Good Morning, Broncos fans! As we would expect, Peyton Manning tells Woody Paige he's not looking beyond 2012 when he envisions his Broncos career.
That's not to say he's planning a farewell tour this season, and Paige stresses that the Broncos plan for Peyton to be around for at least three seasons. As we pointed out the other day and Woody notes, the structure of Manning's contract tells us all we need to know there.
And although Peyton says all the right things in terms of trying to win a SB this year, out of respect for those teammates who will be gone in a year's time, he sounds like a guy who isn't quite sure what to expect of himself this season.
Arm strength questions aside, John Fox is clearly excited about the rest of Peyton's game, as are we:
And in his case, this game is about playing fast, you don’t necessarily have to be fast, all right? But it’s about playing fast and seeing and diagnosing something quickly. And I don’t care what side of the ball you’re on or what phase of the game you’re in, that’s the key. It’s not about how tall you are, how big you are, how quick you are, it’s how fast you play the game.
Does that sound like a coach happy about a QB change, or what?
Andrew Mason thinks Knowshon Moreno is likely to remain behind Lance Ball on the depth chart, and that even if the team keeps a fourth running back, Moreno could be cut for Xavier Omon or Jeremiah Johnson. Also, Ryan Harris is competing with Tony Hills and Adam Grant for one spot, while Mike Mohamed's hamstring injury could cost him a job. I'll go on record as saying I'll be more than surprised if Knowshon doesn't make the final 53, especially if either Omon or Johnson makes it.
Mike Klis calls the Bailey/Portis deal the second-best in franchise history and says it was essentially put together by Mike Shanahan and his current boss.
While it's great the game is on national TV, there's a heavy price to pay in the form of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. If you're going to the game, there are plenty of road closures to look out for due to a bike race.
Judging by Mark Kiszla's inbox, there really are fans who would still prefer the guy who looked like a righty trying to throw lefty over Peyton MF Manning.
Pittsburgh whipped Buffalo 38-7, but the victory came with a heavy cost in the form of a serious knee injury to rookie G David DeCastro, who reportedly damaged an ACL and tore his MCL. He'll undoubtedly be out for the season opener in Denver; Ben Roethlisberger said he still expects Mike Wallace to report in the coming days.
Andy Benoit chronicles his transition from a kid who demanded silence and solitude for watching football games, to watching them via DVR with his girlfriend.
In their Sunday columns, Ian Rapoport predicts that Maurice Jones-Drew will report to the Jags within a week, while Dan Pompei says only a Warren Sapp fan would be able to make it through Sapp's new book.
Chase Stuart's trivia for the day is a relatively easy one regarding playoff wins since the AFL/NFL merger.
Russ Lande lists his top cornerback prospects for the 2013 Draft.