Where will Peyton Manning Play Hero Next?

You would think I would have posted something after the NYG Super Bowl win, but with almost too much to say, I’m still waiting to compile my thoughts. However, it’s the “other” Manning that has me talking today.

Watching Peyton Manning’s press conference yesterday was almost unbearable. To me, anticipating Peyton in another jersey, for some reason, is weirder than Favre, McNabb, Hines Ward, etc. Not only has Peyton done incredible things for the NFL in Indy, and with class, he has also done wonderful things for the city. The following post is about where, in my humble, armchair analyst opinion, I think Peyton will bring his talents next.

Although there has been discussion about almost every team and the viability of Peyton playing for them, I am only addressing a handful or so that are seemingly the most realistic, or the least silly of them all. My thought process is based on the following factors: strength of team (including coaches and ability to win big games), weather, input level, and opponents in the division.

Arizona Cardinals
I think this is the first possibility. It’s a climate-controlled environment, which is obviously Peyton’s NFL career experience. Of the available options, they seemingly have the strongest team regarding room for improvement with a great QB at the helm. I have no doubt that Whisenhut would move Kolb to the rear (or get rid of him) for number 18.  Fitz, Beanie, and add some former Colts? Makes sense. Plus, if Peyton is willing to play in the NFC, it’s one of the fewer adversarial teams to his lil’ brother.

Houston Texans
Not sure how viable an option this is. I see the biggest wild card as whether or not they are ready to give up on Schaub. But, with Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, and a respected coach like Kubiak, it could be attractive to Peyton. Plus, he might want to go head to head with Indy…or not.

Seattle Seahawks
I can see all the reasons in the world why the Seahawks would want him, especially to battle the surging 49ers. However, I can’t see why this would be at all attractive to Peyton. Sure they have the cap space but I’m not sure people believe the offense is an explosive as “experts” say it is. They’ve got Marshawn Lynch and in my opinion, that’s about it. And really, who wants to play in the rain all the time? Enough said.

Washington Redskins
Peyton won’t play in the same division as Eli. Period. The coach isn’t the best (despite what he thinks), the players aren’t the best, and the weather isn’t the best. And forget Eli for a minute, the NFC East is way too tricky and unpredictable to have an immediate impact creating a stand-out team, which is what most people believe Peyton wants to do.

Kansas City Chiefs
A franchised WR, a healthy RB returning to the roster, and a ho-hum division could make this attractive to Peyton. Behind the Cards and Dolphins, I see this as viable choice number three.

Miami Dolphins
My personal preference and also my number two of  strongest possibilities. Miami’s warm weather and need of a hero makes the city attractive. There’s no doubt that getting Fish fans to fill seats is more difficult than trying to herd cats. If Miami is willing to pay for other Colts, and if Reggie Bush, Brandon Marshall and Anthony Fasano have another good year (that was with Moore, imagine what they could do with Peyton?) that just might be enough reason for fans to matriculate down to Sun Life Stadium. As a business man, this would have to make sense to Stephen Ross.

Of course, in this division, there’s the Brady factor. And Peyton’s feelings on the matter is not something about which anyone can pretend to know.  As a fan, it’s my hope that he would want to go head-to-head with him twice a year, take care of it there, and then not have to worry about it in the playoffs. But, he could very well just want to deal with Brady only if and when necessary. Another potentially attractive aspect of the team is the newness of the coaching staff. While some believe this would be a deterrent for Peyton, I think it would allow him the most flexibility and room for input and control over how he wants to run things…it’s no secret Peyton likes to do that.

On the personal note, working in a community that’s assisted by the Miami Dolphins in a number of ways, I would love to see an increase in the team’s success. And, let’s be honest, I’m not a Rex Ryan fan (but I don’t mind the Jets). So to the extent that Brady and Manning would dominate the AFC East, I wouldn’t mind…much to the disappointment of my Jets-loving husband. Sorry, Sweetheart.

New York Jets
I don’t see this one happening either, and it has nothing to do with not wanting to share a city with Eli. It has everything to do with the fact that I can’t see Peyton playing for someone like Rex. Although his background is defense, thereby giving Peyton a lot of input on offense, I’m not sure Peyton is into the locker room dynamics of that team. Plus, haven’t they publicly heralded their franchise QB, Sanchez? They’ve gone to two AFC Championship games without Peyton, so what’s next- needing a new QB to cash the Super Bowl check they’ve written for three years in a row? Everyone knows they should invest in a new QB, but it won’t be Peyton, and it won’t be this year.



WEEK 4 PICKS: 2011-2012

Ouch. A little worse than last week with only 9 games predicted correctly. This week’s picks are:

Detroit at Dallas- Dallas
Carolina at Chicago- Bears
Buffalo at Cincinnati- Bills
Tennessee at Cleveland- Titans
Minnesota at Kansas City- Vikes
Washington at St. Louis- Skins
New Orleans at Jacksonville- Saints
Pittsburgh at Houston- Steelers
San Francisco at Philadelphia- Eagles
NY Giants at Arizona- NO PICK
Atlanta at Seattle- Falcons
Miami at San Diego- Chargers
New England at Oakland- Pats
Denver at Green Bay- Pack
NY Jets at Baltimore- Ravens
Indianapolis at Tampa Bay- Bucs

WEEK 3 PICKS: 2011-2012

Not bad, 10 picks correct last week! If I’m really honest, I should have known the Texans would win but living in S. Fl., I had to hope the Dolphins would pull one out against them. And, I guess I should I have known that the Pats would beat the Chargers at home.

Regardless, let’s see what I can predict in Week 3. Speaking of honesty, I have to admit I am terrified of the Giants/Eagles game. As much as the Giants want to win this one since they haven’t won the past 6 against the Eagles, and the Giants blew their lead and gave up a million points the last time they played each other, I am fearful that there are just too many GIANT injuries and too many Eagles circling for Giant blood for the Giants to even hold their own. As much as I will never officially make a pick regarding the Giants, I do at least hope they can stay in the game this weekend. On that note, this weeks picks are as follows:

Houston at New Orleans- Saints
NY Giants at Philadelphia- NO PICK
Jacksonville at Carolina- Jags (should be a good game- battle of the rookie QBs)
New England at Buffalo – Patriots
Miami at Cleveland- Miami
San Francisco at Cincinnati- Bengals
Denver at Tennessee- Titans
Detroit at Minnesota- Lions
Baltimore at St. Louis- Ravens
NY Jets at Oakland- Jets
Kansas City at San Diego- Chargers
Arizona at Seattle- Seahawks
Atlanta at Tampa Bay- Falcons
Green Bay at Chicago- Packers
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis- Steelers
Washington at Dallas- Cowboys (my game of the week)


Change is Afoot for Week 6

Is it just me, or is there seemingly a lot of change going into this week? Randy Moss to Vikes, Big Ben returns, McCoy gets the start for the Browns, and so on. There are always injuries, trades, and changing of strategies that affects personnel but it seems as though there are more of them this year than I can recently remember. I wonder which change will have the biggest impact.

Randy Moss back to the Vikings, Deion Branch back to the Pats
As the NFL’s single season touchdown reception record holder (23), how could someone not want Randy Moss on their team? His antics have seemingly been stopped (recall the mooning episode, traffic and drug issues, to name a few) and he is still playing great ball. No one seems to answer the holy grail question: what happened to make the Pats trade Moss? Brady says he is tired of talking about it and Belichick hasn’t said much. Naturally. Although Deion Branch has returned, Brady has not had much time to rework the chemistry before facing the Ravens’ 3rd best defense in the league.

Colt McCoy to Start for the Browns
Let’s be honest, not much could hurt this team. So the question is, can the 3rd round, 85th overall draft pick help the Browns? He sure has an incentive to do so: According to McCoy’s contract, if he plays 35 percent of the snaps as a rookie, his fourth-year base salary more than doubles from approximately $500,000 to $1.15 million. With both Jakey and Seneca hurt, there is a possibility Colt will have a few starts. But if he plays well and lives up to the hype, will he keep the starting job?

Kolb vs. Vick
Speaking of who will get the start, it seems Andy Reid has come to his senses and decided to start Vick- if he was healthy. But, all this play time for Kolb gives him the experience he needs to become a valuable trade in the future, or the continued starter if Vick keeps playing the way he has been- His aggressive, physical, and atypical style is what makes him both a success and a liability. With so much potential uncertainty at the helm of this team, can they be the leader of the NFC East?

The Return of Big Ben
With debate out there as to whether or not Ben is a future hall of famer, he sure needs to come to come back taking charge. With a 3-1 start, the Steelers can only hope Roethlisberger keeps the momentum going, especially when they are last in the league for passing. With some waning support from fans as it is, for his off-field antics, if he does not come back and play better than ever, do you think he will lose his job? and more importantly, put the Steelers in jeopardy?