Sometimes as a blogger you have stuff to say, but not enough for any one piece to be the focus of a post. Right now is one of those times for me.
None of these things would be enough to write a full post on, but it is still stuff that I find interesting. Since I have a venue in which to share this interesting stuff I think I will:
- Peyton Loses a Record he Probably Doesn't Care About
But it's a record! How could he not care?
Because it was for the most yards thrown by a rookie QB in his first start. Peyton had 305 when he played his first of 208 consecutive games back on September 6, 1998. It was the first time that a rookie had ever cleared the 300 yard mark in his first start.
So why shouldn't he care about losing it? The Miami Dolphins won, partially due to the three interceptions Peyton threw. So yeah, it's a record, but when made in a losing effort it's pretty anticlimactic.
If you haven't heard, the honor now belongs to Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. He threw for 422 yards, but just like Manning, it was in a losing effort
- Time for Change
The changes to the practice squad have to come as no surprise after last Sunday. If the guys currently on the offensive line can't get the job done, the Colts need to find someone who will.
Seth Olsen, a former Iowa offensive lineman and fourth round pick for the Denver Broncos was added to the practice squad. Tight end Michael McNeill and offensive lineman Jamey Richard were waived. Receiver Chris Brooks and defensive back DeAndre McDaniel were released. All were on the practice squad.
- Tony Dungy Tells on Himself
Colts fans, before you try to figure out where I live so you can tar and feather me for bashing the great Tony Dungy, just hear me out.
On Sunday Night Football, Dungy brought up a video clip from a game back in 2006 where Peyton got smacked pretty good by a pair of Redskins defenders. He pointed out how Peyton laid there for a bit before getting up kinda awkward like and shaking his right arm. Dungy went on to say:
"So I didn't notice Peyton calling timeout and being shaken up. Peyton came to the sideline and said to [backup] Jim Sorgi, 'Jim, start warming up.' As the timeout went on, he said to us, 'I can stay in, but we need to run the ball here.' ''
Dungy was bringing this up as the likely starting point for when Peyton's neck issues began. Now Peyton did not have any kind of surgery till after the 2009 season, nearly three years later and one year after Dungy retired.
An argument could be made that Peyton's eventual surgeries had nothing to do with that hit; he took quite a few more between than and the surgery. Bill Polian has come out to say that this recent surgery was due to something that happened when Peyton was working out in the off-season.
However, the hit very well could have been the beginning of the end too. Maybe this surgery was due to some off-season accident, but the damage was done back on that October day in the '06 season.
Over time the damage continued to build, but with every off-season he would get better; enough so that he could make it through the next season. BUT this off-season instead of getting better, the fateful final mishap occurred and now Peyton is out for the foreseeable future if not for good.
So where am I going with all this?
I think Dungy got out when the getting was good.
He knew that Peyton was one or two good hits from getting knocked out, but was thankful his o-line was one of the best in football. Should Peyton go down on his watch and the team lose (like it very well may, but hopefully will not this year) he may not have been able to leave on his own terms nor would he be remembered as the great coach that he is.
He would be the guy that rode the Peyton train as long as possible, but failed to jump off at the right time.
Call me cynical or hopped up on too much caffeine from drinking coffee all day, but I sure found it funny that it was Peyton's former coach that happened to bring up this footage from way back when. Had it been someone else I might attribute it to journalism, but since it was Dungy it feels a little too opportunistic to me.