Tag:Peyton Manning
Posted on: December 29, 2009 12:45 pm

Peyton Manning verses Brett Favre

I watched the Bears v Vikings game last night until the glorious ending.  Until the Colts came to Indiana, I was a Bears fan. Walter is still one of my all time favorite layers. Singletary, Ditka, the Fridge, I enjoyed them all.  And the troubled Jay Cutler is a Hoosier, so I have wanted him to excel.  I was glad to see him have a great night.  But my single biggest observation was watching Brett Favre lead his team at the end of the game.  Brett is as passionate a leader as I have seen, but he blurs the lines.  I observed a man who does not understand his role on the team. Favre believes he should be able to trunp the decision of his own coach. I have now seen this play out several times.  Great players, even great leaders, must know when to follow.  Favre does not.  By ignoring or agruing with his coach he tells the rest of his team they don't really need to follow the orders of their coach if they disagree strongly enough.

Now contrast the Colts this weekend.  You could see how badly Peyton wanted to be out there winning that game. Mannings' frustration was palpable. But, he showed self control. As a leader, he led by his example to follow the order that has been established.  His teammates saw that and followed his lead.  Honestly, I think the passion to win is the same in Favre and Manning.  The difference in the game and I think in life too, is knowing when to lead and when to follow.  I believe that one day Peyton will own all the meaningful records in the NFL for QB's if he choses to play that long. But I have gained more respect for his as a man, as a teammate and as a leader.  Manning will succeed in life with or without football because he has his priorities straight.
Posted on: December 18, 2009 9:17 am

Peyton Manning for MVP

Everyone who is a true fan of the NFL recognizes that Peyton Manning is among the best players ever to suit up.  At his current pace, he will own every meaningful QB record.  His teams will have won more games than any other during his leadership.  I believe he has the opportunity to win a few more Super Bowls.  By any measure you choose, Peyton stands above the other QBs.  This is another special year for Peyton.  Look at what he has accomplished so far. The Colts are only the third team in history to win 14 games to start the season. The Colts have won more games in any decade with Peyton behind the center.  His stats are impressive too this year. Measuring against his own impressive 12 season career, Peyton is on pace to have his second best statistical year in TD passes. His best year in passing yards.  What is perhaps the most impressive of all is the fact that Manning does all of this in a small market. Indianapolis is likely in the bottom 10 markets in terms of population.  Their revenues cannot compete with the bigger cities.  The Colts team is quality, no doubt, but Peyton must work with a group of players that for the most part are lesser in status and pay.  The Colts are great because Peyton is great.  I am the first to proclaim that the Colts have among the best management and coaching in the league. That being said, they are not even 75% as good as they are today without Peyton Manning. Quite simply, no other player means more to his teams wins and losses than Peyton Manning.  He is the man. Tell your kids as you sit and watch the games, you are watching something special. The team feeds off Peyton. They are not completely lopsided, but he is the driving brain and will and talent that makes all the other pieces work.  He makes Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne look all world. His talent allows Joseph Addai to be a first string running back in the NFL.  Sure Brees and Favre are having great years too. They are magnificant QBs.  But you choose a QB for a season or a career, and I always will take number 18.  Peyton, thanks for satying here in Indiana and making our team perhaps the best of all time. Now lets all set back and watch as our Colts continue to re-write history.  Go COLTS!
Posted on: October 12, 2009 3:16 pm

The Golden Era of Football

One day you will be watching a game with your sons and grandson (maybe some granddaughters too) and you will tell them you were able to see the best that ever played in person.  Today, I believe, we are watching the best football that has ever been played.  The era of the great quarterbacks.  You know them, Manning & Manning. Brett Favre, Tom Brady.  Perhaps even Brees and a few others will slide into that great catagory some day.  We are seeing spectacular football out of Peyton.  We are seeing an aging athlete in Favre continue to win games. We are seeing great rivalries like Patriots and Colts, the clash of the (real) Titans.  I don't mean to diminish the outstanding play of great defensive players like Freeney, Sanders, Reed, Palomalu, Haynesworth and Ray.  They are also great.  Some fantastic running backs like Tomlinson.  Some with incredible quickness and others with brute force.  We are privileged to see some great players.  Can't leave out the coaches. They add to the greatness.  Dungy and Bellichek and Fisher and more.  Coaching has become an art and a science.  Lets appreciate what we are experiencing guys.  Sure there will be a new batch of great players that come along.  And records were made to be broken.  But right now, our cup runnesth over.  This is the Greatest Era of Football ever.  Here's to the NFL and the players who make it great!

I send out a salute to the player I believe is most responsible for the great era we are watching...Peyton Manning.  Who do you call out?
Posted on: June 6, 2008 5:39 pm

of Manning & Ripken

I read an interesting article in the IndyStar today about Peyton starting his 11th season.  He is number 2 on the consecutive starts list. Now that Farve is retired, he is first among active QBs.  Peyton's excellence and ability to age well in the NFL is based on his mind, his passion and technique.  He is a smart dude.  I can see Peyton as a beloved grey-templed QB that everyone loves because we love excellent aging athletes.  I see Peyton doing all the things it takes to last until age 40 (if he wanted to) in the NFL.  He says he wants to play a long time unless he was no longer starting.  Just watch, the Pro Bowl in Hawaii 2014 and Manning is on the stat sheet for 2 TDs.  He is not a greedy player that will pout about money.  The next George Blanda baby.  How long do you see Peyton staying in there?
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