Manning changes course, calls NFLN report “insulting” (and more)

AP

Before Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning declined comment to Carolyn Manno of NBC on the NFL Network report regarding his lack of willingness to be a backup. After the game, Manning reversed course.

Here’s the quote from Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com, as it appears on the front page of the website, without alteration: “I asked Peyton Manning on his way out of locker room if he had any response to a report this morning he had mad [sic] Broncos aware he didn’t want to be a backup. His response; ‘it’s bullshit and it’s insulting.’ I asked if that was on the record he said; ‘yes, I can’t say it any plainer than that.'”

The NFL Network report focused primarily on the obvious reality that Manning doesn’t want to be a backup. The notion that Manning has made that known to the team and/or would somehow refuse the assignment was implied in the clunky exchange from Ian Rapoport in New York through the NFLN studio in L.A., by which Rapoport’s report became something it never was.

But that’s the risk of taking a fairly obvious fact and massaging it into news, especially when the touching and rubbing creates the impression that it’s something more potent than the self-evident truth that a guy who has never been a backup in his entire life would be content to be one now.

74 responses to “Manning changes course, calls NFLN report “insulting” (and more)

  1. Sounds like sour grapes to me. Who cares if he doesn’t want to be a backup? Favre didn’t, I doubt Brady or Rodgers would either. Montana didn’t want to back Steve young.

  2. It seems the name Ian Rapoport always arises when bogus news is thrown out there to the public.

  3. If Denver doesn’t play Manning there’s a good chance they’ll miss the playoffs altogether. Osweiler is taking them nowhere.

  4. Rapoport originally made it sound like he told management that he didn’t want to be a backup. An hour later, after Elway said it was BS, Rapoport changed his tune and said he never said it to anyone in management. NFLN trying to create news where there was none, then reversing course when called out on it.

  5. Like it or not Peyton that’s your new role until the season ends. Which probably will be after week 1 of the post season. Last one out turn the lights off.

  6. The chuckleheads at the NFLN desk turned Rapoport’s lame and obvious non story into one, it was a bspn worthy moment.

    I am a Pats fan but Manning is a great player and he deserves a better fate than to have media jackals nipping at his heels. I don’t blame him for feeling that way but I can’t help but wonder if his coming out and expressing it the way he did is a reflection of his frustrations with how it’s winding down for him. Yes, I know the media has always pumped his tires in the past but that doesn’t excuse their gracelessness now.

  7. I don’t know about this NFLN report. But this PFT report makes thing about as clear as mud. I had to go to other websites and the comments to figure out what the heck pft was trying to say here.

  8. ronmexico420 says:
    Dec 20, 2015 9:10 PM
    Manning needs to hang it up, this is just like Favre’s last year… Sad

    Nothing like Favre’s last year. Much worse and pathetic.

  9. It probably is B.S. but even if he did say it, leaking it to the media potentially hurts both sides, his reputation and the locker room.
    And Peyton’s no dummy. He’s still weeks away from playing and knows full well that surfacing the topic might cause people to percieve him as insecure.

  10. Obviously not one commenter here has ever played football. These guys have played football their whole life. I will pay to watch an old Manning, Brady or Favre than a Weeden, Cassel or so many other starters I don’t even know their name. I wish manning would play to 50 years old myself.

  11. There is such a vast difference between “wanting” to be a backup and refusing to do so. Ask any player at any position who has started just one game if he wants to be a backup. I don’t have to explain that all of them would say I do not want to be a backup. Why would anyone with half a brain think Manning would want to be a backup? It is baffling at a minimum. And, yes, media should know better; or, didn’t they attend school for journalism?

  12. Wow! I just noticed that our beloved Mike indicated that “not wanting to” implies an unwillingness. Not even close to the same meaning.

  13. Boy good thing the NFL didn’t make up false allocations of tampering. He can’t take the heat for this silly thing? Imagine if it was Manning in Tom’s place, no way would he have handled the LIES of framegate as classy as Tom did.

  14. Manning’s 2015 passer rating is 33rd among quarterbacks who qualify. There are only 32 teams. To put it another way, he has been awful and he refuses to own it. I am done comparing him to Tom Brady. That one has been over for a while and decided, but I sure hope that he retires if he is as bad and as physically limited as Manning. It would be foolish to believe that Belichick would cut him like an other player, but they would probably sit down together with the Krafts and come to an understanding. The dynamics are different with Manning because Denver is not the team Manning played most of his career with.

  15. If Chiefs, Steelers and Jets keep winning and Denver loses to Cincinnati I think they don’t make playoffs even if they Beat SD in final game, since all there losses are in the conference.

  16. robbieboston says:
    Dec 20, 2015 9:09 PM
    Too late man. How do you not get it at that age? Take a lesson from the GOAT Tom Brady.
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    So he should benefit from illegally stolen signals that tell him what defense is coming, and also from throwing balls that are under the legal PSI numbers?

  17. I am sure manning has a few games left in him.

    Would love to see one more match up between him and Brady this year.

    I have all the respect in the world for manning and would take his word over any reporter.

    I think after the screw job they did with Brady, reporters feel that they can get away with anything to make a name for themselves.

  18. bears5683 says:
    Dec 20, 2015 10:38 PM

    If Chiefs, Steelers and Jets keep winning and Denver loses to Cincinnati I think they don’t make playoffs even if they Beat SD in final game, since all there losses are in the conference.
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    That would be hilarious.

    What’s even more hilarious is the people that think Manning would have done better.

  19. He runs scout team but this report comes out? How is that not being a good teammate. I’m glad Peyton stood up for himself and called it bs. These reporters love making him look like a bad teammate and person when he has been nothing but a class act his entire career.

  20. The media has entered into the “vulture” phase with Peyton. The media members just can’t let him get through the tail end of his career with his usual class, they have to ruin the whole thing, like they did with Favre and like they will do with Brady when the time comes.

    And they wonder why they are despised by the public. Go figure.

  21. Every QB throws footballs under the legal PSI in cold weather, it’s due to Boyles Law!! That 5 th grade science class some posters slept through!

  22. He’s one of the best… he shouldn’t be anyone’s backup period… and I’m not really a fan of his.

  23. It’s kinda like World Weekly News or National Enquirer. They’re gonna try to twist words and make a story. Heck, even some supposedly trustworthy sources picked up on it.

  24. But that’s the risk of taking a fairly obvious fact and massaging it into news, especially when the touching and rubbing creates the impression that it’s something more potent…

    Goose-gander?

    Pot-kettle?

  25. Ian Rapoport needs to find a job more suited to his talents. A PR man for either a corporate polluter, or a dishonest politician is more along the lines of his intellectual capacity. When in doubt, make it up.

  26. This story has been misreported. Manning’s quote was made after he tried the new dessert pizza from Papa John’s.

  27. So he should benefit from illegally stolen signals that tell him what defense is coming

    That always sounded just as stupid as the psi nonsense.

    Impossible theories from people who don’t understand the game and what it takes to play it.

  28. Don’t trust a word that comes out of NFL or ESPN, Peyton. Call up Tom, he can tell you all about how they’ll roll.

  29. Rapoport is trying his damnedest to be another Jim Rome, thriving on making controversial comments, usually with no substance, and the conveniently slipping away. Last year, he continually harped on how unhappy Marshawn Lynch was at Seattle and that he wouldn’t be back in 2016. Beast Mode ended up getting a huge contract extension and seems quite satisfied in the Emerald City. Now, he’s seizing on the largely invented tension in Denver, and gets called on it, only to have guys like you try to defend him. What on earth for? Rapoport is a ______ joke!

  30. I am done comparing him to Tom Brady. …… The dynamics are different with Manning because Denver is not the team Manning played most of his career with.
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    And then you have that messy four time Super Bowl winner thing.

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    Take a lesson from the GOAT Tom Brady.
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    So he should benefit from illegally stolen signals that tell him what defense is coming, and also from throwing balls that are under the legal PSI numbers?
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    He would benefit from winning in the post season the way Brady does, but we know that doesn’t happen.

    Oh well, you had a decent regular season career Payton.

  31. No one that has been a starter wants to be a backup. Some may except it better, but no one wants it.

  32. I watched the game yesterday and it didn’t seem like he was a “problem”. He was on the sidelines and looking like he was trying to play an active role to support the back up QB’s. That said, I’m sure he would rather be on the field, but the team is going to make the judgment call on what is best for the team and also hopefully what is best for the players by not playing someone who isn’t ready to go regardless of who that person might be.

  33. I’m a Raiders fan and as much as I despise the Donks, it seems so clear this is a joke story by a hack “insider.”
    But… People see what they want to see. Particularly Patriots fans, but everyone not a Pats fan knows that. Half the comments in here are the reason Manning called the “report” insulting – no matter what, some people will take this Faux News and turn it into a Petulant Manning moment when it simply isn’t one.

    What I can’t figure out is why the players even talk to these reporters anymore. Schefter and his grotesque use of JPP’s medical record, Rapaport and his janky hack “journalism,” Mortensen and his career of straight up lying… At some point players have to start calling these people out.

  34. “Every QB throws footballs under the legal PSI in cold weather, it’s due to Boyles Law!! That 5 th grade science class some posters slept through!”

    Actually it’s Gay-Lussac’s Law: P = kT.
    Boyle’s Law is P = k/V.
    (Not the same k.)

    Both are just versions of the ideal gas law PV = nRT, with two of the variables kept constant.

  35. Manning was a great player but everyone gets old and hurt. I would think that he would understand playing the best person to give the team a chance to win.
    Please remember that Elway was drafted by the Colts and he said he would never play for them because they were not successful. Now that is a team player.

  36. Is the media, ANY media, worth all the false and misleading information? They ALL take what they’ve been told and manipulate it for their own benefit. The media are no less unscrupulous than EVERY ELECTED POLITICIAN!

  37. It’s a stupid point because the guy has become worn out and battered. I heard reports early in the year that physically it was sheer will keeping him going from week to week the pain and distress he was in. Maybe that’s what is causing his skills to diminish or just age? On Denver a backup is about all he could be going forward and he probably would never do that and Denver would not pay his price even in a backup role. If Manning was to unwisely choose to continue next year it would be a team who was somewhat desperate to turn their team around or become a winning team and hope Manning has a comeback season in him somewhere or that he might become more healthy. But at his age and issues he would be insane. Even some of these younger QB’s are literally getting their heads torn off with these blitzes and defense. Guys like Matt Hasselbeck have been amazing to keep playing and some of the other veterans but when that one injury takes you out or your skills start to decline than it’s usually over. Football over 40 is not a good mix unless your healthy and just continuing year after year on a team and still being successful (maybe someone like Brady?). I’ve seen him come close too to taking a potential hit that might take him out for good.

  38. robbieboston says:
    Dec 20, 2015 9:09 PM

    Too late man. How do you not get it at that age? Take a lesson from the GOAT Tom Brady.
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    Brady’s days are number as well.

  39. Peyton is getting old yesbut Brock’s statishave been just as bad or worse than his. I mean the kid can barely score on garbage defenses. The offense has scored what 3 points in the second half since he’s been starter. Part of that is Kubiak but some is Brock. As for this Brady is the goat mess get it together. Brady has always had better defenses than Peyton. You know the thing they say wins championships. Brady is the product of a system. Any QB can win and look good while in the hoodies scheme. Bs you say mmm well the perennial backup Matt Cassel got paid and had better stats in a season than Brady had up until that season he got hurt. Brady out for the season Pats go 11-5 and Cassel looks like a Hof. Manning out for the season and go 1-15 and get Luck. I think has become great but because of the system. Manning is great because he is the system.

  40. taint3dwings says:
    Dec 24, 2015 2:53 PM
    Peyton is getting old yesbut Brock’s statishave been just as bad or worse than his. I mean the kid can barely score on garbage defenses. The offense has scored what 3 points in the second half since he’s been starter. Part of that is Kubiak but some is Brock. As for this Brady is the goat mess get it together. Brady has always had better defenses than Peyton. You know the thing they say wins championships. Brady is the product of a system. Any QB can win and look good while in the hoodies scheme. Bs you say mmm well the perennial backup Matt Cassel got paid and had better stats in a season than Brady had up until that season he got hurt. Brady out for the season Pats go 11-5 and Cassel looks like a Hof. Manning out for the season and go 1-15 and get Luck. I think has become great but because of the system. Manning is great because he is the system
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    Not really. Their defenses have flip flopped a lot over the years and it also depends on what rank you use, yards per game or points per game (I prefer points per game). I just did a quick check and it comes out to be fairly even in terms of who had the better ranked defense. Oddly, in 2007, the Colts had a better defense in both categories.

    About the only thing you can say regarding defenses is that the Patriots D is more consistent. Indy had some wide swings where they went from a top 5 to a mid-20 defense while the Pats didn’t have that kind of variance.

    And all QBs are products of a system. Put Manning or Brady in a Read Option and see how far you get. The ability for consistency in the position is finding the right backup for your system and teaching it to them. Cassel fit well into how the Pats run the offense and they also geared it more towards his type of play. Perhaps it really comes down to the coaching/GM aspect of things in that Indy had a backup in Painter who couldn’t handle what they did. The sad thing is, the Colts knew it and didn’t do anything about it until Manning was out with a neck injury. Then they went and got Collins.

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