What many people overlook is not that Cam was fired after a 2-game losing streak, but that the losing streak followed a four-game win streak that included three road wins.
Ultimately, I look at how a team's played lately and the quality and balance of a roster first - the number of playmakers, how many are in their prime - before going into coaching.
In my opinion, the Ravens are the most talented team and their lack of coaching is made up for by their talent and in their urgency and physicality.
This isn't only a thread discussing who the BEST TEAM is, but - to a lesser extent - what their road looks like.
Round 1 is a favorable match-up for the Ravens who just got 100-yard rushing games from Ray and Bernard Pierce (the Colts have allowed 135+ in 4 of last 5, have 5 DL on IR, and just allowed 352 rushing yards to the Chiefs). Mountain air is a favorable match-up for the Broncos.
So, here it is. These are the teams I think have the best chance to win Super Bowl XLVII.
1. Ravens: Already explained.
2. Broncos: I give them the edge over the Patriots, slightly, because they can beat you more ways on offense, and have - this year - slightly better balance and depth on defense.
3. Patriots: They have a great short-area passing game, and they use tempo and quick cuts by RBs, Welker and Hernandez to their advantage. With Gronk back, it will be hard to out-score them.
4. Packers: In my opinion, the Packers ask Rodgers to do about 4.5 times what the Patriots ask Brady to do, and he continually delivers (though he is in his 8th season whilst Brady is in his 13th). Their defense has enough playmakers and a good play-caller in Capers to make some big sacks and turnovers.
That is tier one. I think the Cowboys and Texans are alone in tier 2. I think Jason Garrett and Rob Ryan is a slightly better combination than Kubiak and Wade Phillips (too stupid and predictable) that - if DT Jay Ratliff is back - they have the next best chance.
Edited by The Prestige, 26 December 2012 - 11:03 PM.