If the football Gods came to you in a vision and said the Broncos are going to go 1-15, but I’ll let you select the one win. 

Some good choices, Colts, Patriots, Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders.  Oh and you can’t cheat by saying the Super Bowl. 1-15 teams don’t make the playoffs as the 2011 Colts nearly found out.

Who would you choose for them to beat?

The person who asked this question prefers to remain anonymous. I’m   not sure why, but okay.

What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to Peyton Manning? The use of Payton? or People that call him a choker and say that he sucks?

Well,  the Payton thing is more of an annoyance and I’ve seen people blame autocorrect for it, so maybe there is something to that, but he’s been on the national sports scene for 20 years now so one should be able to tell the difference.

The people that say he sucks or call him a choker are just too ignorant or full of hate. It’s one or the other, because no fan of the game of football with a halfway decent acumen or sagacity would say such a thing unless he/she was intentionally trying to rile someone else up. That goes for all of the greats. The people that say Brady sucks are equally dumb or just trying to push buttons.

So if one truly feels that he chokes, or that he sucks, then there is no hope for their ignorant ass.

With that said, that isn’t my #1 pet peeve when it comes to Peyton Manning.

It is the incorrect usage of the term happy feet.

It was coined by then Florida Head Coach, Steve Spurrier, a man known as much for his barbs as his ability to coach the game of football. 

Peyton Manning does not have “happy feet”. Mike Vick is an example of a QB who gets happy feet, when he panics after attempting to read a defense, failing to pull the trigger on a pass, and then bailing out on a 3rd, 4th or 5th read and attempting to escape the pocket.

Peyton Manning pumps his feet. He does this as a technique. He does this with every drop back, he does it when he’s pressured, he does it when he has a secure pocket and can sit back there and read the defense like he’s reading William Faulkner on a cool fall day on a front porch swing. He does it in  7 on 7 drills during practice. He does it so that at any given second he’s ready to throw the ball. He does it so that he doesn’t have to reset himself to throw, thus making the read and the impending throw late.  He’ll do it if the defense drops 11 into coverage or brings the house. It has nothing to do with pressure that is coming, that is an entirely different beast that has a negative effect on every Quarterback.

Tom Brady practices a similar  technique, but I would say his form is more of a shuffle. To me, those the are the two NFL Quarterbacks with the best pocket presence, the best pocket mechanics and the best overall mechanics.  They work on this constantly. 

If you watch video of Manning in practice, even when it’s a simple throw, he’ll drop back, pumping his feet, look off a non-existent safety, unless it’s just a quick fire route that has to be done ASAP.  It’s what he does. 

The misconception that he has “happy feet” has been addressed by his former offensive coordinator and current Duke Head Football Coach, David Cutcliffe.

Q. I was going to ask you about Sean, in terms he is not the most mobile guy. But you mentioned a couple weeks ago the idea that he needs to learn to move around a little bit better in the pocket. Has that been something you have been working on?

CUTCLIFFE: Absolutely. Worked on it this morning.

You know, it is a feel. And Sean kind of gets solid in a spot sometimes. I don’t know if you recall years ago people used to say Peyton Manning had happy feet. What he had, he had a happy coach. He has phenomenal pocket movement. His feet are somewhat alive, is what I call them.

I would like to see Sean display that a little bit more. And subtle movement is what we are talking about. Peyton avoids a bunch of sacks with subtle movement. And if that’s happy feet, I want happy feet. Neither one of those guys have any fear. People need to understand what happy feet means is a guy that quits looking at coverage and tries to escape a pocket too early, not that your feet may be moving.

So if you ever read/hear anyone say Peyton Manning has “happy feet”, tell them you do too, and that you own Scooby Doo and a lot of Disney movies as well, because in football terms they don’t have a flipping clue.

From @bb6cats

well it’s q&a wednesday again (12:01A)…know you’re partial,(more studied perhaps),to questions about #18 however, wondering if you have any insight into #10 eli’s performance vs. the heartburn the NYG’s coach coughlin verbalized over the offensive performance (didn’t like their performance against the Colts), due to their new (& whether it’s working or not), ‘west coast offense’. know peyton had to learn a completely new offense, learn new players (except for stokley & tamme), just everything coming to he broncos and made it to the AFC playoffs. do you think coughlin is wrong ranting against his own team OR is eli too optimistic/blasse about things coming together??? 
just wondering our guru of football

Right off the bat :) Love it. Guru… please.

I haven’t watched any of the Giants games other the opener. Just too much going on, so it’s hard to look at a stat line and try to paint a picture. People do that all the time and it irks more times than not, so I can’t speak to why he’s 7/16 49 yards 0td 0int. I’m pretty sure that I read somewhere that their 1st team offense  had 11 drives, and 4.5 yards passing per drive aren’t going to win many games.Then again, attempting 1.4 passes per drive isn’t going to win any games either. If their running game was being dominant that could be one thing, but it doesn’t seem that is the case. 

Eli looked fairly sharp vs. Buffalo with the quick short throws that make the WCO the offense that it is. Without seeing the tape and knowing how off target he was(if he was), how many were dropped (if any), or taking a deeper look it’s hard to pinpoint any issues.

One thing that I believe is coming into play is his off-season ankle surgery, that kept him out of some of the off-season work. 

When a team hires a new head coach, they get extra off-season work to help install new schemes, offensives, defenses, etc. It would be nice if the NFL did that for teams that were hiring new coordinators as well. 

Victor Cruz, said that part of the reason they haven’t moved the ball that well is that they aren’t showing anything. While there may be some truth to it, I think he’s blowing smoke just to take some heat off of the offense. Their big 50 yard play got wiped out due to a fumble/penalty but even then that’s only one more completion.

Eli is more laid back than Peyton. His nickname has been Easy for years. Here we have reports of Peyton saying the offense stunk vs. the Texans in a practice where they were wearing shorts. They are wired differently.  I don’t think it means that Eli cares less, or doesn’t put in the work. It is just Peyton is a once in a lifetime type player. 

Last season his pre-season was also a bit blah 47% cmp % but he opened with 450 yards and 4 touchdowns vs. Dallas. 

I’ve made a comment here and there that the # 1 thing you want out of your starters is health. When you have a new offense/scheme/defense or a new player, you want to see more production than say Denver might want out of Peyton, or the Patriots want out of Brady in the preseason, but it’s still not the end of the world because there is minimal if any game planning going into the preseason games. 

One thing with Peyton going to Denver, I think he had in the very least a writing credit for the 2012 playbook, if not being the co-author. When Todd Haley(former Cardinals coach) went to Pittsburgh he and Ben Roethlisberger weren’t on the same page all that much. They butted heads at times, and it seems like they finally are working better together.

When you have a veteran QB like Manning, you would think he would have a hand in creating the playbook, taking what worked well for the Giants in the past and adding some of those concepts into the WCO playbook that the new OC brought in from Green Bay.  Maybe they did, and maybe it was more “here is the offense learn it”. 

The key is the verbage/terminology. Two teams can have the same play/concepts/etc, but one might call a pattern a streak, 9 route, fly, route, go route, and they all mean  the same thing.  That is the easy part. The names of formation to formation can change. The protections, the audibles. It’s not easy, but the best key is like learning any new language is relating it to your native language. Water = agua, Beer=cervaza Fly route=9, streak, go,etc.

Coughlin is a fiery guy. He’s likely trying to reach various guys in various ways. He can’t be happy with the lack of production. He’s pissed off and they are 3-0. That’s one reason why the w/l records don’t matter so much in the preseason.

He’ll likely have some ups and downs but I think he’ll work his way through it. I still expect big things out of him this year. 

Week 3(game 4 for them), is the key preseason games for starters, so if he has a decent showing this week it should be a good sign. If he struggles again, then trouble could be ahead.

Thanks for the question, Eli, the Giants, NFL, whatever is fair game. I know more about certain players/teams than others, but I do follow the sport in general. 


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Hope there’s a win tomorrow in SF.

I hope for health.  That to me is most important thing in the pre-season!

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It’s just the preseason but I ‘ll get a better sleep tonight because the NY Giants beat the Colts in a thrilling way!

Anytime the Colts lose it’s a good day, even in the preseason.

I think next week I’ll ask a question on Q&A Wednesday and see how that goes!

I’ll answer any that cross my inbox, but I have one in mind. :)


"It’s hard for old guys like me to wear rings that look like ash trays."

Nick Saban, Alabama Head Coach in discussing his Alabama Championship rings

"A coach taught me at an early age of treating practice like a game, to me this is where you become a better football team out here on the practice field. You don’t just show up on a game and expect to be a good football team."

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos Quarterback on advice once given by his Offensive Coordinator at Tennessee, David Cutcliffe, who is now the Head Football Coach at Duke.