Williams of Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
Bill Morrow, Associate Broker

Your premise is correct but the analogy is not. If you consider Mr. Manning's record for the game it was very impressive. A  record number of completions, out passed his opponent almost 2 to 1. The loss was due to numerous errors and short comings of the team not the QB or the QB's game plan or style of play.  


Feb 03, 2014 10:41 PM #52
Adrian Willanger
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Michael, really a very good break down of new breed and old breed of QBs. Seattle has crushed pocket passers all year long. One of their losses was to Arizona, which has a pocket passer, Carson Palmer, who was sacked 7 times but it was Arizona defense that held Seattle to one touchdown. Good stuff. 

Feb 03, 2014 11:36 PM #53
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

One thing is for sure, the media and NFL really hyped this game and we all watched.  I too was disappointed with the commercials this year.  So many advertisers dropped the ball and lost a great opportunity.  

Michael, I love Arizona's defense.  I had high hopes they would make it to the post season.  I thought they were an awesome team.

Feb 04, 2014 12:02 AM #54
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

So many wonderful comments everyone.  I am glad you liked to post, and a big thank you to AR for featuring my post! 

Feb 04, 2014 12:02 AM #55
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Hi Michael and thanks for this thought provoking analysis.   I am one of the few people who don't watch football, so I can't comment on game strategy.   But my take-away from your post is: if we stay the same, our competitors can anticipate our playbook and run circles around us.    

Feb 04, 2014 12:07 AM #56
Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
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Hi Michael.  Teamwork and a burning desire to win is important.  One team had it and the other one didn't.  So if you have it, then you're willing to make changes and adopt to a new environment.

Feb 04, 2014 02:40 AM #57
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

It will be interesting to see.  Kapernick has failed in the Big Game two years in a row.  I think the Niners would have been better off to stick with Smith. The knock on running QB's is they lacked the patients to let the reciever get open and do not see the entire field.  That was the knock on Randal Cunningham.  However, Steve Young was a QB that could run and he won a Super Bowl.  

Feb 04, 2014 03:16 AM #58
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

I thought the 49ers game was more exciting... Yet, have to admit, the Super Bowl game held my attention because it was so amazing to see the Seahawks totally in control. I agree, even though I'm not a huge football geek fan like many of my friends, the Seahawks (Pete Carroll) wrote a whole new book on playing style. Good for them! Tremendous season and I'm proud of them.

Feb 04, 2014 08:26 AM #59
Cathy Wolters
Wolters Realty & Property Management Company - Cocoa, FL
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Great post! I am not a fan of football either and don't really understand it but your analysis was really easy to understand.  It is a valuable life lesson.  

Feb 04, 2014 10:43 AM #60
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

Cathy - Thank you so much.  I am glad you enjoyed the post.

Feb 05, 2014 03:13 AM #61
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

Ren'e you are right.  Pete Carroll did a superb job of keeping that team in control.  I have heard since that his coaching style emphasizes that the player should have fun and enjoy playing the game, so he scaled back te complexity this weekend went with a simpler gameplan.  Amazing.

Feb 05, 2014 03:15 AM #62
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Coldwell Banker, Westfield, NJ - Cranford, NJ
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I think that one other lesson we can take away is that preparation is key.  I think that the Seahawks were simply more prepared for this game than the Broncos.  Seattle seemed to always know what Denver was going to do, and was able to use that to properly and completely defend.

Feb 05, 2014 05:29 AM #63
Brenda Van Fossen
Dawson Ford Garbee & Co., Realtors, Lynchburg VA - Lynchburg, VA

I too know little about football but I get the takeaway from this great post--we can't continue to do things the way we used to do them if they no longer work.  And, as Tg Glazer was implying, we should look at what our competitors are doing, see how that's working for them, and develop our strategy based both on their results and our own.

Feb 06, 2014 02:44 AM #64
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Great post Michael, change is good and we must all be prepared for the old methods and the new horizons.

Feb 08, 2014 05:42 AM #65
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Michael,

I caught this from a re-blog and your observations are enlightening. It was a sad day for the Broncos but you are right in your interpretation of what happened in the Super Bowl game.  It's like what is happening in any industry..the game changes and you have to step back understand the new playing strategies if you want to still be in the game!

Feb 12, 2014 09:15 PM #66
Richard Burge Realty/ Burge Homes
Richard Burge Realty/Burge Homes - Conway, SC
Broker in Charge/Owner

It reminded me of the Johnny U playing against the Jets.  Johnny U was the best Q-Back at the time and was supposed to win.  Upsets are always possible. 

Feb 12, 2014 10:26 PM #67
Jamie Seaux
Denton, TX
North DFW Properties Century 21 Judge Fite

Everything changes.   To survive, we have to adapt.  We must adapt.  And part of that is to prepare.

Great blog. You explained it so much better than I could ever have because I don't really understand the game that in depth like most guys.  Good for Seattle, but having been an athlete myself, I don't know if I would have really enjoyed that win.  I never felt completely satisfied when we beat an opponent -when it felt like it wasn't that much of a challenge. Well, all they will see is the W in years to come, so I guess it won't matter.

Great post!

Feb 13, 2014 04:51 AM #68
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