Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said on NBC’s Sunday night’s NFL coverage that the 39-year-old “currently intends to play next year, even if it’s not for the Broncos.” However, co-host Tony Dungy, who knows Manning well as his former coach with the Colts, said he had not heard the same information.
Manning restructured his contract this past offseason, leaving him with a base salary of $19 million for next year. He reportedly has a torn plantar fascia in his foot.
Manning is coming off a disastrous outing in last Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs, as he completed five passes while being intercepted four times. Brock Osweiler started in Manning’s place Sunday and threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Early reports indicate Denver intends to start Osweiler again next Sunday against the Patriots.
“I don’t know if anybody believed me, but I really was telling the truth — I have not wasted a single day sitting behind Peyton,” Osweiler said after Sunday’s win. “I fully recognize that he might be the greatest quarterback to ever play, if not one of the greatest. I wasn’t going to let one of those days go by where I didn’t learn something. I’ve been very appreciative for my situation.”
“I’m not saying this out of character to get fined, but it is what it is,” Hatcher said. “I don’t know if it’s about the name or what, but at the same time, we play football, too. We work our butt off, too. Don’t single us out. At the end of the day, it’s the name. Don’t worry about the name — we’re players and we work our butts off, too. I’m just frustrated with it.
“We shouldn’t have to be punished for that. It’s been every game, calls after calls that should’ve been made in our favor, but it goes to them. It’s just not right. We’re in the league, too. We’re [NFL] players. We’ve got a team, too. We go out there, and we sweat and work hard, too. I don’t give a crap about the name. We are players. We’ve got feelings, too, and we want to win, too.”
Hatcher’s teammates weren’t ready to buy into the conspiracy theory, but there was a lot of frustration in the locker room after some key calls went against Washington — including an unnecessary roughness on cornerback Chris Culliver that wiped out a pick-six that would have given Washington a 21-14 lead.
“That turned the whole game around,” Redskins defensive end Chris Baker said. “Things started happening; we started unraveling. … It was frustrating because we’re seeing a recurring act, especially when we lose, which certain calls you just, how can you call that? This is football. That’s a touchdown called back for playing football. This is the new soft NFL.”
Roberts, 43, had been serving as bench coach of the Padres since 2011. The product of a black father and Japanese mother, he will become the first minority manager in team history.
The Dodgers parted ways with Don Mattingly after the season ended with a third straight NL West title but another postseason disappointment. Mattingly since was named manager of the Marlins.
Roberts beat out another former Red Sox outfielder, Gabe Kapler, who oversees the minor leagues for the Dodgers.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 23, 1977, the Red Sox signed which free agent pitcher from another AL East team?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ve got news for you, Tyrod Taylor is coming into town and he is the third-rated quarterback in the National Football League that nobody talks about. He’s a young man. We’ve got a few guys that are back healthy right now, so our team is going to give what we have and certainly the disrespect that they showed him and things like that with their questioning and things like that, so we’ll see. We’ll give a good shot and the whole country will get to see this young man play. We know it will be tough against a Bill Belichick defense, but our team is going to show up. Believe me, we will show up.” — Bills coach Rex Ryan, on Monday’s game against the Patriots
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Canucks forward Bo Horvat makes a great play to fake out the defense and set up Alexandre Burrows, but Devils goals Corey Schneider makes the save.
Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner takes a great pass from William Karlsson and finishes with the goal against the Sharks.
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan takes advantage of a mismatch on a jump ball to smack a lead pass to Wesley Johnson for a layup (despite Johnson’s blatant travel).
From the MLS playoffs, Dairon Asprilla curves a long blast past the goalie to give the Timbers a 2-0 lead against FC Dallas.
The guys discuss what is happening in San Francisco and why they have hit rock bottom. Greg thinks it's due to bad ownership which leads to a chat about owners around the league.
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Curran calls Greg and Chris to discuss the Pats and Bills and how this game will be much different than their first meeting with the Bills. Tom tries to talk Pats fans off the ledge after their performance in NY last week.
Greg Dickerson and Chris Price go "Around the NFL" and discuss all of the games set to kick off for Week 11 in the NFL.
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Pete calls Dickerson and Price to get you set for Week 11 in fantasy football.
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Field calls the boys to talk about the Patriots and Bills and if he thinks the Pats can handle Buffalo again despite the various injuries plaguing the team. He also talks about Peyton sitting down and his future, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, if the Vikings are for real and more about the potential playoff teams in both conferences.
Greg and Chris kick things off discussing the big event at Fenway Park last night with the Boston College Eagles meeting Notre Dame. It was a great event and quite the spectacle despite the horrible offensive output. The guys also begin to preview the Pats and Bills and if Buffalo can hang with New England. They also get into the landscape of the AFC and which teams are for real.
Jim and Pete get you set with all of your fantasy football needs heading into Week 11. They discuss all of the major injury concerns, the variety of running backs fantasy football owners are forced to turn to and a little about the fantasy implications of Pats/BIlls. The guys get bombarded with texts from frantic fantasy owners and get into the best starts of the week.
In a world filled with inhumanity, chaos, economic peril and “Two Broke Girls,” there are enough crises to worry about besides ESPN’s constant harping of the worst statistic in the history of sports journalism. But since no one has asked me to solve all those other problems and since over the past year ESPN has pretty much been the ninth Circle of Hell for New Englanders, I figure, what the hell.
I mentioned the toweringly backward illogic of the World Wide Leader’s Quarterback Rating (QBR) stat after the Week 5 game this year when Tom Brady had one of the statically best games of his career but ESPN had him ranked the second-worst quarterback in the league. That alone was enough to discredit the metric for good, like a physics equation that proves gravity doesn’t exist or trigonometry function that shows triangles have more than three angles, the whiteboard should have been erased and the brainiacs in Bristol should have started over.
[A]ccording to QBR, the greatest game any quarterback has ever played: Charlie Batch’s 186-yard, two-interception performance against the Buccaneers in 2010.
Really. Under “All-Time Best Games” on ESPN.com’s QBR page, the top game on the list is an utterly forgettable game that Batch played in place of the suspended Ben Roethlisberger. … I’m sure Charlie Batch doesn’t think it was the greatest game in NFL history. I’m sure Charlie Batch’s mom doesn’t think it was the greatest game in NFL history. No sane person could possibly think it was the greatest game in NFL history. Only ESPN’s super-secret QBR formula could possibly arrive at the conclusion that it was the greatest game in NFL history.
Here’s where it gets really good. If you click the link to ESPN’s own rankings of greatest QB performances of all time, Charlie Batch’s game no longer appears on the list. They didn’t change his rating, mind you. You can still find it buried somewhere and it’s still the highest ever. They just removed it from the list the way the Soviets would erase an enemy of the state from the history books.
I used to think the worst things ESPN ever foisted on the world were “Jacked Up!”, Tim Tebow‘s birthday and Ray Lewis wearing a microphone. It turns out I wasn’t even close. Nice work, WWL. It couldn’t happen to a better organization.