Today doctors declared that Peyton Manning will miss at least two months of the 2011 season, which kicks off tonight. After undergoing another neck surgery this morning in an attempt to help the regeneration process of the nerve in his neck. This surgery will sideline him for at least two months and possibly the entire year. This reminds me of the time when Tom Brady tore his ACL in the 2008 season. If your remember after his injury the AFC East was open to anyone (besides the bills.) Now with Peyton Manning out and Kerri Collins the possible starter for the rest of the year what will this mean for the AFC South? How does this fit for the Colts in the AFC South? SportCenter last night computed that if Manning is out for the entire season the chances of the Colts winning the South yet again will be 20%. Looking at the teams in the South it looks like the Texans are the new favorites in the south. Jaguars would have had a better chance if they didn’t cut former starting QB David Gerrard. If Manning can come back within the two months they might be able to lead the team in a late season rally specially since the their second meeting with the Texans is not until week 16. The south isn’t completely declared in favor of the Texans because of the Colts “next man up” Kerri Collins. He is a smart experienced QB who seems to have learned the complex offensive system almost over night. If Collins can keep the Colts head above water in the first two months of the season then let Peyton come back after the two months the Colts might be able to get a shot at winning the South. However if its Collins for the rest of the season, which is what it is looking like at this point. The Texans might finally be able to take a trip to the post season.
Tags: AFC South, Colts, Jaguars, Kerri Collins, Peyton Manning, Texans, Titans
President Obama plans to address Congress on Thursday, September 8th. As it so happens, it may just overlap with the 2011 NFL season opener featuring the defending Super Bowl Champion Packers against the Saints. Typically, major networks all air speeches like this however I’m not sure what NBC will do.
NBC is also planning on airing the pregame concert that happens before every season opener but because of the speech, it may not be aired. I just hope the timing of the opener isn’t affected at all.
Who would have thought that the season opener would not be affected by the lockout, but instead by a speech by the President?
The Titans running back signed a 4 year, $53.5 million extension. He is now under contract with the Titans through the 2016 season. Johnson made news at the beginning of training camp when he refused to report until he got a new contract. He stood by that decision and has not reported to the Titans facilities to practice yet. However now that the sides were finally able to come to an agreement, Johnson will be in the Titans backfield come Week 1.
Many were surprised when owner Bud Adams first refused to pay Johnson. He is easily the best player on the team and in that situation and everyone assumed he would get a new contract. It turned into a stand-off between the two sides to see who will fold first. Clearly, Adams folded first. It is not surprising considering the start of the regular season is just around the corner. There is no way the Titans would have let this go into the regular season.
Johnson probably won’t play in the preseason finale against the Saints. He will most likely make his 2011 debut in the season opener against the Jaguars on September 11th.
Apparently when Vick gets a new contract, everyone else gets one too.
Every since Vick signed his deal, the following has happened:
49ers running back Frank Gore, who was holding out for a new contract and also rumored to be traded away, just signed a three-year extension with his team. The deal is worth $21 million with $13.5 of it guaranteed. That should ease the minds of many 49ers fans as they will have their star running back for the season opener.
Meanwhile, some optimism has arisen in Tennessee where Chris Johnson and the Titans. It is expected that the two sides will agree to a deal this weekend and that CJ2K will get paid. Johnson’s holdout is easily the biggest in the NFL right now. The Titans don’t have much to look forward to this season except for Chris Johnson.
And finally, Drew Brees has begun discussions with Saints on an extension to his contract. The contract will likely keep Brees on the Saints (and keep the Saints contenders for the Super Bowl) for a long time. Considering the Saints are one of the teams that may win the NFC this year, I would say that Brees will get a nice big contract just like Peyton and Vick have.
The good thing about Drew Brees is that I highly doubt he will ever hold out or even complain about a contract. He’ll go out on the field and prove every game that he deserves one. Some players could learn a thing or two from him.
Today, Vick agreed to a 6 year deal worth $100 million with the Eagles. The deal has $40 million guaranteed and is also spread out quite evenly so he’ll be making a solid amount each year. You’ve got to think this deal has some sort of clause if Vick ever gets into any trouble again. When he signed his 10 year deal with the Falcons, he was arrested for running an illegal dog-fighting ring.
It is no question that this deal will raise some questions. Has Michael Vick matured enough to earn this type of money again? Everyone knows he has proven he still has talent, but will he remain as disciplined as he has been over the last two seasons?
Here is my take on this: I don’t think any player should be promised this much money at once. Usually by the time players reach the last couple years of a long-term deal, they do not play like they should be earning that amount of money. Deals need to be shorter and players should earn extensions as they continue to prove that they can still play. Think of Peyton Manning. He recently signed a 5 year, $90 million deal. I really think Peyton Manning is not as good as he used to be. Don’t get me wrong, Manning is amazing, but he just isn’t the quarterback he used to be. With shorter deals, teams don’t have to drop so much money at once and players truly earn their pay.
This is very unlikely to happen because players typically demand a lot at once (see: Chris Johnson) but if it did, I think deals would be a lot more fair. Plus, more importantly, teams would be able to take less risks on players like a previously convicted Michael Vick or an aging Peyton Manning.
Talib was arrested in the offseason for assault with a deadly weapon. Talib has been suspended previously by the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy back in 2009. He was forced to miss the 2010 season opener.
Kenny Britt ran into a problem with law multiple times this offseason in addition to previous offenses including traffic violations and altercations at a bar. In April, Britt was arrested after a car chase with the police. He was again arrested in June for resisting arrest.
Both were expected to face some sort of disciplinary action, like a suspension, from the league to start the season but after the meeting, Goodell decided against it. Still, you can bet the two players are on a very short leash.
The Redskins acquired Hightower in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals on July 31st. Hightower was set to compete with Ryan Torain for the starting running back job but when Torain broke his hand before preseason, Hightower took advantage of the opportunity and separated himself from any competition. Shanahan hasn’t committed to Hightower just yet, probably to give Torain a chance. It might just be too late for Torain though, as Hightower has been stellar in his three preseason games putting up 170 yards in 25 attempts. Torain will have to put up a jaw-dropping performance to change Shanahan’s mind.
The Hightower trade, in my opinion, was the Redskins’ best acquisition this offseason. Hightower is very talented and when he was traded, he wanted to prove it to his new teammates. I never could picture the running game being too solid for Washington this year with Ryan Torain because he is just too injury-prone, but with Hightower starting, I think Torain will complement him very well. In addition, the Redskins have some rookie running backs that have shown some promise in the preseason too. The Redskins have a lot of problems going into the season, but running back isn’t one of them.
Now for that quarterback competition…