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Posted Friday March 16, 2012, About: Cutcliffe: Manning shows 'incredible progress'
I said the same thing in another thread. His spine at the fusion is stronger than yours or mine. There is zero chance of re-injury, being paralyzed, or any number of ill informed comments being made in multiple threads. There is a titanium cage with titanium screws fused with the vertebrae. If he got hit by a train, the fusion is the one thing on him that would be intact after. The hard thing about this surgery is getting the nerves back...if they were previously damaged or damaged from the surgery. Obviously his regenerated. Former NFL'er Steve Slaton came back and played running back after the same surgery in the same area.
Posted Tuesday March 13, 2012, About: Stokley: Manning throwing like a champ
Love it when people make comments and have NO idea what they are talking about. The only issue with this surgery is the recovery. If one can make it through rehab, their neck (or whatever part of the spine was fused) will be stronger than anyone who hasn't had the procedure. That is fact. Their is no risk of further injury related to the fusion at all. There is a titanium cage (much stronger than bone) in there holding everything together. Peyton could be run over by a bus tomorrow and its pretty much a certainly the part of him that will be 100% intact afterwards is that fusion.
Posted Tuesday February 07, 2012, About: Peyton's arm strength down 40 percent
Nerves come back. Sometimes it takes a year...maybe more. Look at Dave Mustaine, the Megadeth guitarist who damaged a major nerve in his arm by falling asleep in a chair and actually retired because he couldn't play guitar anymore. Well, it took a while, but he's a touring musician again. Peyton is not even 6 months removed from major surgery. I bet by training camp, he's back to 100%.
Posted Tuesday December 20, 2011, About: Polian won't guarantee Peyton's return
It's not going to be an easy decision. If this were any other draft, the question is not even asked if Manning stays or goes. However, this is the Luck draft and the Colts will have the #1 pick. Drafting Luck and keeping Manning would be similar to New England drafting Luck. Its not a question of salary cap. Its the question of a vet QB who knows he can still play at a high level and an elite draft pick who is not going to want to ride the pine. This would cause team chemistry issues galore, especially if say Manning had a stretch of 2 bad games. Then you have divides in the locker room and pro-luck signs filling the stands. Its just not a good situation. The easy decision is to boot Manning, regardless of his playing status. The Colts need a makeover and its pointless to consider keeping Manning when you don't expect to contend for another 2 or 3 years. Let Manning go to the Jets or something where he can possibly get another ring. Luck can grow and develop with a young team.
Posted Wednesday October 26, 2011, About: Colts to start fresh, keep Manning sidelined?
One question begs to be asked here....it is quite obvious.. will Peyton be ABLE to take the field again? What he had done was no minimal surgery. We are talking about the spine here and in one of the weakest parts of the spine, which is the neck. All of your nerves related to motor function in your arms originate from that area. Its not a question of the fusing being successful, its a question of whether those nerves ever come back to 100%. Nerves aren't like a cut on your skin. They don't always just heal up. He may never regain the arm strength he once had...and at age 36, the odds are seriously against him coming back to anything resembling his former self. QBs at this age start the decline. Factor in major neck surgery and nerve issues and its unlikely Peyton is Peyton again.

As for the Polian debacle. Yes, very foolish to give this guy this contract with an ongoing neck issue. He should have been franchised and then once he recovered from the first surgery (which of course he didnt) then give him the deal. The larger issue here is the complete lack of team created by the Polians. From the perspective of player leadership, Peyton was it. Now, without other team leaders, the Colts are playing with no heart. Can anyone name me a team captain other than Peyton? I can't off the top of my head and that's a big reason the Colts are in freefall. It was Polians job to bring in players to fill those leadership roles...and not just have one guy in that spot. On the topic of QB, how do the Polians not manage to draft anyone of significance once Peyton crosses that 33/34 age? I had never heard of Curtis Painter prior to him being on the Colts and I watch a fair amount of college ball. Don't even get me started on the topic of head coach. Again, another guy I never heard of before in Jim Caldwell. Peyton could patch a lot of those team weaknesses with his leadership and play but with him out, we see just how much of a mess the Polians created.
Posted Tuesday September 27, 2011, About: This may be the beginning of the end for Gates
Most fantasy players just see a name and what the projected rankings are and grab the guy.... not realizing age, injury history, etc. Gates has been an injury magnet for 2 years and still he was the first guy to go off the board in my league. I just shook my head over that. I have both Chandler and Jimmy Graham on my roster and can safely say I am set for the season.
Posted Wednesday February 16, 2011, About: Harbaugh, Baalke split on Smith?
Lets see what Jim can do with Smith before we pass judgment. From all indications, Jim is pretty good with bringing along QBs if Andrew Luck is any indication. Jim himself was a darn good NFL qb. Ole Captain Comeback just may have a trick or 2 up his sleeve concerning Smith.

You have to examine the alternatives too. The free agent market will not be good for QBs and the draft will be even worse. Sure you can take a chance on Cam Newton but the Niners need a pure pocket passer who can manage the game, not a gimmicky guy. I think at this point, the Niners could do much worse than stick with Smith for another season. The guy is capable of winning 9 or 10 games in the right system with the right QB tutor.
Posted Wednesday January 05, 2011, About: Harbaugh's asking price: North of $6 million
Carolina should grab Harbaugh and draft Luck. That already gets the panthers half way back to relevance.
Posted Tuesday December 14, 2010, About: Schottenheimer on Jets' hot seat?

The problem with todays NFL is exactly what is happening with the Jets and Sanchez. He just isn't ready to be a long ball throwing NFL QB. These new guys get immediately thrown into the whole playbook and the result is what you are seeing. Look at Brady, it took 3-4 years for him to develop the long ball. These guys need to spend the first 2-3 years working in a more high percentage passing game until they acclimate their body and mind to the game. With that O line, the Jets should be running screens down everyones throats and topping it off with some quick slants, quick outs, etc.
Posted Tuesday November 30, 2010, About: Elway may be the answer in Denver
One name for you all...Ozzie Newsome. Players can and do become good executives. It's not often but it happens. Elway is a pretty smart guy and could be a person that succeeds in that position. Anything is better than the Xanders/McDaniels team now calling all the shots.
Posted Friday November 26, 2010, About: McNabb still in play for Vikings?
Patience. When a new regime takes over with new philosophies, it takes a while to instill the new system, accumulate the right players for it, and form a cohesive unit centered around the new philosophies. Year one after a major organization change is always a year of purge and audition. I'm surprised they have won as many games as they have this year. Snyder seems to finally be doing things right, and this is coming from the eyes of an outsider, who has no bias in the matter. 2 to 3 years of good drafting and wise free agency moves is what it takes in todays NFL to have a successful winning team. So, don't lose hope. Having caught 2 or 3 games this year, I can already see steps in a positive direction. Guys like Torain, Keilland Williams, Trent Willams, & Anthony Armstrong are evidence that there is hope slightly beyond the horizon. Lots of people like to dump on McNabb but the guy spent his entire career in Andy Reids system and now its his first year in something different. You will see McNabb in Washington next year because 1) There is a lack of anything better out there in the coming free agency and 2) This years QB draft class is looking very weak in regards to non-project NFL ready guys. Andrew Luck is really the only guy worth anything this coming draft. Even guys like Jake Locker, once a high draft lock, have slipped. Finally 3) McNabb can still win. The guy led his team to 5 NFC title games and 1 Superbowl. Its still there but he needs the pieces around him to succeed.
Posted Monday September 13, 2010, About: Sanders out for season?
Rodney Harrison made a career out of that and was on the field most of the time. There have been lots of heavy hitters at safety who had pretty long careers. Bob Sanders just doesn't have the body for it. He's too frail.

Arian Foster... WHOA! Where did THAT come from? I picked this guy up in like the 5th or 6th round of my fantasy draft. I think I took the Jets defense and Stephen Gostkowski ahead of him. With that good Texans o-line there certainly isn't reason to believe he wont' be in the top 10 statwise for backs. He could even crack the top 5.
Posted Sunday August 22, 2010, About: Haynesworth upset with Shanahan
Washington was dumb for signing him in the first place. Many people forget this is the same idiot who cleated Andre Gurode's bare forehead while he was defenseless laying on the ground. The character issues have been known for a long time but still this guy managed to grab a top tier contract. Washington can only blame themselves for this mess. He will only straighten out when he finds himself cut and without a paycheck.
Posted Monday August 16, 2010, About: Tinkering Lincecum finding no answers
More pitchers need to get on a weightlifting/cardio regimen. Its amazing how many are scrawny and/or out of shape. It really does take stress off the shoulder/arm when you can get more leverage and power out of a developed lower body. A lot of people forget how much of your pitching velocity is derived from your legs.
Posted Friday August 06, 2010, About: Greinke not encouraged by Royals prospects
Wow.. pretty candid remarks by Greinke but all true. Why keep an ace pitcher if you are "rebuilding"? Hes been pretty up and down this year with performance but if you are THAT unhappy, how can you not be? If I were this guy, I'd retire and come back in 2 years after his contract expires. Why put 2 more years of wear and tear on a golden arm for a team that has shown no motivation to put a competitive team together?
Posted Tuesday August 03, 2010, About: Vikes offense struggling without Favre
How can a sports franchise worth hundreds of millions and with a superbowl ready roster really not have anything remotely regarding a plan "B"?

Clausen and McCoy were both available at the Viking's pick spot. This is a head shaker. Bye bye Vikings. How does 6-10 sound?
Posted Tuesday August 03, 2010, About: Vikes offense struggling without Favre
All drama queen stuff aside, we are witnessing one of the best to ever step on the field hang it up.

Happy trails Brett! You were fun to watch all those years.
Posted Monday August 02, 2010, About: Washington finds room for optimism with Strasburg
There hasn't been a pitcher like Strasburg since Nolan Ryan and DC needs to take great care with him. I could understand rushing him back if playoff implications were at stake but DC is playing for nothing. I say shut him down. The kid has proven his stuff is for real. Give his young body time to heal and adjust and stretch him to 180 innings next year.
Posted Friday July 30, 2010, About: For all his bombast, Ochocinco is a worker
Chad is the MAN. Too many people ...mostly those in the NFL administration.... take the game too seriously. I love the showmanship and goofiness he brings to the table. It prevents the game from taking itself too serious. After all, its only a game.

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