February 3, 2014 |
Full disclosure. Before Super Bowl XLVIII, I argued that Peyton Manning's legacy was established and whether the Broncos won or lost the game wouldn't alter the way his career would be viewed. Well.... Who figured that the Broncos quarterback would end up looking more like Brandon Weedon than Peyton Manning on Sunday. Sam Farmer, The Times' astute NFL columnist, discusses Manning, the Super Bowl, and what lies ahead for the NFL in 2014 in the video above. As for Manning, Farmer was as surprised as just about everyone else that the Seahawks defense was able to take him out of his game so effectively.
February 23, 2012 |
A Peyton Manning photo the size of a drive-in movie screen still graces the front of Lucas Oil Stadium - site of this week's NFL scouting combine - but for how long? The quarterback's future with the Colts should be known within the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Dolphins fans have started a grass-roots campaign to lure the four-time MVP to Miami. As the Washington Post's Cindy Boren reports, fans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., have bought a billboard to advertise ManningtoMiami.com, complete with a doctored shot of Manning in Dolphins turquoise and orange.
March 7, 2012 |
Peyton Manning is much more than a typical NFL player. He's also a shrewd businessman who one day could wind up owning a team. Surely, he wants to take his time to evaluate the opportunities in front of him, and to leverage one team against another to get the best deal (with the most guaranteed money.) So it's likely that he won't rush into any decision. Still, he's been in the same offense for all 14 years of his career, so it behooves him to move quickly enough to get the jump on a new system and new personnel.
March 12, 2012 |
Free agency starts Tuesday, and Commissioner Roger Goodell is due to hand down punishments for the Saints' bounty scandal, but the biggest story in the NFL this week -- and this off-season -- is the future of Peyton Manning. The four-time most valuable player had a busy weekend, spending Friday and part of Saturday meeting in Denver with Broncos brass, then flying to Arizona on Saturday night and meeting with the Cardinals for 6½ hours on Sunday. He then flew back to Miami, where he has a condominium, and didn't meet with Seattle or Kansas City, a strong indication that those suitors are either out of the sweepstakes or facing fourth-and-long.
March 15, 2012 |
This could be a big clue as to which way Peyton Manning is leaning. His buddy, former All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson, rejected Seattle's offer of a one-year deal to sign for three years with Tennessee. According to an NFL source, the decision was based partly on what many suspected -- Hutchinson wants to play with Manning, friends from many Pro Bowl appearances. Titans owner Bud Adams has said he wants to offer Manning a "lifetime contract," which would include a job with the franchise after the quarterback's playing career is over.
December 1, 2011 |
Peyton Manning's surgery appears to have been a success, according to reports out Thursday. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback has been off the gridiron since surgery on his neck in September, leaving him sidelined for the first time in his 14-year NFL career. "Peyton will now be allowed to increase the intensity and breadth of his workouts as tolerated. There remains every indication that his recovery will continue," surgeon Robert Watkins said in a statement . That's great news for Manning, whose chances of returning to the field had seemed even dimmer when news first broke that he would be sitting out the season.
March 26, 2012 |
Peyton Manning hates to waste time. The Denver Broncos' new quarterback spent Monday morning throwing at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., south of the city. The Denver Post reported the story, snapping pictures of the four-time Most Valuable Player as he threw. Under the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement, there are restrictions about when players can train at team facilities during the off-season. Valor Christian is where members of the Broncos held players-only workouts during last year's labor lockout.
March 15, 2012 |
On Twitter earlier Thursday I joked that Tennessee's top draft pick from last season will soon be known as Jake “Cleaned Out” Locker, in light of how aggressively the Titans are pursuing Peyton Manning. Of course, it would be a shock if the Titans were to trade Locker, the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft. But the possibility of Manning joining the team -- and, yes, there are several other suitors - does raise interesting questions about what that would mean for Locker's development.
March 7, 2012
Peyton Manning will not be a member of the Indianapolis Colts -- the team for which he started 227 games in a row, winning a Super Bowl title and four league MVPs along the way -- next season. That much we know for sure, as the Colts announced Manning's release at a press conference Wednesday morning . But what team's jersey will Manning be wearing next season? Assuming he's healthy -- and reports are that his recovery is moving in the right direction -- he is sure to attract plenty of attention.
March 5, 2012 |
Was Peyton Manning the victim of the bounty system of disgraced defensive coordinator Gregg Williams? Evidently, the genesis of Manning's chronic neck problems might have been a brutal hit by Washington defensive end Philip Daniels in 2006, who was coached at the time by Williams. “Just listening to their guys talk, it does sound like it,” former Colts Coach Tony Dungy said Monday on the “Dan Patrick Show.” “When you see (former Redskins safety) Matt Bowen's comments and [Philip]