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Wayne: Colts realized Manning 'not immortal'

Posted on: January 29, 2011 8:54 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

2010 was a weird season for the Colts -- at one point they looked doomed, only they managed to storm back and make the playoffs, before bowing to the Jets in the first round.

Perhaps the strangest part of it all, though, was the three-game stretch when Peyton Manning lobbed 11 interceptions. It was weird enough that it warranted Reggie Wayne telling Jay Glazer on the NFL Network (via MDS at PFT) that Manning is human after all.

"It was a shock," Wayne said. "The main thing we realized, he's not immortal. He's real. He's not a machine. It goes to show you this game is so competitive, even the guys on top can hit a wall somewhere. As a team we just stuck behind him, kept pushing, told him, 'Keep throwing,' and hope he throw it to us. And it was good, everybody stuck together and we found a way out of that rut."

Wayne also addressed his one-catch, one-yard performance against the Jets and his public comments following the loss.

"My number wasn’t called the way I wanted, but that's the way it goes," Wayne said. "I was a little upset, basically, because we took an L -- we lost -- and you feel like you didn't get your number called enough to help the team move on. It's playoff time. You want to win, you don't want to go home. It was tough for me — that was the first time I had been in that situation. But it is what it is. I've just got to keep playing ball, I guess."

Yeah, he does. And it's somewhat reasonable to complain, but it's not like Manning was given too many opportunities to just force balls into Revis Island.

On the bright side for Wayne, he's been lucky enough to play with Manning for quite some time now (and will probably wrap up his career with Peyton) and it's entirely possible that he just saw the worst stretch of the quarterback's career. In other words, it could be worse.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:24 am
 

Wayne: Colts realized Manning 'not immortal'

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Since: Feb 26, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:22 pm
 

Wayne: Colts realized Manning 'not immortal'

This past season showcased that you can't win when you're one-dimentional...not even Peyton Manning.  The Colts did have the #4 offense, but it was mostly passing.  They had the #1 passing offense (4,609 yards), but only the 29th rushing offense (1,483 yards).  So Peyton and the passing game was 75.7% of the offense.  Peyton was throwing into nickel and dime coverage all year.  Opposing defenses didn't bother covering the run because their front 4 could stop it.  On defense, the Colts weren't much better.  The defense was 25th against the run (2,032 yards).  Opposing running backs averaged 4.6 yards per attempt.  The blueprint to beat the Colts is widely known - run the ball straight at them and load up on defense backs against Peyton.  Peyton will still score, but if you run against their defense you will not only move the ball down the field, you will also use a lot of time doing it...and keep Peyton and Company on the sidelines.  Imagine Peyton's legend if he ever had a decent defense and rushing game.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Wayne: Colts realized Manning 'not immortal'

Well, it was time for Mr. Wayne to 'fess up' after the whining from the playoff game.  Immortal, no . . but how often was he looked upon to make the play.

  Beset by a constant changing team with which to work, the Colts had to rely on EACH other, not only Manning . . and the all came through and that was without 'crying' Mr. Wayne.
   It is surely a topic during the offseason on what is needed to become 'more' competitive than the previous year . . and your name, Mr. Wayne, will surely be there due to your talents and loyalty (?).  Mr. Manning is on the verge of earning big bucks . . and he needs you there in the coming years to earn those $$$.
  Relax, teach the newcomers . . and maintain the togetherness that has brought the franchise this far.
 



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Wayne: Colts realized Manning 'not immortal'

@ Uglyluggage:

I noticed that, as well, before I read your post.  85 is Garcon.  This must be a Will Brinson article.  That's strike 2 from me, Mr. Brinson. 



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Wayne: Colts realized Manning 'not immortal'

Yeah, I don't think Wayne was getting open consistently on any routes against the Jets. That's on him, not Manning. Peyton may have been able to find him a couple of more times had he been forced to, but the probelm that day was primarily Reggie's. 



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Wayne: Colts realized Manning 'not immortal'

Wayne is a moron.  Hey Wayne, here is an idea, get open against good DBs.  You always dissappear in big games you jackass. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Wayne: Colts realized Manning 'not immortal'

The last time I looked Reggie Wayne's # was 87. CBS, you guys really need a sports FAN helping you guys out. There is no excuse to put a picture another person in an article about a player. I think there is a small army of photographers on the sideline of every game. You should check with them next time.



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:20 am
 

Wayne: Colts realized Manning 'not immortal'

Since when was LT a DB? LOL...hey CBS, update your pictures will ya. Poor CBS, always on top of their game.



Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 3:38 am
 

Wayne: Colts realized Manning 'not immortal'

I wonder if Reggie's just bitter that he had to make this discovery so close finding out the truth about Santa a few weeks back.  What a rough month. 

This is the sort of "drama" that the Colts offer.  With no other team does this qualify as a story.  The franchise is just so devoid of any real soap-opera plots that this after-school-special will have to do.  It's silly, but it fits them.  It's the biggest scandal they've had since Mike VanderJagt got drunk. 

 The Colts are already the team that lost to Joe Namath's guarantee.   Already the team that John Elway flat refused to play for -- which changed football history.   Once these things had piled up, they went for the " change of scenery cure" as if the whole franchise was a middle-aged relief pitcher. 

Sure enough, they wasted no time keeping the spirit of the Colts alive, defining their "re-birth" by literally tippy-toeing out of Baltimore in the middle of the night like a teen-ager sneaking out the bedroom window.  

Fast-forward a few years to Manning barking out the first of his 136,248,898 audibles -- and the Colts chose to screw-up again:  "Hey, Let's trade Marshall Faulk."

And so it was that the Colts changed football history again--as the Faulk driven "Greatest Show on Turf" emerged immediately under the STL Arch with the suddenness and awesomeness of a UFO.

Given this unfortunately bland and almost embarrassing history, no one would have blamed Manning if things didn't work out there. 
He would have been viewed like Matthew Stafford is today:  A victim of a bad circumstance.  Instead he offered no excuses and didn't ask for sympathy.  He just started playing.  11 double-digit win seasons have since come and gone, and he got them their Super Bowl.

Manning may not be immortal, bur he did bring a franchise back from the dead. 



   



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