Posts Tagged ‘Peyton Manning’


Monday, May 16th, 2016

by Nwaji Jibunoh

Nwaji Blog





As we get into the business end of the sports season, you find that times are changing with some intriguing accomplishments occurring.

Denver's stingy defense helps "The Sheriff" ride off into the sunset a champion. (Photo courtesy of

Denver’s stingy defense helps “The Sheriff” ride off into the sunset a champion.
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In the 2015/2016 sports calendar year, we have already seen Peyton Manning and The Denver Broncos crowned Super Bowl Champions after an incredible defensive display against the Cam Newton-led Carolina Panthers.

In as much as the lead up to the Super Bowl was quite exciting and the emergence of Cam Newton as an elite Quarterback was something to note, special mention needs to go out to other fascinating accomplishments occurring in other sporting events.

EPL Champions - Leicester City

EPL Champions – Leicester City

Let us begin with the English Premiership. At the conclusion of the 2014/2015 season, a little known club located in the East Midland of England finished in 14th place in a league with only 20 clubs. A little known club that nobody truly ranked and were given a whopping 5000/1 Odds to win the title the following season. That little known club are currently the champions of England and that little known club is Leicester City. To put things in context, let us use a case study for the odds that the bookies put in play at the beginning of the season. A lifetime Leicester City supporter put a 50 pounds ($30) bet on those odds of 5000/1 to win the title. That lifetime supporter cashed out on a take home prize of 250,000 pounds ($166,000). What has been accomplished by this club who had a spending budget of 52m pounds ($32.5M) in comparison to the likes of Manchester City (411m – $274M), Manchester United (391m – $260M), and Chelsea (298m – $198M) is something that has never ever been witnessed in British football. Leicester City took advantage of a slow methodology of playing every single game to win and taking advantage of lackluster performances from the other big clubs. Credit goes out to their manager (Claudio Ranieri) and star players James Vardy (who only a few years ago was combining his playing time while working part-time as a technician making medical splints) and Riyad Mahrez (a relatively unknown Algerian now among the English Premier League elites).

As we talk about this great accomplishment in sports by Leicester City, we cannot go any further without mentioning what Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry has done in the NBA this year. Let us look at some quick numbers to put things into perspective. In the 2014/2015 season where he was crowned MVP and also won the NBA championship, his numbers were as follows:

Regular Season – 23.8 ppg. Playoffs – 28.3 ppg. Total number of three pointers made – 286.

This season, his numbers are:

30 ppg and he made 402 three pointers. I will say that again….402. The only other player to come close was Ray Allen with 289 and we all know him to be a three point genius. Steph Curry has

Stephen Curry hoists his second consecutive MVP trophy prior to Game 5 of the second round of the Western Conference Semifinals vs. the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena.  (Photo courtesy of Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Stephen Curry hoists his second consecutive MVP trophy prior to Game 5 of the second round of the Western Conference Semifinals vs. the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena.
(Photo courtesy of Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

completely redefined basketball and the point guard position, and he makes shots from pretty much anywhere he wants to. He controls the tempo of the court and pulls out perimeter defenders, allowing other players such as Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to make significant contributions. The Conference Finals this year will see some exciting matchups with Golden State taking on Oklahoma City Thunder as perennial All-Stars (Curry, Thompson, Green, Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka) will dominate the highlights in the best of 7 series. On the East Coast, it looks like Cleveland with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, back at this stage of the competition healthy, will compliment the enigma that is LeBron James. We will most likely see the Cavs steamroll pass the Toronto Raptors to meet the best of the West.

UEFA Champions League Final - Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid - May 28th, 2016

UEFA Champions League Final – Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid – May 28th, 2016

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both finished in second and third positions in the Spanish La Liga. They were edged out by Barcelona but not before Barcelona suffered successive defeats to both clubs in the El Classcio and Champions League semifinals. These two clubs are Spanish power houses and are getting ready to battle it out in the Champions League Finals. This is not the first time we are going to have an “All Madrid Final”. In 2014, we saw these two clubs battle it out with Real Madrid emerging victorious. The Star man then and now and 3 time Ballon D’or (World Footballer of the Year) recipient, Cristiano Ronaldo is of course the centre of attraction. The last time these two teams met, Ronaldo was breaking records with an astonishing 51 goals. He has achieved that milestone again this season and goes into this final fully charged and poised to pick up his 3rd UEFA Champions League trophy. It will not be easy as Diego Simeone and his Atletico Madrid team, that play a high tempo coordinated style of Spanish football, will be looking to get revenge against their 2014 finalist fellow city rivals. These two teams have already met twice this season with Atletico winning one game and the other game ending in a tie. The UEFA Champions League Final which will be played at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy will be an explosive encounter come May 28th.

All in all, it has been an exciting year so far with so much more to play as we have the NBA Finals, UCL Finals, and the European Championships.

Sports fans, eat your heart out as the games will always continue to bring nothing but sheer entertainment and exhilarating excitement….


Nwaji Jibunoh, International Correspondent for War Room Sports

Located in Lagos, Nigeria, Nwaji Jibunoh is War Room Sports’ International Soccer Contributor.  Nwaji also contributes commentary on U.S. sports from an international perspective.  He’s an Atlanta Falcons fan, Howard University alum, and former tight end for the North Atlanta High School Warriors.

The Economics of Playing NFL QB

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

by Gus Griffin






Brock Osweiler is introduced in Houston (Image via

Brock Osweiler is introduced in Houston
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Does Brock Osweiler, on the basis of 7 starts, deserve the $72 million ($37 million guaranteed) that he has coming to him?

Of course he does, if some idiot is willing to pay him.  That is what the market is willing to bare.  What a team is willing to pay and what can be justified by on the field performance have never been completely in line.

Keep in mind that we are not talking about some billionaire owner being subsidized by taxpayer dollars to build a stadium, largely with seasonal workers and jobs with no benefits.  We are talking about a guy playing a game, largely financed by our voluntary viewership and patronage for a league that has made it blatantly clear that it could not care less about the health of its players after they are done.

He would be the idiot not to get every dime he could get and only those with a poor understanding of the economics of playing NFL QB are unclear about this.

What are those economics?  Think of it this way: there are 32 NFL teams.  If we evaluated the performance at starting QB with a letter grade, I can only come up with 17 that could clearly be graded as at least a “B.”  I am excluding rookies and first year starters in Tennessee, Tampa, and Washington, even if they are trending upward, due to the cautionary tale of RG3.  Simply put, their sample is too small to make a final assessment.  But even if they pan out, that still leaves 12 teams with a significant need of an upgrade at QB.  The irony of it all is that 3 of those 12 (Vikings, Texans, and Broncos) made the playoffs last year, to include the eventual champs.

Bottom line is that there are more NFL Teams than there are high quality QBs.  This produces an odd economic reality which allows the unproven and proven pedestrians, in terms of performance, to make out like bandits……..and we should not blame them for exploiting a situation reinforced by the false narrative that a team must have an upper-echelon QB to win the Super Bowl.

History shows that a dominant defense is a better predictor of winning the Super Bowl than an upper-echelon QB.  Consider this, of the 50 Super Bowls, the losing QB in nearly half of them (23) are either hall of famers or league MVPs.  Eighteen of them split between Elway, Tarkenton, Kelly, Staubach, Warner, Manning, and Brady lost more than one.  Compare that to this list of single SB starters to include Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Mark Rypien, Jeff Hostetler, Phil Simms, and Jim McMahon.  Their Super Bowl record was 6-0.  The common denominator was dominant defense.

I submit that as long as the false narrative of needing elite QB play is more prevalent than the reality, which is that there simply are not 32 dudes on this planet that can play NFL QB at an elite level, about a 3rd of the league will continue to chase that which simply does not exist in a quantity large enough to meet the demand.

Smart economics would stop going for the home run at QB and instead load up on defensive talent.


Gus Griffin, for War Room Sports

2014 Preseason NFL QB Rankings 1-32

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

by Devin McMillan

Dev Blog





QBs Top 4

The NFL season is almost here.  Everyone’s making lists, rankings, predictions, etc, so I’d figured I may as well jump into the mix with my 2014 Preseason NFL Quarterback Rankings.  There are tons of QB rankings in existence with various criteria.  While my rankings are not exactly lifetime achievement awards, consistency definitely plays a significant role in my thought process.  HOWEVER, while a bad season by a good QB may drop him a notch or a few in my mind, it doesn’t necessarily mean I will rank that QB below a quarterback who has only had one or two good seasons.  For example, even though Eli Manning threw the football to the opposing team 27 times last season, it doesn’t necessarily mean I will rank him under someone like Nick Foles, who only threw it to the other team twice.  There are some young QB’s who still need to show and prove for at least another season to reach their potential on this list.  So in essence, your past body of work does indeed have meaning here, but it is just a major variable among variables.  So without further ado, here is where I currently rank the 32 starting QB’s in the National Football League:

1. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos

Drew WillyNow 38 years old, “The Sheriff” is coming off the very best season of his storied career as he led the 13-3 Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl, only to be destroyed by the Seattle Seahawks.  The beatdown was so brutal, it makes it easy to forget that Manning completed 68.3% of his passes last season, for 5477 yards, 55 TD passes, just 10 INTs, and a hefty passer rating of 115.1, while starting all 16 regular season games.  It will be interesting to see how he will come back after such a deflating loss in the Super Bowl, but after a ridiculous season this late in a ridiculous career, it’s only right that he enter the 2014 campaign in the top spot.

2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers

ARPrior to the resurgence of Peyton Manning, I had Aaron Rodgers ranked as the best QB in the NFL.  Even with the resurgence of the Denver signal-caller, an argument can still be made for Rodgers.  What may play against him in the “best in the league” argument is the fact that injuries limited him to 9 games last season. While his bottom-line statistics suffered due to missed time, Manning lit the league on fire with record numbers.  However, in those 9 games, Rodgers still proved his importance to the Green Bay Packers and his stature in the NFL.  The team went 6-3 with him at the helm, while only posting a 2-4-1 record without him.  His 104.9 QB rating was among the tops in the league and a healthy Aaron Rodgers will be looking to reclaim his top-spot in the upcoming season.

3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints

DBAnother 5162 yards, another 39 TDs, another 104.7 QB rating, another year at the office for Drew Brees.  His continuance of a consistent assault on the NFL record books, along with the return of his head coach Sean Payton, helped the New Orleans Saints climb right back into the ranks of contenders last season (11-5), after a brief fall-off (7-9) in the 2012 season.  “The Little QB That Could” continues to defy the odds, and with his #1 target (Jimmy Graham) locked in, and last year’s 4th ranked defense, he should prove his ranking once again with another successful season down by the Bayou.

4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots

TBTom Brady is greatness personified.  While throwing mainly to a group of rookies last season, “Tom Terrific” still amassed over 4000 yards (6th time in his career) and 25 TDs (9th time in his career).  Even though he had a bit of a “down” year statistically, his steady hand still helped to guide a consistent New England Patriots franchise to a 12-4 mark, another division title, and an 8th Conference Championship Game appearance under his leadership.  He hasn’t displayed any real signs of slowing down, so his place in the top 5 should be secure for the foreseeable future.

5. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts

ALI struggled with the decision to put Andrew Luck this high on my list.  However, the proof is in the pudding with this guy.  In my opinion, he is BY FAR the best QB in the newer crop of signal callers.  He has not registered eye-popping statistics thus far in his tenure, but since joining the 2-14 (2011) Indianapolis Colts for the start of the 2012 season, he’s led them to back-to-back 11-5 campaigns, at a time that we all thought the team would be in rebuilding mode.  He just has….”IT”….whatever “IT” is.  What better answer than “Andrew Luck” is there to the question, “which NFL QB would you take to start/build a team around right now”?  I imagine he’ll be shooting up to the top of this list within the next few seasons.

6. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers

PRHe’s baaaack!!!  Phillip Rivers has been described by Jimmy Williams of War Room Sports, as the “Nas” of NFL quarterbacks.  He “went from top 10 to not mentioned at all”, but the 2013 NFL season was his Stillmatic album of sorts, triumphantly returning him to the elite of the league.  In leading the Chargers to a surprise playoff berth last season, Rivers completed 69.5% of his passes, for 4478 yards, 32 TDs, against 11 interceptions, while posting a 105.5 passer rating (following back-to-back years of 88.7 & 88.6 passer ratings respectively).

7. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers

BRTeam success has been waning in “The Steel City” as of late, but “Big Ben” is still a very effective quarterback.  It seems as if his arsenal gets depleted every year, as he has lost another big target in Emmanuel Sanders this offseason.  However, with a reliable Antonio Brown, a steady Heath Miller, all-purpose rookie Dri Archer, and the “Mary-Jane Brothers” in the backfield, Ben Roethlisberger should once again justify his top 10 status among NFL signal callers.


8. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys

TRProbably the most hated quarterback in the entire NFL, I feel Tony Romo is a bit underappreciated.  Never lacking statistical success, Romo is usually solely blamed for the underachievement of the Dallas Cowboys as a whole, year in and year out.  I’d venture to say that without Romo, the Cowboys wouldn’t even sniff the .500 record they’ve earned the past three seasons.  For you stat guys out there, it’s ironic that Romo has such a reputation of being a choker, considering his 69.6 completion percentage and 105.6 passer rating in the fourth quarter just last year.  He is one of the active leaders with 11 fourth quarter comebacks in the past three seasons and for his career, he has led 20 fourth quarter comebacks and 23 game-winning drives.  With all those facts uncovered, I still have eyes, and yes, I’ve most certainly seen Tony Romo make several untimely mistakes that has cost his team.  However, his mistakes aren’t as glaring as that Cowboys defense that ranked DEAD LAST in the NFL last season.  Well, I guess it is as glaring…if that’s what you WANT your eyes to see.  Romo may not even last the entirety of this season, as he is still dealing with back issues.  But either way, I predict another disappointing campaign for him and his “Boys”.

9. Eli Manning – New York Giants

EMIt is rather difficult to justify Eli Manning remaining in the top 10 of NFL QB’s, but this is a case where a guy has some historical credit in his wallet.  A TERRIBLE season in 2013 saw the two-time Super Bowl MVP toss the ball to the other team at an alarming rate.  With only 18 TD passes, 27 interceptions, and the lowest passer rating since his rookie season (69.4), Eli can only go back up from here.  The team sounds confident that he will do just that under the Giants’ new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who brings along an entirely new system.  One more season like last year and Eli can kiss my top 10 good-bye.  The younger Manning has always earned his keep in the playoffs. Now if only the Giants can make it back to the playoffs, Eli can get back into his element.

10. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears

JCWhat will another year under Marc Trestman do for Jay Cutler?  Along with one of the best wide receiver tandems and one of the best receiving running backs in the NFL, I think it will do wonders.  His first season under Trestman was cut short by a torn groin muscle.  While on the shelf, he had to sit back and watch his backup become the most popular guy in town by actually playing better than he did.  Now with McCown in Tampa, he can concentrate on performing without having to look over his shoulder.  A confident Jay Cutler is a scary Jay Cutler.

11. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons

MR“Matty Ice” played significant portions of the 2013 season without his main offensive weapons.  Roddy White missed 3 games and was clearly not healthy throughout the season while dealing with a high ankle sprain and then a hamstring.  Steven Jackson missed 4 games dealing with a hamstring of his own.  Budding star Julio Jones spent the final 11 games of 2013 on injured reserve after fracturing his right foot, which already had a screw in it.  Left tackle Sam Baker also went to injured reserve after missing 5 weeks with a left knee injury.  Unfortunately, Sam Baker will also miss the entire 2014 campaign with a torn patellar tendon, suffered in a preseason loss to the Houston Texans, this time in his right knee.  Everyone else is back, even though Steven Jackson is battling through another hamstring injury and legendary tight end Tony Gonzalez has called it quits.  Many see Matt Ryan as an elite QB.  Injuries are always a devastating obstacle to overcome, but elite QB’s rise to the occasion.  While Ryan’s numbers didn’t suffer last season, he obviously didn’t make a big enough impact to overcome the obstacles.  Will he live up to his billing this season?

12. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions

MSMatt Stafford is the personification of the term “stat-monster”.  In the past three seasons alone (his only three as a full 16-game starter); he has passed for 14,655 yards and 90 touchdowns.  The problem is…he’s only led the talent-laden Detroit Lions to the postseason once in 5 years.  In his short career, Stafford has led 10 fourth quarter comebacks and 12 game-winning drives, but cannot seem to translate his late-game heroics into playoff berths.  The Lions again have high expectations in a very competitive NFC North division this season, but they’ll only go as far as their 6th year passer will take them.

13. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks

RWThe quarterback of the reigning Super Bowl champs hasn’t rang up eye-popping numbers, but he has been much more than a “game manager”.  In his first two NFL seasons, Wilson has shown remarkable poise and maturity while being asked to lead a team that was ready to contend in every other area.  He has thrived in the role of the Seahawks’ only “question mark” and has answered every question quite impressively.  Blessed with special instincts and athletic ability, Russell is a passer who runs when he HAS TO, and is not afraid to slide and live to play another play.  Admittedly, the way the defense played in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seahawks would have won with me under center that night.  However, Russell Wilson’s impact in leading them there should not be overlooked.  He went through some young quarterback struggles along the way, but he never completely hit the wall.  I’m sure the Hawks’ defense will struggle at some point and we’ll get to see how Russell responds when the rest of the team is depending on him to hold them down through a rough patch.

14. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals

Andy DaltonI didn’t understand the amount of opposition to Andy Dalton’s new deal in Cincinnati.  He has shown marked improvement in each of his 3 years in the league, and has led the Bengals to the postseason in all 3 seasons as well.  However, the playoffs are where Dalton’s struggles have been most prevalent.  In 3 playoff games, he has thrown 1 touchdown against 6 interceptions, and his passer rating has fallen to 56.2 from 85.7 in three regular seasons.  If Dalton is to stay on the top half of this list, he must start performing in the postseason.

15. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers

Cam NewtonMost likely the most physically imposing QB in the league, Cam Newton took no time surpassing the expectations of many doubters, including myself, after being chosen #1 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.  In 3 seasons, Cam has accounted for 92 total touchdowns (64 passing and 28 rushing), two Pro-Bowl appearances, and one playoff game.  The Panthers brass hasn’t exactly blessed Newton with world-beaters on the outside, but great QB’s don’t always need big-name receivers to be great.  It’s up to Cam to lift the level of play of everyone else on that offense.  He has.  He will.

16. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles

NF2014 is a very important year for Nick Foles.  After a brilliant 2013 campaign, filling in for the oft-injured Mike Vick and becoming the Eagles’ full-time starter, Foles has to prove that last season’s success wasn’t just an aberration.  The decision-making ability that led to his “27 TDs vs. 2 INTs” performance in 2013 needs to be on full display this season, in order to win over a tough crowd in Philly.  Foles can go either way here.  A season like, or close to last year’s, could vault him up this list, just as a bad season could easily send him on a slide down these rankings.  He is currently a victim of his own sample size.

17. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers

Colin KaepernickPrior to last season, Ron Jaworski said that Colin Kaepernick “could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever”.  Even though football fans went crazy at the prospect, I understood that “Jaws” was merely making a point about Kap’s skill set and potential.  If the young quarterback wants to realize anything close to that potential, he has to be more consistent.  He has games where that “upside” in on full display, but he’ll follow it up with a stinker or two that makes you doubt that he can lead the Niners to a Super Bowl victory.  You know the clichés: “You’re only as good as your last game”; “what have you done for me lately?”; yadda, yadda yadda.  Just remember, this is only Kap’s second year as a full-time starter, and with his new contract, he has plenty of motivation to chase Jaws’ vision of him.

18. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens

JFTwo seasons ago, Joe Flacco concluded one of the greatest postseason runs we’d ever seen with the Super Bowl XLVII MVP award.  Last season, the newly-minted $120.6 Million Man followed it up with a 19 touchdown, 22 interception, clunker of a season, that saw he and the reigning Super Bowl champs left on the outside of the playoffs.  I’ve certainly seen him play at a level that would put him much higher on this list.  Will we ever see that again?


19. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs

ASWhat you CANNOT deny over the past three seasons is that Alex-Smith-led teams win.  However, the issue with many fans and analysts is whether or not his teams win BECAUSE of him or simply because they are good teams.  He has been branded with the dreaded title of “game manager”, and though he boasts the 4th highest TD to INT ratio in the NFL over the past three seasons, I am tempted to attribute that statistic to his perceived fear of letting the ball fly in certain situations.  Alex Smith believes he is a franchise quarterback.  He also believes that he is a major reason behind last year’s turnaround of the Kansas City Chiefs.  Strapped with a new 4-year/$68 Million extension, Smith will set out to make the rest of us believe it as well.

20. Robert Griffin III – Washington Professional Football Team

Robert Griffin IIIEven coming off the knee injury suffered in the lone playoff game of his brilliant rookie season, I personally thought year two was a great opportunity for Robert Griffin III to shake the growing “running quarterback” label and show off his chops as a passer.  The scouting report coming out of Baylor read that RG3 was a passer that just happened to possess world-class speed.  In a year where his mobility was limited, he didn’t show this to be true.  Now with a new coaching staff in place, he has another opportunity to show us that he can achieve super-stardom in this league as a passer.  He has a full cupboard of weaponry to utilize in his quest to prove doubters wrong.  Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Jordan Reed, and Alfred Morris in the backfield could be a frightening prospect for opposing defenses.  It all comes down to what Griffin can do behind an improving offensive line.  It’s a HUGE year for RG3.

21. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals

CPCarson Palmer will never again be the quarterback that he was on his way to being in his second and third seasons in the NFL, but he still has enough left in the tank to lead a talented Arizona Cardinals team to a playoff berth.  In order to be that guy, especially in the tough NFC West, Palmer must cut down on the turnovers.  A focused Carson Palmer can still pull out the carving knives from time to time, but in those moments that he loses focus, he’s prone to bad mistakes.  Without a legitimate threat holding the clipboard behind him, the team is his.  What he does with it in 2014 remains to be seen.

22. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins

RTFrom year #1 to year #2, Ryan Tannehill improved his completion percentage (+2.1), his passing yards (+619), his TD passes (+12), unfortunately his interceptions (+4), and his passer rating (+5.6).  However, his improvement only contributed to one more game in the “win column” for the Miami Dolphins.  The young signal caller has shown plenty of poise in the pocket and he’s on track to becoming a very good quarterback in this league.  What I question however, is will his impact increase with his quarterback skills?  That remains to be seen.

23. Josh McCown – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

JM66.5% completions, 1829 yards, 13 TDs, 1 INT, 109 passer rating, 3 wins, 2 losses.  These are Josh McCown’s numbers in the 8 appearances (5 starts) he made for an injured Jay Cutler last season in Chicago.  This put the 12th-year journeyman back onto to NFL radars, which resulted in a starting job in Tampa Bay.  The pressure to perform is high, as the Buccaneers are being touted by many as a team on the rise this season.  McCown has unseated a capable second year guy in Mike Glennon, who played fairly well in 13 starts in his rookie campaign last year.  I don’t think anyone expects Josh to play at the clip in which he played last season in Chicago, but how well does he have to play to keep the youngster on the bench?

24. Matt Cassel – Minnesota Vikings

Matt CasselAfter a pretty good preseason by both quarterbacks, Matt Cassel beat out rookie Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job…but how long will he keep it?  The only way I see Cassel holding onto the spot for the duration of the season is if the Vikings are winning games.  That’s a tough order in the competitive NFC North division.  Cassel played in 9 games last season and started 6 for the Vikings, so it’s obvious that he has the edge due to knowledge and experience.  Though he’s a viable NFL quarterback, make no mistake, Cassel is simply playing the role of “seat-filler” for the next “future of the franchise” in Teddy Bridgewater.

25. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Houston Texans

RFRyan Fitzpatrick is with his third team in three years.  How much should we read into that?  The 2005 seventh-round pick from Harvard has had some semblance of success in this league, which prompted the Buffalo Bills to pull the trigger on a 6-year/$59 Million deal ($24 Million guaranteed) after a 4-2 start back in 2011.  The Bills won only 2 more games that season and Fitzpatrick finished with a career-high 23 interceptions.  As a matter of fact, he’d only go on to win 8 more games as the Bills’ starting QB after the ink dried on that contract.  Last year, he started 9 games for the Tennessee Titans and led them to a 3-6 record while tossing 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, while filling in for the oft-injured Jake Locker.  The Houston Texans have the talent to bounce back from a disastrous 2013 season, but I’d say the biggest question mark is the quarterback position.

26. Geno Smith – New York Jets

GSGeno Smith was thrown into the fire last season in his rookie year.  His response wasn’t very consistent.  He had his moments where he appeared to be “steadying the ship”, but overall, turnovers were his undoing.  In 16 starts, he tossed 12 touchdowns against 21 interceptions, while leading the NY Jets to an 8-8 record.  The Jets believe they can contend for a playoff spot this year so they’ve hedged their bet by adding veteran QB Michael Vick, to give Geno a little push.  We’ll see how he responds in his sophomore year.

27. Shaun Hill – St. Louis Rams

SHThrust into the starting role due to yet another ACL tear for Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill evidently inspires enough confidence in Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher to stand pat, instead of making a desperate move to bring in another QB.  On the other hand, it could be that Fisher doesn’t want to give up drafts picks for someone else’s backup and actually save them for a run at his own rookie stud in the upcoming draft.  Yeah, I’ll go with that.  However, Shaun Hill has ample experience in this league and could prove to be a very good stopgap in the meantime.  He has started 26 games between San Francisco & Detroit, and has thrown 41 touchdowns against 23 interceptions.  He is steady, and besides, it’s not as if we knew exactly what we would get from Bradford in the first place.

28. Chad Henne – Jacksonville Jaguars

CHJust like Matt Cassel, 4 spots up this list, Chad Henne will start the season filling a seat for the “future of the franchise”.  The difference in this situation, is that his rookie backup (for now), Blake Bortles, clearly outplayed him in the preseason.  It’s clear that Jags’ head coach Gus Bradley isn’t quite ready to throw his new toy into the fire, but judging from Chad Henne’s NFL resume (55 TDs/62 INTs/ 18-32 record as a starter), I presume that we’ll see Bortles at some point this season.

29. Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans

Jake LockerJake Locker is entering his 4th season in the NFL, but we still don’t know enough about him.  Since becoming the Titans’ starter in 2012, he has missed significant time, only starting 18 of 32 games, with a myriad of injuries (foot, hip, and shoulder).   Any time he has started to show promise, he goes down with an injury.  I believe this is a “make or break” year for Locker.  If he can remain healthy, he has a lot to prove.

30. E.J. Manuel – Buffalo Bills

EJ ManuelManuel’s shaky rookie campaign was limited to 10 games due to not one, not two, but THREE knee injuries. In those 10 games, we really couldn’t get much of a glimpse into the future, so this is the year for him to prove to Bills fans that their team made the right decision in making him the first QB off the board in the 2013 NFL Draft.  He hasn’t looked great in this year’s training camp and preseason, but hopefully that all will change when the ball is kicked off on Sunday.  In an attempt to sure up the depth at the position, the Bills have signed veteran Kyle Orton to be the team’s backup.  If at any point during the season, the keys need to be turned over to Orton, the Bills may be back in the market for a QB in the offseason.  Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

31. Brian Hoyer – Cleveland Browns

BHWith a lot of help from his teammates, Brian Hoyer struggled throughout the 2014 preseason; however this did not prevent Browns’ head coach Mike Pettine from naming the 6th year backup QB his starter over rookie sensation and Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel.  Hoyer started 3 games last season, subbing for the injured Brandon Weeden, before going down in the third game with a torn ACL on an awkward slide and hit from Bills’ linebacker Kiko Alonso.  He was impressive in the first two games however, throwing 5 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions, while leading the Browns to consecutive victories (they also won the third game, even though Hoyer went down in the first quarter).  How long will his leash be, considering the highly-touted “Johnny Football” is lurking behind his shoulder?

32. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders

DCDerek “was just handed the keys to this” Carr a couple days prior to the official start of the NFL season.  Even though his head coach touted Matt Shaub as the starter all throughout camp and preseason, Carr’s early development gave Dennis Allen the confidence to roll the dice on his 2nd round rookie.  We’re hoping that playing right away doesn’t have the same effect on Derek as it did on his brother David, but Oakland’s offensive line should be good enough to avoid that from happening.




Devin McMillan of The War Room, for War Room Sports

Making The Case For Jamaal Charles As The NFL’s MVP

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

by Christian Roberts

Christian Roberts Blog






2013 Statistics: 246 Carries, 1,181 Rushing Yards, 11 TDs, 65 Receptions, 655 Receiving Yards, 7 TDs

2013 Statistics: 246 Carries, 1,181 Rushing Yards, 11 TDs, 65 Receptions,
655 Receiving Yards, 7 TDs

Jamaal Charles is becoming one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in all of the NFL. The former Texas standout has been the heart and soul of Kansas City’s offense all year. After an abysmal 2012 season where they went 2-14, Charles has been a huge part of the team’s turnaround to an 11-3 record so far in the 2013 campaign. Andy Reid deserves credit for this dramatic turnaround as well.

The Chiefs couldn’t have picked a better coach to utilize the star running back’s talents. His 98 targets out of the backfield are by far the most of his career. His previous high was 66. The workload he has taken on this year should speak volumes of how new head coach Andy Reid views him as a player.

With 2 games left in the season, Jamaal Charles has catapulted himself right into the thick of the MVP race with Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning. Dominating seemingly every time he touches the ball, the stud back is more than worthy of being the NFL’s MVP this year. Yes, Manning is on the verge of shattering the passing touchdown record, but what Charles has meant to Kansas City this year is almost unmatched by any player in the NFL.

Having picked up 98 first downs this year, the Chiefs’ offense lives and dies by Charles. Being the team’s leading rusher and receiver, you could argue the team wouldn’t even be in the playoffs without him.

All in all, taking the MVP from Peyton Manning this year is going to be one tough task, but the only other player as deserving of the award resides in Kansas City. How Jamaal Charles plays these next two games will be a direct determinant of just how close this MVP race is at season’s end.


Christian Roberts of Sportz Overtime, for War Room Sports


Can the Philadelphia Eagles keep up with the Denver Broncos?

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

By Brandyn Campbell

Brandyn Blog






Can the Eagles D stop Peyton Manning from inflicting too much damage?

Can the Eagles D stop Peyton Manning from inflicting too much damage?

The Philadelphia Eagles are in Denver to face the Broncos, and it is one of the most challenging games on their schedule. Denver’s #1 ranked offense faces Philly’s #2 offense. Both teams can be fast and explosive, but will Chip Kelly even want his team to work quickly, only to hand over the ball to Peyton Manning, who has already had a historic season by notching 12 touchdowns in just three games?

The challenges are many for both the Philadelphia offense and defense. For the D, can they contain Manning? How do they neutralize his many targets, including Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas?

Denver’s defense is the number in the league against the run—will that be enough to neutralize LeSean McCoy,  perennially one of the Eagles’ most potent weapons and a back who is having a great start to the year? And will Philadelphia find a way to open up DeSean Jackson to maximize’s the offense’s attack?

The late afternoon matchup will likely be a high scoring affair, particularly as neither team’s defense is very strong against the passing game. Denver is ranked 30th, just behind the #29 Eagles.

Facing any Peyton Manning-led team is a challenge for any team in any year. We’ll see what tricks are in Kelly’s bag to maximize the potential of his offense while keeping up with Manning as, let’s face it, he can’t truly be contained. And then there is the altitude, which Kelly has been fast to downplay all week.

Is a young 1-2 Eagles team up to the challenge of handing the 3-0 Broncos a defeat ? With concerns remaining over Philadelphia’s defense , it’s a lot to ask for. But if the Birds can stop the turnovers and maximize every opportunity they have on offense, they may be able to keep this one close.

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Brandyn Campbell of Philly Sports Muse, for War Room Sports


NFL: 10 Things We Learned From Week 1

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

by Ricky O’Neil

Ricky O Blog






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Week 1 of the NFL is behind us and there can be alot of things to be excited about. Rookies finally getting starts, players coming back from injuries, and one of the most outstanding single game performances we have ever seen. These are some of the important things that I learned while watching.

1. Peyton Manning is not human
Manning decided to open the season with an outstanding performance. SEVEN passing touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens. The addition of Wes Welker helped, Demaryius Thomas is still catching TDs, and also the Ravens not having Ed Reed or Ray Lewis could have played a role.

2. Adrian Peterson could very well break the single season rushing TD record
We all know what type of running back AP is, but did we really think his very first carry would go for a touchdown? 78 yards straight to the house on the first play from scrimmage for the Vikings. Even though he only had 93 yards, he also had 3 TDs. 25 more in 15 games is possible.

3. The Steelers defense is not what it once was
This being my favorite team, it saddens me to say this, but the years of the Steelers ruling the defensive side of the ball are over. James Harrison gone, rush defense not as good, but at least they’re still making some type of effort, only losing by 7.

4. Geno Smith Prospering???
Even though playing the Bucs, Geno Smith and the NY Jets got a victory in Week 1. Smith threw for 256 yards and one TD, and also rushed six times for 47 yards. Now let’s not look too far into it because they play New England this week.

5. Tom Brady is still Tom Brady
They played the Bills…The game should not have been close at all in my opinion, but it became interesting late in the game. Tom Brady put together a game-winning drive (like usual) and the Patriots won by 2 with a late FG. Brady threw for 288 yards with 2 TDs. “Brady being Brady.”

6Chip Kelly’s offense is very exciting
The Eagles got a W to start the season off and Chip Kelly got the game ball afterwards. The fast-pace offense had a total of 77 offensive plays. It was great to see the “Oregon Style” offense in the NFL. Plus Mike Vick is the PERFECT guy to be running it.

7RG3 was nervous stepping back onto the field
Even though the Redskins put up a fight late in the game, RG3 did not look like himself in the first half of his game Monday night. Scared to take a hit of any kind. But as he got back into the groove of the game, he started stepping up and rushing a little bit. The Redskins still lost by 6.

8. Philip Rivers can’t close a game out
The Chargers were winning ALL GAME… Philip Rivers was having a great game. The Chargers defense was stepping up, making all the big stops needed. Houston started a comeback, and all Rivers needed to do was hold on to the football. Of course, deep in his own endzone, throws a pick 6 and Houston tied the game up. After that, Houston ends up kicking a FG to win the game. SMH… Same Ole Rivers.

9. Carson is on his way back!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he is going to win MVP, but Arizona could be the best place for him. Not a bad defense, plus Larry Fitzgerald to throw to…not bad. Losing by 3 to the Rams isn’t a good start with a new team though.

10. Colin Kaepernick can throw the ball just a well as he can run
Playing the Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick stayed in the pocket more often than not. Throwing for 412 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, becoming the only 49ers QB (other than Joe Montana) to throw for 400 yards, 3 TDs, and 0 INTs.

Week 1 was very exciting and we have 15 more regular season weeks to go… And as for my Fantasy leagues, I went 4-1 so I’m a happy NFL fan


Ricky O’Neil of ITMORO, for War Room Sports

Peyton Manning is Fool’s Gold?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

By LeRoy McConnell III

The Peyton Manning sweepstakes goes to the Denver Broncos!  John Elway once again completed his magical fourth-quarter comeback by landing the biggest free agent ever in the NFL.  It’s a wrap folks!  Fold up your tents, the Super Bowl will reside in the Mile High City for the next 5 years.  Peyton Manning will go down in NFL history as the best quarterback to ever play the game.  He will win an additional 5 MVP’s to go along with the four he already has.  Giselle’s husband, Brett Favre’s protege, the quarterback in New Orleans that knew about the bounties, and number eighteen’s little brother will all be  afterthoughts as they will bow down to the G.O.A.T., Peyton Manning!

Well Denver Bronco fans,  Dr. Seuss stopped writing feel good stories years ago.  I hope the Bronco-Nation enjoyed their pep rally, because this is the closest to a Lombardi trophy your new quarterback will take you.  Peyton Manning is a heck of a regular season quarterback that can get you twelve regular season victories each year.  He has a Super Bowl win over the Chicago Bears, although it was Rex Grossman as the opposing quarterback.  Bottom line, his post-season resume consists of a frustrating 9-10 record.  Broncos fans, keep in mind Peyton Manning threw a PICK6 which cost the Indianapolis Colts a Super Bowl win. 

The dog and pony show happened this past week in Denver.  The Broncos have introduced their new quarterback Peyton Manning, who is now public enemy #1 this fall in the National Football League.  I don’t think the NFL will have to worry about bounties anymore! (snickering!).  Manning has been the pray of defensive players since he has entered the league so the usual bulls-eye on him (and his neck) won’t phase him.  

I wonder if John Elway knows how much pressure he has placed on Manning to deliver a championship to Denver. 

Peyton, I thought you wanted to win a Super Bowl.  Wasn’t the sole reason for leaving Indianapolis to play for a contender?  Of all the teams you could have gone to, you chose DENVER.  What is Denver, besides Elway?  Denver is irrelevant.  Denver is no Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Green Bay, or New York.  No tradition, no one cares about Denver.  Is Denver going to really give you the best chance to win a championship?  The infamous John Elway, Terrell Davis, Shannon Sharp, or even Rod Smith are not walking through that door.  Believe it or not, the AFC West is one of the toughest, competitive divisions there is.  The rivalry with Kansas City, Oakland, and San Diego will be more fierce than what you have experienced in the AFC South.

I thought you had a sense of urgency, due to you being 36 years old this season.  Knowing it is important to be on a team that gives you the best chance to win, maybe the 49ers would have given you the best opportunity to hold that Lombardi trophy multiple times.  I am sure you will go out there and prove us wrong.  Although it would be good to see you on the field again, it is unfortunately doubtful that the $96 million investment will show a good Super Bowl return.

LeRoy McConnell III of “A Fan’s Point of View”, for War Room Sports


Monday, March 12th, 2012

By LeRoy McConnell

First thing we learn when playing the game of football is to put your head on a swivel and when a player chooses not to, that’s his A$$!  Adrian Peterson has the NFL rushing record of 296 yards in a single game against the San Diego Chargers.  I bet there were Chargers players, coaches, and fans making a vow  to each other to get this Mutha (SHUT YO MOUTH) out of there!  Tom Brady threw for 517 yards and 4 touchdowns in the first game this past season in Miami!  How embarrassed were the players and coaching staff after an ass whooping they’d received in front of all their fans on Monday Night Football?

Breathtaking highlights happen while competing in football from week to week.  We watch unique players on offense, from pee-wee football all the way up to the professional level, trying to embarrass the opposition.  We watch hot-dogging, show-boating, and other celebrations when a touchdown happens.  It is part of the game and that is one of the reasons why football is so popular today.  The other reason why football is so popular, it’s a physically demanding game. 

I am in disbelief at several football analysts and radio sports jockeys we listen to who have never played the sport criticize how horrible it is to have a BOUNTY on a player.  ARE YOU F’N KIDDING ME?  A BOUNTY, FOR REAL, SERIOUSLY?!?!  There have been BOUNTIES on football players since the game began.

Lets define the word BOUNTY.  The definition of BOUNTY is a gift or a reward, something freely provided.

High school and college football use some sort of a mascot sticker (a reward) usually given out on Monday for outstanding plays that occurred in the past game.  In professional football there are no STICKERS given out; but there are motivational tactics for succeeding.  Now what would be an incentive to blast the upcoming opponent’s top player whether it be the quarterback, running back, or receiver?  Could it be money?  Well if so, then what is the problem?  

Football players receive a playbook each week, and in that book coaches put on a sermon about certain ball players that need to be stopped.  This is where the BOUNTY begins.  Coaches may practice a play fifteen times until a play is right.  If the opposing team has an offensive or defensive stud that is a threat to a possible victory, then we might need to take his A$$ out! 

America… Are you really shocked that a BOUNTY system exists in the NFL?  Do you know what these NFL players do for a living?  THEY HIT FOR PAYCHECKS!  Is the NFL going soft on us once again?  I shell out a few hundred bucks each year for the NFL Sunday Ticket on Directv, purposely to watch smash-mouth football.  I pay to see some of the best performers run, catch, and throw touchdowns.  As a defensive minded guy, I want to see blood making the grass grow from a pulverizing blow from a James Harrison quarterback sack on Colt McCoy or a TKO by Donte Whitner on Pierre Thomas.  MAN DOWN!  Down goes Thomas! 

Brett Favre was quoted the other day as saying “I’ve always been friends with Darren Sharper, and he came in a couple times and popped me hard.  I remember saying, ‘What the hell you doing, Sharp?’  I felt there should have been more calls against the Saints.  I thought some of their guys should have been fined more.”  Players are trying to win by any means, if you are the best player then you are public enemy #1.

The game of football is the best sport in America,  our modern day “Clash of the Titans”.  With that said, I am tickled by all of these non-athletic “media experts” astounded by what went on in New Orleans.  There are media types that think Gregg Williams and Sean Payton should receive a lifetime banishment from the NFL for allowing a BOUNTY pot to go on.  Last I checked, football players wear protective gear from head to toe.  NFL referees are responsible for protecting players, and if there are illegal hits, the league does not have a problem handing out  fines and suspensions.

Football is a contact sport better known as legalized violence at any level.  Its popularity comes from being able to knock the snot out of the opposing players.  At anytime a player can literally hit somebody as hard as they possibly can and fans in the stand will jump up and down cheering for that exclamation point. 

You can take the money out of the equation all you want, but the BOUNTY will still exist.  They will just call it a TARGET!  The Indianapolis Colts won ten games, 11 out of 12 years.  Last year they were 2-14.  You don’t believe Peyton Manning thinks he was a TARGET?  The last time I checked, in 2010 the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl using the BOUNTY system. 

In the words of Herm Edwards, “YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME”!

LeRoy McConnell III of A Fan’s Point of View, for War Room Sports

Eli Manning: Undoubtedly Elite

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

By Devin McMillan

It all started back in August (2011) on a New York City radio show.  Show host Michael Kay asked New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning if he considers himself an “elite” quarterback, in the class of say……3-time Superbowl champion and American Golden Boy, Tom Brady.  Eli’s response?…

“I consider myself in that class.  Tom Brady is a great quarterback, he’s a great player, and what you’ve seen with him is he’s gotten better every year.  He started off winning championships and I think he’s a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships.  I think now he’s grown up and gotten better every year and that’s what I’m trying to do.  I kind of hope these next seven years of my quarterback days are my best.”

America’s response?…

Eli’s comments were met with laughter, ridicule, and in some circles, even a little anger.  No one believed him.  But what was he supposed to say?  Was he supposed to say, “no, I’m not in that class, I’ll never get any better than I was the last time you saw me, Tom Brady is my daddy”?  Had he spoken with that sort of lack of confidence, the firestorm of criticism may have been even greater than what he received for exuding the utmost confidence in his talent, skill level, and abilities.  What would Giants fans have thought had Eli cowered in the face of what should have been viewed as a challenge to him to become the very best he could be?  I wonder if they even believed him.  I’ve had discussions with Giants fans in the past few years who wouldn’t even say that Eli was the best quarterback in the NFC East, let alone one of the better signal callers in the league; a ridiculous notion if you ask me.

I believed Eli’s comments to Michael Kay, and had been a believer for quite some time prior to them.  I had long before noticed his propensity to shine in clutch moments and I believed he was well on his way to climbing from underneath the huge shadow cast over him by his older brother.  Only this was a belief difficult to defend due to the stat-lackey nature of most sports fans.  Though Eli Manning tossed the pigskin around for 4002 yards and a career high 31 touchdowns in the Giants’ 10-6 2010 season, football fans chose to concentrate on the one glaring statistic that could legitimize their arguments against Eli’s ascension into the conversation of the elite…the 25 interceptions.  Forget the 156 touchdown passes up to that point.  Forget the 4000 yard seasons that have become a trend as he improved as a QB.  Forget the 60-43 record as a starter.  Forget the 13 4th quarter comebacks and the 16 game winning drives.  Forget the Superbowl win after the 2007 season.  Forget the Superbowl MVP he EARNED with his performance in that game vs the then 18-0 New England Patriots.  Forget all of that stuff and just for a minute watch the game and make a judgment without a boxscore and preconceived notions.  It would serve the world better if more of us would learn to administer the “eye test” from time to time rather than depend on Sportscenter highlights to form our sports opinions (That’ll be the day…).  This was Eli Manning in a nutshell through the 2010 season.

Then came “the comments”.  Eli had boldly stated his arrival to a nation full of cynics.  And all he did after that was have his best season as a pro.  In the all-important 2011 campaign, Manning completed 61% of his passes, for 4933 yards, to go along with 29 TDs, 16 INTs, a QB rating of 92.9, 7 more 4th quarter comebacks, and 8 more game winning drives; all while the Giants struggled to a 9-7 record and a division title in an unexpectedly weak NFC East.  He also threw an NFL record 15- 4th quarter touchdowns; a record originally set by Johnny Unitas (14) and shared with Eli’s older brother, Peyton.  In the postseason, he raised his game even more, completing 65% of his passes, for 1219 yards, to go along with 9 TDs, 1 INT, a QB rating of 103.3, 2 more 4th quarter comebacks and 2 more game winning drives.  This run consisted of a home win vs Atlanta and 3 road wins vs the NFC #1 seeded, 15-1 defending champion Packers, the #2 seeded 49ers, and a Superbowl rematch with the AFC #1 seeded Patriots.

In my opinion, Superbowl XLVI was Eli’s finest hour.  Not because he had his finest game or anything of that nature; but because after all of the intense scrutiny that commenced prior to the season because of his comments, he was in a position to “zip-up” all of his critics in a Superbowl rematch with arguably the greatest quarterback, coach, and dynasty of this or any era…and boy did he deliver!  On the biggest stage in sports, Eli went 30/40, for 296 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs, with a 103.8 QB rating.  Though quite efficient, it wasn’t Eli’s statistics that were most impressive (which it usually isn’t).  It was the calm and poise he once again demonstrated, but this time in the biggest moments of the biggest game of his life.  Eli Manning’s most important season ever came down to the wire with another one of his signature 4th quarter comebacks and another one of his signature game winning drives.  On that final drive, Eli went 5-6 for 76 yards, including a beautiful 38-yard sideline throw and catch from Manning to Manningham, capped off with a 6-yard Bradshaw rushing TD…”by mistake”.  The evening culminated with Eli hoisting his second Lombardi trophy and his second Superbowl MVP at the expense of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots, and anyone who still refuses to give Eli Manning his “just due” for being the “elite” winner that he is.

Besides his proverbial trip to Disney World, Eli’s night came complete with a 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Centennial Edition (fit for an MVP) and these comments from his also often-embattled head coach, Tom Coughlin:

“That was quite a drive that he was able to put together.  He deserves all the credit in the world, because he really has put his team on his shoulders all year.”

Anyone with eyes and an objective opinion can see that Tom Coughlin is right.  The brightest spot of a struggling Giants team all season was the play of their quarterback.  Unlike Kevin Durant, Eli Manning didn’t sport a backpack at his press conferences.  But he damn sure hung a big blue one off his shoulder pads for 3 hours every Sunday this Fall.  I understand as much as anyone that football is the ultimate TEAM game and that no one wins or loses by themselves.  If not for the Giants front four stepping up to help late in the season, or their running game eventually showing up in the playoffs, or their entire team deciding down the stretch that they were “all in” for an historic run, Sunday night may not have happened.  However, not many thought that Eli Manning had a chance in the world to remotely live up to his reply to that dreaded Michael Kay question on an innocent August day.  Has he made you a b-ELI-ever yet?  No matter how you slice it, you definitely can no longer spell “elite” without Eli.

Take off your backpack Eli.  You can rest your shoulders now…and maybe; just maybe, the doubters can rest their mouths.

Devin McMillan of The War Room, for War Room Sports

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