Yesterday, I had the opportunity to interview Hall of Fame running back, Marshall Faulk of the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams as part of SAP’s innovative Player Comparison tool for fantasy football. SAP partnered with the NFL to develop a tool that helps fantasy players make real time lineup decisions. The Player Comparison tool is the only fantasy research tool that provides comparisons featuring five unique performance indicators, enables full user customization, allows for pre-set expert logic based on NFL.com Fantasy Expert, and is integrated into NFL.com Fantasy Football. Marshall, who tirelessly watches and analyzes game tape, is SAP’s official spokesman for the tool.This week, SAP has a display on ‘Super Bowl Blvd.’ in Manhattan that allows fans to experiment with the tool.
Marshall sat down with myself and a few other sports writers to discuss his career and the Super Bowl. The interview is summarized after the jump.
Question #1: The 2013 Denver Broncos profile as the best offensive of all-time. Do you agree with that they’re the best team of all-time?
Marshall: I don’t agree with it at all. With the way today’s rules are enforced teams cannot play proper defense. Corners can’t touch receivers without a flag flying. Back when I was in St. Louis, we had the greatest show on turf. Our receivers had to battle at the line of scrimmage and things were very physical.
Question #2: Talk a little bit about your experience playing with Peyton Manning. Did you see him turning into an all-time great?
Marshall: When Peyton was a rookie, he had the make-up to be a special player. He had the skill, the talent, could make all of the throws. He was definitely special and I think he is the greatest quarterback of all-time.
Question #3: Peyton was quoted saying that he owed ‘a debt’ to you for helping him as a rookie. Can you please elaborate on what you did to help him?
Marshall: Any rookie player wants confirmation that he’s doing things the right way. Whether that’s spending all night watching tape, correctly identifying coverages, working out, etc. Peyton and myself are football junkies. We would spend countless hours watching film and preparing together. I would tell Peyton about mistakes I made as a rookie in hopes he wouldn’t do make the same mistake. It was more about how to approach things and prepare rather than playing the game.
Question #4: How do you see the Super Bowl playing out?
Marshall: It’s either going to be a Denver blowout win or Seattle will be ahead by three points late in the game and Peyton will have the ball. If it’s the ladder, I fully expect him to score. I think Seattle can get into trouble because they don’t disguise defensive coverage. They play straight up regardless of opponent and Peyton is a master of audibling into the right play. It’s like playing poker. If you show your opponent your hand, they have an advantage. Denver’s coaches are working around the clock on a game plan and with Peyton at your disposal, it’s a huge advantage. I don’t think Seattle will change its defensive game plan much because the coaches are good, yet very arrogant. That’s a mistake when you face Peyton.
Question #5: How important is the running game for both teams?
Marshall: I think it’s secondary. It’s really going to come down to Peyton vs. Seattle’s defense. If Seattle’s defense is successful, Marshawn Lynch will have a lot of opportunities to run the ball.
Question #6: Now that you’re a TV Analyst on NFL Network, what have you taken away from your playing days that makes you a good TV Analyst?
Marshall: I prepare the same way for TV that I did when I played. I watch a ton of tape. I have to be on point with my analysis and know how each team is operating. I want to be the best.
Thanks to Marshall Faulk and SAP for this awesome opportunity!