Tag:Peyton Manning
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:25 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 1:37 am

Archie Manning: Luck, Peyton could work together

By Will Brinson

Archie Manning's on a media tour for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award these days and over the past 48 hours, he's probably been asked about Peyton Manning's future no less than 50 times, particularly as it relates to the strong possibility of the Colts drafting Andrew Luck.

One such time was Tuesday morning, when I spoke with Archie about the future of his oldest son with Indy.

"Well, you know, we'll just kind of have to see how that all plays out," Archie told CBSSports.com. "I think so much as far as what happens with Peyton will be about his health. And with the Colts, certainly understanding they're having a tough year and they'll have a high pick. I think Andrew Luck is a great prospect, somebody you can bring into your team and be a franchise quarterback and have a long career so you gotta to appreciate what the Colts are going through.

"It'll all work out. It'll all work out, seeing how they finish the season, seeing how they do, seeing how Peyton's health is, it'll shake out and be fine."

Archie later stated that he didn't "think [having Luck and Peyton on the same roster] would necessarily be a great fit for either one," a comment that drew plenty of skepticism about Peyton's future with the Colts. (And, perhaps, a text message or two from Peyton to his pops.)

The elder Manning clarified those remarks on ESPN radio Wednesday morning, when asked why he didn't believe the two could co-exist.

"I'm sure they could," Archie said Wednesday. "Andrew is a great young man and we've enjoyed getting to know him. He and Peyton have a friendship, and I'm one of the few people out there that's not really concerned about this deal. All good people respect each other and I'm sure this will all shake out."

The reality of Archie's comment that drew skepticism is probably this: he believes Peyton can play a few more years, and he believes Luck, as he told me, can step right in and be a franchise quarterback.

Keeping both guys on the same roster isn't just difficult from a financial perspective (though it's certainly possible), it's difficult from a football perspective, because it means limiting the number of years in which Luck can receive on-field training as a starting quarterback.

And it's precisely why the Colts are likely to have a difficult decision in the coming months.

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Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:39 pm

Pick-Six Podcast: Archie Manning, MDS, MNF

Posted by Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

Week 13 is all wrapped up, and we break down the Chargers-Jaguars matchup.

We've got a special guest this week though, and Archie Manning joins the show to talk about the BCS matchup, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (click to vote), the status of Peyton Manning's health, why Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin are more vulnerable to critcism than other people (and if they deserve it), how Eli's developed wide receivers this year, the Ole Miss coaching search, and how Peyton and Andrew Luck would work on the same team.

Then we break down whether or not Tim Tebow can be an MVP candidate and bring on our good friend Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk to discuss Tebow's candidacy, whether the Lions are a shinking ship, and much, much more.

Did we mention that you should subscribe to the podcast via iTunes?

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Posted on: December 4, 2011 2:08 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2011 11:18 pm

Video: Peyton Manning talks to The NFL Today

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Sunday, prior to the Colts-Patriots game, Peyton Manning joined The NFL Today crew to talk about where he is in his rehab from multiple neck surgeries (he's making progress); what his future holds as a player, coach (prognosis: not good), and television analyst (he's gunning for Marino's chair); and his thoughts on the Colts drafting Andrew Luck. 

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Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:10 pm

Peyton Manning slowly getting healthier

ManningPosted by Josh Katzowitz

About a month ago, Peyton Manning said he’d have a better indication of where he -- and his career -- stood once he went through his Dec. 1 checkup. And though his progress from neck surgery has been awfully slow, he finally received some good news today.

The Colts released a statement from Dr. Robert Watkins in which he said the X-ray and CT examination of Manning’s surgical area shows “that the fusion performed in September has achieved firm fixation.”

“Peyton will now be allowed to increase the intensity and breadth of his workouts as tolerated,” Watkins said. “There remains every indication that his recovery will continue.”

Watkins said there’s no timetable for Manning’s return to practice.

“I am encouraged with what Doc had to say,” Manning said in the statement. “I am happy that I can increase my rehabilitation program as outlined by him, Erin (Barill) and the Colts Medical Staff. I am hopeful for continued progress in this next phase of my rehab.”

While Manning has said in the past that he wants to practice and play if possible (!) this year, the latter almost surely won’t happen. Still, he has to be encouraged by this latest news. As is his team, though as we should point out, there still is no indication that Manning will ever be healthy enough to play again.

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Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:09 pm

Reggie Wayne is understandably frustrated

Wayne is on pace for career lows in catches, yards and touchdowns. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

For an idea of just how far and fast the Colts have fallen since losing Peyton Manning before the season, consider that Reggie Wayne has been out of the news since, well, September. This is what happens when you go from one of the NFL's most productive wide receivers to the situation Wayne currently finds himself: a weekly non-factor thanks to a suddenly inept Colts offense.

Manning's replacement, Curtis Painter, has completed just 55 percent of his passes (5 TDs, 7 INTs), and as a consequence, Wayne has just 42 receptions for 530 yards and a lone touchdown. He's on pace for his lowest totals in catches, yards and touchdowns since 2003. Understandably, he's frustrated.

"I always feel 'this week' I'm going to have a big game," Wayne said, according to the Indianapolis Star's Mike Chappell. "So, (today) is going to be my big game of the year. Won't be hard, you know what I mean?"

Wayne's best game came in the opener, a seven-catch, 106-yard effort in a beatdown at the hands of the Texans. In the nine games since, Wayne has had four receptions or fewer seven times and his longest catch of the season is just 36 yards.

"The only way I go without snapping (with) the media is every game when I come in, first thing I do is put my helmet and stuff down and grab my phone," Wayne said. "Always got a text message from my wife and it's a picture of my kids.

"I don't think she's doing it on purpose, but when I see my kids, that calms the storm. They bring everything back."

It was less than four months ago that Wayne was hoping for a new contract. His value has taken a hit this season and he's certainly in line for less than that he could've expected back in August. The drastic drop in productivity isn't his fault, although we suspect that won't much matter when he negotiates his next deal.

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Posted on: November 23, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 3:13 pm

Report: Luck will enter 2012 NFL draft

LuckPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Suck for Luck? Oh, it’s so on.

In a widely-expected move -- I mean, could you really imagine him returning to Stanford for his senior season? -- quarterback Andrew Luck, the most wanted college player in the NFL, will not return to school after his season is complete.

That’s the word from Yahoo Sports, which reports that Luck will not take college classes next quarter as he prepares himself for the 2012 NFL draft and a possible relocation to Indianapolis.

There were some observers who apparently believed Luck could return to school in order to manipulate which team could possibly take him No. 1 in the draft (if that, in fact, is where Luck is selected). But that’s not going to happen at this point, and when winter quarter classes begin Jan. 9 at Stanford, Luck won’t be there.

More from Yahoo:
“He could still go back and register for classes, but that’s not the plan,” said a source who has known Luck for many years.

Luck’s father, Oliver, who played quarterback in the NFL and is now the athletic director at West Virginia University, wrote via text message that his son “does have academic work this spring that he needs to complete to graduate … and he’s planning to finish his academics.” When asked specifically about whether his son would be taking classes or focusing on his NFL future, Luck wrote: “All I can tell you is that he’ll finish his degree. It is important to him.”

If you were to analyze this situation deeply, you could make the claim that Luck might not want to play in Indianapolis, because there’s a decent chance he’d be stuck behind Peyton Manning for a few years. This assumes, of course, that Manning is healthy and that Indianapolis wouldn’t trade Luck for a boatload of draft picks. But as far as returning to Stanford to avoid that potential clash, it sounds like that’s not playing a factor in his decision.

“That’s not his style,” Yahoo’s source said. “He doesn’t like all the attention to begin with and now you’re talking about doing something that would bring a lot of extra attention on him. … I know it has been done, but there’s no guarantee of where you go. Even now, you can’t figure out what the teams are really going to do. He wants to go somewhere and have a chance to be great. You can’t create that by yourself.”

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Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:15 am

Gronkowski says he wouldn't admit concussion

Gronkowski had two touchdowns Monday. On the second score (above) he narrowly avoided serious injury. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is one of Tom Brady's favorite targets, which also qualifies him as one of the league's best pass-catchers. That's one of the benefits to playing in New England's offense. For the season, the second-year player out of Arizona has 56 receptions for 805 yards and 10 touchdowns, including a season long 52-yard score against the Chiefs Monday night. He is, as our CBSSports.com colleague Mike Freeman explains, "a special player with unforgettable talent."

But it was Gronkowski's second touchdown, a 19-yarder in the third quarter, that left him groggy after he landed awkwardly on his neck.

Gronkowski says he's fine after landing on his neck in the end zone.

Following the game, Gronkowski was asked if he remembered the touchdown.

“I remember the moment and everything,” Gronkowski said, via Larry Brown Sports (by way of PFT). “If I didn’t I still wouldn’t even say I didn’t. I’m trying to play this week.”

Gronkowski, who's listed at 6-6, 265, later joked about what could've been a serious injury.  On the bench after the play, the Patriots' training staff checked him for concussion-like symptoms.

"Yeah, they kept asking me, and I started throwing out my own math problems," Gronkowski said, according to ESPN.com. "I was like, 'Dude, I can count to 10,' and I started counting to 10," he said. "That's pretty easy though, so they kept letting me play."

It's easier to laugh knowing that Gronkowski is okay. And while we applaud him for his toughness, confessing that he'd lie to stay in the game is a problem for a league committed to making the game as safe as possible (obvious exception: the 18-game schedule).

As PFT's Michael David Smith pointed out, Gronkowski's not alone. Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning have said previously that they'd tell the doctors what they want to hear to get back on the field.

One solution: in-game concussion tests. If the NFL truly is serious about head injuries, that should be (ahem) a no-brainer.

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Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:56 pm

Top Ten with a Twist: Mojo-less NFLers

P. Rivers has struggled this season (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Where there’s a star football player*, there’s always a star football ready to fall. Sometimes, they get old overnight. Sometimes, they get satiated by a rich, new contract and lose the desire to stay hungry and work out as hard. Sometimes, their one shining season was a mirage and their talent wasn’t all that great in the first place.

*Or a football coach, executive, etc.

Earlier this season, we discussed the league’s most underrated players, the players you really should know about, and in this edition of Top Ten with a Twist, we examine the players who, for whichever reason, have fallen off the cliff. Not necessarily overrated players, but players who once were great -- or showed us the potential to be great -- but have fallen on hard times. Some of these selections still play at a very high level. That’s not the issue. The question is: are they as great as they were?

The trick for them is to rediscover what made them great in the first place, to rediscover their mojo. If they can.

10. Bernard Pollard: It was at the beginning of the 2010 season when I ranked Pollard No. 4 on my top-five safeties list, which led CBSSports.com film-watching guru Andy Benoit to write, “I like that you went with Pollard -- that shows you’re paying attention. Few people even know about the fifth-year pro.” And just two years later, after Pollard was jettisoned out of Houston, few people remember how effective he used to be. Now, he’s in Baltimore and he’s actually a starter, and really the only time he’s making news is when he’s being fined for illegal hits.

9. Logan Mankins: Once one of the best offensive guards around -- and still a top-notch player -- the contract dispute of the last two seasons seems to have taken something out of him (in August, he signed a six-year, $51 million deal). Though he emerged from last year’s holdout, in which he missed seven games, as a Pro Bowl player, he’s struggling a bit this season. He’s been whistled for more penalties, and he’s allowed more sacks than normal. Listen, he’s still one of the best guards out there, but New York’s Justin Tuck and Pittsburgh’s LaMarr Woodley found success against him this year. That rarely happened in the past.

8. Andy Reid: Is it fair that Reid, after back-to-back 10-win seasons and a plethora of success during his 12-year Eagles career, is on the hot seat for the mess Philadelphia has become this year? Maybe not. But is Reid partially -- if not, mostly -- to blame for how the Eagles season has progressed? Yes. Bringing in high-priced free agents like Nnamdi Asomugha seemed like a great idea at the time, but some of those moves have fizzled. Moving former offensive line coach Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator has not worked out well. And at this point, it seems like a lock that the 3-6 Eagles will finish outside the playoffs. Should he lose his job? Probably not. Will he? Maybe.

7. Chris Johnson: True, he’s coming off his best game of the season (27 carries, 130 yards, one touchdown), but Johnson has been a major disaster this year. Which has to give heartburn to the Titans front office, which signed Johnson to a six-year, $55.3 million contract before the season. And with that, Johnson stopped producing. He stopped hitting his holes with big-time bursts, he stopped breaking tackles and he looked lackluster. It’s hard to imagine that a big, fat contract would have caused such an appetite loss for Johnson, but all we’ve seen out of him this year are two pretty good games and a whole lot of blame deflection.

6. Bill Polian: Has an executive’s talent-spotting reputation ever fallen as far and as fast as Polian this year? With the loss of Peyton Manning imploding the Colts, eyes have shifted to Polian as perhaps a reason why Indianapolis has struggled so badly this year. No quality backup quarterback and a bushel of questionable draft picks in the past few years have us wondering if Polian’s job is in danger (owner Jim Irsay has said it’s not). But man, did the talent of Manning shield our knowledge of Polian’s ability this entire time?

Polamalu5. Troy Polamalu: Some of my colleagues (cough, cough) love to rail on Polamalu as the most overrated player in the league. I don’t think he’s that at all. Polamalu still plays at a high level, and he’s still a guy you have to gameplan against. But to say he’s the same player he was five years ago is obviously untrue. He can still lay a mean hit on a receiver, but he struggles in coverage (as shown by his inadequate defense against an A.J. Green touchdown bomb last week), and he doesn’t have the speed of his youth. He doesn’t even have the speed of two years ago. Yes, he’s been hampered by injuries (he’s missed 13 combined games in the past two seasons), but he’s not the all-world safety anymore (though he’s smart and experienced, which certainly helps). That was proven correct in Super XLV when the Packers made him irrelevant all game.

4. Chad Ochocinco: We’ve over-analyzed Ochocinco to death on this blog, but man, it’s still kind of crazy that he has just 11 catches for 201 yards and zero touchdowns on the season. The guy used to be ultra-confident. Now, he’s slowly disappearing like Marty McFly’s family photo.

3. DeSean Jackson: You have to think that, with the statements Jackson has made about how protecting his health was his No. 1 priority this season and with the fact he overslept and missed a team meeting last Saturday and got himself deactivated on Sunday, Jackson is really, really interested in his new contract. Naturally, he wants to get paid, but I don’t think being tied for 71st in the league with 29 catches is going to attract a ton of positive attention.

2. Sam Bradford: This is a strange case. Bradford seemed on the verge of a breaking out in his rookie season last year, but he’s been a forgotten man this year. That’s probably because the Rams are a forgotten team and because he’s missed a few games because of an ankle injury. But his completion percentage is down this year (55.8 percent), his touchdown-to-interception ratio is a bit worse, and he’s lost twice as many fumbles (his offensive line and receivers are not helping matters at all). And it’s not just that Bradford has played worse; it’s that nobody nationally seems to be talking about him at all, good or bad. That’s just kind of strange for last year’s No. 1 overall pick.

1. Philip Rivers: He’s never had great form, but something about the Chargers quarterback seems off this season. His strange mechanics look even stranger, and Rivers leads the league in interceptions while his 4-5 San Diego unit is sinking in the AFC West. I’ve made the joke that, now that Rivers has six children, it's no wonder he’s had a tougher time. But in San Diego, this can’t be a laughing matter. Not when Norv Turner’s job is at risk and with the Chargers losing hope fast. I keep thinking Rivers can turn it around, but at this point, it’s tough to say if he will.

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