Tag:Peyton Manning
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:58 pm

NFL teams cherish their QB's. Or not.

Three big-time, big-money quarterbacks are being hurried back onto the field as fast as possible, and why? Because NFL teams are greedy business ventures. Not a shock, really, but it would be nice if one team -- just one -- of the following three offenders bucked the desire to milk every last play out of their bell-cow QB's by saying, "You know what? You've had enough. Sit this one out."

The three offenders: Cowboys. Eagles. Colts.

The three quarterbacks: Tony Romo (lung, rib). Michael Vick (head, hand). Peyton Manning (neck).

The Cowboys are expected to let Romo play tonight, just as they let him play last week, with some combination of broken rib/collapsed lung. The Eagles are hopeful Vick can play Sunday, one week after he suffered a broken bruised hand and two weeks after a concussion. The Colts made it clear Monday, through owner Jim Irsay, that they remain hopeful of Manning's return in December despite his advanced age, the location and severity of his injury, and the fact that the Colts have no shot, none, at playing meaningful games in December.

Funny how the NFL is trying to protect its quarterbacks from headhunting linebackers and knee-shotting defensive tackles, instead of worrying about the meanest SOB's in the league -- the owners.
Posted on: January 19, 2011 1:01 pm

Peyton gonna get paid ... my mixed thoughts

Colts owner Jim Irsay says he's about to make Peyton Manning the highest-paid player in the NFL, which makes all the sense in the world ... and no sense at all.

On the one hand Manning has been one of the best quarterbacks, if not the very best, in recent years and possibly all-time. Yeah, that's a mouthful, but the guy has four MVP trophies and a Super Bowl ring, and he's in position to break every important career record for the position.

On the other hand, he'll be 35 in March. Old quarterbacks don't get better, they get worse. And Manning has, statistically, gotten worse since 2004. In the all-important passer rating category, Manning's number has dropped every year since 2004 (with the exception of 2009.) See his numbers here.

On the other hand, the Colts haven't surrounded him with prime talent at all times, usually because of injury. And still he puts up Pro Bowl production.

That's a lot of hands. Before I go all Rex Ryan on you and start using feet, let me conclude with this: The Colts are clearly paying Manning as much for what he has done as what he will do. I'd say that's not the smartest way to run your business.

But it sure is classy.

Category: NFL
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