New Paltz High School graduate Charles Davis was gracious enough to share his thoughts on the Super Bowl this week. You can read some of the highlights in Saturday’s print and web editions.
Here is more of what Davis had to say.
On Baltimore’s impressive playoff run:
To me, what Baltimore has done in the playoffs is so impressive. One home game against Houston, which at one point looked like the best team in the NFL. Then at Denver, in altitude, kick-off somewhere around 13 degrees, somewhere in the low single digits when it ended, you beat Peyton Manning and there was no hotter team in the league than the Broncos who had beaten them in Baltimore a couple weeks earlier. Then you go on the road and beat New England in the AFC championship game, with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and do it convincingly? It is one heck of a roll they are on right now.
On Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh:
“To me, John Harbaugh doesn’t get the attention he deserves as a head coach. Look at that record: He’s never missed the playoffs since he has been head coach. Three AFC championship games. One Super Bowl. And this isn’t to denigrate another coach but look at his record, and especially if he wins it, look at what he’s done.
“Mike Tomlin with Pittsburgh has missed it twice now. I wouldn’t say he is a lesser coach but that is pretty impressive deal. (Giants coach) Tom Coughlin is probably going to be in the Hall of Fame one day, and they miss the playoffs under his watch with the Giants. That is how tough it is to make the playoffs every year in the league, and every year John Harbaugh has made the playoffs. And remember what he took over in Baltimore … the last year of Brian Billick, his last year they more than struggled. It wasn’t like he walked into a ready made 12-win situation like the year before. He went in and had some work to do. He deserves some credit, and should be mentioned among the upper echelon of coaches in the league.”