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Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:01 pm
 

Mangold fires back at anonymous Sanchez critic

Sanchez, Ryan

By Josh Katzowitz

We brought stunning* news to you this morning that one member of the Jets had ripped into Mark Sanchez for the NY Daily News, saying the third-year quarterback was lazy and a baby.

“We have to bring in another quarterback that will make him work at practice,” the player told the paper. "He’s lazy and content because he knows he’s not going to be benched."

Nightmare in New York
Now, we’ve heard a response from those Jets players who aren’t afraid to go on the record. That would be center Nick Mangold, who wrote on his Twitter account that the content of the story “is false” and that “if ‘unnamed sources’ want to attack Mark, man up and put your name to it.”

*Stunning, in the sense that somebody would actually say this. Not stunning, that it actually would be true. Which, of course, we don’t know.

That anonymous player said the team consensus was that the Jets should bring in Peyton Manning to take over the starting spot and that the team was too afraid** of mishandling the fragile Sanchez.

"They don’t want to be truthful with him," the anonymous player said. "They treat him like a baby instead of a man. He goes in a hole when someone tells him the truth."

**A conspiracy theorist could say that this is the reason Rex Ryan continues to say, no matter how Sanchez performs, that Sanchez still is his No. 1 guy and the quarterback that’s going to lead the team to the Super Bowl. Ryan, though, is also the guy who keeps threatening to bench Sanchez.

Mangold, though, countered that opinion by saying the complete opposite on ESPN Wednesday.

"That's just wrong," said Mangold, who also said he’d rather have Sanchez as the quarterback than Manning. "I've never seen anybody work as hard as Mark has. I support him fully and I think the locker room does as well."

The unprovoked and anonymous attack is just another indication at how screwy the organization is right now. Perhaps with new offensive assistant coaches coming in -- it likely will be either Tony Sparano or Todd Haley running the Jets offense next season -- life can settle down in the New York locker room.

Of course, if Sanchez continues to play as poorly as he has, the questions about his ability won’t stop. Until, you know, he’s actually out of his job.

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Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:50 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 5:29 pm
 

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

Are the Cards a sleeper to make Peyton the next Warner? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The status of Peyton Manning with the Colts is absolutely up in the air, and a lot depends on the March 8 deadline for Indy to pick up his $28 million option.

While there's been some chatter that the Colts and Manning's camp discussed an extension of that deadline recently, CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported on Sunday's The NFL Today that it's not the case. He also reported that the decision on Manning's option will be made by owner Jim Irsay (not the new general manager) and that there's a darkhorse possibility to land Manning if he doesn't end up back with the Colts: the Arizona Cardinals.

"Jim Irsay in interviewing general manager candidates has told them he will make the decision whether Peyton Manning is back," Casserly reported Sunday. "He will not put that on the new general manager. Right now there have been absolutely no discussions according to the Manning camp between Manning and Irsay about extending that deadline. In fact, it would make no sense to me for Manning to agree to that. Why give up the opportunity to talk to other teams?

"One team to watch? The Arizona Cardinals. They can get out of the Kevin Kolb contract and also Ken Whisenhunt's been down this road before. A veteran quarterback coming in at the end of his career? Kurt Warner."


The Cardinals would be a shock to land Manning, if only because they haven't been discussed as a landing spot. But a healthy Manning would be an instant upgrade for Arizona and probably let them leapfrog the 49ers as NFC West favorites in 2012.

As for the extension talks, there's some thought that language in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement wouldn't even allow an extension of the option deadline.

Beside that point, Casserly's spot on: there's really no benefit for Manning to give the Colts a deadline, especially if they're set on selecting Andrew Luck in April's draft anyway.

The long and short of it is this: Manning's situation isn't going to simply go away between now and the deadline for the Colts to make a decision on his future in Indianapolis and even with the playoffs going on, it's going to remain a dominant NFL storyline.

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Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:31 pm
 

Peyton, Colts 'amenable' to moving option date?

Could the Colts and Manning extend his contract deadline? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

March 8 looms large for the Indianapolis Colts, since that's the deadline for picking up a $28 million option on Peyton Manning's contract. But both Manning and the Colts could be interested in negotiating an extension on that deadline.

That's according to a report from Sports Illustrated's Peter King Saturday afternoon, where King said he's hearing that both sides are "amenable" to pushing the deadline back.

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"Both may be amenable to pushing back that March 8 date by which he's owed $28 million in the option bonus by the Indianapolis Colts," King said Saturday.

CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported back in December that the Colts would likely ask for an extension; it's good news for them that Manning's also interested in granting said extension. The Colts are also reportedly locked into taking Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft, but pushing the deadline back on Manning may give them some flexibility there.

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an NBC analyst, believes that Manning and Coach Jim Caldwell will return in 2012, and that the Colts will draft Luck anyway.

"I've know Jim Irsay for 10 years," Dungy said. "He's going to make these decisions with his heart as much as his head."

The Colts recently decided to "clean house," but kept Caldwell, at least for now. Given that he's making decisions on who will join his staff, he seems like a reasonable bet to remain through 2012.

Which could make the Colts search for a new general manager particularly interesting: whoever they hire will need to be on board with a) Caldwell as coach and b) Luck as the top pick.

And that doesn't even take into account the decision on Manning, which will have to happen eventually.

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Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

IrsayBy Josh Katzowitz

With Colts owner Jim Irsay currently looking for a general manager to replace Chris Polian, who was fired along with his father Bill last week, he won’t have to ask anybody he interviews how they’d handle the 2012 No. 1 draft pick. That’s because he already knows what he wants, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

As has long been suspected, the Colts reportedly will choose Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in April, and no matter who’s brought in to take over for the Polian’s, that decision will not be altered.

Some wondered if the reason Bill Polian was fired in the first place was because he and Peyton Manning weren’t getting along -- Irsay is an unabashed fan of his quarterback and thinks of him as family. Polian said the rumors of a rift were untrue.

"He was the first person into the office after it happened," Polian told the Associated Press on Wednesdasy. "There's no rift at all. None.

Now, though, the big questions continue to be what the Colts actually will do about Manning, who’s due a $28 million bonus in March. Would Manning want to play with Luck? Will Manning's neck be healthy? Would the Colts ship Manning somewhere else to give Luck the chance to play immediately?

Now that we seemingly know who the Colts will take with the No. 1 pick, we might have to wait a few more months before the rest of those other questions can be answered.  

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Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:01 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 6:45 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

Irsay met with the media Monday afternoon. (AP)
By Ryan Wilson

Colts owner Jim Irsay held a late afternoon press conference Monday to talk about his decision to fire Jim and Chris Polian, as well as the organization's direction for the future, including the futures of head coach Jim Caldwell and quarterback Peyton Manning.

"I believe it's about timing, energy and what the times call for," Irsay said about parting ways with the Polians. "It was difficult but it was the right decision to make." He added that "I didn't come to this decision until this morning … to hold open the possibility of changing your mind, but i think it's best for the franchise."

Bill Polian, who had been with the organization for 14 years, was moving towards retirement and a lesser role, Irsay said. "Bill was around a lot more than he anticipated [due to the lockout], but … I think it was time to change the personnel department -- the football side of things that wasn't coaching. In the end i was certain that that was what was needed to be done."

The search for a new general manager will begin immediately although Irsay said that he hadn't talked to other teams or individuals about the position.

As for Caldwell, who was expected to be fired after leading the Colts to a 2-14 record, his job is safe … for now.

"[Caldwell] could very well be back this year, that is not out of the realm of possibility," said the Colts owner. "Jim and I had a good conversation in terms of the immediate future."

For now the plan is for the new general manager to decide Caldwell's fate although Irsay warned that things change by the hour. If a coaching candidate becomes available that the owner thinks immediately upgrades the team then he'll move. It's what happened when he hired Tony Dungy shortly after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired him following the 2001 season.

Black Monday
Irsay acknowledged that fans would probably like to see a change at head coach but supported Caldwell, calling him "a very bright guy, a great teacher, and a great personnel evaluator who prepares the team well."

But when you lose 14 of 16 games, there are issues and Irsay recognized those, too. He said defensive coordinator Larry Coyer was a mistake (not a "good match as a Cover 2 guy") and that Caldwell struggled at times with game and clock management.

Irsay was asked if he had any idea if Peyton Manning, who missed the 2011 season after multiple neck surgeries, would play again.  

"I don't," he responded, pointing out that this is more about Manning's health and safety than a football issue.

The owner did say that "When you see something that has greatness with your franchise you go after it. If you have a chance to get a great one you get it." He mentioned quarterbacks, general managers and head coaches as examples, but Andrew Luck seemed like the obvious choice given that Indianapolis has the first-overall pick coupled with the uncertainty surrounding Manning's future.

"I really feel excited about the possibilities of our future," Irsay said. "I'm interested in getting it right … not winning a popularity contest."

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Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:10 pm
 

Manning plans to rehab at Colts facility

Manning

By Josh Katzowitz

With the Colts securing the No. 1 pick in next year’s THIS YEAR’S draft, Indianapolis will have to figure out what to do about Peyton Manning. Do the Colts keep Manning and make Andrew Luck a backup? Do they pass on Luck in the draft and trade the No. 1 pick? Or do they move on from Manning? And now that the Polians have been fired, how does that shake up the decision?

There were reports after the Colts game Sunday that Manning seemed resigned to the idea that the team could move on without him, but for now, Manning will continue to rehab his neck in the Colts facility.

Manning was scheduled to take a physical Monday morning to determine his health going into the offseason, and he was expected to “fail” it so he could continue using the Colts trainers and gear.

It has to be better than last offseason when Manning couldn’t train at team headquarters during the lockout.

"You go to a place, you're rehabbing, the lady next to you is getting her bunions worked on, asking if she should draft (Dallas) Clark on her fantasy team," Manning told reporters, including the Indianapolis Star. "If (failing his physical) is what I have to do to rehab (at the team complex), I guess I'm glad I'll fail it."

The Colts biggest question regarding Manning is whether he’ll be healthy enough for the team to feel good about giving him his $28 million option bonus in March that would trigger the final four years of his contract (this was built in just in case Manning’s neck wasn’t healed and the Colts wanted to cut the cord).

Manning wouldn’t say whether he was optimistic about being healthy in March or how much he’s been throwing lately. He does know, though, that he doesn’t want to sit out next season.

"It's been hard not being able to help this year on the field," he said. "I've learned when you're not playing, there's not a lot you can really do to help. I've tried to be here. I've encouraged guys. Best way for me to have helped all the years has been playing, so that's what I want to get back to."

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Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:41 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

The Colts shockingly fired Bill Polian on Monday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Colts allowed Jim Caldwell to conduct his normal press conference on Monday, but things took a turn for the crazy on Monday afternoon when the Colts announced a 5 p.m. ET press conference and reports emerged that owner Jim Irsay decided to "clean house" and fire Bill Polian and Chris Polian. There hasn't been confirmation of whether or not the team will also fire coach Jim Caldwell.

Black Monday

That news comes from the NFL Network and it means the Colts are admitting what became obvious this year: the entire Indianapolis roster just isn't very good. Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star confirms that the Polians have been fired, but there's still no word on Caldwell.

Peyton Manning shored up many problems for the Colts, but once he was injured, the team was exposed and limped its way to a two-win season and the No. 1 overall draft pick. Polian was hired in 1997 by the Colts and won NFL Executive of the Year a whopping six times. From 1997 to 2004, he hit a number of home runs in the draft, picking up Manning, Edgerrin James, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney and Dallas Clark in the first round.

From then til now? Not so good: Marlin Jackson, Joseph Addai, Anthony Gonzalez, Donald Brown, Jerry Hughes and Anthony Castonzo over eight different drafts is a horrible misuse of first-round picks, even if they were near the bottom of the first round.

The Manning conundrum looms as the spiciest offseason storyline. The Polians gave Peyton his contract (and obviously drafted him) but Irsay is a tremendous supporter of his franchise quarterback. Cleaning house could mean moving onto a new era (one that will presumably feature Andrew Luck under center) ... or perhaps the Polians were prepared to move along without Manning and Irsay wasn't ready to do that.

Whatever, as Colts center Jeff Saturday told our Colts Rapid Reporter Tom James on Monday that Irsay promised him "there will be changes in the offseason." Saturday didn't know what kind of changes those would be.

They are, quite clearly, large changes. An entire overhaul of the Colts organization, in fact.

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Posted on: January 1, 2012 4:11 pm
 

Colts wrap up the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft

D. Orlovsky and P. Manning (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

Congratulations to the Colts for sewing up the No. 1 draft pick. Now, they might have quite a conundrum on their hands.

With their 19-13 loss to the Jaguars today, Indianapolis overcomes a strong rally by the Rams in order to keep the No. 1 selection for next year’s draft.

That means either the Colts likely will select Andrew Luck with the top pick and put him behind Peyton Manning, assuming Manning is healthy, on the depth chart. Or the Colts could trade the No. 1 pick for what should be a slew of draft picks. Or they could simply move on from Manning and trade him away.

While there are plenty of other issues for the Colts to resolve -- including finding some semblance of a running game (56 yards on the day) -- Indianapolis also has to found a quarterback of the future.

We’ve seen this year just how important that position is to the Colts, and if Manning can continue his career, you have to wonder how many years he has left. If it’s three or less, it makes sense to grab Luck.

Asked after the game about Luck, Manning said (via the Indy Star), "That's something I haven't thought a whole lot about."

Either way, the next four months in Indianapolis’ front office should be rather interesting.


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