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We entered the week wondering whether Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning might pull a John Elway and ride off into the sunset with a Super Bowl victory on Sunday.
Now that Manning has said he’ll be back in 2014, a surprise potential retiree has entered the mix: sixth-year Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
His teammates have heard about his plans to possibly walk away if the Broncos win, and they aren’t buying it yet.
“They think I’m joking,” Rodgers-Cromartie said, per USA Today.
Apparently, he’s somewhat serious, even if his post-career plans might not be that grand or fully developed yet.
“I’d just chill,” Rodgers-Cromartie said.
That said, others are not buying it. Rodgers-Cromartie is a free-agent to be and is likely to cash in this offseason if he continues playing. He signed a one-year, $ 4 million deal with the Broncos prior to this season and almost certainly would get a far more substantial offer than that, unless teams are scared off by the retirement talk.
#Broncos CB Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie says he’s spoken about retirement with teammates for a while. Retirement plans “not set in stone.”
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 27, 2014
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The next time an athlete and coach involved in a dispute say their problems have been resolved, remember Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis recent assessment of former coach Greg Schiano.
Revis was reportedly upset with how Schiano did not utilize his defensive skills during the 2013 season. In addition, Revis did not like Schiano’s strict approach with players. Revis was so disappointed, he went to the facility on his off day to speak with Schiano.
However, Revis denied he had any animosity toward Schiano, and said there was “zero truth” to those reports.
Schiano was fired after the regular season and replaced by Lovie Smith. That was enough security for Revis to finally admit he did not like Schiano’s approach.
“The atmosphere, I felt like, was real tense,” Revis told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Guys didn’t like coming to work. That’s one of the things you have to have, a stress-free atmosphere and environment. You’re going to get everything out of everybody if it’s stress-free and let people be who they are. I just didn’t feel he did a very good job of that. It was a learning experience for him as well, and hopefully, if he ever gets another stab at it, he’ll do things differently.”
In fact, Revis told Stroud some of the veteran players at this year’s Pro Bowl described Schiano’s schemes, especially on defense, as a “joke.”
“There’s a difference between being a head coach and in control of the whole team and the whole organization at the time,” Revis said. “Everybody’s got their own schemes and what they bring to the table.
“I wish he would have listened to some of the players a little bit more, especially the veterans and some of the older guys. We can go down the line like Dashon Goldson, Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson and those type of guys and listen to them. But he was the boss, and you’ve got to fall in line.”
Revis, we feel your pain. There is a reason why most of us can watch the movie Office Space with laughter, yet, a slight depression.
The good news for Revis is he no longer has to worry about Schiano.
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Now, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that both water and organic material could actually have our planet surrounded, floating around space on ubiquitous interplanetary dust particles that constantly rain down on Earth and the other bodies in our solar system.
“It is a thrilling possibility that this influx of dust has acted as a continuous rainfall of little reaction vessels containing both the water and organics needed for the eventual origin of life on Earth and possibly Mars,” researcher and study co-author Hope Ishii of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology said in a release.
Translation: tiny trace amounts of water and organics left over from the birth… [Read more]
New England coach Bill Belichick called it the worst plays he’s seen. The NFL didn’t even think it was a penalty.
The league ruled that Broncos receiver Wes Welker’s hit on Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, which knocked Talib out of last Sunday’s AFC championship game with a knee injury and one that Belichick called deliberate, was legal.
NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said he had communicated with Belichick after the ruling was made. The transcript of that conversation would be a lot of fun to read.
Blandino: “We talked about the situation & play. Obviously there is a difference of opinion there…”
— NFL Media PR (@InsideNFLMedia) January 23, 2014
The play was a throw to Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas on a crossing route. Talib was trailing Thomas, and Welker was crossing in the opposite direction when they collided. Blandino said Welker didn’t commit pass interference because Thomas touched the ball “almost simultaneously” to Welker hitting Talib. Talib wasn’t out of the play and it wasn’t late, so Welker didn’t commit unnecessary roughness either.
Belichick came off as having some sour grapes after the Patriots lost the AFC championship game, calling out Welker, who left the Patriots this offseason in a fairly acrimonious split. The notion that the Broncos would send the undersized Welker, who has had two concussions this year, to be a hitman on Talib is a bit of a reach. The fact that Welker hit Talib high offers no evidence he was trying to take out his opponent’s knee.
The NFL’s ruling makes Belichick’s reaction to the play look even more petty.
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If there’s a more sympathetic athlete in American sports than Alex Rodriguez, I can only imagine it’s Lance Armstrong.
A-Rod, as he’s often called, has been banned from baseball for a whole season, partly for alleged drug use and partly for just being someone an insufficient number of people like.
Many wondered how he’d come to be associated with a now discredited peddler of nutritional advice called Tony Bosch.
So A-Rod appeared on “Saturday Night Live” to explain that it’s all a misunderstanding. A misunderstanding caused by his iPhone.
Alright, this wasn’t really A-Rod. It was Drake playing A-Rod. But one can imagine the real A-Rod attempting this robust defense.
“Have you ever heard of auto-correct?” he arrogantly asked an alleged Piers Morgan, who sounded like an upper-class hemorrhoid patient in a suburban English hospital. So, yes, he sounded a little, at least, like Piers Morgan.
A-Rod went on to explain that he’d used his iPhone to text Bosch: “What up, son? Thinking of seeing ‘Frozen’ tonight. Heard good things.”
Apple’s twisted device allegedly auto-corrected this to: “Just took a hundred steroids. Need to b… [Read more]
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry is great, it’s fun and it makes for fascinating fodder in the week leading up to a great AFC championship matchup.
Manning won’t be facing Brady on Sunday. He’ll be drinking Gatorade and checking still photos on the sideline when Brady is playing, and vice versa.
The real matchup – it’s just as monumental, between two of the game’s all-time greats – is between Manning and Bill Belichick.
Manning is celebrated as the most cerebral quarterback in the game, maybe ever, and perhaps the greatest quarterback ever to play in the NFL. Belichick is celebrated for being a defensive genius, and is perhaps the greatest coach in NFL history.
Manning thinks the latter is true.
“Coach Belichick is the best coach I’ve ever competed against,” Manning said. “I think it’s safe to say he’ll go down as the greatest NFL coach of all time.”
Manning never went against Vince Lombardi, Bill Walsh or Don Shula, but Belichick’s accomplishments put him near the top of any all-time list.
One would imagine that the chess match for each Manning-Belichick game excites them both.
Belichick, as a defensive coach, is a chameleon. The Patriots can change dramatically from week to week, or at very least invent new wrinkles for every opponent.
And Manning seems to enjoy the strategy of the game as much as anyone, in his preparation and in the way he can expertly change plays at the line of scrimmage based on what the defense shows.
“I don’t see them run a lot of bad plays into plays that just have no chance,” Belichick said.
It can’t be easy for one to outsmart the other.
Manning spoke with reverence about Belichick, even bringing up old battles when he was much younger and Belichick was defensive coordinator of the Jets, the job he had before becoming New England’s head coach.
He said you can count on Belichick’s teams being well prepared, disciplined and competing for the entire game.
“Those things jump out every single week,” Manning said. “That speaks to his coaching.”
And even though his fight is primarily with Belichick and the Patriots defense, and the 10-4 record that’s given to Brady vs. Manning probably belongs more to Belichick vs. Manning, there were the inevitable Brady questions during Manning’s Wednesday press conference.
Manning refused to rank Brady among the quarterbacks he has played against, like he did for Belichick, but the respect for his longtime rival is pretty clear.
“I think the one thing that jumps out about Tom is his consistency,” Manning said. “I feel he’s been a better player each year than he was the year before. That speaks to his work ethic in the offseason, his refusal to be complacent or satisfied. He always feels he can step his game up one level higher, which, after some of the seasons he’s had you say, how can you do better than that? But he has done that.”
Wes Welker has become the spokesperson for the comparisons between Brady and Manning, considering he spent so many years with Brady before coming to Denver to play with Manning this year. He even joked on Wednesday about finding a new way to answer the old question. Really, it’s hard to compare them because they’re so similar.
“They are obviously not too many differences,” Welker said. “They’re great quarterbacks. They do a great job keeping guys accountable with their leadership skills. If there’s two guys you want quarterbacking your team, it’s a toss up between those two.”
Yahoo Sports video – Shaun King on Peyton Manning:
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