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Peyton Manning exposes the ‘biggest myth’ in football

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

Many people feel that one of the marks of a great head coach is the ability to make in-game adjustments. According to Peyton Manning, anyone who tries to tell you those adjustments ever come at halftime of an NFL game is lying.

During the “ManningCast” broadcast of Monday night’s wild-card game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Peyton Manning made a sarcastic remark about the Bucs going three-and-out to start the second half. The Hall of Fame quarterback quipped that “all those halftime adjustments” didn’t really pay off. He then called the idea of halftime adjustments “the biggest myth in football.”

“I don’t know about you, I don’t think I ever made a halftime adjustment in my entire 18-year career,” Manning said. “I think that’s the biggest myth in football — the halftime adjustments, right? You go in, you use the restroom, you eat a couple of oranges and then the head coach says, ‘Alright, let’s go.'”

Eli Manning agreed with his brother and said it feels like players are in the locker room for a total of three minutes, so there is no time to make real adjustments related to the game plan.

The Manning brothers were probably exaggerating a bit. There have definitely been times where a coach sees something during the first half that leads to a slightly different approach in the second half, but the point Peyton was making is that talk of halftime adjustments is overblown.

If there were some magical cure for your game plan at the half, the Bucs would not have come out looking just as bad in the third quarter of their 31-14 loss to Dallas as they did in the first two.

Peyton Manning had great reaction to Brett Maher missing third extra point

Peyton Manning standing up

Brett Maher left everyone in disbelief after he missed extra points following the Dallas Cowboys’ first three touchdowns of their NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. Peyton Manning’s reaction to the third miss mirrored how so many other viewers were feeling.

The “ManningCast” version of the “Monday Night Football” game aired on ESPN2 on Monday. Peyton and Eli were providing their commentary as they watched the playoff game, and Peyton lost it after Maher missed his third extra point.

“You’ve got to be kidding me. Why are kicking it? Why are we kicking it?” Peyton asked.

“Can you cut a guy halftime of a playoff game?” Peyton asked rhetorically.

Maher was 29/32 on field goals this season for the Cowboys. But he was 50/53 on extra points (94.3 percent), a year after going 10/12 on extra points (83.3 percent).

Once you miss three extra points in a row in the same half, that becomes a case of having the yips — some sort of mental block that causes issues in performing routine plays.

Mike McCarthy probably finally learned his lesson and might just start going for 2-point conversion attempts.

ESPN makes big mistake with Peyton Manning graphic at Orange Bowl

Peyton Manning with a Tennessee hat on

ESPN made a big blunder with a graphic about Peyton Manning on Friday night.

Manning was in attendance for the Orange Bowl Friday to watch his alma mater Tennessee take on Clemson. Late in the game, ESPN showed Manning in attendance at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The chyron described Manning as a Tennessee quarterback from 1994-1997, which is accurate. Unfortunately, they also credited him as a 1998 national champion, which is inaccurate.

Manning never won a national championship in college. He went 8-4, 11-1, 10-2 and 11-2, losing to Florida all four years.

During his senior year, Manning’s Vols beat Auburn in the SEC Championship but lost to Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Nebraska and Michigan split the polls as the No. 1 teams. The 1-loss ’95 team beat Ohio State in the Citrus Bowl, but they were overshadowed by the Gators, whose only loss came to No. 1 Nebraska.

Tennessee’s national championship came the year after Manning graduated, with Tee Martin at quarterback. The team also had Peerless Price at receiver, future Pro Bowl running backs Travis Henry and Jamal Lewis, linebacker Al Wilson, and offensive lineman Chad Clifton.

Though Peyton was great at Tennessee, he never won the national championship or Heisman Trophy.

Peyton Manning shares incredible Bill Belichick spite story

Bill Belichick during a game

Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks on the field before a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick was not pleased with how former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell handled the end of the coach’s tenure with the team, and he apparently found a creative way to express that not long after Modell fired him.

Belichick was the head coach of the Browns from 1991-1995. Midway through the 1995 season, Modell announced he was moving the franchise to Baltimore, where the team later became the Ravens. Belichick was told he would remain the head coach after the move, but Modell fired him following the season.

According to Peyton Manning, Belichick used the 1998 Pro Bowl to get back at Modell. Manning said during Monday night’s “ManningCast” that Belichick added former Ravens linebacker Peter Boulware to the 1998 Pro Bowl roster just to spite Modell. Belichick was the head coach of the AFC team after Bill Parcells bowed out for health reasons. He added Boulware as the AFC’s “need player.” Manning, who was on the team, says Belichick chose Boulware just so Modell would have to pay the former linebacker a $1 million bonus.

“One time, he picked Peter Boulware because he knew Art Modell would have to pay Boulware a $1 million bonus if Boulware made the Pro Bowl,” Manning recalled. “Belichick hated Modell.”

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk noted that Belichick did not have many players to choose from. The AFC and NFC coach were told to choose a “need player” who had been named a first alternate at defensive end or linebacker in the initial round of Pro Bowl voting. Still, Boulware said at the time that he was “kind of shocked” he was chosen.

Belichick would surely deny that he chose Boulware based on anything other than merit, but Manning has no reason to lie. Who knew Belichick could be that spiteful?

Incredible old video of Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday heated exchange resurfaces

Peyton Manning yells at Jeff Saturday

The Indianapolis Colts on Monday making Jeff Saturday their interim head coach led to an old video of him and Peyton Manning in a heated exchange resurfacing.

Manning was being recorded by microphone for NFL Films for the game during which the incident took place. That allowed fans to become privy to what he was saying during the sideline argument with Saturday, who was his long-time center.

In the video, Manning yells at Saturday to tell the center to “quit calling plays.”

Saturday wanted the Colts to run the ball. Manning wanted his center to keep quiet and let him direct the offense.

Who even knew that Manning was capable of such an exchange?

As many observers have pointed out, now it will be Saturday’s turn to call plays for the Colts and dictate what needs to be done.

Peyton Manning shares his reaction to Jeff Saturday hire

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’s longtime former teammate Jeff Saturday was hired on Monday as the interim head coach for the Indianapolis Colts. Saturday has no previous coaching experience in college or the NFL, making his hiring nothing short of shocking.

Even Manning admitted the hire left him surprised.

“I was surprised; I didn’t know anything about it,” Manning said on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” pregame show. “I talked to Jeff. It’s a big challenge. Jeff’s made of the right stuff; he was the ultimate teammate. My locker was right next to him. He’s a high- character guy. He’s a great leader.

“He’s going to have to rely on these players to kind of get him comfortable and try and get a win there in Indianapolis. A win there could solve a lot of things. Hopefully he can get in there and help the Colts get turned around.”

The Colts are 3-5-1 after their 26-3 loss to the Patriots in Week 9. Frank Reich was in his fifth season on the job and had led the team to the playoffs twice in four years and had a winning record in three of his four full seasons.

Now Indianapolis will be led by Saturday, who will be coaching a team that’s trying to compete with Sam Ehlinger at quarterback. The combined inexperience from the two men will be a major concern, and Manning knows it.

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.