Playoff primer: What's new this season, and when to watch

Last year at this time I devoted a whole lot of words to explaining the then-brand new College Football Playoff. One year and one Ohio State national championship later, I assume most college football fans know the drill by now, but there a few notable changes for 2015-16 about which you may have questions. Here, I do my best to provide some answers. Q: Where and when are this year...
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Eli Manning: I Never Said I Wanted To Be NFL’s Highest-Paid Player

If Eli Manning wants to be the NFL’s highest-paid player, then that’s news to him. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the New York Giants quarterback was looking to top Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers’ five-year, $110 million contract, which is the highest salary in the league. But Manning said that’s not the case. “It’s never been said, it’s...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Eli Manning: The reports are wrong; I never said any of that

Earlier this week, a report surfaced that New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning wanted to be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL. Although Manning admits he laughed when he first heard the report, he vehemently denied the content within it when speaking to reporters about it on Wednesday. Manning first heard about the report when he received a voicemail from his father, Archie...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Mississippi football coaches join others in calling for state flag to be changed

Several noteworthy natives of The Magnolia State took action Monday, taking out a full page ad in the Clarion Ledger calling for change to Mississippi's state flag, a part of which contains the Confederate flag emblem. An excerpt from the ad: "It is simply not fair, or honorable, to ask black Mississippians to attend schools, compete in athletic events, work in the public sector...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Dobbs named to Manning Award watch list

It's only fitting that a quarterback from Tennessee would make the watch list for an award that bears Peyton Manning's name. Josh Dobbs was one of 30 quarterbacks named to the 2015 watch list for Manning Award, which goes annually to the nation's top quarterback. The Manning Award was created by the Sugar Bowl to honor the football accomplishments of Peyton, Eli, and their father...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Manning Award watch list features five ACC QBs

The ACC is loaded with great quarterbacks this season. If you don’t believe me, just ask the Manning Award committee and they will tell you the same thing. College Football Talk released the Manning Award watch list Thursday afternoon and it is loaded with some of the nation’s best quarterbacks this season. Trevone Boykin of TCU, Cody Kessler of USC, and Dak Prescott of Mississippi...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Legends of the Fall: Rickey Jackson

Football can often be a game of milestones. And while all records, or streaks can and will one day likely be broken, there can only ever be one "first." And in 2010, outside linebacker Rickey Jackson became the first-ever "full-time" New Orleans Saints player to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.A member of the vaunted "Dome Patrol" linebacking corps that many people regard...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Ole Miss Football: Archie Manning Is At Ole Miss Today Taking Photos With Current Players

When it comes to Ole Miss football historical figures, they don’t come much bigger than Archie Manning. The legendary former Rebel quarterback was back in Oxford today and he stopped by the team’s facility to hang out with some current players. Wide receiver Derrick Jones and cornerback Tee Shepard took photos with Manning. Here’s a look at Shepard’s courtesy of his Instagram...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The All Time Saints team from 1967 to 1984

The Saints had their first .500 in 1979 at 8-8 under Dick Nolan. That means the franchise started their history with 13 consecutive losing seasons. The Saints wouldn’t have a winning season until 1987 which marked the time of their first playoff berth. Very few of us remember anything pre Jim Mora (if we even remember/paid attention that far back) and as a Saints history buff I...
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July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Payton honors Archie Manning for Ring of Honor induction

While Sean Payton was recently at the Manning Passing Academy, he did a little bit of coaching, while also honoring Archie Manning for his induction into the ring of honor. As Mike Triplett of ESPN explains, the ring that Payton gave to Manning was for his 2013 induction into the Saints' Ring of Honor.Triplett also explains that Manning is joining an exclusive club, that now includes...
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July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Surprise Archie Manning During Passing Camp

The Saints surprised Archie Manning with a ring to honor the former quarterback for being inducted into their Ring of Honor.
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July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Payton's son takes part in the Manning Passing Academy

The Manning Passing Academy took place this past weekend, and while there were some big-named fathers around watching their sons, one who immediately caught the eye was Sean Payton. According to Joel A. Erickson of The Advocate, Payton's son Connor was in attendance.Connor Payton is heading into his freshman year of high school, which led to Payton deciding to sign his son up.Archie...
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July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

The top 10 NFL quarterbacks of the 1970s

The passing of former NFL great Ken Stabler really got us thinking about quarterbacks of his era. The fact that Stabler exited this life without hearing his name enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame really got us thinking. Who were the best quarterbacks of the 1970’s? Where does The Snake fall in when discussing this topic? Spending the days following Stabler’s death...
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July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

At 20, Manning camp's influence on NFL is widespread

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) Archie Manning never really intended the football camp he founded two decades ago to become a magnet for future NFL quarterbacks. The former New Orleans Saints great and father of football stars Peyton and Eli Manning simply saw the Manning Passing Academy as a way to get the family together and help typical high school quarterbacks and receivers better enjoy...
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July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Legends of the Fall: Archie Manning

Every once in a great while in the world of sports there comes along a player who becomes the absolute living embodiment of a franchise. In 1971, there wasn't yet such a term coined as a "franchise player," but the second pick of that year's draft was about to become exactly that. And for the diehard fans of the New Orleans Saints, until a guy named Brees came along, there was probably...
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July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Roethlisberger Looks To Leapfrog Into Top QB Conversation In 2015 & Beyond

For much of the past decade, the debate has reigned loudly across NFL circles as to which quarterback was the best in the league. Was it Tom Brady, the Patriots star who a long time ago was once a lanky sixth-round pick out of Michigan? Was it Peyton Manning, the prodigal son of former Saints great Archie Manning, […] Roethlisberger Looks To Leapfrog Into Top QB Conversation...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

LOOK: This former New Orleans Saints quarterback topped the list of NFL’s best father and son duos

In honor of Father’s Day yesterday, NFL Total Access put out a list of the top five NFL father and son duos. The list included many recognizable names, but none more so than the famous Manning family. Topping the list of father and son duos was former New Orleans Saints quarterback and two-time Pro Bowl selection Archie Manning and his two sons, Peyton and Eli. It’s not hard...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Allen a counselor at Manning camp

Archie Manning likes how Brandon Allen plays.
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May 30, 2015

Video: Archie Manning sounds off on David Cutcliffe, Duke football

Archie Manning knows quality football when he sees it. The legendary quarterback was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989 and has since watched two of his sons, Peyton and Eli Manning, go on to star in the NFL. Last season, he served on the inaugural College Football Playoff Selection Committee.So, when Manning praises Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, it holds...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

The Franchise Quarterback: An unconventional approach to conventional wisdom

Today’s conventional wisdom holds that the key to success in the National Football League is finding the Holy Grail: The Franchise Quarterback. The pursuit of this goal—this Superhero and Knight in Shining Armor—is usually discussed as if everyone knows it is the most important factor in a team’s level of success, with no close second. But the term has been so misused, confused...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Winston and Mariota likely another Manning/Leaf, but which is which?

Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers in 2005 and Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco in 2008. Those are the only two times in the last 10 years in which both of the top two quarterbacks drafted wound up having successful careers. You could even argue that the jury is no longer out on the last two classes, which featured Blake Bortles and bust-in-the-making Johnny Manziel and EJ Manuel and Geno Smith...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Winston and Mariota likely another Manning/Leaf, but which is which?

Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers in 2005 and Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco in 2008. Those are the only two times in the last 10 years in which both of the top two quarterbacks drafted wound up having successful careers. You could even argue that the jury is no longer out on the last two classes, which featured Blake Bortles and bust-in-the-making Johnny Manziel and EJ Manuel and Geno Smith...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Archie Manning is an ex-College Football Committee member.

Archie Maning. Photo via Manning in an ex-College Football Committee member. The former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints quarterback has stepped down from his position on the committee after one season.Manning took a leave of absence from the committee early in the 2015 season following complications following knee surgery. He is the second member of the committee...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Vandy coach to replace Manning on playoff committee

Archie Manning is leaving the College Football Playoff selection committee and will be replaced by former Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson. In a statement Friday, Manning says other commitments and time demands made it too difficult for him to serve on the committee. Manning was one of the original 13 members of the committee picked by the FBS conference commissioners who run the playoff...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Bobby Johnson, former Clemson player and IOP resident, replaces Archie Manning on playoff committee

CLEMSON — Former Furman head football coach Bobby Johnson, an Isle of Palms resident and former Clemson football player and assistant coach, has been chosen to replace Archie Manning as the 13th College Football Playoff selection committee member.
Via The Post and Courier - Clemson
March 27, 2015
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