I figure Manning will be a hot topic this year in the NFL and particularly here in Indiana as well as in Bronco country. He didn't finish the season looking anywhere near the top of his game. Questions came as to whether Father Time had caught up, or whether it was a leg injury, or whether the neck issues were resurfacing.
And we now know they never fully went away.
Then there was the wait to see if he would be back for this season.
So here we are...
"Manning Can't Feel his Fingertips"..
(Manning) traces the physically crummy end to last season not to age but to a vomitous December night in San Diego. Before the Broncosí 14th game, in San Diego, Manning says a bug he caught from his sick daughter made him violently ill. ďI threw up all night,Ē he said. ďThen, in the game, I moved to the right on a simple scramble and my quad cramped on me. It lingered. I couldnít shake it the rest of the year. I really studied it hard this off-season, whether it could linger into this year or whether it was isolated. I just think I got dehydrated, and that caused it. I donít think you can blame it on my age. It was just an isolated thing. Iíve made it through every other season, and this off-season I went through a state of the union physically, if you will, and I started training earlier and made some dietary changes.Ē Heís confident about his health, to be sure. But he also knows thereís no insurance for 39-year-old quarterbacks.
Read more at http://cover32.com/broncos/2015/08/2...2AjmUWWjJxP.99Elway says he didnít want it to get personal, but inevitably, when it comes to money, it may.
But Elway also thinks Manning will look back on this as a necessary step.
From Kingís article:
John Elway The Boss feels bad about not being able to be John Elway Of The Fraternity of Quarterbacks. The Broncos were looking for some Manning insurance, in case he came up hobbling again this year, and were looking for some cap savings, too. So Elway, the Broncosí GM, cut Manningís salary by $4 million; he can make it up in incentives, but the cut was awkward for both sides. ďThat was really hard,Ē Elway said on the side of the practice field at camp. ďThe conversation was hard. A lot of times, as much as you like to say you want those things to stay business, they always end up being a little personal. Thatís the hard part, because I have a great deal of respect for Peyton. I think, hopefully, Peyton will be able to look back in a few years, especially if we have a really good year, and see that, ultimately, the decision was made to give us the best chance to go out and win a Super Bowl this year. That, ultimately, is the best thing for Peyton Manningóeven though, of course, it was $4 million.Ē
That last nugget is interesting.
Elway truly believes that $4 million is going to help them win the Super Bowl? Who exactly did they sign after the pay cut?
In my opinion it was more of a symbolic move on Elwayís part than anything else.
Manning had run the show the last three years with the inept John Fox in town and now he needed to get in line. Whether it leads to a Super Bowl run or a very public falling out will be interesting to watch.
Itís certainly going to be entertaining, regardless of which scenario plays out.
Read more at http://cover32.com/broncos/2015/08/2...S1So5PB2JdL.99Manning, who rarely talks about his health to anyone, for whatever reason revealed a lot to King. Including the fact he literally canít feel his fingertips.
Thatís just mind boggling, and makes his 94 touchdowns the last two years even that much more impressive.
Hereís the full scoop via King:
(Manning) still doesnít have feeling in the fingertips on his right hand. ďI canít feel anything in my fingertips,Ē Manning said Thursday. ďItís crazy. Iíve talked to a doctor recently who said, Donít count on the feeling coming back. It was hard for me for about two years, because one doctor told me I could wake up any morning and it might come back. So you wake up every day thinking, Todayís the day! Then itís not.Ē
I guess thatís a good thing if the Broncos play a playoff game in negative temperatures, right? If Manning already canít feel his fingers at least his hand wonít be any worse for it in bone-chilling conditions.
Kudos to the Broncos QB for opening up ó hopefully he learned some things last year and everything can fall into place in 2015.
Even if he canít feel Lombardi, itíd be fun to hoist in the air.
Read more at http://cover32.com/broncos/2015/08/2...D7TiX56uyFC.99