FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Football is speed. It is physical and it is tough and it can be wicked. But you can't hit what you can't catch.
And you cannot negate an offense that gives you the sharpest digs, the cleanest cuts, the prickliest execution.
That is why the best NFL coaches throughout the game's history have always preached that their best players, their best teams, are not hindered by thinking. They know the schemes. But paramount, they use their speed in uninhibited ways. They play fast. They make the game a tornado, and you are left spinning in your cleats.
This is what we have in the New Orleans Saints.
Much of the nation -- and the Indianapolis Colts -- are sleeping on the Saints offense and its ability to play the game faster and quicker and cleaner than you can defend them. You take a well-oiled offense like this against a good Colts defense with a very suspect, inexperienced secondary in spots, and I see the Saints offense having its way in Super Bowl XLIV. I see the Saints offense having much more success against the Colts defense than the Colts offense will have against the Saints defense.
I think Drew Brees is going to slice this Colts defense.
I think coach Sean Payton is going to creatively pluck this Colts defense with a well-conceived, effective game plan and play-calling.
It does not matter how many points the great Peyton Manning produces for the Colts. The Saints will simply produce more.
This Saints offense, in its prime, reminds me of some of Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh's best offense. The players are an extension of each other. The plays are set up to complement each other. The multiple pieces in personnel make the offense flexible and probing. The mismatches created can be overwhelming.
So, the game's best offense coupled with winning the turnover battle spells a Saints victory. Likely, not even a close game for a while. Look for the Saints to roll for much of this game and Manning to produce a splendid, uphill fight to keep his team in it, especially late. But the running game of the Saints, the passing game of the Saints, the quarterback of the Saints and the will of the Saints defense will be too much for the Colts.
They will attack the Colts in nearly every fashion, especially early. I look for a cutthroat approach by the Saints offense that is also often employed by the Saints defense, especially by their coordinator, Gregg Williams.
This will be a fun Super Bowl, a game with plenty of points and big plays and memorable moments. We have two of the most accurate quarterbacks ever with an array of weapons, among the most ever presented in a Super Bowl.
The Colts have class and a dynamic team.
But the Saints will spin them like a top. They have the goods to deliver.