Saturday’s NFL playoff games revealed a lot about the power of having a good coach at the helm. In the NFC, we learned that the 49ers are the beneficiary of having a team leader capable of pulling the most possible effort out of his players. Jim Harbaugh has taken a team in the cellar of the league’s worst division, and molded them into a squad a win away from the Super Bowl. San Francisco had the talent last year, but they didn’t have an individual savvy enough to coerce consistently solid play out of that talent.
On the other end of the coast, a future hall of famer continued to assert his position as the best coach in the league, and help make a case for coach of the year. Bill Belichick has done, in my opinion, even more than Harbaugh has in San Fran. Despite a secondary ranked among the worst in the league, and possibly the smallest outside receiving corps in the history of the league, he’s molded a bunch, with the help of Tom Brady, into contender for the Super Bowl. When you look at what he’s done, and how he’s done it, you’d have a difficult time making a case for anyone else.
Going into Saturday’s games the storylines were centered on Drew Brees and Tim Tebow. By the end of the day, the focus shifted in a completely different direction. You can give credit to Alex Smith, Vernon Davis, Tom Brady, or Rob Gronkowski, but if you do, remember the men deploying a plan putting them in a place to succeed before the ball was even snapped. Congratulations to Jim Harbaugh and Bill Belichick for winning their games, and giving football fans an excellent day of playoff football.