Peyton Manning is focused on the here and now with the Denver Broncos. Arnie Stapleton of AP noted that when Manning visited New York a while back to honor the retirements of Derek Jeter and David Letterman, he said, "I'm sad to see some of these guys retired. I'm not far behind."
That quote really gave some of us fans the sense this is Manning's final ride and we better enjoy it. It's just hard to imagine the 5 time NFL MVP coming off a record setting 5,500 yard and 55 touchdown season would simply hang up it up while still a member of one of the most talented rosters in the league. And certainly the most talented roster of his storied career.
What gives me hope? Manning's addiction to being a part of that huddle.
"When you don't play football anymore, you can broadcast, you can coach, you can be in management, whatever, but you are not allowed to go into the huddle anymore," Manning said. "That huddle is just for players. You can go into the locker room after the game and you can speak to the team, but I think any retired player would probably tell you they miss the huddle."
I certainly hope for two more seasons of Peyton Manning. It will be money well spent and his average of 14 wins per season is plenty enough to keep this fan happy. The chase for that elusive Lombardi Trophy is still on the table and I would love to send Manning galloping into the sunset with a final cheer of triumph as he retires a champion.
Where's the Beef, er, Pot Roast?
Jimmy Kempski from Philly.com analyzed the weight of every front seven in the NFL to try and determine if it meant anything. It didn't, but it was interesting anyway. Here is the chart that shows the weight of every defensive front in the NFL for the 2014 season.
- The Broncos new $35-million training facility is coming together. Check out these photos from way up top and all around.
- News is sparse, but Jeff Legwold is still breaking down the rookies. This report covers the rookies competing for jobs on the offensive side of the ball.
- Andrew Mason has all you need to know about revenge week against the Seattle Seahawks on September 14, 2014.