Breda Report: Upon Further Review

Talent, chemistry and execution are coveted attributes in the NFL. Sometimes teams are just lucky on Sundays and that's always welcomed too.

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

- Thomas Jefferson


Victories are hard to come by in the NFL.

Each week, all 32 teams prepare to face their next opponent. They plan schemes on both sides of the football, study film of their opponent and practice in full pads for up to 20 hours a week. Each team tries to take advantage of their own strengths by exploiting the opponent's weaknesses.

By Sunday or Monday evening's end, only 50 percent of all the teams in the NFL can claim victory.

Yet, it's not simply the same odds of flipping a coin that can determine how often you win each week. Chemistry, teamwork, talent, execution, confidence and coaching are the usual tools that separate the contenders from the pretenders on game day.

Oh yes, and a little luck.

When the New York Giants rolled into town to play the NFC-leading Seahawks it was expected to be a showdown that would likely come down to a final play. Neither side anticipated a blow out but more like two prize-fighters matching blow-for-blow until the final bell rings.

In large part, fans watched the Seahawks strengths and weaknesses exposed in near-equal parts. Tremendous drives ending with dramatic touchdowns were tempered by stalled drives, poor decisions and lack of execution under pressure. Who could have predicted Walter Jones, one of the most prolific and dominating players in the entire league, would give up not one but 2 sacks?

The Giants defense proved to be an extremely formidable opponent virtually rendering Shaun Alexander useless. As frustrating as that was, it paled in comparison – in my opinion – to the maddening resurfacing of that hideous soft zone, prevent defensive scheme. New York quarterback Eli Manning simply had all day in the pocket to find his targets. A lack of blitzing and pressure can have that effect. This bugaboo in the game plan was a direct result of Manning's 344 yards passing.

The defense simply gave up too many big plays and put the Giants in position to win not once, not twice, but three times.

That's were luck comes in.

Let's get one thing straight right off the bat. You don't have the league's number one offense and leading rusher, a seven-game winning streak that leads the conference and a defense with the most sacks in the NFL because you're lucky.

Those are all manifestations based on the aforementioned principles;

Chemistry, teamwork, talent, execution, confidence and coaching.

However, all great teams in the NFL's past and present required their share of luck on their way to the Lombardi trophy.

So it was on this day that the Football Gods would cast their official seal of approval upon these surging Seattle Seahawks in the form of not one, not two, but three potentially game-winning field goals. Each of which no less that were well within the otherwise dependable Jay Feely's range.

Some will say the Seahawks merely ended up with more points in the end but the Giants proved they are the better team. The stats could even back some of that up. Yet none of that matters. Talking heads can continue their love affair with their precious East Coast teams. Power rankings can drop the Seahawks down a few notches…All fine by me.

The only thing that matters in the NFL is victories themselves, not the nature of them.

It's okay to be lucky. All the best teams have had their share of luck on their championship journeys. A tough battle against a good team that you end up beating 24-21 in overtime is nothing to lower your head about. It's merely further evidence that this team has the right stuff to become champions this year.

Even if it takes just a little luck on some Sundays.


Todd Breda is the Owner and Creative Director of Seahawks.Net. If you would like to e-mail Todd (he likes letters), send them to: toddbreda@comcast.net.


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