Originally Posted by GP
Pollard and Jacoby fit on the Ravens because of that very reason: They let those guys PLAY.
Kubiak, as you mentioned, he wants obedient and loyal task runners who just do the basics and leave the free-styling at home for the Xbox 360.
I couldn't help but notice how fluid and natural the Ravens looked last night. I was watching them and thinking "Wow. These guys are just having fun and just doing things so naturally." It was refreshing to watch.
Meanwhile, the 49ers were looking like the Texans out there: They didn't figure out that certain formations and certain play calls (Kap's numerous roll outs that were stuffed every time) weren't working and were NOT going to work ever again that evening. They looked tense. Like they knew they would get a beating if they lost. They looked like they felt they were the better team and that the Ravens should just accept their fate (sound familiar, anyone?).
Kudos to the coaching staff of the Ravens. (1) They let go of an O.C. in the middle of the season and they end up winning the Super Bowl. IIRC, the fired O.C. (Cam Cameron) was the guy calling the shots when the Ravens got blown out vs. the Texans this year. Well, they figured that they'd had enough of THAT. And look, a ring came their way! I don't ever want to hear that you cannot make that drastic of a coaching move in mid-season. Bull****. You CAN. Myth busted. (2) The coaches held them together, maneuvered them through the playoffs, and let them have fun and let them play with reckless abandon in the SB.
I still give props to 49ers for figuring out that Alex Smith was not the answer and for developing the pistol with Kap so that they could utilize him and the RBs with what can only be considered as a great step toward next year. They made it tot he SB and almost pulled out a win with a young QB and a fairly new offense.
Both of those teams proved that they deserved to be on the field last night.
Must be nice to have a ref five feet away looking directly at you while your big WHITE Mickey Mouse looking gloves are clenched in tight fists around a guys big RED jersey and NOT call holding on you.