Mike Florio talks with Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about the Cowboys NFC title match-up against the Redskins and future of Tony Romo, Rob Ryan, and Jason Garrett in Dallas. Then, Florio takes calls and tweets from NFL fans.
Mike Florio talks with Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about the Cowboys NFC title match-up against the Redskins and future of Tony Romo, Rob Ryan, and Jason Garrett in Dallas. Then, Florio takes calls and tweets from NFL fans.
While watching the replay of Super Bowl XLIII late last night on NFL Network, Florio Jr. saw a shot of Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt on the sideline and asked, “Whatever happened to him?”
It took some time to explain it. When Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season, the Cardinals struggled at quarterback in 2010, went all in for Kevin Kolb in 2011, and nothing worked. After 2012, the Cardinals fired Whisenhunt, who matched Jim Hanifan as the longest-tenured coach in franchise history.
A year in San Diego as offensive coordinator got Whisenhunt another head-coaching job, in Tennessee. But then Whisenhunt got not nearly enough time with a potential franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota before being dumped, again.
Whisenhunt is now back in San Diego, as offensive coordinator. And while he’s been reunited with a true franchise quarterback, Whisenhunt knows that success requires more than a competent passing game. Whisenhunt recently told his new-old team’s official website that the top priority for 2016 will be developing a strong running game.
“[T]he one thing that stands out is we need to run the football better than we did last year,” Whisenhunt said. “There is no blame associated there, as there are always factors that are involved. But that is probably the biggest thing we have to do, because then your play action builds off of that, your time of possession increases where you can control the ball and you are in better third-down situations. All of those things tie in together. Now, it’s hard to say you can improve on all of those things significantly in the offseason because there are no pads, but I think you can lay the groundwork for what you are going to do and how you are going to do it. That will carry over into training camp. . . . You can do so many things when you are blessed with a quarterback like Philip Rivers. We’ve got to be able to do things that will complement him, and a good running game is one of those that we have to get better at.”
Whisenhunt is counting on 2015 first-rounder Melvin Gordon to develop into a solid option. Whisenhunt said he’s not panicking about Gordon’s fumbling issues, pointing to Tiki Barber as a guy who overcame those struggles.
“The important thing for us is what does [Gordon] do well from a run game perspective?” Whisenhunt said. “Is it a power/counter scheme, or is it a zone scheme? What are his strengths, and how do they fit with us? How can we put him in those situations? I think it is important he gets reps, and comfortable with the courses he is taking. Last year, he didn’t get a chance to be exposed to that, so it will be easier for him with us having him for the whole offseason. He is also a good receiver, and catches the ball well out of the backfield. I’m excited about what he is going to be, and I am looking forward to that.”
Chargers fans have been looking forward to it for nearly a year, and if Whisenhunt can unlock it he could lay the foundation for a third shot at coaching a team of his own.
In the aftermath of a Super Bowl win, backup-turned-starter-turned-backup Brock Osweiler said he wants to stay in Denver. The really question isn’t whether the Broncos want to keep him, but how badly.
On Friday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, Vic Lombardi of Altitude Sports Network said that the Broncos: (1) don’t want to keep Peyton Manning; and (2) do want to keep Osweiler.
It’s easy to want to keep Osweiler. It’s potentially hard to keep him if/when someone else wants him even more. And with quarterback the only job in all of football where supply doesn’t meet demand, multiple teams could be willing to break the bank on Brock Osweiler.
Although enough wasn’t seen from him in 2015 to permit a conclusion that he will become a short-list franchise quarterback, Osweiler passed the eyeball test, with multiple strong performances including the engineering of a win over the Patriots in prime time despite trailing 21-7 in the fourth quarter. Subsequent great-first-half-bad-second-half struggles could be attributed to subpar coaching adjustments during intermission.
Regardless, for teams who need a quarterback and who aren’t picking in the top 10, Osweiler becomes a potential option. Especially since, coupled with a now-expected Manning retirement, bogarting Brock from the Broncos would leave them with no one at quarterback.
It likely won’t take $20 million per year to get Osweiler. At most, it ultimately will take an offer significantly greater than what the Broncos are willing to pay him. If the Broncos, for example, are budgeting $9 million per year for Osweiler, a $13 million per year offer from another team would definitely get his attention. (Those are just spitball numbers with no inside information. At all. Really. I mean it. I wasn’t winking as I typed it. Seriously.)
So who would pursue him? The Browns are perpetually desperate to find a franchise quarterback. Three other teams could be hoping to replicate the Denver great-defense-good-enough-offense formula: the Jets, Rams, and Texans.
Of those, the Texans are the most intriguing. Surely, owner Bob McNair (who hopes to break the Super Bowl hosting curse) is smoldering over the fact that former head coach Gary Kubiak and former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips won a Super Bowl in their first year with the Broncos, featuring a veteran quarterback the Texans didn’t want in 2012. Even if adding Osweiler to a potent defense anchored by J.J. Watt doesn’t push the Texans to the Super Bowl, it would help prevent Kubiak and Phillips winning a second Lombardi in the house Bob built.
“But Osweiler doesn’t really fit Bill O’Brien’s system!” some will say, with or without the exclamation point. McNair wouldn’t be bothered by that; good coaches adjust their systems to match the talents of their players. Kubiak, who couldn’t get it done in Houston, got it done in Denver with Osweiler. So McNair may conclude O’Brien should be able to do the same thing.
At this point, no one knows how it will play out. Within the next two weeks, the pieces will begin falling together in Indianapolis, when all teams and agents convene for a direct look at incoming players and widespread tampering regarding veterans due to hit the market in early March. Then, on March 7, Osweiler and the Broncos can officially find out what the price will be to keep Brock around.
We suggested last week that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers must be recovering well from arthroscopic surgery on his knee because he was scheduled to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this weekend.
Rodgers confirmed as much after completing a round with PGA Tour pro Jerry Kelly when he said his knee is feeling well less than a month after having the procedure.
“It was just good to be out there walking normally,” Rodgers said, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “It feels great. It’s nice to not have any clunking around or anything, so it was good.”
Rodgers said the surgery was done to clean up an old injury and that there wasn’t a specific “moment” that he hurt it before the Packers season came to an end with a 26-20 overtime loss to the Cardinals in the playoffs. Rodgers had knee surgery while in college, but hasn’t had issues in that area as a pro and appears to be on track for a normal offseason of work despite last month’s scope.
A look back at Jim Schwartz’s departure from the Bills.
Ten suggested offseason steps to a better Dolphins team.
Georgia LB Leonard Floyd is a popular mock draft choice for the Jets.
What the Ravens shouldn’t take from the Broncos as they build for next season.
An update on the future home of Browns training camps.
The Steelers offensive line dealt with adversity well in 2015.
Are the Colts a possible fit for Matt Forte?
Sean Salisbury played with Jack Del Rio at USC and thinks Del Rio did a great job in his first year as Raiders coach.
Former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson will be up for the Hall of Fame next year.
There’s plenty of work to do on defense for the Giants.
The Redskins have adopted variable ticket pricing.
Bill Polian thinks the Lions will be rewarded for sticking with coach Jim Caldwell.
The Packers may be able to bolster their defense in the first round.
Vikings rookies have done well under General Manager Rick Spielman.
Former Falcons T Mike Kenn is headed to the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame.
A few areas the Panthers need to address this offseason.
The Buccaneers should be able to find some defensive line help in the draft.
Could the Rams use a franchise tag to make sure one of their free agent cornerbacks doesn’t leave?
Former 49ers C Randy Cross thinks the rebuild for his old team will be an extended one.
Base salaries for several Seahawks become guaranteed on Sunday.
The 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will almost certainly feature at least a couple of players who were voted down this year, as next year’s list of first-time eligible players likely has just a few Hall of Famers.
LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Hines Ward, Brian Dawkins and Donovan McNabb are the best players who are eligible for the first time in 2017.
The league MVP in 2006, Tomlinson probably has the best chance in that group. Taylor was the defensive player of the year in 2006 and also has a solid chance. Dawkins was a nine-time Pro Bowler but will probably have to wait a few years before he’s inducted. McNabb was a good player but was never a first-team All-Pro or a Super Bowl winner, and it’s hard for a quarterback to get into the Hall of Fame without either of those honors.
Ward will be one of the most interesting arguments in the Hall of Fame selection committee meeting room next year. His stats aren’t as good as some receivers who have been voted down, like Terrell Owens and Isaac Bruce, but Ward was one of the best blocking receivers in the league, and Ward has a Super Bowl MVP award to his credit. We’ll see next year whether the selection committee values some of those other criteria over stats.
On Saturday, NFL Network published a list of potential Hall of Famers comprised of Tomlinson, Taylor, Ward, Dawkins, McNabb and Chad Johnson. I tweeted that Johnson has no chance of getting into the Hall of Fame: We’ve already seen the Hall of Fame selection committee vote down receivers with much better resumes than Johnson. When Ochocinco saw my tweet, he pointed out that he already inducted himself. Ochocinco belongs in the Hall of Fame of guys who don’t take themselves too seriously.
It’s the first time Daniels won a Super Bowl ring and comes at the end of a year that saw him deal with trouble in both of his knees. Those troubles and the overall accumulation of 10 seasons in the NFL are enough to make Daniels consider the possibility that he’s reached the end of the line, although he hopes that there’s more football left to play.
“Of course, of course. That’s definitely an option,” Daniels said, via Lindsay Jones of USA Today. “But I’m a man of my word, I signed a three-year deal, so I’d like to keep playing. I feel good enough as long as I can get some work done on my 33-year-old knees.”
Daniels had 46 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season and added two more touchdowns in the AFC title game victory over the Patriots. He’s set to make $3.5 million in 2016.
Since the end of the regular season, he Browns have made major changes to the front office and coaching staff and those changes have led to a shift in thinking about left tackle Joe Thomas.
Thomas was nearly traded to the Broncos before the trading deadline, but remained in Cleveland and the new administration says there are no plans to deal Thomas this offseason. Thomas knows the right offer could change that thought, but plans to be in Cleveland and knows that he’d like to continue playing with center Alex Mack and right tackle Mitchell Schwarts.
Mack can opt out of his deal and Schwartz is set for unrestricted free agency, leading Thomas to say that losing them would mean a step back for Cleveland as a team.
“I understand from a business standpoint they need to move on if they get a better offer somewhere else. I certainly would understand it, but I definitely hope that they’re back,” Thomas said, via Cleveland.com. “I don’t know what the Browns’ perspective is on it. I feel like we have a lot of salary cap space to spend on it. … We have the best right tackle and the best center in the NFL and I’d certainly like to keep those guys. You’re not going to make your team better by getting a worse player at those positions.”
The flip side of that is that the Browns haven’t gotten any better by having the trio on their offensive line, so they might opt to try something different in roster construction as they have in putting together their new personnel department. Whatever their intentions, Mack and Schwartz should have plenty of other interest should they hit the open market next month.
Although the Browns have given up on Johnny Manziel, there are still plenty of people willing to give him a helping hand. If he’ll take it.
The latest is Earl Campbell, who like Manziel is from Texas and a Heisman Trophy winner, and who thinks maybe Manziel would listen to his perspective.
“We gotta get him some help,” Campbell told ESPN. “I know everybody says that, but if you’ve never been there, how can you listen to someone? I think some former Heisman winners like myself, some Hall of Famers that have done it all, he should sit down and listen to what we have to say because we’ve been through it all.”
Campbell says Manziel’s problems are serious, but he’s still young enough to turn his life around.
“I’m like everybody else that lives in Texas,” Campbell said. “I’m disappointed, I’m upset a little bit. But I think at some point, you have to say everybody was that age at one time and we have to get back to what’s important. . . . I would tell him that I used to be 23 years old. At one point I had Texas in the palm of my hand as far as an athlete. At a very young age, my mother said it’s not so important what you do now, it’s what you do over your lifetime. Johnny’s gonna be just like me eventually. He’s going to sit down and have a chance to sit down and talk to people. Is he going to be remembered for [his problems] or is he going to be remembered for a guy that did like Von Miller. Got up off the carpet and did something about it.”
Campbell’s offer is kind, but Manziel’s problem hasn’t been a lack of people offering to help. Manziel’s problem has been a lack of interest in getting help. All the offers in the world won’t matter if Manziel won’t listen.
As Foster, who’ll turn 30 in August, heads toward the final years of his NFL career, his feelings on football are hardening.
“I watch zero football. I swear,” Foster recently told actor Michael Rapaport in a podcast, via the Houston Chronicle. “Of course, I used to be a super fan growing up. Once you see the business side, you see it differently. I’m pondering entering the last couple, 3-4 years of my career and I’m thinking about what life will be like after football and I’m looking at the game differently. I look at it more like, ‘I hope these guys come out healthy because they’ve got families.’ It’s not just entertainment to me any more. I see the men and the humans behind it. It’s a vantage point that not a lot of people get to see. I still do enjoy the game. I love it, but it’s just hard for me to watch it from a fan perspective.”
Foster also pointed out the double standard that applies to owners and players, with no one batting an eye when a team rips up a contract but players being accused of selfishness and greed when they have outperformed their contracts.
“He’s doing what is best for him and his family,” Foster said of the player who asks for more. “It’s a business move. People don’t think about that. They don’t look at you as a human anymore once you make a certain amount of money.”
Foster likewise expressed concerns about Thursday night games, but his feelings are far from universal. It seems that for every player who publicly questions short-week games, many others have no issue with it — especially when considering the light work week before the game and the mini-bye on the back end.
“I don’t want it to sound like I’m complaining,” Foster said. “I’m not complaining, I love what I do. I’m very . . . I don’t want to say privileged because that’s disrespectful to the work I’ve put in and everybody else put in, but I’m just very grateful for the opportunity to play in the NFL.”
Given the position he plays and his history of injuries, the opportunity in Houston could soon be evaporating. The question then becomes whether and for how much compensation other teams will provide him another opportunity.
Johnny Lattner, who was one of the greatest players in college football history but saw his NFL career cut short by an injury suffered in the Air Force, has died at the age of 83.
Notre Dame, where Lattner won the 1953 Heisman Trophy, confirmed Lattner’s death. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Lattner had been suffering from lung cancer.
Lattner was born and raised in Chicago and played halfback, defensive back, punter and kick returner for legendary coach Frank Leahy at Notre Dame. Lattner won the Maxwell Award as the best player in college football in both 1952 and 1953; he and Tim Tebow are the only players to win more than one Maxwell in the 80-year history of that award. Lattner also won the Heisman Trophy in 1953, when he led Notre Dame to a 9-0-1 record.
The Steelers chose Lattner in the first round of the 1954 NFL draft, and as a rookie he finished eighth in the league in all-purpose yards and was chosen as a Pro Bowl kick returner. But in 1955 he left the NFL for the Air Force, and while playing in a football game in the service he suffered a knee injury serious enough that he was never able to play football again.
In his later life, Lattner had a successful business career and was known for his generosity and particularly for lending out his Heisman Trophy for charity events and fundraisers for Fenwick High School, where he was a football and basketball star in the 1940s and where many of his eight children and 25 grandchildren also played football.
NFL executive V.P. Eric Grubman became the in-house point man for the league’s return to Los Angeles. He emerged, as chronicled in a lengthy item from Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta, Jr. of ESPN the Magazine, as a perceived supporter of the Stan Kroenke’s desire to move the Rams to L.A.
Grubman apparently also surfaced within the league’s rumor mill, as noted in the ESPN article, as a candidate to land a cushy gig with the Rams after they return to L.A. The ESPN article calls the rumors “persistent,” creating a belief by some that Grubman was an “agent for Inglewood.”
Via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Grubman takes umbrage at the notion he’ll land with the Rams.
“It couldn’t be further from the truth,” Grubman said two days before the Super Bowl, via Thomas. “I was personally insulted by that. I don’t like that implication or insinuation. It could not be further from the truth.”
The overall dynamics remain unusual. The ESPN article reports that Grubman at one point submitted a bid in the blind auction that resulted in Kroenke securing the land on which the new Rams stadium will be built. Which placed Grubman (or whoever he was representing in that stage of the process) at odds with Kroenke.
Now that Grubman has helped Kroenke leave for L.A., perhaps Grubman can help someone else return to St. Louis.
“I think it’s all about what St. Louis wants,” Grubman told Thomas. “If St. Louis wants to be an NFL city, they’ve got a hell of a chance of being one. If they don’t, or they’re ambivalent about it, then it’s a lot tougher.”
Ultimately, it comes down to how deep the politicians are willing to dig in the public coffers. Or, as in the case of Kroenke and the Rams, whether an owner is hell bent on moving his team to St. Louis, even if he has to pay for the stadium himself.
When Emmitt Smith was playing in the NFL, teams didn’t hesitate to run their best players into the ground. When Smith played through a separated shoulder in a big game against the Giants, all the talk was about what a tough guy Smith was, not about whether it might be inadvisable for a player to play through an injury.
Times change, and these days, it’s not only acceptable for a player to sit out when he’s hurt, but a requirement if the injury in question is a concussion. Smith thinks greater concerns about player safety — particularly CTE — will shorten careers, and as a result he thinks it’s unlikely that any running back will play long enough to break his all-time record of 18,355 rushing yards.
“It’s a reflection of the changing times in terms of how they value the running back position and how the game has changed into a running back-by-committee approach,” Smith told ESPN. “It could be because of the CTE stuff, it could be because of how offenses use spread formations vs. the I-formation and it could be the way they rotate players in and out.”
Smith acknowledged that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has a shot at the rushing record, but Smith doubts that anyone other than Peterson could reach it.
“If he doesn’t get it, I don’t know who’s going to get it,” Smith said. “He’s still got a lot of yards to go. I’m not going to lie to you.”
Although Peterson is still going strong, leading the NFL with 1,485 yards last season, he is unlikely to top Smith’s record: Peterson turns 31 next month and is still 6,680 yards behind Smith. Even if Peterson can run for 1,485 yards a season at ages 31, 32, 33 and 34 — an enormous “if” — he would still be short of Smith’s record.
At a time when players like Marshawn Lynch, Calvin Johnson, Patrick Willis, Jason Worilds, Jake Locker, Anthony Davis and Chris Borland are walking away from the game early, fewer and fewer players will want to keep playing as long as Smith did. That’s one reason his record seems safe.
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Donnie Shell will present former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Broncos safety Shiloh Keo was arrested on a DUI charge early Saturday in his native Idaho.
KBOI TV in Boise reported that Keo was booked into the Ada County Jail at 2:19 a.m. Saturday by the Idaho State Police.
Keo, 28, signed with the Broncos in December and saw significant action through the end of the regular season and playoffs for a banged-up Broncos secondary. He had three postseason tackles.
A fifth-round pick of the Texans in 2011, Keo played in 42 games in Houston from 2011-13.
In the early days of PFT, an article emerged regarding a defamation lawsuit filed against Peyton and Archie Manning. The litigation, which arose from an allegation that the Mannings defamed a former University of Tennessee trainer in a book they had written (Peyton said that the trainer had a “vulgar mouth”), sparked the publication of an accusation that Manning had placed his “naked butt and rectum” on the face of the trainer while she was examining him in 1996.
The longest-standing members of PFT Planet know that, from time to time over the years, we’ve used the phrase “naked butt and rectum” in reference to the story, which never caught fire in the pre-social media days of the Internet — even though the USA Today item was titled “Manning’s image could take hit in suit.” That article, which didn’t characterize the incident as a sexual assault, apparently flowed from a 74-page document filed in the defamation lawsuit. USA Today didn’t publish the full document, and it released no details beyond the reference to Manning allegedly placing “his ‘naked butt and rectum’ on [the trainer’s] face.”
Now that Peyton Manning has won his second Super Bowl and potentially will be walking off into the sunset, the same 74-page document has been sent to the New York Daily News.
The ensuing #longread from Shaun King of the Daily News is at times hard to follow, as it attempts to summarize most of the 74 pages in chronological order. Also, King’s article displays a clear anti-Peyton bias, and more than a little melodrama. This #notaslongread item comes from the 74-page document itself, which has been published in full by the Daily News.
Before going any farther, it’s important to understand what the 74-page document is, and what it isn’t. The 74-page document is a piece of advocacy. The 74-page document is something that was written by the lawyers representing Jamie Ann Naughright in her defamation case against the Mannings. The 74-page document is, necessarily, one-sided.
The 74-page document is not objective. The 74-page document is not supposed to be objective. The 74-page document is not a court order or any other decision made by a neutral party. And, ultimately, the 74-page document is incomplete without comparing it to the corresponding “Facts of the Case” document submitted by the defendants in the case.
There’s another very important, and intriguing, way in which the 74-page document is incomplete. While it contains testimony and allegations about the “naked butt and rectum” escapade, Naughright’s lawyers redacted when filing the 74-page document large chunks of information regarding an earlier alleged incident from 1994. At page 10 of the 74-page document, the lawyers for Naughright explain that, because Peyton Manning’s lawyers had asked that “certain exhibits and deposition testimony relating to this 1994 incident be designated as part of the ‘confidential record’ and not publicly be revealed,” the information absent from the public document was filed “under seal,” meaning that only the presiding judge and the judge’s staff could see it.
This means that the information about the 1994 incident was in some way more sensitive than the 1996 “naked butt and rectum” incident, which was detailed in the 74-page document, without redaction. Common sense suggests that this means the other incident possibly was more graphic and/or inflammatory and/or offensive and/or problematic for Peyton than the “naked butt and rectum” incident from two years later.
At page 14 of the 74-page document, Naughright’s lawyers tell the story of the 1996 incident, with excerpts from Naughright’s deposition regarding what allegedly occurred while she was examining Peyton Manning’s lower leg for a stress fracture.
“It was the gluteus maximus, the rectum, the testicles, and the area in between the testicles,” Naughright said. “And all that was on my face when I pushed him up and off.”
The 74-page document then alleges that Manning worked with another Tennessee trainer, Mike Rollo, to “hatch a story” that Manning was “mooning” another UT athlete. That was the version, according to Naughright’s lawyers, that Peyton Manning and Rollo provided to investigators and the media, and it was the version that appeared in the Mannings’ book.
“That’s what struck me as so bizarre about the whole situation,” Peyton Manning testified in the lawsuit, “that she was distraught, she was upset, and it seemed unusual. And I think I’ve described it in here as an incredible awkward or unusual occurrence. And I have no explanations for it.”
In the 74-page document, Naughright’s lawyers then attempt to expose that the “mooning” explanation was fabricated, describing the incident instead as a “sexual assault,” with Peyton Manning “committing a disgusting act and showing his contempt for someone he did not like.” The effort to debunk the “mooning” contention includes an affidavit from the alleged recipient of the “mooning,” Malcolm Saxon, along with a December 2002 letter from Saxon to Peyton Manning in which Saxon tells Peyton “you messed up” and urging him to “take some personal responsibility” for the situation.
“Coming clean is the right thing to do!!” Saxon writes to Peyton Manning. “You might as well maintain some dignity and admit to what happened.”
The 74-page document also alleges that Peyton Manning later taunted Naughright by reenacting the incident two other times.
“Mr. Manning looked at me. The athlete was behind me. He pulled down his pants and sat on the athlete’s face,” Naughright testified as to the first incident of reenacting/taunting.
“Mr. Manning saw me,” she testified as to the second incident of reenacting/taunting, “walked over to the gentleman, pulled his pants down, and sat in the gentleman’s face while looking at me, pulled his pants back up, looked at me, and headed off to the locker room.”
The 74-page document contains other allegations aimed at showing that Peyton Manning had disdain and dislike for Naughright. The 1996 incident apparently was used against Peyton Manning in the Heisman Trophy campaign, which allegedly left him bitter. (Peyton admitted under oath that he said to Archie, “I’m not going to win the f–king trophy, read the papers, it’s going to [Charles] Woodson.”)
Also, Archie Manning allegedly made comments to the ghost writer of the Mannings’ book regarding Naughright, including an alleged statement from Archie Manning to the ghost writer that Naughright, who is white, “had been out with a lot of black guys.”
Again, the entirety of the 74-page document published by the New York Daily News was prepared by the lawyers for Naughright in connection with an effort to win her lawsuit against Peyton and Archie Manning. It’s not apparent from Shaun King’s article that he sought comment or a response from Peyton or Archie Manning. (PFT has reached out to Peyton’s agent, Tom Condon, for comment.)
It’s unclear how much traction a 13-year-old court filing regarding a 20-year-old incident will achieve, but I’ve already been alerted to the item published little more than four hours ago by at least four different people, and the article seems to be catching fire on Twitter. So there’s a chance that in this first weekend without NFL football since Labor Day, NFL fans will notice this one, even if few take the time to read all 74 pages of the document.