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Dungy: Peyton Manning doesn’t want loss to Colts to be his swan song

Dungy says he thinks Manning will return in '15 if healthy
www.usatoday.com

“My gut feeling is that he’ll be back unless he really has a health-related problem,” Dungy said. “He enjoys the team. He enjoys his teammates. I think he really wants to come back and play well and not let that be the last game of his career.”

We'll agree with Terrell Davis, who thinks the latest season-ending loss shouldn't be Peyton's main reason for coming back.

Patriots (3x), ‘97 Broncos among rare teams to win SB while being outpassed

Super Bowl XLIX, and Thoughts on ANY/A
www.footballperspective.com

That means the Seahawks averaged 3.46 more ANY/A than the Patriots. And they lost! Only 6 times in the previous 48 Super Bowls had the team that averaged fewer ANY/A won the game: the ’01, ’03, and ’14 Patriots are on that list, in addition to the ’82 Redskins (John Riggins!), ’97 Broncos (Terrell Davis!), ’05 Steelers, and ’08 Steelers (James Harrison!).

Prior to Sunday, the SB 32-winning Broncos lost the passing efficiency battle by a wider margin than any other champion.

Obama budget would cut federal subsidies for private stadiums

With Obama Budget, Your Federal Tax Dollars Won’t Pay For Sports Stadiums
thinkprogress.org

“It raises the opportunity cost to local governments,” Zimmerman said. “That’s [more money] devoted to a stadium instead of to all of the other public services they could be providing. It might make people think a little more. Every dollar now, a bigger share of that is going to stadiums, and isn’t available for highways, or prisons, or schools, or facilities for seniors, or whatever they’re doing with their budget,” he added.

This is pretty great, unless you'd prefer that some of your tax dollars go toward a new stadium for the Chargers.

OTC: Chiefs may need to mortgage future to remain competitive in 2015

Chiefs 2015 Salary Cap Outlook
overthecap.com

Not many teams seem to land in a position like the Chiefs are in right now. They are faced with the decision of the cap dictating difficult cuts or perhaps not the best terms if they keep the player on the roster. Unlike teams of the past with tough choices like the Raiders, Jets, and Colts this is far more complex because the Chiefs are highly competitive and filled with a mix of young and old that seems prepared to challenge now for at least a division crown.

As Fitzgerald explains, it's going to be really hard for KC to retain Justin Houston, fix their offensive line, and improve their perenially terrible wideout corps.

Peter King is all set for Ray Lewis’s HOF candidacy

Peter King Defends Hall Of Fame’s Right To Honor Alleged Serial Rapist
deadspin.com

What’s amazing is that this is Peter King. He never takes a stand for anything! He leads the league in maybes! Everything’s always very complicated to him. Here, though, he’s drawn his line in the sand—there is no room for compromise when dealing with an alleged sexual predator’s inalienable right to be considered for an imaginary award by a committee of grizzled veteran football writers.

There shall be no talk of bloody white suits in that voting room in 2018; count on Peter King to ensure it!

Jimmy Haslam is as terrible an NFL owner as we all expected him to be

Browns' mess with Gordon, Manziel starts with owner Haslam's meddling
www.cbssports.com

“The guys on the business side want to run football operations. The GM wants to coach the team and have input on play calling. Jimmy calls the shots, and everyone is afraid of him with that quick trigger finger. If you stand up to Jimmy, he’s done with you. Jimmy’s own worst enemy is Jimmy.”

Per La Canfora, pending UFA tight end Jordan Cameron can't wait to get away from Cleveland's dumpster fire. FWIW, Bill Barnwell mentioned Cameron as a sensible fit in Denver to replace Julius Thomas.

In which ‘exciting’ is a synonym for ‘woefully incompetent’

Broncos Mailbag: How to interpret Peyton Manning's second-half slump?
www.denverpost.com

In my estimation, the Broncos’ erratic performance relates to bad karma based on John Elway’s actions during the Tim Tebow period. Elway sold out and dumped the young, exciting, unconventional quarterback. He amassed a team around a single player (Peyton Manning) who when he does not perform well, the team loses. Tebow was a ratings sensation who could also rally his teammates to many great finishes. Tebow handled all the adversity with class where Elway and the organization did not. You have to have a solid foundation to stand up, and the Broncos do not.

When one can do no wrong in some people's eyes, telling flat out lies in public apparently qualifies as "[handling] adversity with class."

Legwold: Don’t expect Broncos to import any big free agents

This time Broncos' offseason plan will have more local flavor
espn.go.com

...the Denver Broncos will have enough room in 2015 to try to attack the long list of their own free agents and perhaps make a quality late signing or two to fill in the gaps. But a splash like last year’s is not in the cards this time around.

Combining a significant amount of cap space, as many as four comp picks, changes to both the offensive and defensive schemes, and John Elway's aggressive nature, we're not buying Legwold's take. With those comp picks (which are untradeable), we could see the team trading their own picks to move up for a rookie starter to replace someone like Rahim Moore, Orlando Franklin, or Terrance Knighton.

Screw the Super Bowl: The Big Lies of the Big Game

Everything Stupid Is Alive, and Everything Stupid Can Kill You: Welcome to Goodell World
www.mrdestructo.com

The fundamental tragedy of the NFL—the fact that by merely working properly on every play, it risks destroying people—is one cast down from the game itself to send the real world shuddering. That the NFL’s hermetic environment could only think to suppress the story while attempt to divert attention with “safe tackling” protocols and big fines for telegenic tackles only reified the severity of the problem and the psychotic clown show overseeing it.

Sadly, if not predictably, the NFL apparently convinced Rolling Stone to unpublish this column. You should read it, though.

Stokley: Manning probably should have rested down the stretch

Stokley: At Season’s End, Manning’s ‘Bad Was Really Bad’
denver.cbslocal.com

“That’s just not his mentality. It’s not what he does. That’s why he’s out there in practice every day. He feels like he needs to be out there for the team, for himself…You look back and say ‘He probably should have taken some time off’ but it’s hard to do it.”

If Peyton really did have a torn quad or two, as has been reported, was a week or two really going to make any difference in his performance?