As a blogger/writer I feel obliged to talk about what the latest and greatest gossip is on my coverage area. So far in this short offseason the talk around the AFC South and much of the NFL has been Peyton Manning, Peyton Manning, and more Peyton Manning.
I'm tired of it.
Now I'm sure anyone that has followed my handiwork here is thinking,"Wow this guy is a hypocrite. He's always talking Peyton, Peyton, Peyton." You guys are entirely right. I do, but like I said it is my duty to bring the latest and greatest to your attention. If I didn't my bosses wouldn't have much of a reason to keep me around.
That being said, while I do have to talk about the latest with the Indianapolis Colts I promise you now that whenever Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay are involved I will have something about the other three teams in the AFC South as well. Peyton is a story, but he's probably done being a factor.
Well, the drama and BS has gotten a lot thicker in Indianapolis. On Thursday the local news channels were all over a story claiming that Peyton and Irsay have been involved in negotiations. What a crock. The only thing Irsay really said was that he and Peyton talk about stuff--not necessarily his contract--like Tiger Woods besting Jack Nicklaus's career majors mark.
I feel like Irsay was inwardly chuckling when he said that. He's just trying to maximize his camera time so that in the end he can hopefully come out of this mess not looking like a dirt bag (too late). Irsay has been more of a politician than Manning ever was; all his talk that week, the info on Manning's health--a very deliberate PR move.
These guys need to get over themselves and figure out what they want to do. Enough is enough already.
Like in Jacksonville, where they've decided that enough is enough when it comes to these blackouts. They are smart in enlisting former great Tony Boselli to head up a marketing drive, but they need to do something else if they really want to end the blackouts--play good football.
The defense has been solid over the years, but that offense--not good. However, I firmly believe that they are only a couple good wide receivers away from being competitive. Heck, just with MJD and the defense they've been able to hang with guys. I can only imagine the damage they'll be able to do with a two-dimensional offense (and kicker Josh Scobee doesn't count).
Tennessee is in a better predicament. They recently locked up who will likely be their No 2 wide receiver next year, Lavelle Hawkins. He did okay last season without the team's No 1 on the field (Kenny Britt). With both guys on the field next season the Titans offense will be in pretty decent shape. That is if Britt's knee holds up and he stays out of jail.
Houston doesn't have to worry about that. In fact, if the quotes can be believed, life in Houston almost seems to good to be true:
"I've never been around a group of guys that talked more positive about each other. That's what we've been after. That's why we took some big steps last season,..."
Those are words from head coach Gary Kubiak. Assuming he's right, the whole NFL might want to beware the Texans, not just the AFC South.