Super Bowl: NBC analysts examine QBs, RBs

The Super Bowl will feature great matchups of quarterbacks and running backs, said NBC Sports analysts Rodney Harrison and Tony Dungy.
The Seattle Seahawks feature quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch in the backfield. The New England Patriots counter with quarterback Tom Brady and running back LeGarrette Blount. Wilson and Brady have both won Super Bowls.
“When I look at the quarterbacks, they’re very similar in terms of their leadership and the way they carry themselves and the respect they have from their players,’’ Harrison said. “Tom is more of a pocket passer. Russell is a guy that can kind of do the read option, and he’s shown even with the mental toughness after throwing four interceptions to be able to hang in the pocket and make some beautiful throws toward the latter part of the game to get them in this game shows his mental toughness and his skill set. But the thing that I love about both these quarterbacks is the way they carry themselves and they always deflect attention off themselves and they make it about the team. It’s not about them.’’
“I think it’s a beautiful match up,’’ Dungy said. “Different physical characteristics, but I would use two words to characterize both quarterbacks, poised and clutch. They both play with tremendous poise, and they both make big plays in the fourth quarter when their team needs it, and that’s what you want from the quarterback.’’
Lynch and Blount are physical and powerful, Dungy said.
“If they turn these guys loose you’re not going to have defensive backs that want to tackle either one of these guys,’’ Dungy said.
Asked if this could be one of the best running back matchups in Super Bowl history, Harrison downplayed that, only because Blount hasn’t been as consistent as Lynch.
“I don’t think it would be fair to Marshawn Lynch to even compare other running backs with him,’’ Harrison said. “LeGarrette had a tremendous (AFC championship) game, but he has to be able to come back and repeat it on the biggest stage. He went through a lot, and he should be really proud after the charges and getting dismissed from the team in Pittsburgh to come in and being fortunate enough to get on a great team in the Patriots and now he has an opportunity. But he has to be able to do it on the big stage. That is how you make your name.’’

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