Where is the next home for Peyton Manning?

With the Colts achieving a negative 8 wins from their previous season, they’ve locked up the #1 overall draft pick next month, and will take Andrew Luck, as all coaching and administrative staff have stated. The 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback is being kicked to the curb, but will he go out as Joe Montana, Brett Favre and Johnny Unitas, playing for different teams?

Manning, who will turn 36 later this month, will perhaps become the most prized free agent in NFL history. The decision is not a surprise. Manning spent his 14-year career in Indianapolis, but he became expendable after a neck injury forced him to miss the 2011 season and the Colts collapsed without him, finishing tied for the worst record (2-14) with the St. Louis Rams. That put the Colts in position to select Manning’s successor, Andrew Luck, who will have as many lofty expectations to meet as Manning did. Luck will join a franchise that is substantially different from the one Manning elevated to greatness. Since the end of the season, the Colts’ owner, Jim Irsay, has cleaned house of most of the coaches and front-office executives who worked with Manning.

Peyton Manning has been the Colts’ quarterback for so long that the last quarterback to start a game before he got there was Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, who could be among the teams that try to bring Manning in.  Continue reading “Where is the next home for Peyton Manning?” Where is the next home fo…

Chicago without a Favre Fantasy

Speculation of Brett Favre signing with the Chicago Bears seemed to be a real possibility. Besides, doesn’t Favre want to play for all of the NFC-North teams? He’d only have the Detroit Lions to go!

Jay Cutler contends the retired quarterback might have agreed to an NFL return, at the right price. Cutler’s agent is Bus Cook, who just so happens to be Favre’s longtime rep. Cutler, who’s sidelined indefinitely after having thumb surgery, spoke with Cook about the situation earlier in the week. “He didn’t really expect Brett to come back,” Cutler told ESPN Radio on Wednesday. “Brett probably would have came back, but I’m sure it would have to be a very, very high number money-wise, and it would have been interesting.”  Continue reading “Chicago without a Favre Fantasy” Chicago without a Favre F…

Brett Favre putting down the talent of Aaron Rodgers?

In a weekend interview on 790 The Zone in Atlanta, Brett Favre said Aaron Rodgers “fell into a good situation” in Green Bay.  Was it an insult?

And I’d like to think that he watched, he learned, and then when he got a chance to play, he brought in his ability which is obviously very good or they wouldn’t have drafted him in the first round. He’s got tremendous talent, he’s very bright and he got a chance to watch and see successful teams do it right. And so he just kind of fell into a good situation. On top of that, he’s a good player.

I don’t think there’s any pressure on him now, the talent around him is even better than when I was there. So I’m really kind of surprised it took him so long. In the early part of last year, it hadn’t quite clicked yet and I didn’t know it would. I just kind of figured when they hit their stride, they’re going to be hard to beat. And that’s what happened.

Favre seems to sound as if Rodgers’ talent was a secondary factor in his success with the Packers, and that the real reason is that he was lucky enough to fall into the right situation in Green Bay.   On the other hand, Favre is known for long, meandering answers in interviews, so that may have just been a stream-of-consciousness observation that had no bad intention attached to it. Knowing ‘ole Brett, we know pretty much anything can just come out of his mouth at any time.