The AFC SB contestants are a never ending parade of Peyton Manning teams, Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger, with a one year fluke appearances by Joe Flacco, Trent Dilfer, and Rich Gannon. Going on 16 years now. Just those 3.03 guys, representing just six franchises.
The NFC likes to spread the wealth around. Kurt Warner, Kerry Collins, Brad Johnson, Jake Delhomme, Donovan McNabb, Matt Hasselbeck, Rex Grossman, Eli Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Colin Kapernick, Russell Wilson, and now Cam Newton. Thirteen different guys, representing eleven different franchises. The only NFC franchises not to make a trip to the SB this century are the Vikings, Lions, Redskins, Falcons, and Cowboys.
The NFC West is the only division in the entire NFL to have all of its teams get to the SB this century. Five trips, with only one title to show for it.
And that concludes our Super Bowl coverage for 2015. Now back to our local affiliate, the San Francisco 49ers.
It’s generally considered that Jed York hired Chip Kelly out of desperation. York needed a big name after the Jim Tomsula fiasco and Kelly was just about the only one out there. This is good. Left to his own devices, York rarely makes good decisions. When cornered, though, he leaps into any lifeboat available, like the villain in The Titanic.
That’s how we got Jim Harbaugh, and maybe Kelly can provide some magic, too. At the very least, he’ll be more than interesting. After a year of Tomsula et al, that is probably all we can expect for now.
Besides, this year is not about the HC. It’s all about the GM, Trent Baalke. York and Baalke have managed, for now, to place all the blame for last year on Tomsula and his laughable staff. But these two hired Tomsula after coming to the conclusion that Harbaugh was not so much a great coach, but just a guy who had a great record. We can imagine that neither of them was sitting over a bowl of peyote when they deduced this gargantuan idiocy, which leaves us with nothing to imagine except York and Baalke are just plain stupid.
At any rate, if 2016 doesn’t pan out, it might be Baalke who finally gets the blame and the axe. This would really put York out of his comfort zone, forcing him to bring in a bona fide GM, and not just a brown nosing bum sliding into the vacuum left when Scot McCloughan was fired. And that is probably the best thing to hope for. An uncomfortable York, surrounded by guys who know football, might be just the ticket for inducing him to finally get his meddling butt out of that end of the business.
Or York could just flounder around ineptly forever. But, hey, I’m trying to restart the fan engine here. Some willing suspension of disbelief should certainly be forgivable.