Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:33 am
Edited on: November 19, 2011 10:37 am
I am a fan of Tim Tebow. I realize he is not your typical style of quarterback. Not a smooth pocket passer. Still learning the speed and decision making skills. Limited in what he can run offensively. I've heard the talking head ex-pros tell us all the reasons he won't succeed. And still he has somehow, he is 4-2 since taking over for Orton in Game 5. Game Five against the Chargers, Tebow brought them close after Orton was ineffective early. Tebow stepped in and had a 100+ QB rating. Tebow is becoming more of a phenom. Not because he is the greatest new QB in the league, but because he is different and doesn't apologize for it. I think there are some who would never admit it, but they don't like Tebow for what he stands for.
My point is that Tebow has really taken a beating. Even during his senior season, he had one of the most successful college careers of any player. Yet, he was generally panned by "experts" as not having the skills to win at the next level. Now he is winning. So the "experts" say well yes, he is winning some games, BUT he won't be the guy to take you to a championship. Come on now. There are about 20 QBs in this league who you can say the same thing about, but we are not hearing that drivel every week during the post game wrap up. "experts" are having to either eat their words or re-create what they meant over the past three years they said Tebow couldn't win at this level. Will Tebow become something special like Brady, Manning Favre or Rogers? Doubtful, but I think he deserves a chance to show what he can do, albeit unconventional style. Tebow is having to succeed despite his detractors. Its not right, not at the volume it has been coming out. Its time to turn down the anti-Tebow rhetoric and just give him a chance to grow into this role and show us what he can do.
I am a fan. I appreciate what he stands for. I love seeing players who are not in the news for DUIs and beating their girlfriends. I love players who just play haard and don't seek the spotlight. I love his humility. I love seeing players who are unafraid to say life is more than a ballgame. If you are not a fan, I'm totally cool with that. Just saying...lets give him some room. Show us what you can do. In two years lets see if we think he is a championship level QB. Even if he is not, I think I'll still be a fan.
Posted on: December 29, 2009 12:45 pm
I watched the Bears v Vikings game last night until the glorious ending. Until the Colts came to Indiana, I was a Bears fan. Walter is still one of my all time favorite layers. Singletary, Ditka, the Fridge, I enjoyed them all. And the troubled Jay Cutler is a Hoosier, so I have wanted him to excel. I was glad to see him have a great night. But my single biggest observation was watching Brett Favre lead his team at the end of the game. Brett is as passionate a leader as I have seen, but he blurs the lines. I observed a man who does not understand his role on the team. Favre believes he should be able to trunp the decision of his own coach. I have now seen this play out several times. Great players, even great leaders, must know when to follow. Favre does not. By ignoring or agruing with his coach he tells the rest of his team they don't really need to follow the orders of their coach if they disagree strongly enough.
Now contrast the Colts this weekend. You could see how badly Peyton wanted to be out there winning that game. Mannings' frustration was palpable. But, he showed self control. As a leader, he led by his example to follow the order that has been established. His teammates saw that and followed his lead. Honestly, I think the passion to win is the same in Favre and Manning. The difference in the game and I think in life too, is knowing when to lead and when to follow. I believe that one day Peyton will own all the meaningful records in the NFL for QB's if he choses to play that long. But I have gained more respect for his as a man, as a teammate and as a leader. Manning will succeed in life with or without football because he has his priorities straight.
Posted on: December 18, 2009 9:17 am
Everyone who is a true fan of the NFL recognizes that Peyton Manning is among the best players ever to suit up. At his current pace, he will own every meaningful QB record. His teams will have won more games than any other during his leadership. I believe he has the opportunity to win a few more Super Bowls. By any measure you choose, Peyton stands above the other QBs. This is another special year for Peyton. Look at what he has accomplished so far. The Colts are only the third team in history to win 14 games to start the season. The Colts have won more games in any decade with Peyton behind the center. His stats are impressive too this year. Measuring against his own impressive 12 season career, Peyton is on pace to have his second best statistical year in TD passes. His best year in passing yards. What is perhaps the most impressive of all is the fact that Manning does all of this in a small market. Indianapolis is likely in the bottom 10 markets in terms of population. Their revenues cannot compete with the bigger cities. The Colts team is quality, no doubt, but Peyton must work with a group of players that for the most part are lesser in status and pay. The Colts are great because Peyton is great. I am the first to proclaim that the Colts have among the best management and coaching in the league. That being said, they are not even 75% as good as they are today without Peyton Manning. Quite simply, no other player means more to his teams wins and losses than Peyton Manning. He is the man. Tell your kids as you sit and watch the games, you are watching something special. The team feeds off Peyton. They are not completely lopsided, but he is the driving brain and will and talent that makes all the other pieces work. He makes Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne look all world. His talent allows Joseph Addai to be a first string running back in the NFL. Sure Brees and Favre are having great years too. They are magnificant QBs. But you choose a QB for a season or a career, and I always will take number 18. Peyton, thanks for satying here in Indiana and making our team perhaps the best of all time. Now lets all set back and watch as our Colts continue to re-write history. Go COLTS!
Posted on: November 28, 2009 10:34 am
Trust. Sometimes, with the lack of real information, we need to trust. For me, when it comes to Bill Polian and Jim Irsay, thats not too hard. They have recently named Bill's son and Assistant GM Chris Polian as GM. Looking at this franchise since Bill Polian has arrived, one can only be amazed. Plus, lets not forget that Bill Polian was a franchise builder before he came to Indy (see Panthers & Bills). Irsay is doing it right. Polian certainly is one of the NFL's gurus. I imagine they are are working very close in making the most important decisions. As I look at it, the young Polian may be a very good choice. He has been bred in football. He will have his father's wisdom available to him as long as Bill Polian lives. In management, success is making more solid decisions than your opponents. I see it like a batting average. The Colts have the best managerial "batting average" in the league. So when they step up to the plate, this Colt fan has alot of confidence. Go COLTS!
Posted on: October 12, 2009 3:16 pm
One day you will be watching a game with your sons and grandson (maybe some granddaughters too) and you will tell them you were able to see the best that ever played in person. Today, I believe, we are watching the best football that has ever been played. The era of the great quarterbacks. You know them, Manning & Manning. Brett Favre, Tom Brady. Perhaps even Brees and a few others will slide into that great catagory some day. We are seeing spectacular football out of Peyton. We are seeing an aging athlete in Favre continue to win games. We are seeing great rivalries like Patriots and Colts, the clash of the (real) Titans. I don't mean to diminish the outstanding play of great defensive players like Freeney, Sanders, Reed, Palomalu, Haynesworth and Ray. They are also great. Some fantastic running backs like Tomlinson. Some with incredible quickness and others with brute force. We are privileged to see some great players. Can't leave out the coaches. They add to the greatness. Dungy and Bellichek and Fisher and more. Coaching has become an art and a science. Lets appreciate what we are experiencing guys. Sure there will be a new batch of great players that come along. And records were made to be broken. But right now, our cup runnesth over. This is the Greatest Era of Football ever. Here's to the NFL and the players who make it great!
I send out a salute to the player I believe is most responsible for the great era we are watching...Peyton Manning. Who do you call out?
Posted on: August 20, 2009 12:15 am
I am a fan of Brett Favre and his remarkable career. He has one what no other has accomplished. His records will stand a very long time. But his indecision will hurt him. His fans are angry in Green Bay. His comments show no sensitivity to their feelings of abandonment. The teams and the players around him end up being jerked around. And he strolls in in th eleventh hour. I love aging athletes. they show how their understanding of the game can overcome physical decline. But his retirement and coming back routine is wearing thin on me.
Posted on: February 24, 2009 11:41 pm
Marvin Harrison should have stayed. Sure these guys need to look out for themselves. Sure it is a business. But what ever happened to the truly classy guy who knew his role, knew his place, and was willing to stay with the city and fans who loved him all along. So what if he can make another mill a year someone else? How much is enough? It does take the luster off a little. He could have continued at Indy, reworked his contract. I think that too often these guys are listening to greedy people around them, like their agents, who get paid based on what the player gets paid. Tail can wag the dog sometimes. I salute not Marvin, but all those players who stayed in their city even when they could have left for more money. Good luck Marvin.
Posted on: February 17, 2009 11:34 pm
Now you know I am a Colts fan, but there is at least one Patriot I tip my hat to. Listen to this story. I've got a fantastic pastor named Jim Brown from Goshen Indiana. He was speaking at a national church youth conference challenging them to think global. A group of about 3000 students was there ready to be challenged. A ministry called Asia's Hope was there to talk about the large number of kids stranded by war and poverty. Those kids, just teenagers, gave nearly $100,000 to save those children. Many gave the last dollars they brought to the conference. Also in the crowd was former New England Patriot defensive back Je'Rod Cherry. Cherry was also moved to action. Je'rod gave one of his super bowl rings to be auctioned and donated to help build God's kingdon in Cambodia and Thailand. Awesome. These kids saw a man give a prize posession and lay it at the feet of God to be used as he wished. Three of my own kids were there. They arrived home penniless but energized. Somehow that didn't make ESPN's plays of the Day, but it was. Praise God!