Congratulations to Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning and the club's president, Bill Polian. These are guys who've been in football for a lifetime and each has won for the first time. Dungy was close but didn't win in Tampa. Manning was close but didn't win at the University of Tennessee and in Indy...Polian was the mastermind of Super Bowl teams in Buffalo and Carolina that didn't ultimately win...And the Colts were superior to the Bears tonight in executing their game plans, on offense and defense.
Defensively, they took advantage of Ron Turner and Rex Grossman, which is the prescription for beating the Bears.
Offensively, they were able to play keep away enough to tire out the Bears offense AND score 22 points. Grossman gave Indy the other seven...
As a Bears fan, if you told me the Colts offense would put up a total of 22 points, would I take that? yes. I thought the Bears needed to score 31 points to win this game, and that Peyton would probably put up 28...So the 29 points isn't shocking...It's the way the Colts moved the ball. They were more physical, outplayed their Bears D-Line...So much of that is because the Bears offense couldn't stay on the field long enough to give the defense any kind of rest...which again leads me to culprits Ron Turner and Rex Grossman...
The great thing for Manning is he never has to deal with the possibility of not winning a Super Bowl. He's won one more than Marino, the same number as Steve Young (well, Young was on the Montana-led Niners teams, but you know what I mean)...the same number as Brett Favre...And now, with all that burden off of him, it'll be interesting to see if the Colts really fly now...
For the Bears, they're going to have to figure out whether Rex Grossman is a championship quarterback. It will be interesting...not what they say after the game or in the coming weeks, but when camp begins...I can't see Grossman becoming the kind of QB who can win it all...and this is most likely as close as the Bears will get with him. The Bears will have to, through free agency or trade or drafting, acquire a franchise QB...that's my take but who knows if the club executives will feel the same way.
Anyway, this blogging experience is so, so new...But it will become a bigger feature, especially with big events, like the Final Four and other championship events...For those of you who join the Chat House, we'll be doing that tomorrow at 1:15 as usual...I won't be in the best mood then either...At least, however, I get to see a smile on the face of Tony Dungy to end a season...I've known him most of my professional career and admire and respect him tremendously...Good for Tony, after all he's been through in his career. I couldn't be happier for him...
Thanks everybody...and Goodnite
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