Posted tagged ‘Peyton Manning’

Broncos and Jets: Ticking PR Time Bombs?

March 26, 2012

This blog post originally appeared on The Gutes.

You may have heard the news: Peyton Manning, who missed the 2011 season with a neck injury that many thought could threaten his career, has signed a contract with the Denver Broncos to be the team’s next starting quarterback. This is great news for Broncos fans everywhere because they haven’t had a popular starting quarterback since the John Elway days, right? Wrong…

After taking over a struggling 1-4 team, quarterback Tim Tebow led the Broncos to victory after victory last season, struggling for the first three quarters before “Tebow Time” took over late in the game. With an offense that quickly transformed into an option attack, and a defense that kept every game close, the Broncos eventually won the AFC West title. Tebow was also a major reason the team won their first playoff game in electrifying fashion against the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime.

The signing of Manning has caused some dissatisfaction in Denver and throughout Bronco Nation. The so-called “Tebowmaniacs” are demoralized at the loss of their savior and Tebow himself can’t be too happy with his sudden departure from the team that he resurrected last season, although you would never know by speaking with him. Even after signing one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Elway (now an executive with the team) has left a fan base divided, and this isn’t likely to change any time soon.

While Manning has the potential to lead the team back to the playoffs this season, one has to wonder how much of an injury risk he remains. Should something happen to the new face of the franchise, could we be looking at a potential PR nightmare in Denver?

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And what about Tebow’s new team. On paper, the New York Jets acquisition of the quarterback would appear to be a slam dunk for their fans. Already one of the most popular athletes in the world, Tebow brings his marketability and football skills to the center of the media universe. This situation has the potential to put him in LeBron James territory when it comes to his marketing value. But what does his acquisition do to the chemistry of the team? If he becomes the starting quarterback, will Tebow have the leeway to struggle as he originally did in Denver, while playing in the #1 television market in the country?

Tick…tick…tick…

Right now, the Jets now have the equivalent of two starting quarterbacks in Tebow and Mark Sanchez. The team just signed Sanchez to a three-year contract extension last week, a move that was met with a mixed reaction from Jets fans that have waited since 1969 for a return trip to the Super Bowl. Sanchez is 27-20 as a starter in the regular season and has a 4-2 record in the playoffs. Like Tebow, he’s led multiple game-winning drives and who can forget that he’s defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots three times over the past three seasons (something no other quarterback in the league has done). Will diehard Jets (and Sanchez) fans revolt if the coaching staff hands the ball over to Tebow as the starting quarterback in 2012?

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Whether its comments by Coach Rex Ryan, or issues involving players and/or fans, the Jets always seem to be in need of a PR makeover. Now, Tebowmania is about to sweep New York and one has to wonder what that means for the city. The team has always needed a “good guy” who can lead the team back to its glory days. Will the arrival of Tebow be the new incarnation of “Linsanity” that Jeremy Lin brought to the New York Knicks? Or are we looking at a quarterback controversy that will bring on a PR nightmare in New York?

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From a public relations standpoint, both the Broncos and Jets will be interesting to watch this season. You have to wonder what happens to the Broncos if Manning gets hurt. How quickly will the backlash come from the fans? How soon will you hear the “I told you so’s” from local sports writers? How will the Broncos be able to save face?

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And what about the quarterback situation in New York? Will Tebow be the starting quarterback? What about Sanchez? If Sanchez starts the season as the team’s quarterback, and struggles, will the coaching staff be forced to make an immediate change? What if he plays well? Will fans still demand increased playing time for Tebow?

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Both camps are walking on thin ice right now with fans due to their recent moves. As with any trade, the sky’s the limit for the potential. Who knows? The signing of Manning and trade of Tebow could end up being great for both franchises. But, if something goes wrong, you could easily be looking at a major PR nightmare in both cities.

Tick…tick…tick…BOOM!

Michael Vick Leads NFL Pro Bowl Voting

December 9, 2010

I guess NFL fans can easily forgive and forget.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, just a year and a half out of prison for his conviction surrounding dog fighting, is currently the leading vote-getter in fan balloting for the Pro Bowl.

From CNN:

Vick started the season as a backup to Kevin Kolb but has set the league on fire since becoming the starter. He’s averaging 249 yards passing and 52 rushing per game, and he has scored 21 touchdowns.

Vick, who served 18 months in federal prison and was vilified after being convicted on charges related to dogfighting, had 729,838 Pro Bowl votes as of Thursday morning. He leads the Indianapolis Colts’ Peyton Manning, who’s having a rough season, by more than 38,000 votes and the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady by more than 100,000.

“I’ve made three Pro Bowls before, but this one would definitely mean more than the others,” Vick told The Press of Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Wednesday. “I’m just working as hard as I can to change things around.

Super Bowl Sunday is Here!

February 7, 2010

Two weeks in the making, it’s almost time for the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints to do battle!

Peyton Manning vs. Drew Brees.

The will he or won’t he with Dwight Freeney.

Will Reggie Bush earn his first Super Bowl ring?

We’ll begin to know the answers in just 8 hours!

…and then there are the commercials. No Pepsi this year but we will have a controversial Tim Tebow ad. I can’t stand Tebow anyway so I hope that the ad brings down his NFL stock.

As for predictions? I’ve thought long and hard about this one. Even though I’ll be screaming “Geaux Saints”, I have to pick the Colts to come out on top. I’m looking at a competitive game that ends 34-27, Colts. (OK so i REALLY want it to end the opposite, 34-27 Saints…but maybe if I pick the Colts, the Saints will pull off the upset) :)

How about you? Let’s hear some predictions that we can look back on this evening.

Indianapolis Colts Advance to Super Bowl

January 24, 2010

The Indianapolis Colts have advanced to the Super Bowl, which will take place this year in Miami on Sunday, February 7. Their opponent will be either the Minnesota Vikings or New Orleans Saints, who play each other in the NFC championship later today.

The Jets held a 17-13 lead at halftime (and at one time led 17-6) but the home team dominated the second half on their way to a 30-17 victory. Peyton Manning absolutely shredded the Jets defense this afternoon for 377 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Before the season began, I picked the Colts and the Vikings in the Super Bowl. I still feel that this will be the match-up, although it will be VERY difficult to knock off the Saints at the Superdome.

No matter who wins the NFC Championship game, it should definitely be a fun Super Bowl this year! Manning vs. Favre or Brees? You have to think it’ll be high scoring!

What Was Bill Belichick Thinking?

November 16, 2009

Of course, I had to walk away for 5 minutes to care to my kids and missed one of the “craziest” calls I have ever heard of. Thank you for Sportscenter!

The New England Patriots fell short on Bill Belichick’s decision to gamble on fourth-and-2 from the Patriots own 28, turning the ball over to Peyton Manning and the Colts with two minutes to go. As you should have expected, Manning drove the entire length of the field left (28 yards) and scored the winning touchdown with just 12 seconds to play.

Colts win 35-34.

So, was Belichick correct in trying to end the game with the fourth-and-2 play? Should he have punted?

Thoughts?

From the Associated Press:

“We were preparing to go 60, 70 yards,” Manning said. “It was a great play by the defense, shortened our field.”

Indianapolis (9-0), which trailed by 17 in the second quarter and 34-21 with 4 minutes left, got its most improbable win during the streak, which tied the Patriots for the second-longest in league history.

When Belichick decided to go for it instead of punting with 2:08 to go, Tom Brady threw to Kevin Faulk, who made a juggling catch but was pushed backward and came up just short.

“We tried to win the game on that play,” Belichick explained. “I thought we could make the yard. We had a good play, we completed it. I don’t know how we couldn’t get a yard.”

Manning needed just four plays before hooking up with Wayne for the winning score. Manning finished with four touchdown passes and Brady had three in the matchup of AFC division leaders.

While it was another magical comeback for Manning, this one was set up by Belichick’s bungled play-calling. Belichick called two timeouts on that key series, the second to set up the fourth-down play.

The Patriots (6-3) have now lost five of the last six in this series.

Giants Spoil Cowboys’ Home Opener

September 21, 2009

The New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys last night in front of a record crowd of 105, 121 fans which broke the NFL’s previous record of just over 103, 000.

Everyone was in attendance from George Bush, John Madden and LeBron James to former Cowboy legends Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.

From USA Today:

Lawrence Tines made it seem like the crowd could’ve been 10,000 when he punched through a 37-yard field with no time left to silence the stadium and leave Jerry Jones’ head shaking.

“Everybody makes a big deal because we spoiled their little party,” Giants’ defensive end Justin Tuck said on Yahoo! Sports. “Every other game we play in the NFC East will be just as big.”

This wasn’t the biggest game of the year, though that’s probably the way the Cowboys wanted it to appear. Far from it. Despite an electric atmosphere, worshipping Cowboys owner Jones for his Texas-sized credit card, all the dust eventually settled and what was left was just another divisional game that both teams needed to have. Probably more-so for the Cowboys in their first game inside the $1.15 billion stadium.

LaDainian Tomlinson Won’t Play Against Steelers

January 5, 2009

LaDainian Tomlinson will stay on the 53-man roster in the hope his strained groin is healthy enough to allow him to play if the Chargers advance to the AFC Championship or Super Bowl, but he won’t be playing this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Darn groin injuries! This could be a blow to the Chargers…or will it? Darren Sproles had a great game against Indianapolis and the “older” Manning brothers team. We’ll see what the little guy can do in six days!

From Sporting News:

The star running back is not expected to play Sunday at Pittsburgh, but he is also not considered any worse than he was going into Saturday’s victory over Indianapolis, in which he carried five times before being unable to go on.

Other than Tomlinson, the Chargers are remarkably healthy for a team about to play its 18th game. Tight end Antonio Gates’ ankle sprain is no worse for the wear after eight catches and 87 yards on Sunday.

Chargers Send Colts Home Til Next Year

January 3, 2009

Darren Sproles ran 22 yards for the winning score in overtime and the Chargers beat the Colts 23-17 in an AFC wild-card game Saturday night, ending Indianapolis’ nine-game winning streak.

From the Associated Press:

Peyton Manning has his MVP award and nothing more, outdone again in January by the San Diego Chargers.

Darren Sproles came up big on a night when the Chargers played the final 2 1/2 quarters without LaDainian Tomlinson, who stood on the sideline in obvious discomfort from a groin injury.

Fifty years after the Baltimore Colts won the first overtime game in league history by the same score over the New York Giants for the NFL title, Indianapolis wasn’t so fortunate. It was victimized by Sproles, who rushed 23 times for 105 yards, caught five passes for 45 yards, had 106 yards on four kickoff returns and 72 on three punt runbacks.

“It’s disappointing to lose a playoff game,” Manning said. “We certainly had some chances to win, but give them credit. We had chances to put the game away, but we just didn’t do it.”

The Chargers (9-8) won the overtime toss. Indy’s Darrell Reid called heads, but referee Ron Winter’s flip came up tails. Sproles sent the Chargers into the second round of the playoffs, either at Tennessee or Pittsburgh, by finishing off the only series of overtime with his TD run around left end against an exhausted defense for the Colts (12-5).


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