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David Cutcliffe: Peyton Manning can throw it far enough to beat you

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Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe, who was Peyton Manning’s college offensive coordinator at Tennessee and is now helping Manning get back into playing shape, says there’s no doubt in his mind that we’ll see the Manning of old in the NFL next season.

After Broncos officials watched Manning work out at Duke’s practice facility on Friday, Cutcliffe told ESPN that Manning’s arm strength has sufficiently recovered that he can win games in the NFL right now.

“You go through route trees, we try to throw a post at a certain yardage,” he said. “How far can he throw it? He can throw it far enough to beat people, let’s put it that way.”

Cutcliffe didn’t offer any specific details, like whether Manning can throw a football as far and as fast now as he could before the neck surgeries that caused him to miss the 2011 season. But Cutcliffe did say that after working with Manning regularly for weeks, he’s certain that Manning can get back on the field and play at a high level, and he said all the Broncos saw Manning do on Friday, when John Elway said he threw the ball great, is what Manning has been doing every day that he’s been at Duke.

“Just like a football team would, we have a routine,” Cutcliffe said. “We have a practice. We had the ability to go out today and perform a practice for people to look at. These are game-like throws and he’s throwing the football well, and he’s worked hard to get to this point.”

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36 Responses to “David Cutcliffe: Peyton Manning can throw it far enough to beat you”
  1. Dynasty says: Mar 17, 2012 9:04 AM

    Just sign already. Favre 2.0

  2. tfbuckfutter says: Mar 17, 2012 9:06 AM

    He also doesn’t specify HOW he throws it.

    I like to imagine it’s with both hands between his legs like a girl bowling.

  3. justentertainingthestupid says: Mar 17, 2012 9:09 AM

    Well that’s a relief.

  4. crunation says: Mar 17, 2012 9:11 AM

    Peyton to titans

  5. jeffesky says: Mar 17, 2012 9:12 AM

    Im sure all the qbs of those teams are big manning fans now. alex smith,kolb,hasslebeck,tebow. ect ect

  6. truthfactory says: Mar 17, 2012 9:13 AM

    He’s probably not at 100%, but sounds and looks like he may already be at 80% with 6 months left before the season starts. Hope he’s at full strength come September

  7. qcsfinest704 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:14 AM

    I hope everyone that comes to this site understands that if he goes to my 49ers, and he’s healthy, ITS ALL OVER!

    I hear all this Giants and Packers and Saints and this team and that team. Stop it. We were better than ALL those teams last year. Giant fans save it. We were the better team and you know it. Even the sun shines on a dogs ass every once in a while.

    All 11 starters back on the best defense in the NFL. Add Payton to the mix and they can just start gettin the rings ready.

  8. skeebo80 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:15 AM

    It’s seems the guy can throw again. It just comes down to keeping him protected and him being able to take a hit. Peyton has to be thinking 49ers.

  9. tommythek says: Mar 17, 2012 9:19 AM

    I saw Peyton throw an Oreo to Eli at a restaraunt in New Orleans the other night. There was very good rotation and excellent velocity on the throw.

    Will PFT or ESPN please quote MY observation for all to ponder.

  10. buckarama says: Mar 17, 2012 9:19 AM

    That’s funny! :) (Peyton if you’re reading this please don’t go to the Doncos)

  11. duanethomas says: Mar 17, 2012 9:27 AM

    Seems like Cutcliffe is helping Peyton more than his own quarterback get ready for the season. His Qb’s and wideouts should be working out with Manning. Change the culture Cutcliffe, if it can be done at Stanford it can be done at Duke……One good thing. We don’t have to hear about the stupid tweets from Robert Irsay.

  12. jeffesky says: Mar 17, 2012 9:30 AM

    Peyton and jim harbaugh…aaa i dont think so. So what happens if he doesnt win a super bowl for his new team? is that gona be failure? I THINK YES

  13. CKL says: Mar 17, 2012 9:32 AM

    qcsfinest704 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:14 AM

    I hope everyone that comes to this site understands that if he goes to my 49ers, and he’s healthy, ITS ALL OVER!
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    Dude, your team was awesome last year and I really enjoyed watching that defense especially. I rooted for you guys to make the SB in fact, that’s how much I appreciate fantastic defense (my team hasn’t had a decently above average one since 06).

    That said, I think any fan who thinks PM=instant SB is a bit overzealous. Dude’s going to have a tough time adjusting to all the new stuff with a new team. He’s a little rainman-esque in his need for comfort and familiarity and even his biggest media supporters acknowledge that. It’s a big reason Tenn is in the mix. One thing I do know 100%: if the PM experiment is a failure, everyone and everything else BUT him will get blamed by most of the fawning media and PM fans.

  14. salmondude says: Mar 17, 2012 9:33 AM

    @qcsfinest

    If you’re going to talk smack, then get your characters right. “Payton” is staying in N.O. (unless something drastic happens with bountygate). “Peyton”, on the other hand, well who knows just yet. Methinks he still likes the sound of Rocky Top.

  15. daknight93 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:36 AM

    Peyton is thinking broncos have 40M in cap space to give me a blank check…starting point is 5yr 90M..Broncos are the front runner cause those other 2 teams 9ers and titans aren’t close to having that kind of cap space…all signs he will pick broncos as his next team.

  16. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 17, 2012 9:36 AM

    Even the sun shines on a dogs ass every once in a while= 2011 49ers

  17. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:36 AM

    Peyton doesn’t make the Donkies a SUPERBOWL contender. That team grinded it’s way to 8 wins by all of the enthusiasm and energy that revolved around Tebow walking on water.

    Nobody in the AFC West is concerned about Peyton Manning. Actually the Donkies are the least of our concerns. More concerned about KC and Daygo.

  18. 4ever19 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:38 AM

    Peyton never had the biggest arm, even at his peak with my beloved Colts (tragically, that seems soooo long ago). I do think he needs to be at just about 100% to be effective – 80% won’t do – but he will never lose the drive and the smarts that made him the best regular season QB in the history of the game.

  19. patfic15 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:40 AM

    qcsfinest704 says:
    Mar 17, 2012 9:14 AM
    I hope everyone that comes to this site understands that if he goes to my 49ers, and he’s healthy, ITS ALL OVER!

    I hear all this Giants and Packers and Saints and this team and that team. Stop it. We were better than ALL those teams last year. Giant fans save it. We were the better team and you know it. Even the sun shines on a dogs ass every once in a while.

    All 11 starters back on the best defense in the NFL. Add Payton to the mix and they can just start gettin the rings ready.
    _______________________

    First of all, it’s “Peyton”. Secondly, the 49ers caught luck last year, just like the Bucs from a few years back. Alex Smith is Alex Smith, Frank Gore can’t stay healthy. The Wrs are weak. Davis is solid, but his emotions get the best of him (good and bad). That horrible sequence you saw at the end of the Giants game is the true 49ers…stalling offense….As they are now, this team would only make the playoffs due that weak division they play in….2012 won’t afford as much success.

  20. beeronthefridge says: Mar 17, 2012 9:44 AM

    If pm “can throw it far enough to beat you” why doesn’t he shows us?

  21. justafanofitall says: Mar 17, 2012 9:44 AM

    Looking forward to early next week to see who he signs with. Should it be the Titans…like to see how the media handles the story of revenge against the Colts twice a year. Will they bash Peyton as they did Favre when he signed with Minnesota? Got to love watch Peyton as I did Favre….hope he has a few more years in him.

  22. yrg099411 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:47 AM

    qcsfinest704 you’re right, the 49ers were the better team. So how did it feel watching Tynes FG split the uprights? I’m guessing not nearly as good as watching the Super bowl two weeks later, knowing that your team beat themselves! You should have been there! I know I know, you’re still upset about it.

    Next time you get to the big game I hope you have a QB that can convert even just one third down. Me, let’s just say I enjoyed watching the Giants knock your team out and win another Super Bowl.

    And who is Payton? Sean? :)

  23. gmsalpha says: Mar 17, 2012 9:48 AM

    It’s all about the YAC. Peyton doesn’t need to throw it 60 yards. It’s nice, and he’s one of the best at making spectacular throws that end up on SportsCenter, but if he can chuck it with velocity and accuracy down the field 35 yards, he’ll be competitive at the very least.

    And as someone said, the season is a way’s off (sob), so he has plenty of time to get healthier. Very few people will outwork Peyton, so I expect him to make a strong run the next 2-3 years.

  24. smackingfools says: Mar 17, 2012 9:48 AM

    So can Chad Pennington.

  25. scratchnpost1234 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:49 AM

    qcsfinest704 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:14 AM

    I hope everyone that comes to this site understands that if he goes to my 49ers, and he’s healthy, ITS ALL OVER!
    _______________________________
    Sounds like Philly fans last season. They have to PLAY the games. How’s that “TEAM” thing going now that the coach just threw the QB that got ya to the championship game under the bus? On paper this move would look good, but Mannings health and Moss,are ya getting the Pats Moss or the one we saw last that looked like the Raider Moss? Letting Morgan go could have been a mistake, and Crabtree’s head is bigger then his game. A lot of hardcore 9er faithful don’t like this move.

  26. phillyforlife says: Mar 17, 2012 9:49 AM

    I have lost all respect for this aging player that was for most of his career a failure in the playoffs except for 1 season, hell McNabb had a better playoff record. He got 1 super bowl and given the rest of his playoff years that was the luck of the draw.

  27. golonger says: Mar 17, 2012 9:50 AM

    Everyone in here that is saying Manning at 80% is ok is totally incorrect and knows nothing about playing QB (because they probably have never played at ANY level). No QB can survive at anything less than close to 100%….reason being, his brain is used to 100%. If he has to try and compensate, it will be a disaster. If you thought he threw a lot of INTs before…just wait!!

  28. jagsfan1 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:54 AM

    I’m sorry – who is David Cutcliffe?

  29. pastorbobs says: Mar 17, 2012 9:58 AM

    Manning will be back, even if he arm strength is not what it was. Besides his arm the key attributes of Manning’s game are his ability to improvise at the line, move the offense at a very fast pace, discerning the defense, his quick release, and accuracy. So long as he can do these other things and doesn’t try to make throws that he once could but now cannot he will still be a very good QB.

    Denver and Tennessee are the finalists, I don’t see him going to San Fran. They should sign Alex Smith.

    So which team will win? They are both good teams, it is telling that Manning stays in the south for his work outs. I think the Titans will win this contest, they will come up with a better contract and have the extra bonus of playing Indy twice a year.

  30. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:06 AM

    •90 million

  31. chatham10 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:14 AM

    Manning will let the world know either Monday or Tuesday, why? because he will have the front page and all the Sports Talk shows for him since there are no NCAA games being played. I like Manning but what he is doing the press would and have ripped if anybody else had done this. It is self promotion.

  32. wiggy8544 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:35 AM

    Hell I can throw the ball far enough to beat you, I just don’t think I can throw it far enough with a few 300 pound linemen and Linebackers chasing me. Plus I think I have a better chance of getting back up and throwing again since I haven’t had any neck surgeries.

  33. killitandeatit says: Mar 17, 2012 11:13 AM

    Many good points in all of these comments. One of the key points I agree with : The mind is running things but the arm just ain’t going along. I think this was Farve’s problem many times. As far as when Peyton does his contract signing etc.. ,I’d like to think he doesn’t want to over shadow the tournament and he is still crunching numbers and those are some very big numbers ! Another point: if all of the teams had kept their plans secret,like the 49ers, this would not have turned into the circus it has. The biggest sport,a mega billion $ industry,a top quarterback,the most important position in sports,an addition that can make or break a team,AND his neck is fused ? This is drama my friends …if you love football.

  34. drewsylvania says: Mar 17, 2012 11:18 AM

    If throwing it far enough were all you needed to be a good NFL QB, JaMarcus Russell would still have a job.

  35. stickershocker says: Mar 17, 2012 11:51 AM

    Peyton can throw a football. Great. Can he take a whiplash inducing blindside shot from a charging defender?? That is the good-bye-$30million-garaunteed-money question.

  36. sixjak says: Mar 17, 2012 12:46 PM

    patfic15 says:
    Mar 17, 2012 9:40 AM
    qcsfinest704 says:
    Mar 17, 2012 9:14 AM
    I hope everyone that comes to this site understands that if he goes to my 49ers, and he’s healthy, ITS ALL OVER!

    I hear all this Giants and Packers and Saints and this team and that team. Stop it. We were better than ALL those teams last year. Giant fans save it. We were the better team and you know it. Even the sun shines on a dogs ass every once in a while.

    All 11 starters back on the best defense in the NFL. Add Payton to the mix and they can just start gettin the rings ready.
    _______________________

    First of all, it’s “Peyton”. Secondly, the 49ers caught luck last year, just like the Bucs from a few years back. Alex Smith is Alex Smith, Frank Gore can’t stay healthy. The Wrs are weak. Davis is solid, but his emotions get the best of him (good and bad). That horrible sequence you saw at the end of the Giants game is the true 49ers…stalling offense….As they are now, this team would only make the playoffs due that weak division they play in….2012 won’t afford as much success.

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    As a 9erfan I find both the above comments idiotic. If PM comes to 9erland, I won’t be sad. AS had a good year last year but 1 3rd down conversion in the most important game of his life? Eli was facing a tough defense too in that game yet managed to find his moments. Alex is super conservative with the ball and in the end that is what lost the game. Granted the WR’s did him no favors either but PM was able to take WR’s like Collie and make them better players.

    What luck did the 9ers catch last year? The Giants caught luck last year by playing in a weak division. They were decimated by injury and got hot at the end as they got healthy while the rest of the NFC East teams choked. Had the NFC East been better it would have been to little too late. The Giants played better when it mattered and that’s why they’re SB champs. They deserved it.

    The 9ers played their 2nd division game in week 10 and were 9-1. So enough of the idiotic history rewrite and regurgitating old stereotypes. The 9ers played excellent defense, a concept thought to be outmoded in today’s NFL but teams like GB, NO and NE found out differently as well as the know-it-all buffoons on NFL network and ESPN.

    The 9ers need more production from their offense particularly on 3rd down. Had they just done that consistently all season, most of the games wouldnt have even been close. Their ST and D kept them in every single game. All they need to do is improve that 3rd down stat and you’ll see the redzone efficiency and TOP improve.

    The 9ers based on talent and coaching right now is better equipped to go the SB than either Denver or Tenn.

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