BY ZACK KELBERMAN, Helmet2helmet.net
Eschewing an enormous amount of hype and major declarations from pundits, Andrew Luck’s personal coach thinks we should hold off on placing the former Stanford Cardinal in Canton.
George Whitfield Jr., whose worked closely with Luck as his private quarterbacks coach, told the Indianapolis Star that the consensus No. 1 overall pick in this month’s draft is “far from a finished product” as he continues to perfect his mechanics.
“Let me tell you: He’s far from a finished product,” Whitfield said. “He’s very far along, but there are still things he’s working on mechanically and there are lots of things he’ll get better at by being in the NFL. People are now seeing him throw those intermediate and perimeter passes, and those are throws he’s been dying to make. You don’t think (Stanford coach) David Shaw didn’t want to make more of those perimeter throws or go downtown more during the season? But look at Stanford’s skill position guys. You can only spend within the budget you have.
“But he’s athletic. He’s cat quick. He’s strong. People are saying he’s a prototypical pocket passer, like they’re putting him in this category. But there’s a lot more he can do.”
Though Whitfield believes Luck still has a ways to go, he warns the Colts they’d be making a grave mistake if they instead selected Robert Griffin III, who Indy owner Robert Irsay recently hinted could stunningly be the pick.
“If they over-think this, they’re going to make a mistake they’ll regret for years,” he said. (more…)
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.
BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO, Couchsideshow.com contributor
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.
BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor
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?