Peyton Manning To Denver And What Does This Mean For The Rest Of The NFL

As of today, former Colts QB, Peyton Manning will be a Denver Bronco, now for Denver this means the obvious, they’re getting a future hall of famer QB who will give them the best shot to go to a Super Bowl. Now obviously there is some doubt with his neck, but I think it’s fair to believe that all is right with Mr. Manning. Now seeing as Denver could make it to the second round of the NFL playoffs with the Messiah Tim Tebow, theres no doubt in anybody’s mind that they could make the playoffs with Manning. Denver’s defense on average gave up 19 points per game last year, there’s no doubt in my mind that Manning could put up more.

Now for the more interesting topic, what happens to the other teams that were in the mix?

The San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are in a strange predicament. They were the surprise of the NFL season, making it all the way to NFC championship game. This in turn, took away the “bust” label on Alex Smith, but now Alex Smith is a free agent and seems to think he deserves more, so although the 49ers have signed receivers Mario Manningham and Randy Moss, they now have no QB to throw them the ball.

The Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals will leave this sweepstakes unscalled pretty much. Last season they traded for Eagles QB Kevin Kolb, granted he didn’t do “squat”, but maybe this season it will be different. They also still have all-pro wideout Larry Fitzgerald.

The Tennessee Titans

The Titans gave it a good go trying to sign Manning. They pulled the “you played here in college” card, but that didn’t work. So now for the Titans are stuckwith another aging QB (Matt Hasslebeck), although young QB, Jake Locker didn’t look half bad last year. 2010-2011 NFL Rushing leader, Chris Johnson had a lack lustre year in the 2011-12 season. If Johnson can improve they could give the now Mario Williams-less Texans a run for their money.

The Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins are definitely in a panic mode. They finished with a record of 6-10 (not too bad considering they started off 0-7), unfortunately, since they were able to win those 6 games, they now sit in the 8th position when it comes to the draft. The Dolphins are QBless as Chad Henne singed with Jags and Matt Flynn signed with the seahawks, so all signs point to the fact that Miami will try to draft Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill.

However, there is a subplot to the Miami situation. Seeing as Denver now has Manning, they will try to trade Tebow, and with the Jags already getting Henne, some believe Miami will trade for Tebow, seeing as he’s Florida’s favourite son.

The Tebow Situation

As previously mentioned Tebow could go to Miami. Now another team I could see him going to is San Fran, With receivers like Manningham and Moss, Tebow could just launch the ball up to them. Not to mention, a Frank Gore and Tim Tebow backfield could be lethal. Also we can’t forget that former QB Jim Harbaugh is there coach, so he could show Tebow a thing or two.

The Jaguars have been rumoured to be in the mix still, but I don’t see why the Jaguars would sign Henne and then trade for Tebow. The Patriots have also been in the mix, which I surprisingly understand. Now, the Patriots aren’t going to be trading Tom Brady or anything, but Belichick is an innovator, so he would try to find a way to fit Tebow in.

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The 2016 Super Bowl Champions… The St. Louis Rams and Peyton Manning Watch Day 2

In the last hour the St. Louis Rams cemented them selves as the 2016 Super Bowl champions. The Rams traded the 2nd overall pick to the Washington Redskins for three first round picks and a second round pick. The Dallas Cowboys-Minnesota trade has been considered the greatest trade in NFL history, as it led to the Cowboys dominance in the 90s. For now, at least until we see how these picks pan out, it shall remain a close second.

The Rams have been lacking a receiving core that their former first overall pick QB Sam bradford could throw too. Well now with the 6th overall pick, the Rams may be able to select OK ST WR Justin Blackmon. Bradford and Blackmon could prove to be a lethal combination. As well, with 4 first round picks in the next two years, the Rams will be able to add as much depth as a team could possibly need.

Now on the Redskins front, the ‘Skins have now shown that they intend to draft Baylor QB Robert Griffin the 3rd. Although this could prove to be a great pick, the trade doesn’t make a lot of sense. Let’s say Griffin proves to be everything we thought he could be and more, who will he pass the ball to? Who will block for him? Who will play defense on the ‘Skins? Even with a great QB, you still need a great team to win a Super Bowl and you can’t have a great team without draft picks. If free agency is all you needed then the ‘Skins would have been a contender for the last 10 years.

From the beginning St Louis has been trying to shop this pick and the only possible team to make the trade was the Washington Redskins. The asking price was too high for any other team and the ‘Skins Owner, Dan Snyder has been known to make insane moves (i.e Albert Haynesworth’s 100 million dollar contract…).

Peyton Manning Watch Day 2

As of today QB Peyton Manning is talking to the Denver Broncos. This is the first of plenty of teams that the future hall of fame QB will talk to. Now a lot of people seem to think that Manning could end up there and with the ‘Skins, who were already a long shot and have now all but dropped out, the Broncos have moved into 4th place in a lot of peoples minds. I can’t see Manning signing with the Broncos. Manning is a future hall of famer why would he want to sign with a team that already has a famous QB in John Elway, Manning doesn’t want to compete with that legend. Now many people say that the trade would end Tim Tebow’s career but really it would only improve his career. Manning could teach Tebow the way of the QB or they could trade him to the Jaguars, who have been rumoured to be shopping for the Floridian legend. The Broncos aren’t stable enough for Manning, John Fox has not proven to be a great Coach, granted he made the Super Bowl with the Panthers, but since then all his teams have been failures. I still see Manning either going to the Cards, Fins or Jets.
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The End of An Era

Although it is not official…yet. It is rumoured that the Indianapolis Colts will release  star quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning was drafted in 1998 by the Colts with the first overall pick, his first season he went 3-13, but in his second season he went 13-3. He brought the Colts to 9 consecutive playoff appearances, before missing last season. With the Colts, Manning won 4 MVP awards (an NFL record), he won one Super Bowl and a Super Bowl MVP award. He is 3rd in every major passing category and he’s face of the franchise… or was. With Manning gone, the Andrew Luck era shall begin, pending the Colts draft Luck. The best situation to happen for the Colts is that Luck goes 3-13 (like his predecessor) and gets the Colts another first overall pick so they can build a team around Luck.

Now for Manning, he now has the option to sign wherever he pleases. The top four teams I can see Manning go to are as follows.

1) The New York Jets, the Jets have a great defence and a great run game. The one thing they’ve been missing is a consistent QB, Mark Sanchez has been less then stellar in his time with New York. Manning’s father Archie during an interview a few months ago almost hinted that Peyton could end up there. If Peyton were to land in New York it would really heat up the Manning-Brady rivalry, as well there would be two Mannings’ in New York.

2) The Arizona Cardinals, the Cardinals have been one of the teams that are consistently mentioned. Arizona is a very stable environment (which Manning likes), they also are the city that took in an old Kurt Warner.  Arizona also has one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, Larry Fitzgerald. A Manning-Fitzgerald combo would be killer, as well the Cardinals are in the NFC West, a division that has been the weakest division in the NFL in recent years. With that being said the 49ers were stellar last season but Manning could easily dissect the 49ers defense. Also the Cardinals hired Manning’s ex QB coach Frank Reich.

3) The Washington Redskins, the Redskins are a team that have been known to sign older players and have always been willing to pay top dollar. The Redskins have been known to look for the quick fix and if your looking for a quick fix, Peyton Manning is your man. The Redskins also hold the 6th pick, with that pick they could possibly draft Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon. With Manning and Blackmon the ‘Skins could tear up almost any defense. Now their main competition would be the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, who are led by non other than Peyton’s younger brother Eli. The Giants made the playoffs with a 9-7 record, Peyton hasn’t won less then 10 games since 2001. Now, even if the Giants were once again to finish first in the division, it’s safe to say that Manning would lead the Redskins to a  wild card spot

4) Last but not least, the Miami Dolphins, The ‘Fins have been a team always in the mix of the “where will Peyton end up talks”. Although the ‘Fins had a pretty bad season at 6-10, they were not actually as bad as their record suggests, they finished the season 6-3. The ‘Fins also hold the 8th pick, with that they can improve an already pretty solid o-line, fix up some of their defensive problems or if around, draft WR Michael Floyd from Notre Dame or Kendall Wright from Baylor, with one of these  two start wide receivers plus Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins could torch any opposing defense.

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Randy Moss, Linsanity, Manning Vs Manning, Hines Ward and The Grammys

Due to some internet problems over the last few weeks I’ve been unable to write any articles, but now I’m back and I’ve got a few stories and topics to cover.

1) Randy Moss is out of retirement! Last year, wide receiver, Randy Moss retired after no teams seemed to have any interest in him. I thought this was crazy as he is a “freak”. As long as you have someone to throw the ball high in the air, Moss will catch it. I’m hopping that someone will sign Moss this year. Personally the Team that has Peyton Manning at the beginning of the season should sign Moss. Imagine Peyton Manning throwing 60 yard bombs to Randy Moss and who better to keep him in check.

2) Jeremy Shu-How Lin (not to be confused with Timothy Richard Tebow) is the greatest player in NBA history. Alright well, maybe not… YET, but he is one of the greatest things to happen to basketball. Jeremy Lin is a Harvard graduate, for those not familiar with the likes of Harvard graduates, I brought names: John Adams, John F Kennedy, Mitt Romney, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. It is easy to assume that Mr Lin is a very intelligent man and that he is good role model. Lin is also the underdog story of the year. He went from living on his brothers couch to averaging 27.3 points and 8.3 assists in his first 4 starts. Jeremy Shu-How Lin is a mix of a genius, Rudy and Tim Tebow. This is why he is the greatest thing to happen to if not basketball, all of sports.

3) Since winning his 2nd Superbowl and slaying the evil Patriots AGAIN, Eli Manning is now said to be better than his older brother Peyton. Now as an avid Colts fan, I understand that maybe I only have this view, for the fact that Peyton Manning has been my idol for as long as I’ve liked football. However, with that being said, Peyton Manning has won 4 regular season MVP awards (an NFL record), he is the 3rd all time in both passing yards and touchdowns and has one a Super Bowl of his own. Eli has won two Super Bowls and two Super Bowl MVP awards. I understand that the NFL weighs Super Bowls heavily, but you shouldn’t judge a player solely on that, you should judge him for his whole body of work. Peyton Manning led his teams to 9 consecutive playoff appearances (tied an NFL record). He did this with a low-ranked defense, and in the last few years a low-ranked run game. Eli has been leading an off and on Giants team that has had a great defense, and like the team in general an off and on run game. Eli is younger and has time to improve his stats and career, but until then, I think it’s safe to say Peyton Manning is the better Manning.

4) Fourth on the docket, the curious case of Hines Ward. Steelers’ wide receiver Hines Ward wants to end his career as a Pittsburgh Steeler, but the Steelers plan on releasing him. Hines Ward has even stated that he would restructure his contract so he could remain a Steeler. This case reminds me of where the Edmonton Oilers traded Ryan Smyth, who said he’d love to play for the Oilers(as they were his favourite team as a child), but they still traded him. Although I am not a Steelers fan, I feel for Hines Ward and I hope that the Steelers do decide to keep him for the rest of his career.

5) Last and least, The Grammys. The Grammys were as expected, very tame and horrid. However, there was a small silver lining, Bon Iver won Best New Artist, Adele won 6 Grammys and Kanye West won four. After this years list of winners, The Grammys got back some of their integrity by locking out Artists such as Drake and Wiz Khalifa. However, this years performances were less then stellar with the exceptions of Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of “I will always love you” by the late Whitney Houston and Adele’s performance of “Rolling in the Deep”. Next year, pending albums of course, I’m hoping for performances by Kanye West, Jay Z, Blink 182, Eminem, a performance by Dr Dre (after finally releasing Detox), a rejuvenated Green Day and or multiple Rock band acts. I would like less performances by Chris Brown, David Guetta, Taylor Swift and everybody and anybody in the Young Money family.

 

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The Sanctity Of The Horseshoe

As of this week, there seemed to be a small riff between Colts owner Jim Irsay and Colts star quarterback Peyton Manning. It all started when Peyton did an interview with Bob Kravitz. Manning had just disclosed his personal feelings about the Colts current situation. Jim Irsay would have none of this, saying Manning should’ve kept it “in the house” and talked about the “sanctity of the horseshoe”. This was all very ironic, seeing as Irsay loves to tweet as much as possible. As well, his father did just abandon the city of Baltimore during a snow storm to relocate to Indianapolis. Since this little riff Irsay and Manning have released a joint statement saying everything was okay now and so on, but with this latest riff, it’s becoming more and more clear that Peyton Manning will not be the Colts QB next season, but for the sake of the Colts they should pray they don’t have to play an angry Manning next year.

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Had To Say

As a die hard Colts fan it’s been very a very difficult year. With the loss of our star quarterback and my longtime hero Peyton Manning, the Colts finished with the worst record in football, 2-14. This was the first time in 9 years that the Colts didn’t make the playoffs. With the first overall pick it was clear that the Colts would draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

From the beginning I’ve been saying that the Colts could draft Luck and then have Manning mentor him. This would prevent a David Carr type situation, especially with an aging Colts team. As time goes on it seems that there’s no way my dream will come true. The Colts have also stated that they intend to release Manning. Which now brings me to the hardest thing I’ve ever had to say… The Colts must trade Manning. If they release him they’re wasting a great opportunity. On October 12th, 1989 The Dallas Cowboys traded Herschel Walker and a few other picks and players to the Minnesota Vikings for three first round picks, three second round picks, one third round pick and a sixth round pick. The Bengals also received two first round picks from the Oakland Raiders for quarterback Carson Palmer, who had been home playing Madden for half of the season. The three teams that are being continuously mentioned for wanting Manning are the Redskins, Dolphins and the Jets. The Redskins hold the 6th overall pick, if the Colts trade Manning to the Redskins they could hold the first and sixth picks, plus they would at least receive the Redskins 2013 first rounder and probably multiple other picks. With all these picks, the Colts could build around Andrew Luck and bring back the Colts dynasties of the 2000′s.

So for the sake of the Colts future, I’m begging you Mr Irsay, trade Peyton Manning

 

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