If the talent is more spread out now, doesn't it stand to reason that there is consequently more parity, making it harder to win? The 1980s champs often cruised until at least the conference finals, and sometimes until the Finals.
"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."