I'm wondering if the Saints coaching staff just raised the bar, and changed the landscape on what it takes to win the NFL.
A few seconds before Manning got picked off to seal the game, Phil Simms was saying how the Saints coaches planned on showing Manning something in the first quarter, something different in the second quarter, and the third, and then they saved something for the fourth quarter.
It also seems like they made adjustments after their first three and outs. They started hitting their WRs in the middle of the field and on outs to move the chains. They stopped looking for the home run hitter they had hit all year. They hit their RBs out of the backfield.They controlled the clock and kept Manning from touching a football for over 70 minutes.
They had practiced the onside kick all week long, and the players knew it would come in the 2nd or 3rd quarter .
Is this just an instance of out coaching the Colts with 2 weeks to prepare? Or will teams catch on and start devising game plans for each quarter, not just the first 20 plays of the game and go from there?
[ Edited by global_nomad on Feb 8, 2010 at 10:29 AM ]