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Peyton Manning rules out 2 potential future NFL jobs

Peyton Manning in a suit

Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Former Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning has largely been taking it relatively easy since retiring from the NFL. While he may ultimately take on a more active role around the league in the future, he seemed to rule out two potential jobs rather quickly.

In an appearance on “The Colin Cowherd Podcast” from The Volume released Wednesday, Manning admitted that he does not see himself as a coach or a general manager in the future.

“I don’t see a GM in my future,” Manning said. “Coach, I’m the offensive coordinator on my son Marshall’s sixth grade football team. We got beat in overtime on Saturday, and a couple of my players asked me why I ran the ball so much in the red zone, so I think coaching in my future is also out.

“Hearing that from a couple sixth graders was tough. Hearing that from a 32-year-old wide receiver, quarterback, ‘hey, I haven’t gotten the ball, what are you doing?’ I think that’s out.”

Manning has never been closely linked to a coaching position to begin with. There was more speculation about him potentially joining a front office, and Manning himself did not rule it out in the past, but that does not seem realistic either.

Ultimately, Manning seems more interested in ownership if the situation is right. Nothing has presented itself so far, and he seems perfectly happy with his current gig, which is a bit more flexible and less time-intensive than a full-time role with an NFL team would be.

ESPN makes big ‘ManningCast’ announcement for 2022

Peyton and Eli Manning on the ManningCast

ESPN has officially confirmed the return of the “ManningCast,” complete with a reveal of the telecast schedule for the 2022 season.

Just like in 2021, Peyton and Eli Manning will conduct a simulcast of ten “Monday Night Football” telecasts, including one playoff game, over the course of the 2022 season on ESPN2. The pair made the announcement on Thursday in a video starring actress Lily Collins.

The Mannings will handle most of the big games on ESPN’s schedule, including Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle in Week 1, as well as several key divisional matchups. Curiously, the pair will skip the Week 6 game involving the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers, a curious choice considering how well Peyton knows the Denver organization.

Beyond the schedule, it does not sound like we should expect any significant changes to the “ManningCast” formula that became a viral hit in 2021. That said, they might want to do away with the infamous curse if they want to get the best possible guests.

Ex-Peyton Manning teammate makes wild claim

Peyton Manning in a suit

Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Former Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Herbert has established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL after just two seasons, but is he better than Peyton Manning? One former lineman who played with the Hall of Famer seems to think so, at least on some level.

Ryan Harris, an ex-tackle who is calling preseason games for the Denver Broncos this year, was a guest on Thursday morning’s edition of “The D.A. Show” on CBS Sports Radio. He was asked for his thoughts on the AFC West, and he responded with the highest praise Herbert has probably ever received. Harris, who played with Manning in Denver and Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, said Herbert is the best quarterback he’s ever seen.

“Justin Herbert is the best quarterback I’ve ever seen, and I played with Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger,” Harris said. “This guy is unbelievable. … I played with Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger and I’m telling you, Justin Herbert is the best quarterback I’ve ever seen. It’s unbelievable what he does. It is something that’s only going to continue to increase. He’s got the most talented arm in the NFL.”

Harris is not the first person to say Herbert has a once-in-a-generation arm. He was almost certainly talking about physical talent alone when he said Herbert is better than Manning and Roethlisberger. Still, that is is bold claim.

Herbert threw for 5,014 yards, 38 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last season. The AFC West is expected to be the most competitive division in football this year, and the former Oregon star is one of the reasons why. While Herbert may not be Peyton Manning, it sounds like he has the work ethic to match his talent.

Pat McAfee teaming up with Peyton Manning’s company

Pat McAfee celebrating

Apr 3, 2022; Arlington, TX, USA; Pat McAfee celebrates during WrestleMania at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Pat McAfee and Peyton Manning were teammates for a few years with the Indianapolis Colts. They are teaming up again in a different setting this fall.

On Thursday’s edition of “The Pat McAfee Show,” Manning joined the former Colts punter to announce a partnership between McAfee and Manning’s Omaha Productions. With the partnership, McAfee will get to simulcast six college football games on ESPN2 during the upcoming season.

“Peyton Manning and I are getting into business together,” McAfee said. “We have officially agreed alongside Omaha Productions to simulcast six big a– college football games this season” (edited for profanity by LBS).

“Peyton, you’re the f–king man,” McAfee continued (edited for profanity by LBS). “Thank you for the opportunity.”

Warning: The below tweet contains profanity.

McAfee’s simulcast figures to resemble last season’s “ManningCast” on ESPN2, where Peyton and Eli Manning provided commentary for “Monday Night Football” games. The program will be simulcasted with the primary ESPN game broadcast.

While he will not be able to curse, McAfee said that he and his team have creative freedom regarding how to structure the simulcast. He also teased that some special guests will be joining them for select games.

The “ManningCast” was a big ratings success. ESPN may have seen a similar potential in McAfee due to his rapidly growing popularity in the broadcasting industry.

Pat McAfee shares just how much film Peyton Manning studied

Peyton Manning in a suit

Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Former Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning did not become a Hall of Fame player by accident. His dedication to football was matched by very few, which helps explain why he became one of the all-time greats. One of his former teammates recently shared just how much film Manning watched as part of the quarterback’s preparation for games and opponents.

Pat McAfee talked on his show Tuesday about the Kyler Murray “independent study” contract clause. McAfee said he was alarmed that the Arizona Cardinals contractually obligated Murray to study film.

Then McAfee compared Murray’s situation to Manning, with whom McAfee was teammates on the Indianapolis Colts. McAfee shared just how much film Manning told the punter he watches.

“I remember getting into a [conversation] with him like, ‘How much you watch?’ He dove into it. ‘Gotta watch every game the other team has played; every snap they played; every practice clip from your week of practice; every game you guys have played that plays against a similar defense that they’re playing; every single third-down situation broke up into there; red zone; every first down operation.’ I think he went threw it all and he was like ‘probably 20 hours of film a week?’ He said he couldn’t even put a number on it,” McAfee recalled.

McAfee’s story illustrates just how much Manning was obsessed with film study. Peyton’s preparation showed in his results.

Murray has put together a couple of Pro Bowl seasons since being drafted No. 1 overall by Arizona in 2019. But one has to wonder whether he is maximizing his potential or underachieving.

H/T Indy Star

Peyton Manning shares advice for nephew Arch after Texas commitment

Peyton Manning in a suit

Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Former Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Arch Manning announced this week that he has committed to the University of Texas, but he will not arrive on campus until 2023. In the meantime, one of his uncles is urging him to focus on finishing what he started.

Peyton Manning was asked on Friday at the Manning Passing Academy if he has any advice for Arch and other top recruits. He spoke about not letting the future become a distraction.

“I just encouraged him to kind of concentrate on the task at hand — be a senior, finish out your eduction, get your high school diploma and try to have the best senior year you can,” Peyton said. “There’s no doubt it can become a distraction if you let it, but it’s not fair to your teammates and coaches if you’re not all-in and focused on the team. I think the fact that he made this decision in June was smart.”

Both Peyton and his brother Eli, Arch’s other uncle, mentioned how recruiting was much different when they were coming out of high school. Social media did not exist, and the process started much later. They say that is why it is so important for players like Arch to make sure they don’t get too far ahead of themselves.

Arch already made one big change in his life before committing to Texas. The good news is he could not possibly have a more experienced group of quarterbacks in his inner circle. He will have plenty of help navigating the rest of his high school career and beyond.

Eli Manning appreciated swipe Ole Miss took at his brother Peyton

Eli Manning in a coat and tie

Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning is viewed by most as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. To some of the people at Ole Miss, however, he is merely Eli’s older brother.

Peyton was shown on the video board during Saturday’s College World Series game between Ole Miss and Auburn in Omaha. The graphic described him as “Eli Manning’s brother.” Eli tweeted on Sunday that he likes that title for his brother.

In most settings, Peyton would probably be described as a Hall of Famer and two-time Super Bowl champion. Only at an Ole Miss or possibly New York Giants event would he take a back seat to Eli.

Peyton has been enjoying a lot of the College World Series this year. He was spotted wearing a very appropriate hat during another game on Friday night.

Former LB has interesting preference in Tom Brady-Peyton Manning debate

Peyton Manning in a suit

Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Former Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

No defense would want to face prime Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but an interesting question is which of the two a defense would fear more.

Former Pro Bowl linebacker Bart Scott revealed his choice on Thursday’s edition of ESPN Radio’s “Bart & Hahn.” Scott said he would rather face Brady, as Manning’s constant changes at the line of scrimmage give Scott “a different set of anxiety.”

“I’d much rather go against Tom Brady every day of the week than go against Peyton Manning. I believe that’s how everybody feels,” Scott said. “Peyton Manning gives you a different set of anxiety. With Tom Brady, it was more about Bill Belichick, the entire team, the execution, them having the gameplan. Peyton Manning literally, ‘yellow’ meant something in the first quarter, it means something totally different in the second quarter. … You feel like you got to go take an SAT test.”

Manning’s audibles and on-the-fly changes were the stuff of legend during his playing career. Other teams tried to decode his cadences and hand signals, but few ever succeeded consistently. Based on Scott’s explanation, it’s easy to see why Manning’s efforts consistently worked so well.

Peyton Manning wears very appropriate hat while attending College World Series

Peyton Manning in an Omaha hat

Peyton Manning attended Friday night’s College World Series game between Texas and Notre Dame, and he was wearing a very appropriate hat.

The Hall of Fame quarterback was wearing a hat that said “Omaha” on it.

The hat was fitting for several reasons.

First off, Manning became known for yelling out “Omaha” during games as an audible signal. Secondly, Manning named his television production company “Omaha Productions.” Lastly, the College World Series is held in Omaha, Neb.

While his hat was pretty straightforward and an excellent choice, his attendance at the game led to questions.

Why was Manning at a Texas-Notre Dame game? Was there some sort of alternate meaning related to his nephew’s recruitment? Or was he just there to catch a game at a fun venue? Longhorns fans can keep dreaming.

Report reveals Peyton Manning’s potential role with Broncos

Peyton Manning in a suit

Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Former Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos have settled their ownership situation, and that may open the door for Peyton Manning to return to the franchise in a more formal role.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the new Walton-Penner ownership group has already had exploratory talks with Manning about a potential advisory role. That role could be expanded in the future and involve Manning actually taking on a share of ownership.

Prior reports had indicated that every prospective Broncos owner had at least sounded Manning out prior to the purchase, so this is no surprise. Now that the Walton-Penner group is firmly in place, they can get more serious about trying to bring Manning into the fold.

An advisory role could be ideal in allowing Manning to continue his memorable television work while simultaneously being involved in an NFL team. That assumes ESPN would be comfortable with it, but it seems unlikely they would have a problem given how good Manning has been for the network.