Peyton Manning gets penalty for taunting DJ Swearinger after Wes Welker hit

Peyton-Manning-DJ-Swearinger-penaltyPeyton Manning was assessed a 15-yard penalty for taunting in the Denver Broncos’ preseason loss to the Houston Texas on Saturday. Yes, that Peyton Manning, and he had a pretty good reason.

Wes Welker suffered yet another concussion after he was drilled over the middle of the field by DJ Swearinger. The Texans safety led with his shoulder, but he made direct contact with Welker’s head and drew a penalty for unneccessary roughness. Manning got in Swearinger’s face shortly after the hit when he tossed a touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders in Swearinger’s direction.

“I’m obviously concerned about Wes and never like seeing him come out of the game with a potential blow to the head,” Manning said when asked about his penalty, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. “He had one of those last year that kept him out a while. Fifteen yards with five seconds left in the half — it can’t hurt you that much, right?

“I think if you’re going to get one, that’s a good time to get one.”

We’d be willing to bet Manning won’t get another one for the rest of the season, and probably even his career.

Welker suffered two concussions last season, so any head injury for the 33-year-old is very frightening. He’ll be evaluated by the Broncos medical staff and could wind up missing some time in the regular season, even with two weeks to recover before Week 1. We don’t blame Manning for being upset.

GIFs via Bro Bible, Cork Gaines

Peyton Manning, Eli Manning make another DirecTV rap video

No need to panic, people — the Manning brothers have not retired from the rap game. Peyton and Eli Manning starred in a hilarious rap video for DIRECTV last year that left many people wondering when their first album would be released. There’s still no album, but there’s another DIRECTV commercial to hold us over.

The latest music video is called “Fantasy Football Fantasy.” While I still think “Football On Your Phone” was a bit more clever, “Fantasy Football Fantasy” covers all the basics including white T-shirts and gold chains.


There was also a very creepy cameo from Joe Namath, which is definitely a plus.


Whoever is writing these things is a genius. We already can’t wait for next year.

Peyton Manning dancing to ‘Rocky Top’ will never not be awesome (Video)

Peyton Manning danced to “Rocky Top” to start Denver Broncos practice Monday, and thankfully 9 News Denver got it on tape for us.

No. 83 dancing in the foreground of the video was of course Wes Welker, who never misses out on a chance to have a little fun. And the other guy getting down was Britton Colquitt, another Tennessee alum.

This video shows Colquitt doing a jig:

If that dancing looks familiar, it’s because it should. This was Peyton getting down on “Saturday Night Live” in 2008:

Safe to say his go-to move on the dance floor is the salt shaker?

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Terry Bradshaw: Peyton Manning is your guy if you like losing Super Bowls

Terry-Bradshaw-NFL-does-not-care-about-playersTerry Bradshaw, winner of four championships with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, can always flash his Super Bowl rings if someone asks if he is a better quarterback than Peyton Manning. We all know Manning is a better passer and is far more talented, but hardware talks. Bradshaw recently felt the need to remind everyone of that.

During one of his stops for his “America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde” tour, Bradshaw touched on the topic of whether Manning is the best quarterback to play the game today.

“No one would argue with that,” he told the audience. “If you like winning during the (regular) season and losing the Super Bowl, that’s your guy.”

Quarterbacks are judged by rings first. That’s just the way it is. Dan Marino is a better quarterback than Bradshaw, but because he never won a championship most people would argue that Bradshaw is the better player. Manning’s 1-2 record in Super Bowls and 11-12 playoff record is a nasty blemish on his overall legacy — there’s no question about it.

But as Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk noted, much of Bradshaw’s success is owed to the phenomenal Steelers defenses of the 1970s. If not for several dud performances by Bradshaw in the playoffs (which are listed here), his team might have won five or six championships.

Again, that’s just the nature of the beast. Manning has had his chances and blown them, particularly when he threw a pick-six to lose a Super Bowl against the New Orleans Saints several years back. Bradshaw’s jewelry gives him the right to yap.

Aqib Talib: Peyton Manning is better than Tom Brady

Aqib Talib chillin

Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib made the NFL Network’s list of the 100 Top Players of 2014. Talib landed at No. 79 on the annual player power rankings, and he recently joined NFL Network to discuss his place on the list and a variety of other topics. Naturally, he was asked for his thoughts on the Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning debate.

“You gotta go Peyton Manning,” Talib said, as transcribed by Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com. “Tom is a good friend of mine, what’s up Tom, baby. (Manning) had an awesome year. He tore it up. He like set the record for touchdowns. He beat Tom in the AFC Championship. You gotta give it to Peyton. Tom know that’s my dog man, he know.”

What else can he say? Talib and Manning are teammates now, and Manning is coming off the best season of his career. In reality, Brady and Manning are 1A and 1B at the moment. Manning lights up the stat board and has most of the records, but the blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl stings badly. His playoff record of 11-12 hurts his legacy.

While Talib said he is friends with Brady, he did not seem to be all that fond of Bill Belichick.

“Bill sure didn’t want to give me that money so hey man, he gave it to Revis,” Talib said when asked about his contract. “It is what it is.”

Most feel that Revis is a better cornerback than Talib, and Talib himself even agreed. The Patriots invested more money over a shorter deal for Revis, so in a way there is less risk involved. Plus, Talib has a history of off-field issues and Revis does not.

Bottom line — Talib has jumped right into the rivalry. The Broncos and Patriots could very well meet again in the AFC Championship next year. Talib’s former team is now public enemy No. 1.

Peyton Manning passes neck exam, cleared for 2014

Peyton Manning BroncosPeyton Manning had his annual neck exam on Monday, and Denver Broncos fans will be relieved to hear that it went well. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Manning was fully cleared following the physical and is not expected to have any restrictions heading into next season.

During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, word surfaced that Manning would have his neck examined after the season and could potentially contemplate retirement. While we can’t say for sure if he will suit up in 2014, it would now be borderline shocking if he retired after not suffering any setbacks with the neck injuries that caused him to miss the entire 2011 season.

Manning will turn 38 this month, but he obviously has plenty left in the tank. All he did last season was rewrite the NFL record books en route to the best statistical season of his career. While we all saw what the Seattle Seahawks did to Denver in the Super Bowl, there’s no reason to believe the Broncos could not duplicate their 2013 success next season.

The multiple neck surgeries that once threatened Manning’s career do not seem to be giving him any issues. He also passed his exit exam with the team after the Super Bowl. It should be business as usual for the future Hall of Famer.

Joe Theismann wants Peyton Manning to retire

Peyton ManningThere were rumblings leading up to the Super Bowl that Peyton Manning would retire after the big game, but the 37-year-old quarterback has not indicated any plans to retire. Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann is one person who would like to see the Denver Broncos quarterback hang up the cleats.

“I personally would love to see him retire,” Theismann told “Amani and Eytan” on NBC Sports Radio Monday. “I think that what he can do is take a look at the offseason, figure out what you want to do — because remember now, he’s going to be a year older — I don’t know what the physical beating is like for him. I’m not sure exactly where he is in that situation, but I do know one thing — his arm is not going to get any stronger going forward.”

Not only does Theismann believe things will get more difficult for Manning physically, but he thinks opposing defenses will improve their schemes against him.

“You have to look at what happened (for him) with Seattle and say, ‘how many more teams are going to want to try and attack him that way? And will the Denver Broncos be able to do the things they want to do?’

“I think Peyton still has gas in the tank. It’s not like it’s over for him. It’s just that he’s done so much. I don’t believe his legacy was affected at all in this game. I think if he won it, his legacy would be enhanced. But I don’t believe that we should look at Peyton Manning and think anything less of what he accomplished.”

Theismann is saying that Manning has nothing left to prove even though he played poorly in the game. Some probably would agree with him, while others, such as Deion Sanders and myself, believe it negatively affects his leacy.

I don’t know much about Manning’s thought process at this point, but I can’t imagine he would want to go out in this manner. Maybe he would have given serious consideration to retirement had he won the Super Bowl, but after that disaster, I bet he comes back. And one point of disagreement with Theismann. Even if opposing defenses will try to do what Seattle did to Peyton, none of them have the personnel to replicate what the Seahawks did. Why do you think Peyton carves most of them up?