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Reggie Wayne: We realized this season that Peyton is not immortal

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A year ago Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and receiver Reggie Wayne were preparing for the Super Bowl, but this year they have to settle for the Pro Bowl. And Wayne said the Colts’ struggles in 2010 helped him understand that Manning (who had a career-high 4,700 passing yards but also his most interceptions and lowest passer rating since 2002) isn’t perfect.

Asked today by Jay Glazer on NFL Network how he responded to Manning faced while throwing 11 interceptions during a three-game losing streak, Wayne said that was a stunning part of the season for him.

“It was a shock,” Wayne said. “The main thing we realized, he’s not immortal. He’s real. He’s not a machine. It goes to show you this game is so competitive, even the guys on top can hit a wall somewhere. As a team we just stuck behind him, kept pushing, told him, ‘Keep throwing,’ and hope he throw it to us. And it was good, everybody stuck together and we found a way out of that rut.”

At least, the Colts found a way out of that rut until they met the Jets in the playoffs, and the Colts lost while Wayne caught one pass for one yard.

“My number wasn’t called the way I wanted, but that’s the way it goes,” Wayne said of that loss to the Jets. “I was a little upset, basically, because we took an L — we lost — and you feel like you didn’t get your number called enough to help the team move on. It’s playoff time. You want to win, you don’t want to go home. It was tough for me — that was the first time I had been in that situation. But it is what it is. I’ve just got to keep playing ball, I guess.”

Wayne stressed that he’s excited about continuing to play ball, and that at age 32, he hopes to have many more years of playing with Manning. Even if the 2010 season didn’t go quite the way he wanted.

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36 Responses to “Reggie Wayne: We realized this season that Peyton is not immortal”
  1. pfii63 says: Jan 29, 2011 4:07 PM

    Newsflash to Reggie —

    With a 9-10 post-season record, Peyton has never been “immortal.”

  2. jc1958coo says: Jan 29, 2011 4:25 PM

    maybe reggie should be the new sherrif in town!
    if someone could get open he’d throw it!!

  3. shaggytoodle says: Jan 29, 2011 4:26 PM

    You better make sure Peyton realizes it to or else, he may have a Favre like ending to his on field career.

  4. assnfootball says: Jan 29, 2011 4:31 PM

    This is where I like facts.

    Does anyone know if he was open against Revis and Manning just didn’t find him? I don’t believe through the whole game he wasn’t able to shake Revis off.

  5. deadmanwalking47 says: Jan 29, 2011 4:44 PM

    true,peyton is not immortal,but he’ll be throwing passes when you are in your 3rd season of retirement reggie wayne!

  6. mataug says: Jan 29, 2011 4:50 PM

    I simply refuse to believe that the QB with a 108.7 QB rating *lost* a playoff game for his team while the QBs with 35.5 and 55.4 QB ratings in Conference Championship games will be starting the Super Bowl. Does it mean that teams can lose games despite their QB playing well or win games despite their QB playing bad ? I shudder at the thought of this actually being possible.

  7. carson9 says: Jan 29, 2011 4:54 PM

    Im not a Princess Manning fan, however he does need more support from his O line and his stupid WR’s. I watched them just twice this year by accident, and both times Wayne ran his stupid route and never came back for the ball even though Princess had 3 LBers in his face. Good luck next yr Manning, your going to need it with your dickhead recievers.

  8. stairwayto7 says: Jan 29, 2011 5:13 PM

    Manning= big game choke artist! The stats and record proves it!

  9. jersey73 says: Jan 29, 2011 5:25 PM

    Apparently, to the Manning haters, Peyton is to blame if his team loses (regardless of how he plays.)

    But the QBs who win with lesser stats, a running game, and dominant defense get labeled winners.

  10. speedel says: Jan 29, 2011 5:33 PM

    You mean that you just cant phone it in and expect peyton to pick up the slack??

    Try not leading the NFL in drops next year wayne

  11. machomaniac says: Jan 29, 2011 5:37 PM

    He’s a overrated bum. His place on the top 100 made me throw up in my mouth a little

  12. nssmuckers says: Jan 29, 2011 5:43 PM

    mataug says:
    Jan 29, 2011 4:50 PM
    I simply refuse to believe that the QB with a 108.7 QB rating *lost* a playoff game for his team while the QBs with 35.5 and 55.4 QB ratings in Conference Championship games will be starting the Super Bowl. [snip]
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    You’re woefully ignorant if you think QB rating exists in a vacuum independent of situational football.

    Take last year’s Super Bowl, for example. Manning was absolutely BRILLIANT in that game, I mean he was making ridiculous throws. But when the game was on the line, he made a bad read and lost his team the game.

    I know people were falling over each other to absolve Manning of any wrongdoing in that game, but we should be used to Manning apologists by now.

    The fact is, he may have called a bad play (a levels concept they run a LOT) but he surely made the wrong read.

    Contrast that with Roethlisberger’s ~30 rating performance in the AFCGG. 3rd and 6, game on the line, he makes a huge completion and wins his team the game.

    We can also talk about Manning’s performance against New England in the regular season if you want to talk about losing your team the game.

    The people who always bring up QB rating are people who don’t actually watch the games, I often suspect.

    Manning is probably the best passer in the league, but he’s not infallible. I don’t understand when it was decided that criticizing him would be met with cries of heresy, but he’s most definitely been inconsistent in crunch time throughout his career.

  13. swinbun says: Jan 29, 2011 6:06 PM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Jan 29, 2011 5:13 PM
    Manning= big game choke artist! The stats and record proves it!

    ————————————————–
    The Colts are 6-4 in their last 10 playoff games, with 2 SB appearances, and 1 ring. Thats probably more playoff wins than your team has won in its history!! Unless you are a Steelers or Patriots fan, STFU and go grab your shine box!

    I find it hilarious of all the criticism Manning takes on these boards, but the most of the same people would give their left nut to have him on their team.

    Its also funny to hear about his playoff record, especially from fans of teams that either haven’t won a playoff game in a decade or that only have 1-2 playoff wins over a 10-20 year period. Jealousy

  14. bloodychamp666 says: Jan 29, 2011 6:22 PM

    Looks like the Favre comparison that somebody made got deleted but it’s 100% accurate. In the eyes of so many people, Manning has “only” 1 Superbowl ring as if it were such an easy feat. Now, he’s a failure every year that he doesn’t win another.

    Playoff records are a dumb stat. The only way to have a perfect playoff record is to win the Superbowl every year, and there are so few playoff games in the NFL compared to other leagues that most records loom around .500 anyway.

  15. mataug says: Jan 29, 2011 6:36 PM

    @nssmuckers … It is people like you who piss me off. The guy can have a good game but still gets blamed for the loss regardless of how the rest of the team played the game. Nowhere did I say that Peyton shouldn’t be held accountable for making bad throws/reads. But to put all the blame on him ?

  16. jasonculhane says: Jan 29, 2011 6:40 PM

    Peyton Manning rebuilt an entire franchise. Your going to have playoff failures and with that comes losses piled up from your rookie year till now until things get figured out. Since his prime the guy above is right, he’s 6-4 in his last playoff games with 2 super bowl appearances and one win, its pretty good. I would say he’s done well in the playoffs lately since this franchise has peaked. Remember they started from ground zero, offensively and defensively horrible.

    Alot of the idiots on here are failing to understand that the Colts franchise were alot like the Lions, Raiders and Bills of today without the parity, one guy totally took it to where it is today. You can’t compare Peyton to Ben or even Brady. Peyton’s jock strap is way bigger to carry.

    It may have been worse for the Colts, they had ONE freakish playoff run with Jim Harbaugh as quarterback and that was pretty much it. What happened before that, when was the last time they even won a division. When did they even matter before Peyton Manning?

    I have no clue why people hate this guy. He stands for everything that’s great about football. Chokes? WTF is a choke in today’s game? To me the 1993 Oilers vs Bills game was a choke job by an entire team. Peyton having great games then having to pull his team from behind every game isn’t a “choke”, its the friggen opposite. Its UNREAL that he’s able to do it with a bunch of lets face it, NFL wannabes, lets include the coaching staff too in that department.

    Manning is the games best quarterback, the rest are on another list below.

  17. goawayeverybody says: Jan 29, 2011 6:47 PM

    “Reggie Wayne: We realized this season that Peyton is not immortal.”

    Translation: “We realized this season that Peyton is a big-league choker at times and is really overrated.”

  18. nssmuckers says: Jan 29, 2011 7:22 PM

    mataug says:
    Jan 29, 2011 6:36 PM
    @nssmuckers … It is people like you who piss me off. The guy can have a good game but still gets blamed for the loss regardless of how the rest of the team played the game. Nowhere did I say that Peyton shouldn’t be held accountable for making bad throws/reads. But to put all the blame on him ?
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    I didn’t put all the blame on him; I said he should be held accountable for his mistakes. He currently is not, and he has multiple networks of “experts” who will die defending him.

    And in a crucial situation, you can indeed lose your team the game. Even if it was you that got them to the point of still being in the game, if you make one crucial mistake when it matters most, you didn’t do enough.

    I could understand if the Colts were putting up 30+ points in these losses, but they lost their last 2 playoff games putting up scores of 16 and 17.

    In a tight, low-scoring game, you CAN put a lot of the blame on the QB. After all, people insist on ignoring every other talented player on that team, instead choosing to give 95% of the credit to Manning. Why does he get all the credit when he wins but none of the blame when they lose?

  19. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 29, 2011 7:55 PM

    I knew that years ago.

  20. jasoncnz says: Jan 29, 2011 8:00 PM

    nssmuckers says:

    “I know people were falling all over each other to absolve Manning of any wrong doing in that game, but we should be used to all the Manning apologists by now”

    Really? Because it seems to me that Manning gets regularly bashed by ESPN (who clearly has the loudest voice/influence in sports). For example, when the Colts lost to the Jets, despite a great game by Manning and despite him leading his team to take the lead with .50 second left in the game, the headline by all of ESPN’s talking heads on Radio and TV was the stat “Manning is now 9 and 10 in the post season”. And comments referring to the fact that the Colts lost because Manning scored FG’s instead of TD’s. Flash forward a week later, when Brady played horribly (while having the best offense in the NFL) and the Patriots lose to those same Jets, the lead story from ESPN’s talking heads was to declare just how great that Jets Defense was and how every Patriot receiver was covered everywhere all the time. They even continually said that the Jets were clearly the better team across the board (except at QB of course) and that is why the Pats lost. All this, despite the Jets being an 8 point underdog on the road! Laughable!

    The ESPN machine NEVER critisizes Brady. The last 4 Patriots playoff losses have ended with Brady throwing an INT on the final drive of the game. He has thrown 3 or more INT’s in ONE THIRD of his last 9 playoff games, but ESPN never says a word. How many people remember ESPN saying anything negative about Brady last year after he threw 3 pics in the home loss to the Ravens (a team the Colts beat handely the next week)? The answer is nobody because nothing negative was ever said!

    One more example…Drew Brees only had 2 games in which he DIDNT throw an INT last year, while throwing 5 more pics in total than Manning threw. Yet you never heard a word about it from ESPN. At the same time, Peyton had 3 bad games and ESPN literally had a One Hour Prime Time SPECIAL called “What is wrong with Peyton Manning?”.

    The bottom line is that the ESPN jugernaught has a clear bias against Peyton Manning and they break their neck to bring any negative stat about him out to the fourfront. They have an equally disturbing bias favoring Tom Brady who just happens to play in their back yard right there in NE.

    The good news is history will be the final judge, and even ESPN wont be able to screw that up. Because the players and coaches will tell you 10 to 1 that Manning is the best they have ever seen. And guys like Big Ben and Brady will be looked back on as guys who were fortunate to play on teams that had superior coaching and, in the super bowl years, had the best defenses in the league. There is a reason Brady won 3 rings in his first 4 years (while he was still learning how to be a great QB) and zero in his last 6 years (when he was suppose to be the best ever). That reason is, in those first 4 years he had one of the best Defenses and Special Teams in the league… and now he doesnt!

    PS: The top 4 reasons why the Steelers are in the Super Bowl (in order of importance)

    1: Having the NFL’s #1 Defense (Statistically on par with the 2000 Ravens D)

    2: Superrior Coaching (From Mike Tomlin to Dick Labeau on down)

    3: Rashard Mendenhall (He has been phenominal in the post season)

    4: Big Ben Rothlisberger ( Last but not, well on second thought, they did go 3 and 1 without him)

  21. stairwayto7 says: Jan 29, 2011 8:13 PM

    swinbun says:
    Jan 29, 2011 6:06 PM
    stairwayto7 says:
    Jan 29, 2011 5:13 PM
    Manning= big game choke artist! The stats and record proves it!

    ————————————————–
    The Colts are 6-4 in their last 10 playoff games, with 2 SB appearances, and 1 ring. Thats probably more playoff wins than your team has won in its history!! Unless you are a Steelers or Patriots fan, STFU and go grab your shine box!

    I find it hilarious of all the criticism Manning takes on these boards, but the most of the same people would give their left nut to have him on their team.

    Its also funny to hear about his playoff record, especially from fans of teams that either haven’t won a playoff game in a decade or that only have 1-2 playoff wins over a 10-20 year period. Jealousy
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    Look at my screen name and you woudl know I am a Steeler fan! Manning lost 10 playoff games, 1 behind the all-time leader Favre! When in a big game Manning chokes then throws team mates under the bus. 2006 loss to Steelers he blames off line, loss in 2009 he blamed WR! He never take the blame pnly the glory.. He is a SUPER BOWL LOSER!!!

  22. da11ascowboys says: Jan 29, 2011 8:29 PM

    Pro Tip: Reggie Wayne gets shutout every time he faces a good cornerback.

  23. 3yrsnfl says: Jan 29, 2011 8:39 PM

    Manning and Brady are “throwers”. Rothlesberger and Rogers are football players. Manning and Brady can no longer make a play with their feet. Brady used to be able to almost magically slide away from the pressure and extend the play, but he is unable to do that anymore. Quarterbacks need to be big, strong, mobile, and fast. The “pocket passer” may be a thing of the past, unless you have some crazy good offensive line.

  24. rectumnearlykilledem says: Jan 29, 2011 8:57 PM

    He’s not even a “good” QB come playoff time. Choker.

  25. richm2256 says: Jan 29, 2011 8:59 PM

    assnfootball says:
    Does anyone know if he was open against Revis and Manning just didn’t find him? I don’t believe through the whole game he wasn’t able to shake Revis off.
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    Yes Mrs. Revis, we know. You have a very talented son.

    Leave us alone now, please.

  26. swinbun says: Jan 29, 2011 9:10 PM

    Stairwayto7,

    I also am a Steelers fan, but if you gave me the choice of Manning or Rothlisberger, I would take Manning in a heartbeat…..not even a question about it.

    While I love Ben, and think he is hugely underrated, if Manning got the field postition and the number of possessions that the Steelers defense deliveres to their offense, they would avg. over 30 points/game. What most people don’t realize, is that the Colts offense, year in year out, gets the fewest possesions in the league, and has one of the worst avg. starting field positions in the league. The reason for this -the defense cannot get off the field, and consistently allows long drives that soaks up a lot of clock. On top of that, the Colts defense creates very few turnovers. Translation for all of this – Manning has to be damn near perfect for the Colts to win.

  27. richm2256 says: Jan 29, 2011 9:48 PM

    jasoncnz says:
    The ESPN machine NEVER critisizes Brady. The last 4 Patriots playoff losses have ended with Brady throwing an INT on the final drive of the game.
    ———————————————————

    Really? I’d love to see you back that up!

    Typical PFT moron, shooting off at the mouth without knowing what the hell he’s talking about. You’re ALMOST right; it happened ONCE in their last four playoff games. Let’s take a look at how those last four games REALLY ended, shall we?

    From Wikipedia:
    2010 AFC Divisinal Round: Shonn Greene scored with a 20-yard run on the next play, making the score 28–14 with 1:12 left in the game. Brandon Tate returned the ensuing kickoff 23 yards to the 41-yard line, sparking a 59-yard scoring drive that ended with Brady’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Branch with 24 seconds left. (Brady’s lone interception came on their very first posession of the game!)
    ———————————————————

    From ESPN.com:
    2009 AFC Wildcard:
    New England Patriots at 2:07

    1st and 10 at NE 20 Brady pass short right to S.Morris to NE 20 for no gain

    2nd and 10 at NE 20 Brady pass deep left to R.Moss to NE 39 for 19 yards

    1st and 10 at NE 39 Brady pass incomplete short middle to J.Edelman.

    2nd and 10 at NE 39 Brady pass incomplete short middle to S.Morris.

    3rd and 10 at NE 39 Brady pass incomplete short left to S.Morris.

    4th and 10 at NE 39 Brady sacked at NE 33 for -6 yards

    Ravens take over on downs to end game
    ——————————————————–
    From Wikipedia:
    2007 Super Bowl XLII: New England began its next possession on its own 26 with 29 seconds remaining and three timeouts, but the Giants’ defense didn’t allow a single yard, forcing an incompletion on first down, a 10-yard sack by rookie lineman Jay Alford on second down, and then two deep incomplete attempts to Moss, the first that was broken up by Webster, and the second of which, on 4th-and-20, was broken up by Giants’ safety Gibril Wilson and caused a turnover on downs with one second remaining.
    ———————————————————
    From Wikipedia:
    2006 AFC Championship Game:

    You FINALLY got one right!

    Cornerback Marlin Jackson intercepted Brady’s next pass with 17 seconds left, ending the game, and sending the 2006 Indianapolis Colts to their third Super Bowl in team history
    ———————————————————

    If there is one thing I hate most about PFT, it’s morons talking through their a$$es without having a CLUE what they’re talking about.

  28. stairwayto7 says: Jan 29, 2011 10:22 PM

    Swimbun,
    You can Peyton Manning all his records all his Sept, Oct, Nov wins and his 9-10 Postseason recordand Super Bowl loser and I will take Bens 10-2 playoff record and 2 Super Bowls! More Post season wins and more rings! That is what matters! Manning is a “fantasy” QB..

  29. cantarguefacts says: Jan 29, 2011 11:37 PM

    If half the people hate you and half the people love you, then you must have done it just right Mr. Manning

  30. richm2256 says: Jan 30, 2011 12:07 AM

    jasonculhane says:
    Chokes? WTF is a choke in today’s game?
    ——————————————————–
    Here, let me help you:

    Super Bowl 44, 3:23 left in the game
    3rd and 5 at the Saints 31

    Mr. Manning, meet Tracy Porter

  31. CKL says: Jan 30, 2011 1:30 AM

    nssmuckers says: Jan 29, 2011 7:22 PM
    …..
    ______________________________
    Both your posts were excellent and filled with actual football knowledge, rational points and absence of bias and lacked insults to the manninghomer ™ who attacked you personally while criticizing your lack of knowledge. Well done! Would love to see manninghomer(tm) explain what the levels pass concept is. I won’t hold my breath. ;)
    Please post more often.

  32. jersey73 says: Jan 30, 2011 7:00 AM

    @richm2256

    Amazingly you didn’t choose Brady throwing an INT, with the game on the line, to Marlin Jackson.

    Or how’s about Big Ben fumbling while trying to go into the endzone against the Dolphins (only to be bailed out by clueless refs)

  33. richm2256 says: Jan 30, 2011 9:52 AM

    @jersey73:
    Look again, moron. It’s right there in front of you. That was the ONLY time in the last four playoff losses that Brady threw an interception on his last drive, and I even said that.

    You’re almost as bad as the idiot who made the stupid remark in the first place, without knowing what he was talking about.

    And why would I comment on Roethlisberger’s fumble when the subject was Brady’s playoff interceptions?

    Please, try to keep up with the conversation, or sit in the corner and quietly watch. There are enough clueless fools on PFT as it is.

  34. jasonculhane says: Jan 30, 2011 5:38 PM

    @richm2256

    Bro its beligerent not to think your not another Tom Brady asshat. Your just hating on Manning because your another New England fan who hates Colts fans. C’mon dude, your debates are talking points taken from local New England talk shows on the radio. Don’t mean to call you out but in this case I have to. Your not saying anything different then any fan from New England would say about Peyton Manning, I would have to say though Manning has a better shot winning another SuperBowl then Brady has at this point in their careers. Can you get something different going? Or is always going to be “Super Bowl wins”, “Chokes” or whatever the next friggin cliche that your going to latch on will be. What else is new? Where is it? Your boy’s choking too bro. 0-3 since the Patriots chose to build around the offense instead of the defense. I mean whatever. Big Ben? Bro the Steelers are built around the defense, why are you people giving any credit to Big Ben, how far did the Steelers go with Big Ben when their defense was without Troy Palamolu…He’s their best player.

    Manning and Brady are great. Manning has WAYYY more responsibility then Brady though. Is the critique justified? Sure, but when your the best your going to get haters from all areas and Peyton’s the best.

  35. jersey73 says: Jan 30, 2011 6:41 PM

    @richm2256

    You’re just another Internet tough guy that needs to personally attack others. Incidentally, your knowledge of football is pathetic. Because according to your own ignorance, you blame a pick-6 in the Superbowl for the Colts losing. Hence, you assign choking and blame to Peyton.

    Anyone who watch the game or understands it (which you clearly do not) would realize that game was lost by the Colts defense that couldn’t get a pass rush on Brees, nor defend the 7-9 yard passes…or get off the field. When the pick 6 occurred, the Colts were already trailing by 7 points and the Colts defense showed zero signs of stopping the Saints again.

    But keep peddling your hate around here.

  36. animalkindness says: Jan 31, 2011 11:07 AM

    I don’t think any Colt played well this season but so be it! As for Reggie Wayne – hey wipe the butter off your gloves and get back to work.

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