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Anthony Stalter

Senior Sports Editor for The Scores Report

It all comes down to execution

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It's no big secret as to why the AFC has become the more dominant conference (that is to say that they have more dominating teams, not that they win the Super Bowl every year, which obviously is a false claim) over the years.

It all comes down to execution.

Think about it. Some people say the AFC has the best quarterbacks, which is why it's been able to dominate the NFC over the years. But while the AFC has Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, the NFC has Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. While the AFC has Ben Roethlisberger, the NFC has Eli Manning. Joe Flacco? Try Matt Ryan. Mark Sanchez? How about Josh Freeman. (Two quarterbacks that can bring smiles to their head coaches' faces, as well as make them want to rip their hair out.)

There's less of a gap between the AFC and NFC in terms of quarterbacks than people think, even though Manning and Brady usually are No. 1 and No. 2 in rankings.

What about coaches? Honestly, there are only two masterminds in my opinion: one is Bill Belichick and the other is Sean Payton. Everyone else (Jim Caldwell, Mike Tomlin, Andy Reid, Mike McCarthy, Jeff Fisher, Mike Smith, etc.) can be outdone on any given Sunday. But Belichick and Payton usually beat themselves before another coach gets their number.

General managers? Bill Polian (Colts), Scott Pioli (Patriots, now Chiefs), Kevin Colbert (Steelers) and Mike Reinfedlt (Titans) are masters of their craft, but Jerry Reese (Giants), Ted Thompson (Packers), Mickey Loomis (Saints), Rob Brzezinski (Vikings), Thomas Dimitroff (Falcons) and yes, Jerry Jones (Cowboys), hold their own, too.

Again, it's even. You can break down the rosters if you want, but you're going to come to the same conclusion: On the surface, these two conferences are more breakneck than you think.

At its core, football is an easy game. Establish the run, throw for more yards per pass than your opponent, play good defense and don't turn the ball over and you're going to win more than you're going to lose. For whatever reason, more teams in the AFC do those four things on a yearly basis than teams in the NFC. It's not that the AFC has better quarterbacks, coaches or GMs - it's that more of their teams execute on Sundays. That's it.

Granted, that may be a simplistic way to look at this topic (maybe even a cop out), but trust me, I've searched for other angles and they're not there. Someone who says that the AFC has better quarterbacks than the NFC just isn't paying attention. The AFC's quarterbacks may have been doing this for longer (i.e. Brady, Manning and Big Ben), but guys like Brees and Eli have Super Bowl rings too and if the Packers could ever stay healthy on a whole, Rodgers will some day as well.

It all comes down to execution on the field. And really, shouldn't wins and losses be determined that way?

By Anthony Stalter  |  November 4, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  | Category:  AFC , NFC Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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