Notice I only put two dollar signs in my title.
That's not to say the Super Bowl MVP doesn't deserve a lot of credit. (But you can't take credit to the bank). Obviously, he does something I could never do. Heck, he does something a lot of other NFL QB's can't really do. You can break down the Super Bowl play by play and find a lot of things that made the difference. When I watch football, it seems to me it is always the teams that makes the fewest mistakes that wins the game. (Mistakes being turnovers and penalties. You can include things like missed coverage and the like, but those are harder to pinpoint. Sending 12 men onto the field, jumping offsides, or throwing a ball to the wrong team are easy to pinpoint.) The teams that make it to the Super Bowl should be making the fewest mistakes.
If you break down the game into turnovers, you can see that the team that lost had one interception, to the other team's zero. Removing that interception would have changed the score. So, saying that Joe Flacco threw 0 interceptions was huge. But, so was the offense's 0 fumbles, wouldn't you say? Or how about Jacoby Jones' kickoff return TD?
Is Jacoby Jones asking for $20M/ year?
He can't. The salary cap for 2013 is not changing from $121M. If every player on the team who did something great asked for that much, you would have 6 guys on the team. The math isn't hard. Joe Flacco wants 1/6 of the team's entire spending limit.
That means, he gets paid a lot, and the rest of the team doesn't. So, anyone you have worth a lot of money who is able to do so, has to go elsewhere. (Ed Reed). You are left with either, a lot of new guys that could require a huge learning curve, or a bunch of teammates who know exactly why they are not getting paid what they want (and who to thank for that).
If you ask me, that's a lot of pressure.
Offense brings the crowds, defense wins the games. Or something like that. I know I promised no stats here, but I did hear something interesting about Flacco's QB rating being under 80 (!) in games where he did not have his complete defense. (For those who don't know, 80 is sub-par). So, really it is not that wise of Joe to ask to take away from his teammates.
It is in your best interest, Ravens, not to pay Joe 20M. But of course, there are a lot of other teams I would like to see win next season, so if you DO decide to pay out, I guess maybe it would be in my best interest. (And the 49ers, and the Broncos, and so forth). So do what you will, and thank you.
T.C. Slonaker, Eagles fan
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