BY KYLE BLIQUEZ, Feedcrossing.com syndication
Recent history has shown successful NFL teams have two things in common: a quarterback that refuses to turn the ball over and a defense that forces turnovers. The past Super Bowl champion quarterbacks have featured Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, all future Hall of Famers. The Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and New York Jets have been successful lately, even with a lack of quarterback star power, because of the tenacious, blue-collar defense that has become customary in the locker rooms.
The Seattle Seahawks proved last year its defense is solid, allowing 19.7 points per game and just over 320 yards per game, good for seventh and ninth best, respectively, in the NFL. The offense hampered the team, however, and the Hawks placed 28th in yards per game and 22nd in passing yards per game. Aside from Marshawn Lynch, who ran for 12 touchdowns by himself, the team’s offense was virtually non-existent. Tarvaris Jackson is not the future of the franchise and, as much as we hate to believe, Charlie Whitehurst turned out to be nothing more than a failed experiment.
After one week off, Couch Side hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul return to review the 2012 NFL Draft. The gang also discusses Lamar Odom possibly leaving reality TV, the NHL playoffs and Hideki Matsui’s signing with the Tampa Bay Rays. Special guest this week is Heidi Pierce.
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.