Johnson Super Bowl Thoughts: Deer Antler This

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Posted Feb 3, 2013


Final Thoughts On The Super Bowl - Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

Final Thoughts - Super Bowl

Johnson: Read Option Issues

By Terry Johnson
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- Enough with the Deer Antler Spray talk. If the NFL suspects that Ray Lewis - or any other player for that matter - is taking a banned substance, it should make the player(s) in question take a drug test right away. Until someone actually fails one of these screenings, speculating on whether or not someone's doing something illegal is tantamount to slander.

- As I wrote in my column about Chip Kelly's departure from Oregon, I don't think the read option will last much longer in the NFL. Sure, the 49ers had success with it against the suspect defenses of Green Bay and Atlanta, but let's see how effective Colin Kaepernick is after he takes a few hits from the likes of Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed, and Bernard Pollard.

- With that said, don't be surprised if the San Francisco attack does hit a few big plays against Baltimore's hard-hitting squad. RG3 and the Redskins torched the Ravens for 473 yards and 5.3 yards per carry on December 9.

- Given Kaepernick's dazzling 16-for-21, 224-yard performance in the NFC Championship Game, the Baltimore D will also need to account for a better-than-it-looks 49ers' passing game.

- While talk about the highly anticipated duel between the 49er offense and the Ravens defense has dominated the football-related headlines this week, the flipside of that matchup is equally intriguing. Can the San Francisco defense, which made just enough plays to stop Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan, generate enough pressure to disrupt Joe Flacco, who's averaged over 280 yards passing in the playoffs?

- No, Randy Moss isn't the greatest receiver of all-time. While he's clearly one of the most gifted players the league's ever seen, he simply didn't work as hard as some other the game's all-time greats like Jerry Rice, Art Monk, and Michael Irvin.

- More importantly, he doesn't have a Super Bowl ring like those three Hall-of-Famers do. Of course, if San Francisco should win the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday, it's tough to imagine that Moss won't join them in Canton since he's third in league history in receiving yards.

- Can someone explain to me why Jim Caldwell will not be a head coach in 2013? He's already built a program from scratch (see: Wake Forest) and has won at football's highest level, leading the Colts to the Super Bowl in 2009. This season, he injected life into a sputtering Ravens offense, which has eclipsed the 400-yard barrier in 3 of its last 5 contests since he took over on December 10. How many other coaches have credentials like that?

- Prediction: I like the Ravens to win this game. Yes, San Francisco is the favorite, but the Niners made it through the playoffs by simply outscoring Green Bay and Atlanta. They won't be able to do the same thing against a star-studded Baltimore defense, which has a +5 turnover ratio in the playoffs. Look for the Ravens to pull away in the second half behind a 300-yard effort from Flacco.

- Fiutak Super Bowl Thoughts: This One Is Easy
- Cirminiello Super Bowl Thoughts: The Sacks
- Zemek Super Bowl Thoughts: The Passers
- Hyland Super Bowl Thoughts: Harbaugh Upgrades 
- Johnson Super Bowl Thoughts: Deer Antler This 
- Harrison Super Bowl Thoughts: 49ers 6-0? 
- CFN Super Bowl Picks & Prop Bets