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Couch Side Epidose Nine: NFL Offseason Special


BY Couchside Show.com staff

We told you we would be back! Couch Side, the podcast, returns for it’s eighth episode. Host Wade McMillin and fill in host, Phil Quick (no pun attended) hit the latest NFL headlines hard. Listen to the Phil’s debut with Wade as the dominant duo discuss Peyton Manning signing with the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow’s trade to the Jets, the New Orleans Saints Bounty Program, Chipper Jones’ retirement, Michael Bush signing with the Chicago Bears and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Click below to download or stream Couch Side the podcast …

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Fans’ views: Manning, Tebow thoughts throughout the day


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning agreed to a five-year, $96 million contract with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday morning. Photo by: Angie Six / Flickr

Throughout Tuesday morning, after Peyton Manning signed a $96 million deal with the Denver Broncos, tons of people have been lighting up FaceBook with heaps of opinion on Manning coming in and Tim Tebow about to be on his way out.

Being that most of my friends on FB are from Wyoming, a lot of them are Broncos fans and say it’s time to win. And of course, with a skilled veteran as their new man under center, they’ve forgotten that’s exactly what Tebow helped them do last season. I have been a Tebow fan since about half way through his senior year of high school becuase I am — above all — a Florida Gator fan. And this treatment, this disregard for a guy who guided the Broncos to the playoffs last year sickens me.

I understand it’s one thing to be happy about Peyton Manning coming into town, but it’s another to forget the past and the man who somewhat was responsible for turning the Broncos around last year. So a lot of people have asked me what I think about Tebow. I’ve also had to put some of these haters in check. Here is a few of my FaceBook conversations and wall posts (excuse the grammar) since the Manning deal went down:

• The latest: I’m wearing a Tebow jersey today. A Florida Tebow jersey. And I just want to say to all the Broncos fans, congrats on getting your guy, but don’t drag Tebow through the mud. He got a pretty pathetic team into the playoffs and then literally had his best game of his NFL career in a victory against the AFC champions. Show some appreciation instead of saying oh now we’re going to the Super Bowl. He’s just one player. And the Donkeys don’t compare to the Colts teams that Peyton had. Let’s not forget, too. Little brother has more rings, and Peyton has lost more under pressure in the Playoffs than he has won. Broncos fans and NFL fans alike make fun of his relationship with God, and now they act like Peyton Manning IS God. Give me a break.

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Manning signs with Broncos: So what’s next for Tebow?


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

It appears quarterback Tim Tebow‘s time in the Mile High City is over after the Denver Broncos signed perennial Hall Of Fame gunslinger Peyton Manning on Monday morning.

With a new quarterback in place, it’s very unlikely Tebow will be with the Broncos by the time training camp rolls around. In fact, it’s almost a certainty that the former Heisman Trophy winner will be dealt very soon. ESPN football analyst said the latest rumors surrounding Tebow is that he could wind up as a New England Patriot. Those rumors surfaced before the Peyton Manning deal. Now it’s known — league wide — that Tebow is on the trading block. Enter the Miami Dolphins. After the Dolphins lost out on free agent quarterback Matt Flynn, the franchise is screaming it needs a new QB loudly.

With the rumors still swirling out there in cyber space, Couch Side will entertain the idea of Tebow as a Patriot or a Dolphin:

TEBOW AS A PATRIOT

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow may be traded after the team signed veteran QB Peyton Manning on Monday. Photo by: Jeffrey Beall / Flickr

• Under a legend: The best thing for Tebow’s development is for him to sit behind an experienced starter for a few years. And who would be a better mentor than two-time league MVP Tom Brady. Now don’t get me wrong. Tebow would also reap the benefits of being Manning’s backup. It just seems the Broncos and coach John Fox want nothing to do with the former Florida star, however. So there’s a very good chance that Tebow could wind up in New England via a trade. The Patriots have a boatload of picks and I could see them giving the Broncos a fourth rounder in this year’s draft for Tebow. The trade would be a great long-term investment for the Pats and ultimately it could even create a healthy battle for New England’s No. 2 spot between Tebow and former Arkansas standout Ryan Mallet, who the Patriots drafted in the third round last year. We all know Brady has perhaps five or even six years left before he is ready to call it quits. And it would be silly to think he won’t end his career as a Patriot. And if Tebow sticks around for that entire time with Brady and the infamous Patriots coaching staff, he will be a much better player because of it. And once Brady retires, Tebow may finally be that QB everyone expected him to be. I guarantee his mechanics will only improve with Brady’s guidance. And as a Tebow fan, I’ve always wanted to see him sit behind a crafty veteran. Tom Brady is just that. (more…)


Open letter to Kevin Kolb


BY BRETT MURDOCK, Couchsideshow.com writer 

Dear Kevin Kolb,

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb will enter training camp with a chip on his shoulder after a disappointing season in 2011. Photo by: Lehigh Valley, PA / Flickr

I’m sure you are aware of the news that your team, the Arizona Cardinals, are no longer in the running for the services of Peyton Manning. That revelation came to disappointment for many Red Birds fans alike, but probably came as a relief to you.

Take the news with a grain of salt, because it says something about you too.

Sure, you were injured for most of last season because your offensive line was like a swinging saloon door at the entrance to an Old West tavern. And yeah you had a miniscule off-season to learn, understand and execute a new offense.

But signing that massive contract extension put a target on your back to perform well when you were physically able to and you did not come through.

Now with this Manning frenzy, the Cardinals were thinking of cutting you if they were to land the future Hall of Famer. Well, they did not and Manning is down to two other teams.

Now is the time to get down to business and prove to the fan base that you are an NFL-caliber quarterback. Your 58 percent completion rate, nine touchdowns and 1955 yards in 2011 are not enough. Neither is your 3-6* record as a starter (the asterisk is because you were knocked out of one game very early and your team still won).

When you come up to training camp this summer, you better have a huge chip on your shoulder. (more…)


Couch Side Podcast Episode Eight: Free Agent Frenzy


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

After about a month away from the microphone, Couch Side hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul are back for another sports-packed podcast. This week’s episode is all about NFL Free Agency, the NBA Trade Deadline, Chipper Jones, Syracuse basketball and Greg Oden. Click Below to Listen to the Couch Side Show podcast, now on iTunes. Don’t forget to subscribe.

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Couch Side Episode Seven: Linsansity


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In this week’s episode, the gang debates if Jeremy Lin can keeping it goin, the Charlotte Bobcats, the possible merger of the Mountain West conference, Randy Moss returning, where Peyton Manning is headed and the latest in the UFC. Couch Side also welcomes special guests Andy Paul and Todd Jackson. Click Below to Listen to the Couch Side Show podcast, now on ITunes. Don’t forget to subscribe.

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Where is Manning headed?


BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO, Couchsideshow.com contributor

An ongoing feud between Peyton Manning and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay may mean the 11-time Pro Bowler could end up with another team this offseason. Photo by: Jeffrey Beall / Flickr

With media from all over the country in Indianapolis to watch the Super Bowl, there has been plenty of time to analyze the Peyton Manning situation. Will the Colts let him go, keep him to teach Stanford’s Andrew Luck, or build around him in this April’s upcoming draft?

The ugly spat between Manning and Jim Isray is very public, and after all the things said in the past week, each day passing, there’s less hope for Manning to continue his career in Indy. With Manning healthy, there could potentially be half the teams in the NFL asking about him. Some obvious landing spots for the future hall of fame quarterback are the Washington Redskins, the Arizona Cardinals, the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins. But keep an eye out for the Cleveland Browns, the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans. The only reason I didn’t put the San Francisco 49ers as a suitor is because as bad as Alex Smith has been in the past, this season he was a Kyle Williams away from heading to the Super Bowl.

Here’s my take on who will wind up with Mr. Manning.

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Colts put screws to coach Caldwell


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

The Indianapolis Colt fired head coach Jim Caldwell on Tuesday. Photo by OldOnliner / Flickr

When NFL teams are forced to rebuild their franchises from the ground up, some do it subtly over the course of a few seasons, leaving fans in the dark while their reason for waking up Sunday mornings receives a facelift. Some fans aren’t that lucky, though. They might watch their favorite football squad attempt to completely start over in one offseason. It appears the Indianapolis Colts are headed down that scary, unpredictable road.

It shouldn’t be a complete shock to Colts faithful, but sudden change can be a dangerous thing.

Indianapolis started its reformation by firing its lead decision makers, vice chairman Bill Polian and his son, Chris, who served as the team’s general manager. And if you thought it would end there like I did, you were dead wrong. In what I thought to be a surprising move, the Colts fired head coach Jim Caldwell after three seasons. Indy will now join the Dolphins, Raiders and Buccaneers in the search for new coaching blood, but the Colts might be entering the race too late.

Indianapolis is a sexy destination for any NFL head coach. The management is gone and probably would be one of the perks offered to a new coach if they are experienced. An opportunity to truly run the team is exactly what held up Jeff Fisher’s decision to join the Rams or the Dolphins. St. Louis offered Fisher almost total control while the Dolphins wanted him just for coaching duties. And unsurprisingly,  Fisher joined the Rams this week. Who could blame him?

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Constant Jets news grows annoying


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and his team are making the news a lot lately even during the NFL playoffs. Photo by: cool13902008 / Flickr

If the New York Jets didn’t give you enough to handle during the regular season, the team is already stealing even more headlines days before the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

During wildcard week, two national stories surfaced about the Jets. And just yesterday two more hit the homepages of our favorite websites and the front pages of our sports sections. Now there’s no question that New York gets its fair share of ink. After all, the Jets are a historic franchise that demands success. But I can’t remember reading about New York almost everyday when Chad Pennington was at the helm, throwing passes to Santana Moss.

That’s because New York is the new Hollywood of the NFL and the Jets — not the Giants — are the team under the spotlight. And if you’re a common NFL fan, who doesn’t particularly care for the Jets, tough luck because you’re going to here about them. It does get tiring and news about the green and white is usually blown way out of proportion. So here’s the latest Jets headlines and translations of what they actually mean:

THE LATEST: JETS NAME SPARANO OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

• The skinny: The headline says it all. The Jets hired former Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, who couldn’t finish out the season without being fired, as their new offensive coordinator. Sparano replaces Brian Shottenheimer and takes over a dismal offense that failed to make it to the playoffs.

• Translation: Shottenheimer actually had two years left on his contract and because he couldn’t put up with all the egos within the team, I think he chose to leave. A lot of people blamed him for New York’s offense being 25th in the league and for Mark Sanchez not being developed as much as he should be in his third NFL season. So the Jets go with Sparano. He used to get a lot of attention during his coaching days in Dallas and for sort of turning around the Jets, so he should fit right in. A perfect fit.

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Couch Side Episode 3: NFL playoff preview (divisional round)


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

In this week’s episode, the gang recaps the NFL Wildcard round playoff game and looks ahead to the divisional games. The hosts also discuss the BCS national championship. Also, in quick snippets, Craig and Wade chat about Hue Jackson, Paul Westphal, the Washington Wizzards, Prince Fielder and Peyton Manning. Click below to listen to the Couch Side Podcast

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