Tag:Peyton Manning
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:01 pm

Loyalty? No such thing in the NFL.

The NFL is a nasty business. There is no such thing as loyalty -- on either side.

I hate the word.

It doesn't apply.

See: Peyton Manning.

It doesn't matter what you have done, what stadiums you helped built, what Super Bowls you brought to a sleepy little city, if you're breaking down and the price is too high, you are expendable.

The Indianapolis Colts are parting ways Wednesday with Manning, a decision helped along by a $28-million roster bonus he is due and the uncertainty about his health after suffering a neck injury. 

Even so, it should be a message to the rest of the NFL players that there is no loyalty. If Peyton Manning can go, so can you.

Get what you can when you can. There is a "me" in team.

Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2011 4:04 pm

Colts are done

Peyton Manning is done for two to three months after having more neck surgery Thursday.

The Indianapolis Colts are done for the season.

They can use all that "next-man-up" talk all they want, but there is no replacing this man.

The Colts are the most quarterback-centric team in the NFL. The snake dies when the head is cut off.

The head is off -- at least for a while.

There is no saying how long Manning will be out. Neck injuries are tricky. They are potentially life-changing injuries. If I were Manning, I'd sit this one out.

What's the point?

The Colts will be done by the time he gets back.

That isn't to disrespect the players still on the field, or call out the front office like other have. It's just that when you lose a player like Manning, one so valuable to the team, there is no way to overcome it.

Don't tell me about Matt Cassel replacing Tom Brady. That didn't work either. The Patriots didn't make the playoffs.

The Colts will be lucky to make it to six victories without Manning.

Kerry Collins can fill on for a game or two -- not 10-16.

But that's what happens when you have a great quarterback. He cures ills. He covers blemishes.

But when he's not around, those ills and blemishes are there for all to see.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:55 am
Edited on: September 5, 2011 12:59 am

If you have two, you have none

Name the backup quarterbacks in New Orleans, Green Bay, San Diego, Pittsburgh and New England.

Quick now.

Here's my name for all of them: Team Sunk.

Teams with franchise quarterbacks, those truly elite, don't put money into backups. So if the starter goes down, they're done anyway. The backups are irrelevant.

There have been a lot of critics who have ripped Colts personnel czar Bill Polian for not getting a better backup for Peyton Manning, especially now that it's looking like Manning will miss time this season -- maybe a lot of it. That's just foolish. 

They pay Manning a lot of money. They can't pay another player big money to be his backup.

Polian's approach has been that if Manning goes down, the team is done.

Well, we might find out how true that is. Manning's injured neck could be more problematic than first thought.  If he is to miss a lengthy period of time, even the season, the Colts will not sniff the playoffs. Kerry Collins isn't bringing this team to the playoffs.

So Chase Daniel (Saints), Matt Flynn (Packers), Billy Volek (Chargers), Charlie Batch (Steelers) and Brian Hoyer (Patriots) might look like decent options as backups, but if any of the stars in front of them goes down those teams are done.

I'd rather have one star that makes big money, rather than two average players.

At times, you have to live with injury. You have to hope it doesn't happen, but that's worth the risk if you have a player like Manning.

So lay off Polian. There's no reason to put money into the backup spot.

If Manning isn't on the field, we know what happens.

Team Sunk.

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 15, 2011 6:26 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 6:27 pm

Manning has $23 million reasons to like tag

The Indianapolis Colts have placed the franchise tag on Peyton Manning, which was the worst-kept secret in the NFL.

They had no choice. The two sides have tried to come to a long-term deal, but without one the Colts are protecting their interests by putting the tag on Manning.

I can tell you this: He doesn't mind.

Manning will be paid $23 million this year and would be paid $27 million next year if he were to be tagged again.

That's $50 million, which is more money than Tom Brady got guaranteed in his four-year extension.

The only risk is if Manning were to get hurt, but he's willing to take that risk. Manning prefers a long-term deal, but the Colts had a chance to do something last summer and never got  it done.

Manning didn't take too kindly to the notion that he was the one who didn't want to do a deal. What he didn't want was to do a deal during the season. He was more than willing to do it before the season, but the Colts waited to see what Brady got from the Patriots.

Now this could get ugly. The $23 million would be a huge hit to the Colts cap. It also isn't what Manning prefers. But believe this: Manning can handle it more than the Colts can.

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 10, 2011 10:48 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 10:48 pm

Manning OK with franchise tag

Make no mistake about It: Peyton Manning wants a new contact from the Indianapolis Colts.

But make no mistake about this: Manning is more than willing to play for the franchise tag number, according to a league source. If the Colts put the tag on him, which is expected shortly,  they will have to pay him roughly $23 million this coming season. If they did it in 2012 -- assuming the rules are the same -- they would  have to pay him $25 or $26 million. 

That means in a two-year span, Manning would be paid a guaranteed of roughly  $48 million, which is about the guaranteed money in Tom Brady's new contract.

The only risk there would be if Manning were to get hurt -- seriously hurt -- in 2011. In that case, he might not see the second year of the franchise number, but this is a quarterback who has missed one play because of injury in his career, and that was a broken nose.

Manning prefers to get a long-term deal, but he has grown tired with the Colts lack of aggression in trying to get a deal done. Sources close to Manning say he was put off because the Colts didn't try and get a deal done before the 2010 season. He didn't want to negotiate during the season, wanting to concentrate on playing football, which made him look like he was the guy uninterested in working toward a new deal.

It didn't go over well with the Manning camp when Colts owner Jimmy Irsay said the team wasn't a one-man team, which the Manning camp took as a public hit  in the negotiations. See if the Colts would be a playoff team without him.

They might win four games.

The two sides need to agree on a new contract. Manning has earned it. And the Colts need him happy.

Just in case, the franchise tag is there for the Colts to make sure he doesn't leave. But Manning would be OK with that. That much I know. 

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 2, 2009 5:00 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2009 5:59 pm

The key to Peyton Manning: Drive

Sitting at his locker just over two weeks ago after he helped carve up the Jacksonville Jaguars, Peyton Manning tried anxiously to pull off the bulky brace of his left knee. That task was much tougher than what he did earlier that night.

Manning's performance against the Jaguars, completing 29 of 34 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns, earned him his third MVP award, an award he was given Friday in a vote of the national media.

Manning now has three MVPs to tie Brett Favre as the only men to win three. Some will say he has 2 1/2 since he tied Steve McNair back in 2003. But there's no way he should have shared that one. It was his, but only the anti-Manning vote cost him the award outright.

I used to write then: The Co must go for McNair.

There was no debating this one. After an infected bursa sac in his left knee led to two surgeries and had many wondering about his status for this season, Manning started on opening day.

"I wasn't right until about the fifth week," he told me after that Jacksonville game.

He never let anyone know.

That's Manning. He works his butt off and doesn't make excuses, even if people try to portray him as a me-first player.

Manning loves to win. He can sometimes be surly when he doesn't win, but that's the competitor in him.

I've always felt he's been the best quarterback of our generation -- a slight bit better than Tom Brady -- and if he takes the Colts to the Super Bowl this season I think that would lock it up.

Dan Marino and Peyton Manning are the two best I've seen.

They both hated to lose. They both showed it when they did.

That's what I want from my quarterback. I also want them to stand in and face the rush and scan the field to the third and fourth read.

After that victory over the Jaguars on December 18, Manning was asked about a certain play.

He mentioned the receiver was his fourth read.

There are a handful of passers in the game today who make it to the fourth read. That's what sets the great ones apart.

They see it.

Marino saw it. Manning and Brady see it.

Manning finally did get that brace off. It wasn't without work. The persistence he showed in doing that simple task is what makes him the game's best quarterback.

You could see it in his eyes. Now I know what defenses see on game days.



Category: NFL
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