Commentary

Magicians and LBs in the end zone are things to watch for in Super Bowl XLII

Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton runs down 10 things to look for on Super Bowl Sunday.

Originally Published: January 28, 2008
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
After spending a week in the film room, Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton has 10 things to watch for on Super Bowl Sunday.

1. Now you see it and now you don't
Both Tom Brady and Eli Manning are excellent ball handlers and magicians with the play-action fake. They hide the ball well, often with their backs to the line of scrimmage, and do an excellent job of freezing the defender. In Manning's case, it is very important because his run-heavy offense really sets up the play fake.

2. New York is willing to gamble
The perceived weakness of the Giants is a secondary that is not only thin, but also struggles with tight man-to-man coverage skills. That leads us to believe the Giants will play a lot of soft, bend-but-don't-break schemes. But that is not the case. The Giants are very aggressive in their coverage schemes. They will play press techniques versus the Patriots' receivers with safety help over the top and will blitz their linebackers and safeties inside and even bring corners off the edge. It is a gambling style of pressure designed to confuse Brady.


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Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.