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David Cutcliffe: Peyton Manning is in “not good shape, great shape”

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David Cutcliffe, the Duke head coach who was Peyton Manning’s offensive coordinator in college and has guided Manning through his throwing sessions as he recovers from last year’s neck injury, says there is absolutely no reason to be concerned about whether Manning can play at a high level again.

Although Manning has said he needs to get more work in before he’ll be completely comfortable getting on the field again, Cutcliffe said that physically, Manning is ready to do what he needs to do right now.

He can make all the throws, his release times are perfect, and we pay a lot of attention to that. It’s arm speed and getting rid of it. His velocity is good. It’s just a matter of, like any other NFL football player, you’ve got to feel good,” Cutcliffe told Lindsay H. Jones of the Denver Post. “He’s in great shape. Not good shape, great shape.”

Cutcliffe said Manning has already done workouts in which he has thrown all the passes he would throw over the course of a game, and that Manning had no trouble.

“He could play a game. We’ve done it, we’ve simulated games, and he’s done well. He’s going to do nothing but get stronger and going to play up to his standards,” Cutcliffe said.

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86 Responses to “David Cutcliffe: Peyton Manning is in “not good shape, great shape””
  1. ohenry78 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:15 PM

    Combining headlines:

    “After Pro Day, still no consensus on Peyton Manning’s forty time”

  2. fin72 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:18 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  3. rajbais says: Mar 29, 2012 6:19 PM

    This is not biased, it’s sycophantic!!!

  4. ermi0101 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:21 PM

    until he gets hit!!

  5. steelerhypocrite says: Mar 29, 2012 6:22 PM

    Who cares what Harry Potter thinks…

  6. jetslag44years says: Mar 29, 2012 6:23 PM

    Can you see Mannings junk like Trent Richardson in his Workout

  7. lennydpocketqb says: Mar 29, 2012 6:29 PM

    It takes Peyton about 15 minutes for the forty yard dash. If anyone remembers his run against the Raiders, he was run down by a 265 pound lineman.

  8. dannersthemanners says: Mar 29, 2012 6:32 PM

    New Orleans Saints- Super Bowl L Champions

  9. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 29, 2012 6:32 PM

    As is so often the case following multiple surgeries and a long layoff, the affected area is “stronger than it ever was”. Matter of fact Peyton is thinking of having more major surgeries next off season, so he will be that much better in 2013. Sky is the limit, really.

  10. dannersthemanners says: Mar 29, 2012 6:33 PM

    New Orleans Saints- Superbowl XXXXVII Champions

  11. moseszd says: Mar 29, 2012 6:39 PM

    I call BS. He wasn’t making the throws in 2010 or 2009 and didn’t even crack the Top-10 for deep ball completion percentages in those years. He was just throwing the ball short and working up the YAC.

    There’s nothing wrong with that. Drew Brees and Tom Brady make their livings like that.

    But Manning is no longer the Manning of 2004/2005. And pretending he still is… That’s bunk. Accept him for what he is — an old QB falling apart but one who proably still has the brains and touch to grind out a decent offense if he’s got a good supporting cast.

    Which is more than Teblows will ever be…

  12. tylerdurden0 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:39 PM

    I think if Peyton retired right now, he’d go down as one of the top 5 best QB’s of all time.

    If he can recover from that neck injury, gel with a new group of receivers/O-Line/Offensive coordinator (even though he pretty much is the offensive coordinator), he has to go down as the best of all time if he can perform at a high level for another 3-5 years.

    I’m just curious to see how it plays out.

  13. jeziyo247 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:44 PM

    Manning may run slow but he makes up for it with his arms, he let’s his balls do the talking and his legs do the walking

  14. jdandcoke says: Mar 29, 2012 6:45 PM

    why are we talking about payton as if he were some scrub coming back from an injury? the guy is probably the greatest QB who has ever lived. even at SIXTY percent he would still be a top 5 qb right now.

    the broncos are going to be frighteningly good next year, end of story. anyone who thinks otherwise is a know-nothing clown who probably shouldnt even be on this site in the first place.

  15. amgdds says: Mar 29, 2012 6:47 PM

    He hasn’t been hit!!! Why isn’t anyone talking about that??

  16. robert831 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:47 PM

    I hope the Saints never win another game. The only thing worse than the Saints, are the Saints fans.

  17. lanjoith says: Mar 29, 2012 6:48 PM

    Denver will get a rude awakening when Manning doesn’t live up to the hype.

    Fox isn’t Dungy, Thomas isn’t Wayne, Tamme isn’t Clark and Walton isn’t Saturday.

    The Broncos defense is a lot more suspect than you think.

  18. lanjoith says: Mar 29, 2012 6:50 PM

    Oh and the most important thing – Sports Authority Field isn’t the RCA Dome or Lucas Oil Field or whatever it’s called.

  19. bearsandjazz says: Mar 29, 2012 6:52 PM

    My father in law is an Ortgopedic Surgeon and he has serious doubts Mannin will ever have the same velocity and full range of motion. He can still be accurate, but he will never be the QB he was. That’s not saying he won’t still be great but to say he’s the same guy or can be sounds more like they’re trying to convince more than being convinced. Chad pennington never had a strong arm and didn’t need one so Manning can still be good but again to believe he is the same QB as he was two years ago is a stretch and I wont believe it till I see it with my own two eyes.

  20. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 29, 2012 6:52 PM

    He’s going to be a PAIN IN THE NECK this year.

  21. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 29, 2012 6:54 PM

    Any Duke Football coach is a great evaluator of the game … LoL

  22. pacificamjr says: Mar 29, 2012 7:00 PM

    1 HARD hit
    9-7

  23. stc1993 says: Mar 29, 2012 7:01 PM

    I hope Denver don’t win a game. They’re paying a has been all that cash, he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

  24. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 29, 2012 7:02 PM

    whos david cutcliffe??????????

  25. pacodawg says: Mar 29, 2012 7:04 PM

    I thought I saw Peyton with Rick and Tiana on ESPN.

  26. 69firebird says: Mar 29, 2012 7:06 PM

    Did you expect him to say anything else?

  27. rahavort says: Mar 29, 2012 7:11 PM

    Just because some guy throws this opinion out doesn’t mean it’s true…in other reports they say that his arm strength is alright, but his accuracy isn’t anywhere as close as it used to be. Anybody can “work out” by throwing maybe 10-15 footballs. When game time comes he’ll be throwing a lot more than that, and with another team out on the field in opposition. One good smack just might be all it takes. You never know though, he is Peyton Manning.

    Oh yeah…and cut that meat

  28. stc1993 says: Mar 29, 2012 7:11 PM

    dannersthemanners said:

    New Orleans Saints- Superbowl XXXXVII Champions.

    There’s no such number as XXXXVII

    roman numeral for 47 is: XLVII.

    just yanking ya chain no harm meant.

  29. dewalt2990 says: Mar 29, 2012 7:12 PM

    He’s not biased in any way……

  30. glac1 says: Mar 29, 2012 7:14 PM

    the league was more fun to follow before we had coverage 24/7. The fact that we’re wondering if a 36 year old coming off three neck surgeries will still be an effective qb is amazing. The guy is finished as an elite quarterback in the NFL>

  31. raymondtx says: Mar 29, 2012 7:22 PM

    Didnt this article come out like two weeks ago?

  32. thetooloftools says: Mar 29, 2012 7:25 PM

    until he gets hit is right E

  33. dhillca says: Mar 29, 2012 7:29 PM

    Peyton will win another Super Bowl …. As a backup on the Pats. Super Bowl XXXXX ! (Super Bowl L just looks wrong)

  34. ppc50 says: Mar 29, 2012 7:34 PM

    “Manning is the best who ever lived” fans:

    1) Manning has a 9-10 playoff record.
    2) Has thrown 29 TDs/19 INTs in the playoffs – hardly top 5 of all-time.
    3)He has won 1 SB (great, but threw 3 TDs/7INTs during that playoff run, was SB MVP vs. Rex Grossman)
    4) Threw the game winning INT for a TD vs. the Saints
    5) Manning has lost a lot of big games at the U of Tenn., as well as in the playoffs.

    Manning is a 1st ballot HOFer for the regular season, but I don’t think Manning will ever get to, or win, the SB ever again.

  35. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Mar 29, 2012 7:35 PM

    Who Dat!!!

  36. broncsfan72 says: Mar 29, 2012 7:38 PM

    Let’s just say this. You hope Manning is through. He will be hit many times. My bet is he’ll be ok. He’s better than any qb in the league. O’ I’m sorry he didn’t choose your team. Quit hating brother. Not saying we’ll win it all but final 4 in the first year could happen.

  37. huejackson says: Mar 29, 2012 7:47 PM

    I can not wait for Manning to get taken out in week 1.
    I just hope they show a close up to horse face Elway when it happens…
    Go spend all the money you can Broncos at the end of the day Raiders will OWN YOU

  38. Scott says: Mar 29, 2012 7:51 PM

    Doesn’t it seem like the Manning camp is working really hard to convince the public that the new Peyton is just like (or better than) the old Peyton. Dang guys, give it a rest. Seeing is believing. Throw in public if you want us to believe…and if not, shut the hell up about Peyton until OTAs.

  39. ppc50 says: Mar 29, 2012 7:53 PM

    Better than any QB in the league – are you joking – Broncsfan72? I would rather have other QBs on my team and, believe me, I’m not upset or even hating – just stating facts. Your team made it to the 2nd round last year, with Tebow (congrats), so, with Manning – “the best QB in the league” you should make it at least to the AFC Championship, most likely the Super Bowl. Sorry, Denver will not make it to either game.

  40. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Mar 29, 2012 7:54 PM

    Peyton manning will not make it through game one,..most likely paralyzed by halftime of game one.

  41. mikeyveli says: Mar 29, 2012 8:04 PM

    does it matter?

    Brady’s still better.

  42. radrntn says: Mar 29, 2012 8:04 PM

    zzzzzzzzzz, zzzzzzzzzzz, and some more zzzzzzzzz

  43. spellingcops says: Mar 29, 2012 8:10 PM

    bearsandjazz says: Mar 29, 2012 6:52 PM

    My father in law is an Ortgopedic Surgeon and he has serious doubts Mannin will ever have the same velocity and full range of motion. He can still be accurate, but he will never be the QB he was. That’s not saying he won’t still be great but to say he’s the same guy or can be sounds more like they’re trying to convince more than being convinced. Chad pennington never had a strong arm and didn’t need one so Manning can still be good but again to believe he is the same QB as he was two years ago is a stretch and I wont believe it till I see it with my own two eyes.
    —————————————————-
    I’m betting the doctors of the 49ers, Titans, & Broncos know a little more than your father in law the “Ortgopedic Surgeon.” They all signed off on him, and one team is willing to risk (up to) $96 million to believe what their doctors have to say.

  44. nflsucker says: Mar 29, 2012 8:14 PM

    Rex Grossman was in a Super Bowl??? My God, I think my brain managed to block out such a memory.

  45. davidcl77 says: Mar 29, 2012 8:14 PM

    10 – 6 two years ago. 4 neck surgeries. 2 years older. 9 wins vs 10 losses in playoff games. Time to stop talking and we’ll see how good he is in September.

  46. dcpatfan says: Mar 29, 2012 8:22 PM

    Maybe I’ll believe when someone other than a lifelong friend says so.

  47. raiderapologist says: Mar 29, 2012 8:24 PM

    Feels like it’s going to be a long offseason.

  48. lunchbox92 says: Mar 29, 2012 8:42 PM

    @rahavort

    What reports have you seen that say his accuracy isn’t there? Three NFL teams watched him throw and work out and were lined up wanting to pay him 18-20 million a year to play QB for them.

  49. bozosforall says: Mar 29, 2012 8:47 PM

    mikeyveli says:
    Mar 29, 2012 8:04 PM
    does it matter?

    Brady’s still better.

    __
    Career Postseason QB Ratio:
    Peyton Manning – 88.6
    Tom Brady – 86.0

    Postseason W-L record is a TEAM stat.

  50. bozosforall says: Mar 29, 2012 8:50 PM

    808raiderinparadise says:
    Mar 29, 2012 6:54 PM
    Any Duke Football coach is a great evaluator of the game … LoL

    __
    Steve Spurrier.

  51. bayoubauer says: Mar 29, 2012 8:50 PM

    @ Robert831

    Who’s your team?

  52. bozosforall says: Mar 29, 2012 8:53 PM

    ppc50 says:
    Mar 29, 2012 7:34 PM
    “Manning is the best who ever lived” fans:

    1) Manning has a 9-10 playoff record.
    2) Has thrown 29 TDs/19 INTs in the playoffs – hardly top 5 of all-time.
    3)He has won 1 SB (great, but threw 3 TDs/7INTs during that playoff run, was SB MVP vs. Rex Grossman)
    4) Threw the game winning INT for a TD vs. the Saints
    5) Manning has lost a lot of big games at the U of Tenn., as well as in the playoffs.

    Manning is a 1st ballot HOFer for the regular season, but I don’t think Manning will ever get to, or win, the SB ever again.

    ___
    Career Postseason QB Ratio:
    Peyton Manning – 88.6
    Tom Brady – 86.0

    Postseason W-L record is a TEAM stat.

  53. snoopyjoecool says: Mar 29, 2012 8:55 PM

    Fun to see so many negative comments from people who have never seen him workout or given him a physical exam. He is universally known as a “student of the game” and knows what it takes to play at a high level with or without physical skills.

    And it isn’t for the money. His endorsement dollars exceed his football salary.

  54. darthbadguy says: Mar 29, 2012 9:07 PM

    everyone saying that P.Manning sucks cause he’s 9-10 in the playoffs would love, LOVE to even be IN 19 playoff games with the same QB/ over the same amount of time. Then throw in a Superbowl win in that same time period. Any of Y’all would give ur left arm for that type of success to cheer for.
    And I’m not a colts or Manning fan.

    GO PACK!

  55. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan says: Mar 29, 2012 9:13 PM

    “He’s not good, he’s GREEEEAAAAAT!”

    -Tony the Tiger

  56. laxcoach37 says: Mar 29, 2012 9:15 PM

    Hey Retards that question who Coach Cutcliffe is…. He worked with Manning in TN,. He is an excellent Coach! His problem is that Duke actually requires recruits to go to Duke classes and be in academic standing. This is like why the Naval Academy cant win a Championship. The better the Schools Football Team, the lower the average GPA. Case Closed. Also, Duke facilities are world class and has the top Surgeons for what PM had.

  57. elrock7 says: Mar 29, 2012 9:27 PM

    To hear all the Manning bashers on here is getting quite sickening. Probably hypocritical no-minds, who would be singing a different tune if their team got him.

    Every player is one hit from retiring, so get over yourselves!

  58. kcfanatic says: Mar 29, 2012 9:44 PM

    1 HARD hit
    9-7
    —————————–

    Nope. 4-12

    Actually, I don’t think that he is going to be as fragile as everyone thinks. I don’t believe that he would come back if it was much more dangerous for him versus the average QB. I do believe that his arm strength was dropping over the last 2-3 years. So, he could be less effective. However, a 75% PM at QB is still a top 10 QB. I only wish we had him in KC.

  59. fuaholes says: Mar 29, 2012 9:57 PM

    Hey bozosforall

    Super Bowl wins:

    Brady – 3

    Manning – 1

    You freakin DB

  60. 52crabcakes says: Mar 29, 2012 9:58 PM

    bozosforall says:Mar 29, 2012 8:53 PM

    ppc50 says:
    Mar 29, 2012 7:34 PM
    “Manning is the best who ever lived” fans:

    1) Manning has a 9-10 playoff record.
    2) Has thrown 29 TDs/19 INTs in the playoffs – hardly top 5 of all-time.

    ___
    Career Postseason QB Ratio:
    Peyton Manning – 88.6
    Tom Brady – 86.0

    Postseason W-L record is a TEAM stat.
    ——–

    Career SB rings (the reason they play the game)
    Manning 1
    Brady 3

    doesn’t matter if qb rating is 4000, if you don’t win the big one.

  61. golonger says: Mar 29, 2012 10:06 PM

    bozosforall – oh, ok…….you are just like every other Manning apologist. Wins in the postseason (where he is mediocre) are a result of the TEAM. Wins in REGULAR season are all due to him………LOL. Also appearing in 19 playoffs games doesn’t mean much when 1) you typically play in a weak division and 2) average teams make the playoffs……it is what you DO in the playoffs….sorry. and this article is funny….all these people wouldn’t have to be always coming out saying he is so great and fine…..if he really was great and fine!

  62. phillybeav says: Mar 29, 2012 10:07 PM

    It cracks me up that people continue to say that Peyton will never be the same because of the injury. He won’t be the same because he’s getting older! It happens to EVERY player in EVERY sport. It’s like saying Michael Jordan will never be the same player because he had a knee surgery…

    That being said, Manning is still a first ballot Hall of Famer and will be very good at managing a run-oriented offense.

  63. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 29, 2012 10:11 PM

    Frankly, if Manning has any issues throwing the ball, he should just switch and become a lefty. I bet his mechanics as a left handed QB would be far superior to Tebow, who couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn from 10 yards.

  64. obamasucksmajorc0ck says: Mar 29, 2012 10:33 PM

    I like Manning. Always have even as a Texans fan. But I don’t think he’ll be as good as he was. Like him or not, no one can run an offense like Manning can. He’s one of the best all time. I wish him the best but he won’t impress this year.

  65. lunchbox92 says: Mar 29, 2012 10:35 PM

    dcpatfan said “Maybe I’ll believe when someone other than a lifelong friend says so.”

    So the opinions of the general managers, coaches, personnel execs, trainers, and doctors of three NFL teams don’t matter to you either?

  66. jgava19 says: Mar 29, 2012 10:36 PM

    7 of 11 post season trips under Manning have ended in One and Dones. Just saying.

  67. golonger says: Mar 29, 2012 10:36 PM

    laxcoach37 – this is the dumbest post I have read in a LONG time. The better the Schools Football Team, the lower the average GPA?……really? LOL……

  68. 7pints says: Mar 29, 2012 10:41 PM

    huejackson…. still an idiot… still trolling… way to represent Jokeland Nation! Lol

  69. golonger says: Mar 29, 2012 10:47 PM

    jgava19 – yup…….’cause he is over-rated and always has been…….most QBs in the 70s and early 80s called their own plays at the line. People make it sound like Manning either invented the idea or is the only one that does it……..hogwash!

  70. golonger says: Mar 29, 2012 11:01 PM

    52crabcakes – it’s not really winning the big win (although that is PART of it)…it is the concept of stepping up and performing BETTER in crunch time (aka playoffs).and he consistently has NOT done that……Montana did……Brady has….Bradshaw did…Unitas did…….saying it is a team game is true to a certain degree but..you still need to step up…9-10 is NOT stepping up…at ALL

  71. lunchbox92 says: Mar 29, 2012 11:05 PM

    golonger,

    So Manning’s Colts making the playoffs wasn’t a big deal to you because average teams make the playoffs? Okay, but these weren’t usually average teams. They had 10 wins or more in 11 of his 13 years as starter. Those aren’t average teams.

    And you think people wouldn’t have to say Manning’s fine if he actually was? Why, because media and fans suddenly aren’t wondering whether he’s fine and ready to play after sitting out a year?

  72. golonger says: Mar 29, 2012 11:17 PM

    lunchbox92 – 1) obviously they WERE average given their playoff performance and 2) saying it isn’t the point.always saying it TO the media is. Just like a politician saying he isn’t guilty to the media a dozen times then…lo and behold…he is!

  73. golonger says: Mar 29, 2012 11:22 PM

    jdandcoke – you are that “know-nothing clown”

  74. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 29, 2012 11:30 PM

    Sounds good to me, gonna be fun to shut up all these haters next year when Manning plays well and the Broncos are winning!

  75. 1historian says: Mar 29, 2012 11:57 PM

    Once upon a time in 1989 the Cincinnati Bengals were in the Super bowl against the San Francisco 49ers. With a little less than 2 minutes to go the Bengals scored to go ahead. The offensive players were standing on the sideline and one of them said “we’ve just won the Super Bowl!!”

    Legend has it that Chris Collinsworth, who played for the Bengals then @ WR said “don’t be so sure -have you seen who’s playing quarterback for San Francisco?”

    The reference, of course, is to Joe Montana.

    What does that mean here? This – The Broncos signed Manning to win a Super Bowl NOW. To be THE MAN when the season is on the line and sphincters get REALLY tight.

    Does he have it in him? Judging from past performances in the playoffs and the fact that he hasn’t played in 15 months and by the time they get serious 5 months from now it will have been about 20 months since he took a serious hit – I don’t think so.

    But – it ain’t MY money, so I’ll just have a brewski or two within easy reach and sit back on my fat, retired ass and watch.

  76. hooterdawg says: Mar 30, 2012 12:05 AM

    Why is anyone still listening to this Manning shill? Didn’t anyone tell this robot that Manning got a job?

  77. lunchbox92 says: Mar 30, 2012 12:30 AM

    golonger- 1) Don’t be ridiculous. Losing in the playoffs doesn’t make a team average. Good teams lose in the playoffs every year. 2) They’re saying it to the media, because the media keeps asking. Or have you not noticed the media following Peyton Manning’s every move since the Colts released him?

  78. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 30, 2012 12:36 AM

    Peyton is pulling the classic “aw shucks fellas, I just hope i can play halfway good, I got a long way to go though… I don’t know…ho hum.” 4,000/30 later, we’ll all know I’m right.

  79. slider7702 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:08 AM

    Cutcliffe is Peyton’s long time friend. Do you really expect him to give an unbiased evaluation?

  80. mjkelly77 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:19 AM

    David Cutcliffe … who was Peyton Manning’s offensive coordinator in college …
    _______________

    Would you really expect this guy to say anything negative about manning? He’s probably still on his payroll. Swamp Boy is done.

    Caveat emptor.

  81. djaehne says: Mar 30, 2012 3:43 AM

    Why anyone is concerned whether Peyton can throw at a level he was at in early 2010, how about has he taken any shots to the body to prove to himself that he can get up from it. I can’t see how any doctor can say Peyton can continue to take hits to his body. Last I knew, even football players heads are attached to the body.

  82. kxlllxst says: Mar 30, 2012 4:39 AM

    honestly couldn’t tell what the hell that headline meant

  83. achamarro1 says: Mar 30, 2012 8:04 AM

    Many players have had this surgery. Most played there career til it was over “naturally “and defensive playets are the ones getting it done not peyton manning.

  84. sj39 says: Mar 30, 2012 8:46 AM

    mikeyveli says:
    Mar 29, 2012 8:04 PM
    does it matter?

    Brady’s still better.

    At what? Cheating?

  85. golonger says: Mar 30, 2012 11:39 PM

    lunchbox92 – you are one dumb individual. average teams go to the playoffs every year…..especially the ones that are one and done……..like the Colts were most years under Manning

  86. golonger says: Mar 31, 2012 9:13 AM

    sj39 – no, at winning

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