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Peyton Manning to Broncos! Goodbye to Tebow next?

March 19, 2012 Leave a comment

According to ESPN, Peyton Manning will most likely sign a 5 year contract with the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning turns 36 next week putting into question whether or not signing a 5 year deal will be in the Broncos best interests, not to mention the questions about his health.

Peyton Manning could have been the biggest free agent in the history of the NFL, Peyton has thrown for over 54,000 yards and 399 touchdowns over the course of his career, winning the Super Bowl in 2006 at the age of 30.

The signing of Peyton could be the ending of “Tebow Time” in Denver. Tebow led the Broncos to a berth in the playoffs this year, beating the Steelers and then ultimately losing to the Patriots. However, the Broncos had one of the best defenses in the AFC, giving Tebow the opportunity to win several games despite mediocre offensive numbers.

The signing of Peyton puts the Broncos as a favorite to win the AFC West. A future hall of fame quarterback put on a team with several young talent and one of the best defenses in the NFL. WR’s Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas will surely benefit, look for breakout years out of these guys. The AFC West is also a very weak division, giving Peyton a likely trip to the playoffs. Overall, Peyton is a great fit for the Broncos. It will also be interesting to see who the Broncos will target to put a little more talent around Peyton this season.

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Colts and Peyton Manning split ways after 14 seasons

March 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Colts released future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning, after 14 seasons with the team. After their Wednesday press conference where Colts owner, Jim Irsay, nearly broke into tears when discussing the split with Peyton. When asked where he will sign Peyton responded saying he hasn’t even thought about it.

How can you release potentially the greatest quarterback of all time? Peyton built the franchise from his start in 1997, when the Colts went 3-13. Andrew Luck will be taken with the 1st pick and the Colts hope it will be the start of a long career with the team.

Where will Peyton sign? Three teams stand out to me. Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, and Denver Broncos.

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Way to Early Heisman Leaders

February 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Not even two months ago, Robert Griffin Jr. won the Heisman in one of the closest races in recent memory. The Heisman is always so hard to predict as many gave Andrew Luck the Heisman when he announced he was returning for another season a year ago. Below are my favorites to take it home next year:

1. Matt Barkley, USC: Threw for 3,528 yards last year and 39 touchdowns. USC will be in everybody’s preseason top 5’s. Robert Woods and Marquise Lee could be the best WR duo in all of college football

2. Tyrann Mathieu, LSU: As a sophomore last year made big play after big play. Return against Georgia in the SEC Championship proved to knock GA out of the game

3. Montee Ball, Wisconsin: Scored 39 TDs last season nearly breaking Barry Sanders record. Loses a few OL which could prevent him from coming close to those numbers next year

4. Tajh Boyd, Clemson: 33 Pass TDs last season. Has one of the best WR in the country to throw to in Sammy Watkins

5. Landry Jones, Oklahoma: Three year starter at QB, thrown for over 26 TDs each of his three years.

6. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina: If Lattimore can stay healthy, he will put up some huge numbers and will  be in New York for the ceremony

7. Denard Robinson, Michigan: Best dual threat QB in the country, will put up numbers but as the season goes on, numbers have slumped the last two years. Made too many mistakes last year and Devin Gardner replaced him in a few games

8. Aaron Murray, Georgia: 35 TDs as a Sophomore, if he builds on that he will be in the Heisman talk come December

9. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas: Took over for Ryan Mallet and the Arkansas offense didn’t skip a beat. Hit over 63% of his passes last season

10. Geno Smith, West Virginia: Threw for 463 yards against LSU, impressive task. Two-year starter, offensive pass heavy system will help

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Early Top 25 College Football 2012

February 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Is it ever too early to look forward until next college football season? I don’t think so. 2011 ended with a bang as college football saw a NFL talent Alabama defense dominate LSU in New Orleans. With signing day wrapping up last week, here is my top 25.

1. USC – Barkley to Woods? Unreal

2. LSU – Still a lot of talent coming back on both sides of the ball

3. Oklahoma – Landry Jones coming back was huge for the Sooners

4. Alabama – Losing some good talent (Richardson and probably 3 1st rounders on D) but still are loaded with talent. Bama/Michigan will start the season right in Dallas

5. Georgia – Had a great season, lost a close bowl game that they should of won. Returning some good defensive talent and QB Murray

6. Florida State – Already pretty good defense will return 9 starters. Another great recruiting class as well

7. Oregon – Bye bye LaMichael and Thomas but should be able to compete with USC for the Pac-12 title.

8. West Virginia – If you watched the Orange Bowl, you know what this offense can do

9. South Carolina – Marcus Lattimore? Best RB in the country next season

10. Nebraska – Big ten will struggle next season but look for Nebraska to take advantage

11. Ohio State – Did you see that recruiting class? Very young team last year

12. Stanford – Can they replace Luck? No, but recruited well and proving to be a force year after year.

13. Texas – Super young team last year that improved a great amount throughout the season. Talented defense

14. Michigan – Denard is back, but face a tough schedule (Bama, at ND, at NEB, at OSU, MSU)

15. Arkansas – High powered offense is back

16. Va Tech – Logan Thomas will have a great year, will keep Tech in games

17. Notre Dame – If they can find a QB out of the four, and replace M. Floyd at WR, defense will be super tough behind Manti Teo

18. Michigan State – Defense will be tough but losing Cousins, Baker, Cunningham, Martin, Nichol on offense will cost them

19. Wisconsin – Russell Wilson stole the show last year, getting Montee Ball back is big

20. TCU – QB Casey Pachall had better season last year than Andy Dalton did the year before

21. Kansas State – QB Collin Klein had the quietest 40 touchdowns in the country last year. Only losses last year were Oklahoma, Ok State, and Arkansas

22. Boise State – Losing QB Moore and RB Martin but don’t underestimate what this team can do. Plays Michigan State to kick off the year

23. Clemson – Don’t let the beating they took in the Orange Bowl fool you, Tajh Boyd is back and he is good

24. Auburn – Still trying to replace Cam Newton, but a good recruiting class with help

25. Florida – Won’t compete for the SEC Title, but will improve on the 7-6 mark from last year. Beating Ohio State in the Taxslayer.com Bowl was a huge stepping stone

Eli Manning, Hall of Famer?

February 5, 2012 Leave a comment

On the night that Eli Manning and his Giants won Super Bowl XLVI, the question will arise about the possibility of Eli making it in the NFL Hall of Fame. Two of out the last four Super Bowl with wins over the Patriots. Not to mention beating future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. Who says he is done winning either? With that defense being so young and the emergence of Victor Cruz and having Hakeem Nicks around. Eli is only 31 years old. I bet he will have at least 5-7 more shots at winning another one. Eli will be in the Hall of Fame when he calls it a career. The Manning Brothers will enjoy the Hall together.

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