Peyton to Barkley: Be a dick

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One of the last things we discussed is Barkley’s trip to the Manning Passing Academy last July, his first trip to see into Peyton’s and Eli’s worlds. “I learned a valuable lesson from Peyton, about sometimes you have to be a d—-,’’ he said. In other words, if players don’t want to work out in the offseason, you tell them there’s no option; you tell them when and where to be somewhere. Now, maybe that doesn’t happen in the first year. But a quarterback has to have the respect and authority to make sure players do what’s necessary, particularly in these days of less intense offseason programs. NFL players are off until mid-April now. Next year, wherever he is, Barkley’s going to have to get his guys in gear to work out somewhere before that.

“Doing what is asked is not enough to win in the NFL, I know that,’’ he said. “You’ve got to do more. And I intend to.’‘

Matt, first you'll have to see about actually becoming a starting QB somewhere. Good luck with that one.

I'll admit I was a little too smitten by Barkley's game during his junior year, in part because the Broncos were trotting out a quarterback who couldn't throw, at all. But last year, as a senior? Barkley was all kinds of terrible, as far as top QB prospects go.

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