Local coaches analyze Super Bowl matchup

Super Bowl XLVIII may be one of the more intriguing matchups in recent Super Bowl history.

On one side is the Denver Broncos with the NFL’s best offense. On the other is the Seattle Seahawks with the NFL’s No. 1 defense.

“You can’t get a better matchup with Peyton Manning and what (Seattle coach) Pete Carroll has done with that defense,” Grand Junction High School football coach Robbie Owens said.

The Broncos set an NFL single-season record with 606 points scored during the regular season, topping teams like the St. Louis Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” and the 2007 New England Patriots.

The Seahawks led the NFL in fewest yards allowed (273.6 per game) and fewest points allowed (14.4 per game).

“It’s awesome seeing Denver’s offense against Seattle’s defense,” Central football coach Shawn Marsh said. “(The Broncos will) score, but they’ll have their hands full.

“They’ll no-huddle, but they still use the clock. If they control the clock and don’t turn the ball over, they’ll be OK.”

Here are five keys to the game that could ultimately decide who wins, according to local football coaches:

1. The weather

“The weather will play a factor, whether it be a fumble, a dropped ball or a slightly overthrown or underthrown ball. You look at the margin of error, it’s inches. If weather is a factor, that favors the Seahawks.”

— CMU head coach Russ Martin

2. Contain Seattle’s QB

“(The Broncos) need to keep Russell Wilson in the pocket. If he gets outside and scrambles, he can hurt a defense.”

— Marsh

3. Put pressure on Manning

“Seattle needs to put pressure on Peyton and make him uncomfortable in the pocket. They haven’t had to (blitz) and have been able to match up. The Broncos are the best at exploiting those type of things. They’ll have to blitz to put that type of pressure (on Manning).”

— Owens

4. Make the Seahawks throw

“The key for the Broncos defense is stopping Marshawn Lynch and putting the Seahawks in passing situations.”

— Owens

5. Attacking Seattle’s secondary

“The matchup would be the Broncos inside receivers against the secondary of the Seahawks. (Safety Kam) Chancellor on the tight end (Julius Thomas) or (Wes) Welker and (Eric) Decker.”

— Owens


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