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Teammate confirms Jay Cutler is a prick(ly) quarterback

D.J. Moore criticizes Jay Cutler
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Chicago Bears cornerback D.J. Moore called teammate Jay Cutler’s actions in the team’s loss Thursday to the Green Bay Packers, “wrong,” saying Cutler “is what he is,” and, “he’s always been that way so I don’t expect him to change.”

Cutler was seen screaming at offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb and bumping into him on the sideline during the 23-10 loss. Webb had a tough game trying to block Clay Matthews, who had 3 1/2 of the Packers’ seven sacks. Cutler threw four interceptions.

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones four interceptions.

Because cats are never happy…

Jay Cutler's attitude criticized by ex-Chicago Bear
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Ogunleye said Cutler would get his “butt beat” if he wasn’t the star quarterback of the Bears.

“The problem with Jay is we’re not sure about his emotions,” Ogunleye said. “The only thing we see is when he is really angry. Even when he does a really good job he doesn’€™t show a sense of happiness.

“There is no good to Jay, there is no smiling. All we see is when he is pissed off, when he is angry and that reflects in the way people might view him in the locker room. But a guy like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, genuinely they are nice people and they overextend themselves. Tom Brady can be the biggest diva in the world—he has that right, he has won Super Bowls—but he is not that guy. I think that is why he is even more likeable.”

We don't mean to beat a dead cat, but he probably has another eight lives, anyway.

Archie Manning: my boy can make the deep sideline throw

Archie Manning likes what he sees in Peyton's arm strength
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“We’ve all been saying it for 50 years, but you can tell about a quarterback on a deep sideline throw,’’ said Archie, the former longtime NFL quarterback. “And he made one late in the game to No. 12. I believe that’s [Matt] Willis. See, I don’t even know all the players yet. But that was a good measurement [of arm strength].  And then he had to make a throw out to [tight end Jacob] Tamme, and he was under some pressure and had to throw it out there without any step into it. It wasn’t a bullet by any means, but I think if you’re really limited you can’t even get that ball out there. Because it was all arm. It’s a tough game and you don’t want to play with limitations, but I think he feels like he can still make the throws.’‘

One thing I've never been a fan of is Archie Manning's constant appearances in the press.  But I guess you can't blame the media for seeking him out.  Archie isn't some Pop Warner parent who played a little quarterback in high school.  Who else in the United States played professional football and has two sons who currently play quarterback in the NFL?

It will probably get annoying by year's end, but that's the price you pay for having PMFM as your quarterback.  We can all afford the sacrifice, can't we?

Good thing Peyton took Tripucka’s number

Raiders eyeing long-snapper
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Travis Tripucka just Tweeted that he is headed to Oakland, presumably for a workout as a potential replacement for injured long-snapper Jon Condo.
“Oakland California, here I come!” Tripucka said in a Tweet. “Another opportunity. Couldn’t be happier! Raider Nation better be ready for the lunchmeat.”

Frank Tripucka's number 18 was one of only three retired by the Broncos (along with John Elway's 7 and Floyd Little's 44), before he graciously allowed the team to unretire it for Peyton Manning's use in March. Surely this was accompanied by a promise to re-retire the number whenever Peyton's time in Denver is up.

But the Broncos may want to consider not giving it back.

After all, Oakland's new long snapper is Frank's grandson, Travis. Imagine if the kid ends up snapping the kick that...never mind. This is just wrong on so many levels.

The first rule of playing with Peyton Manning is:

Tracy Porter's interception of Ben Roethlisberger in Week 1 reminiscent of his Super Bowl pick
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In camp, I asked Porter if he’d had a moment yet to talk to Manning about Memory Lane, about that night in South Florida when Manning, on his way to becoming a two-time Super Bowl champ, threw a pass that will live in Colts infamy.

“No,’’ he said. “I mean, we’re both professionals. It’d be sort of rookie-ish to mention it. If he wants to talk about it one day, we will, but that’s not the kind of thing I’d ever bring up to him.’‘

On Sunday night, I asked if it had come up yet with Manning.

“No,” he said.

You do not talk about your SB 44-clinching pick-six.

The second rule of playing with Peyton Manning is: You do not talk about your SB 44-clinching pick-six.

Of course, Manning's Colts were already down by a touchdown at the time of Porter's game-ender, but don't let that get in the way of a good narrative, Peter.

ANS: Manning was better than his norm on Sunday

Peyton Manning Measures Up In Broncos Debut
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Manning was above his own lofty career average in every notable passing statistic outside of raw passing yardage; out of 188 total games, Sunday’s ranked fifth in WPA, fourth in success rate, 40th in AYPA, 31st in EPA/P, 44th in EPA and 53rd in completion percentage—at least in the top 28% of Manning’s best games (note: Advanced NFL Stats’s numbers don’t go back far enough to include Manning’s first two seasons).

It's easy to say that Peyton Manning answered questions about whether he'd be back to form in the affirmative. However, it's important to keep in mind that as these numbers show, Peyton will not typically be as good as he was the other night, relative to efficiency and game impact.

Note to Jack Del Rio

Steelers @ Broncos, Week 1
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When Roethlisberger wasn’t blitzed, he had a quarterback rating of 113.7. When he was blitzed, his quarterback rating was down to 28.6.

HEED! BLITZ! NOW!

Cold, cruel world: Broncos release Hanie

Broncos release Caleb Hanie; Brock Osweiler No. 2 QB
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In a move to help maintain budget flexibility for later in the season, the Broncos released backup quarterback Caleb Hanie on Saturday. He was replaced on the 53-man roster by defensive tackle Sealver Siliga who was promoted from the practice squad.

Hanie was released so his $1 million base salary would not be guaranteed. The Broncos also avoided paying him a $250,000 bonus for making the active game day roster. Don’t be surprised if Hanie is re-signed by the Broncos on Tuesday.

Death, taxes, and roster axes.

UGH

NFL to use replacement refs
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The NFL will open the regular season with replacement officials.

Replacements will be on the field beginning next Wednesday night when the Cowboys visit the Giants to open the season, league executive Ray Anderson told the 32 teams.

FWIW, Andrew Brandt thinks this impasse will end within a week. Let's hope he's right.

Marcus Thomas unleashes Twitter hell on ‘Madden 13’

Giants DT Marcus Thomas pleads with 'Madden 13' to fix his profile photo
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Giants defensive tackle Marcus Thomas—not to be confused with running back Marcus Thomas who had a cup of coffee with the Lions in 2008 and waived by the Broncos in 2009—is fed up. The six-year vet thinks it’s been long enough for the folks at Madden to put a face with a name. Specifically: Thomas’ face with his Madden bio. After exhausting all options (we’re speculating here; for all we know, before Tuesday the extent of Thomas’ gripes may have consisted of cursing EA every time he fired up a game), the New York defender took to Twitter to publicly lodge a complaint…But thanks to the power of the internet, word got back to Donny Moore, whose Twitter bio reads “Madden NFL Live Content Producer & Ratings Czar.” Moore was apologetic and promised to fix the mistake…This prompted a change of heart from Thomas, who tweeted “Thanks, Mr. Madden. I love you.” We’re still not clear if Thomas knows that John Madden isn’t actually a programmer, just the face of a game that’s been around for nearly 20 years. Either way, mystery solved, all is right in the world. Now if Madden could just find a way to help the Jets score a touchdown…

Because how you look on Madden 13 echoes throughout eternity.