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High risks, Super reward

After analyzing the New Orleans’ Super Bowl win, it seems that Saints coach Sean Payton should have been named the Super Bowl MVP. Although technically impossible, he called the winning game plan with its high-risk elements. He fought like an underdog and it paid off. Obviously the Saints had to keep the ball away from Peyton Manning and the Colts if they wanted to win. To accomplish that, they needed to take risks. Payton called smart plays, even if they weren’t carried out. His decision to start the second half with an onside quick was gutsy and perhaps key to the win. Even though near the end of the first half, Payton went for it on fourth-and-one from the Colts’ 1-yard-line and failed, they still got the three points before The Who took the stage. Down 10-6 at the half, Payton decided to try to get the ball back to start the second half. Manning could just sit and watch. Brilliant move on Sean Payton’s part. What affect could this have on the NFL next season? Will coaches open up a little and take more risks? Who knows, but It would be great for the game. From watching him for a season, it seems Lions coach Jim Schwartz has a little Payton in him. Once he gets his Lions where they can have a chance to win, don’t be surprised to see Schwartz call a trick play here or there.


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