Chat with Pat: Super Bowl recap
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ETPat Kirwan
NFL.com senior analyst and former NFL front office executive Pat Kirwan chats live on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. ET to discuss what he saw in Super Bowl XLIV.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHey, everybody... glad to be here post Super Bowl. My team won, and the business season is here. Let's get this going.
Richard Toups, Mobile AL
2:08 PM ETPlease address the leaving of the field by Peyton Manning after the game without shaking hands. This is not MVP criteria for the NFL. Is this what we teaching at the Pop Warner level. I lost respect for Peyton because of this one moment. His attitude on the bench throwing the towel and leaving the field reminds me of a spoiled child who could not have his way. Thanks Dicky Toups Mobile AL
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comPeyton Manning has done manay many great things in the name of the NFL. Leaving the field was not one of the them, and I'm sure he regrets it. And I don't think we'll ever see him do anything like that again. In regards to his role model responsibility for the Pop Warner kids, you must admit he's as good as it gets, and he is human.
Joseph Riner, Washington DC
2:09 PM ETWhat was biggest play in the Super Bowl in your mind? Thanks.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comProbably the onside kick. It set the tone for the second half. It gave the Saints the lead in the subsequent drive, and it inspired them as to how they would play that game.
Kyle H, Worcester, MA
2:10 PM ETWhy is it there are articles about how gutsy Coach Payton is for the moves he made (going for it on 4th and goal, onside kick), but Belichick was an idiot for his coaching when they played the Colts?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comEvery coach has his enemies. The real football people respect Belichick the coach, and on my radio show everyday I rarely get critics of his coaching. All that being said, Sean Payton did what every underdog coach should do: Take chances.
Jason, Anchorage, Alaska
2:12 PM ETIn my opinion- if Garcon had caught that deep pass midway through the second quarter, the outcome of the Super Bowl would've been much different. Your thoughts?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThat certainly was one of the three plays that influenced the game the most. But explain to me how Drew Brees completed 32 passes. There were other factors, but your point is well taken. Your Colts had six games this year where they failed to generate more than 20 points. They won those games, but it finally caught up to them against the No. 1 offense in the NFL.
Josh, Wellington FL
2:14 PM ETWhat did the saints do so well to hold indy to just 17 points?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comI thought they had a brilliant defensive game plan. I talked to Scott Fujita yesterday about it, and their best packagae which dominated the game was a 3-3-5 defensive formation. Basically, they treated Dallas Clark like a wide receiver and replaced a defensive lineman with a defensive back. They were able to do the following things: Offer the run opportunity to the Colts, enticing them to run all they wanted. But unlike the first SB win by the Colts when they ran the ball 42 times, the Saints were betting that they wouldn't run it 20 times, and they were right. The package the Saints ran also gave them blitz opportunities with two of the linebackers whenever they wanted and easily put them in eight-man cover schemes, which eventually caused Peyton to get into a dink-and-dunk short passing attack. I wrote about it today for NFL.com. You might be interested in reading the article.
Mark Eckblad, Madison WI
2:18 PM ETPat, the Colts were having success running the ball with Addai. Why didn't they make more use of that opportunity?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comIn the second quarter, as you observed, Peyton would come out in a shotgun formation and get the Saints to declare a coverage call, because in the prior two playoff games, the Colts in shotgun were six runs vs. 77 passes. Once the Saints declared their coverage call, Peyton would get back under center and quickly snap the ball and hand off to Addai or Brown. You saw them get yardage in chunks. The Saints never took the bait and proceeded to continue to play the pass, and Peyton continued to throw at that defense. The next time they play, there will be a lot more runs.
2:21 PM ETDo you think the game was more of the Saints winning or the Colts losing?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comI can't take anything away from what the Saints did. They scored 141 points off turnovers in the regular season and another 21 in two playoff games. Basically, the Saints averaged around nine points a game off turnovers all year, and in the biggest game of their lives they did it again for seven, which ended any chance of the Colts winning. As much as I respected the Colts' defense all year, at the end with Freeney injured they could not generate a pass rush in the second half.
2:23 PM ETwill the saints build on this and boom, dynasty, or simply be a one time wonder?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comAgain, I wrote about this today on NFL.com, as one of the ripple effects of the game. The Saints played this Super Bowl with 10 players on injured reserve, and four of them were starters. Mickey Loomis has done a tremendous job of building a deep roster. Just the return of those four starters -- Clancy, Brown, Grant, and Evans -- makes them a better team next year than the team that just won. Add a few free agents and another good draft, and you're in the picture.
Richard, Kenner, LA
2:25 PM ETPat, it seems that everyone in the national media believes Reggie Bush will be gone. But the Saints have maintained that he'll be back. What are your thoughts on this matter? Keep in mind, he was still the starter and only had his carries limited due to recovering from microfracture surgery according to Sean Payton.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comI hate to reference my article, but here we go again. Point No. 7 is "Gotta keep No. 25." He is a matchup nightmare, which Payton is well aware of. In the playoffs, he touched the ball 32 times for 325 yards and three touchdowns. No. 25 will be a Saint next year.
Andrew, Maple Grove MN
2:27 PM ETHey Pat. Why do people say that Peyton Manning's legacy is tainted because he has one ring, can't win the big game and has a 9-9 playoff record? Dan Marino is considered one of the best ever and has never won a ring. Please explain this to me!
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comI do not share the opinion that his legacy is tainted. He's been in 18 playoff games, he's got a Super Bowl ring, and I would venture to say the Colts would never be in the playoffs without Manning. To me, it's an attempt to tear down a great player. The expectations are so high for Manning, that anything short of a dominant Super Bowl game appears to be a failure. The man threw for 333 yards, and he's going to hold every NFL passing record, and he will win another Super Bowl. My favorite player to ever watch is Brett Favre, and he has one Super Bowl ring.
Christine, Rhode Island
2:30 PM ETEveybody is saying that it was destiny and luck that the Saints won. as a native of New Olreans i say it was talent and struggle. We as a people down ther struggled all our lives and our team represented that in the Superbowl. My question to you is that do you think it was talent, destiny, or both that made the Saints win!
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comI think it's talent, and I think it was a great effort. And coaching was a competitive edge in this game. Your head coach took all the risks, they paid off, and your QB is an elite player, who's getting ready for a major payday that he deserves. When the Patriots won their first Super Bowl over "The Greatest Show on Turf" a lot of people said the same thing that they're about the Saints. Two more Super Bowl wins later and nobody is saying that. You will win another one with Brees under center.
Andy Woods, Northern Ireland, Great Britain
2:32 PM ETHey Pat, do you think that after the Colts defensive performance they feel they will have to address there DB situation? and after there Superbowl win whats next for the Saints? Thanks for your time Pat:) Take care
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comKeep in mind, the Colts had a number of significant injuries in their secondary this year and will return at least two starters from injured reserve. I think the Colts will be fine and probably go into 2010 as odds on favorites to return to the Super Bowl. Your team is going to be just fine. They lost Marlin Jackson and Bob Sanders, among others, who will be healthy next year.
Dean , London UK
2:34 PM ETHow impressed were you Pat witht he Saints mental strength ? they were written off after the last 3 regular season games and then down by 10 in the superbowl.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comNever underestimate any professional team that is told they're not going to win. What was lost in all that speculation is the fact that this was the best offense in the NFL during the regular season and they dominated in takeaways. They came into this Super Bowl with seven takeaways in the playoffs, and they're eighth gave them the world title.
Mark Eckblad, Madison WI
2:35 PM ETPat, do you think that Garret Hartley's stock has skyrocketed after he repeatedly showed he can make clutch playoff kicks?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comA lot of guys can kick the ball through the uprights at shorts in practice and when it doesn't matter. His pressure kicks are going to earn him a lot of money. As you kow, he is the only kicker in Super Bowl history to go 3-for-3 outside of 40 yards. Wells Fargo trucks should be backing into his driveway sometime this year.
2:37 PM ETHi Pat, it is my unbias opinion that the Saints have the best receiving group in the league. Of course this is complimented by Bush. Can you think of any group better??
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comYou definitely have one of the best sets, and the Colts aren't bad themselves. Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark caught 100 balls each during the regular season.
Aaron , Santa Fe, NM
2:38 PM ETLove your work on NFL.com Pat. Do you think the Colts will be able to make it back to the Super Bowl next year?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comWhen you have Peyton Manning and an aggressive speed defense and enough receivers to spread the ball around, you're always going to be a candidate. Peyton will not rest until he fixes the problem this game exposed.
Rob , Stornoway, Scotland
2:39 PM ETHi Pat, if I can side step the Super Bowl, what are your thoughts on this years HoF selections? I can't believe Dermontti Dawson wasn't selcted. I've only been watching football 25 years, but he's the best centre I can remember. many thanks, Rob.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comI agree with you about Dawson. I was disappointed, but I was even more disappointed Shannon Sharpe didn't make it. I coached against Shannon; he changed the game. I get disappointed when I hear voters say he was nothing more than a slot receiver. It really spells out how little they know about the game.
James, San Jose, CA
2:41 PM ETWhen will you be posting your mock draft? Loved following your opinions last year...
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comI'm going to post my first one after the NFL Combine. I started watching college film today. I have my info from my senior bowl trip, and I need the combine and an opportunity to talk to a number of these players before I can put up an intelligent mock draft. After that, it'll be once a week. Thanks for reading them.
Kyle H, Worcester, MA
2:42 PM ETWith an eye towards the offseason, do you hear any rumors possibly resulting in marquee trades like Cutler last year? Peppers leaving Carolina? Boldin? Marshall?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThe Peppers case is going to be interesting, because the franchise tender is so high -- well over $20 million for one season -- they may not even tag him. In the case of Boldin and Marshall, those teams will not be giving those players away. And teams interested in a receiver are going to wait until they see how deep the talent pool is in the draft. On a final note, it should be a very active year if we're in an uncapped system, especially for the final eight teams in the playoffs who are going to have restrictions about signing players. My history says that when there's less cap restrictions, team trade more, and I am keeping my eye on Donovan McNabb as well as the receivers you mention.
Alexander Ludwig, Plano TX
2:45 PM ETHeya Pat, do you think the Rams will draft a QB seeing as they need one really badly or will they draft Suh?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comI'm not sure that the Rams feel any of these QBs is worthy of a top pick.
2:46 PM ETPat, nobody seems to be giving Jimmy Clausen the attention he deserves goin into the draft. He's got a great arm, great accuracy and played in a pro-style offense. for me hes got to be taken in the top 5, what do you think?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comNot ready to judge him yet as a top 5 player, but history does say that the best QB at the end of the evaluation process usually pushes himself to the top of the draft. I'm not so sure you haven't added some Fighting Irish subjectivity to your evaluation.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comAll right, guys. Gotta roll. Be sure to check out my column on NFL.com. Until next time, I am out for now.
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