I know it is only June, but I still have Super Bowl fever. Going through some of my collection of Super Bowl memories, I have created a Top 10 list of great coaching decisions that took place during the game.
Some of these examples are just one play. Some are the game plan as a whole. The criteria I used was, "How did it change the game?" The coach's team did not necessarily have to win the game.
Two that did not make the cut came from the same game. Super Bowl XXXII between the Broncos and Packers had two very good coaching decisions.
First was Mike Shanahan's decision to use Terrell Davis as a decoy on a play where he was suffering from a migraine and had virtually no sight. The Packers went after Davis, but the ball went to the right and into the end zone for a Bronco touchdown.
Second was Mike Holmgren's decision to let Denver score a touchdown to take a 31-24 lead so the Packers could get one last shot at tying the game. The Packers could not stop Denver's running game, and this was their only shot.
The reason Holmgren does not make my list is because he made the decision on second down. He thought it was first down at the time.
I am sure I missed a few, and I would love to hear your feedback on what I left out or what I rated too high or low.
I will be back next week to write about 10 coaching decisions that were not so great.