Posted April 23, 2012 on profootball.scout.com
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Revisiting "Old Manning'

There will probably never be a 'closing of the book' on Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, but given that the Andrew Luck era will officially begin on Thursday night, now is as good a time as any for one more look at the decision to let Manning walk. A reader recently requested that I go back and reexamine the predictions I made in the 'Old Manning' piece I wrote before...

Peyton Manning, Broncos Featured in Five Primetime Games in 2012

Five nationally televised games—including a home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football—and matchups with four of the seven other 2011 Division Champions—will highlight quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ 2012 regular-season schedule, which was released by the National Football League last Tuesday. This year’s five contests featured...

Manning drama in past, Cassel focuses on future

Matt Cassel doesn't believe that the Kansas City Chiefs went behind his back when they pursed Peyton Manning during the offseason. In fact, he appreciates them being open with him. The veteran quarterback was quick to acknowledge that Manning is one of the best to ever play the game. Manning ultimately ended up with AFC West rival Denver, where he'll play the Chiefs twice...

Colts make it official; Luck's their guy

On Tuesday, Colts GM Ryan Grigson told us what we've known since around Thanksgiving of 2011. The Colts will be taking Andrew Luck with the first pick of the 2012 NFL draft. The announcement is no surprise to anyone who's been following the Colts since Peyton Manning was unable to play at the beginning of the 2011 season. For better or for worse, the Colts seemed to fall...

Indianapolis Colts: Why Massive Rebuilding Is Exactly What the Franchise Needed

Just two years ago the Indianapolis Colts were 14-0, making a run at a perfect season and on their way to Super Bowl XLIV. Now, days away from the 2012 NFL draft, they are rebuilding, or as new coach Chuck Pagano says, “building the monster.” The question many Colts fans are still pondering: Was such a massive rebuilding process really necessary? The answer—Yes. Even though...

Play action means pulling a guard

It's no secret that play-action passing was a hallmark of both Peyton Manning's time in Indianapolis as well as Andrew Luck's time at Stanford. In both situations the key was to pull a guard in order to sell the run fake: Just think about what kind of effect that has on the defense. While both players were impressive in their play-action fakes — and someone like Peyton...

1998 Peyton Manning vs. 2012 Andrew Luck, Part 1

This is Part 1 of a four part series titled “1998 Manning versus 2012 Luck.”   Never in the history of the National Football League have we ever seen a situation like the one the Indianapolis Colts have. Their captain, their leader, their heart and soul has voluntarily been sent away after 14 great and remembered years. All because of complications of a neck injury, age, and...

2012-2013 NFL Schedule: The Good, the Bad, and the Really Funny

The NFL has released their 2012-2013 season schedule and it isn’t without the usual fanfare. It took me a couple of days to fully process what I was looking at and now I can say that there are some teams that will be thrown into it early (Cincinnati and Baltimore play week 1), some teams that may be looking at an early hole (Philadelphia Eagles) and some teams could benefit greatly...

John Elway: “Peyton is not involved in the draft process.”

According to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post, during Monday’s pre-draft press conference, Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway stated that quarterback Peyton Manning “is not involved in the draft process.” Elway’s statement only tells me that Manning hasn’t been involved with the draft process that the guys in the front office go through...

Cardinals QB Kolb finally speaks out

Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb kept quiet when the team pursued Peyton Manning in free agency, figuring the less he said about it, the better.

Quarterbacks must be great

Andy Benoit says that good quarterbacks aren't good enpugh: The last game-managing quarterback to win a title was Brad Johnson in 2002 with Tampa Bay. Since Johnson, the list of quarterbacks who have hoisted a Lombardi Trophy reads like a roll call for future Hall of Fame inductees: Tom Brady (2), Ben Roethlisberger (2), Peyton Manning, Eli Manning (2), Drew Brees and Aaron...
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