|Dr. Z's Positional Breakdown|
|How the Colts and Bears match up for Super Bowl XLI|
|Peyton Manning (18)|
Top performer. Sensational for first half of season, struggled a bit against Baltimore in Divisional Playoff, but righted his game against Patriots.
|QB||Rex Grossman (8)|
One of the uglier questions this week has been, "Is he the worst ever Super Bowl QB?" It's unfair but he has himself to blame. Terrific long passer when hot, but can go through long cold spells. Blitz bothers him.
|Joseph Addai(29) |
The rookie slasher sets 'em up, and old pro Dominic Rhodes (33) closes 'em out with his power running. The twosome has rushed for 1722 yards, a 4.17 average and 12 TDs.
|RB||Thomas Jones(20) |
Almost the same set-up as the Colts: Jones' jitterbug style, followed by Cedric Benson (32), who likes to ram it down peoples' throats. Numbers are quite close to Colt stats, too ... 1,857 yards, 4.10 average and 12 TDs.
|Marvin Harrison (88)|
Finest receiver in the game. Thought to be tailing off a bit last year, but came back with the finest season since his record breaking, 143-catch year of 2002
|FL||Bernard Berrian (80)|
DBs who have made the mistake of underrating his speed have paid the price. Spectacular 33-yard circus catch TD turned around the Championship game vs. Saints.
Terrific route runner. Precise, clever, gifted with sure hands. Used to be strictly left side, now can also go in the slot. A deep threat as well. Aaron Moorhead (85) gets occasional work as a third wideout. The Colts don't go with four.
Dominant at one time, now, at age 33, his hands are suspect. A big guy who will block. Four wides are seldom used, but either Rashied Davis (81) or Mark Bradley (16), if healthy, can come up with a big play as third receiver.
|Ben Utecht (86) |
First year as fulltime starter. Occasional receiver, decent blocker. Bryan Fletcher (81) will spell him. More speed. Made key catch vs. Patriots.
|TE||Desmond Clark (88)|
Former Bronco and Dolphin who has found a home in Chicago. Enjoying his best season. His blocking on the edge a key factor vs. Saints. John Gilmore (85) will come in for two-TE power formations.
|Dallas Clark (44)|
Clark, who operates as an open-field tight end/H-back, has become a favorite Manning receiver. Fine hands and moves. Has had some huge games.
|Jason McKie (37)|
Underrated young powerhouse who will go after people. Performed well in playoffs.
|Tarik Glenn (78)|
The best pass blocker. At 332 pounds, he's a massive, rather than sleek LT, but nifty-footed. A position drive blocker, rather than power guy. Pro Bowl choice.
|LT||John Tait (76)|
Came into the league as pass-block specialist from Brigham Young. Now has rounded off his game so that he is one of the best Bear O-linemen.
Smallest Colt up front at 290 ... tough, strong and explosive. Plays with good technique and leverage.
One of the NFL's premier pulling guards, who piles in on the right side in the Power-0, but can be beaten at the point.
|Jeff Saturday(63) |
A complete player. Not overpowering, but a fine competitor. Pro Bowl starter.
The other Pro Bowl starter. Seems smaller than his listed 292. Very fast. Great leverage.
|Jake Scott(73) |
Athletic pass protector who plays well in space.
Tough and explosive. Former shot putter. Veteran of the Atlanta stretch system.
Hog type at 320. Power drive blocker, so-so as a pass protector.
Has become a dominant run blocker. Good in playoffs, as lead man at the point in the power-O.
|TOTAL: Colts 6-3-2.|
|Dr. Z's Breakdowns: Defense | Special Teams|