Thomas: Five Teams That Should Acquire Peyton Manning

Now that Peyton Manning is a free agent, where will he most likely end up next? (Photo Credit: Colts.com)

By Elizabeth Thomas 

On Wednesday, Mar. 8, the Indianapolis Colts decided they wouldn’t renew Peyton Manning’s five-year, $90 million contract, which included a $28 million signing bonus. So, instead of picking up the remaining four-years on his current deal, the Colts decided to show Manning the door. And now, he’s a free agent quarterback looking for a new home, as well as a fresh start, too.

So, with all this in mind, I thought I’d provide five various organizations that should certainly consider signing the highly touted veteran quarterback.

Miami Dolphins: Since losing out on the Jeff Fisher sweepstakes, Miami hasn’t made too much noise this offseason. First-year head coach Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman are committed to implementing a west coast offense, which Manning has never conducted. However, the former Colts gunslinger does own a home in South Beach, as well as won a Super Bowl at Dolphins Stadium, too, so that could certainly provide some leverage at the negotiating table. Also, the Dolphins offense would excel quite well with him under center, and force Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess and Reggie Bush to step-up their “game.” Manning could be an excellent puzzle piece for a veteran squad, but would a west coast offense be the straw that breaks the camels back? We’ll see!

Washington Redskins: Reports surfaced earlier this week that a Washington radio station confirmed that the Redskins were most likely out of the running for Manning. Yet, if head coach Mike Shanahan can somehow adjust his offensive, then maybe Washington will be able to lure Manning to their organization.

Denver BroncosWith Tim Tebow becoming not only the face of Denver’s franchise, but also a cultural icon, then it’s highly doubtful that the Broncos head coach John Fox would make any changes to tarnish his image, right? Think again! Manning seems determined to remain in the AFC, and while executive vice president of football operations John Elway wants to win now, then it’s likely that the Broncos should consider signing him as soon as possible. Elway and Manning are golf buddies, so it’s possible that the former Denver gunslinger could woo the free agent quarterback to the “Mile High” city.

New York Jets: New York has invested time and money in their quarterback, Mark Sanchez, who has led Gang Green to the AFC Championship twice in the past three seasons. However, if New York wants to end their championship drought, then adding Peyton might be necessary.

Arizona Cardinals: Who wouldn’t want to play football in the desert? Wouldn’t you want to join the Cardinals, so you could toss numerous touchdowns to the NFL’s most lucrative receiver, Larry Fitzgerald? Manning would be a great fit for Arizona, who still hasn’t won a Super Bowl. Also, if you acquire Manning, you’d probably get Reggie Wayne, who is a free agent, too.

Daily Noontime – October 25, 2011

Monday's game against the Jaguars wasn't the prettiest performance by the Ravens this season!

Happy Tuesday to everyone! It’s going to be a fantastic day, and well, let’s kick it off with some headlines and news! 

Headlines: 

* It was an ugly Monday Night Football game, but somehow the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 12-7.

* According to Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, he believes his offense should run the ball more and let Ray Rice be the focal point.

* The Texas Rangers scored two additional runs late in the fifth game of the World Series on Monday, and are now one game away from winning their first ever title.

* Apparently the MLB believes that Frank McCourt looted $189 million from the Los Angles Dodgers.

* Denver Broncos head coach John Fox told the media on Monday that his young quarterback, Tim Tebow is progressing.

* Reports surfaced late Monday night in regards to the NBA – the league has decided to cancel an additional two weeks.

Games to Watch: 

* Tampa Bay at Buffalo (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Anaheim at Chicago (NHL) – 8:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is just bizarre! 

Tim Tebow Wins His First Game Against The Dolphins

Tim Tebow earned his first professional win at Dolphins Stadium on Sunday against Miami!

By Matt Noonan 

NFL’s week seven afternoon and early evening games were quite interesting, especially Denver-Miami, which featured 18-points in span of 12-15 minutes thanks to Broncos second year quarterback Tim Tebow, who rallied his team to their second win of the season against a gassed Dolphins defense.

“We have a lot of heart, and we have a lot of courage and we’re going to continue to fight to the end or we’re going to continue to believe – that’s my fault that we were in that position in the first place. I just got to play better in the first three quarters, so we don’t have to make that comeback in the fourth,” said Tebow after his team’s emotional victory.

Tebow (13-of-27, 161 yards) didn’t look great or spectacular, and neither did his opponent’s defense, who somehow allowed Denver to pile on 308-yards of total offense, and two touchdowns too. Although, many fans seemed quite amazed afterward that the young gunslinger somehow managed an epic comeback, despite failing to convert on a majority of the team’s third downs.

“There were several drives earlier in the game, I thought we had a lot of momentum and just either one thing – I either overthrow somebody or [took] a sack or something and we wouldn’t be able to convert on that third down. I felt the momentum the whole game, and it was just like, ‘man, it’s not happening, it’s not happening,’ [but] we just kept being positive on the sidelines and everybody was still believing and we kept fighting and I think we wanted it, we wanted it a lot at the end,” said Tebow.

The Broncos currently reside in the AFC West basement and will have to be at their best for the rest of the season, as well as Tebow, especially if they’d like to use this particular win to carry them forward.

“It means a lot [to win my first game this season],” said Tebow. “It’s just one game, it’s just one win and we got to get better, we got to get a lot better and improve and find a way to get a few more.”

“Tim’s a young player and is just going to get better, I saw him get better today, so hopefully he gets better by next week,” said Denver head coach John Fox.

We’ll see if the “Tebow Magic” can continue next weekend at Sports Authority Field at Mile High when the Broncos host the Detroit Lions.

* Quotes courtesy of the Denver Broncos website – multimedia page

Analyzing Three NFL QB Controversies

Can Tim Tebow save Denver's season? We'll find out on Sunday against Miami!

By Brian Willwerth 

We’re just past the one-month mark of the NFL season, and several teams are either changing their starting quarterbacks, or thinking about it.

Here’s a look at three such cases.

DENVER BRONCOS – It’s Tebow time, as the much-hyped QB will start for the Broncos on Sunday against the winless Dolphins in Miami. The fans have been screaming for Tim Tebow since day one. Kyle Orton was doomed from the start, and his performance against the Chargers, (6-of 13 for 34 yards) was the icing on the cake. Head coach John Fox had to do something to spark his team. Denver is ranked 27th in passing offense and 22nd in rushing. Tebow has the ability to improve both of those numbers. He’ll be returning to the state where he had so much success in college.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS – The Vikes are 1-4, and Donovan McNabb may have seen his last action for quite some time. He was benched in the second half of Sunday night’s blowout loss to the Bears in favor of rookie Christian Ponder. Of course, you can’t blame McNabb for letting Devin Hester do what he does best, and you can’t blame him for letting Jay Cutler light up the secondary. That said, Minnesota has already blown two big leads already this season vs. Tampa Bay and Detroit. Head coach Leslie Frazier is expected to decide Wednesday whether Ponder will make his first career start against the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS – Washington is over .500 [3-2] but when you have Rex Grossman on your team, well I think you know where I’m heading with this. After playing decent football through the first four weeks of the season, Grossman threw four interceptions in the loss to the Eagles – three of them to Philadelphia safety Kurt Coleman. Mike Shanahan benched Grossman in the second half in favor of John Beck. Will this be a permanent change? We’ll see who lines up under center on Sunday in Carolina.

NFL Week Six – News and Notes

Do you think Eric Mangini could help the Philadelphia Eagles?

By NoontimeSports.com 

The sixth week of the NFL season is upon us and this Sunday and Monday, we have some intriguing match-ups. Here’s some of the biggest news on Wednesday, enjoy.

* The Philadelphia Eagles have been this season’s biggest surprise. According to ProFootballTalk.com and ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, the team offered a defensive consulting position to the former Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini, who turned down the offer.

* On Tuesday, Denver Broncos head coach John Fox announced that the team will start quarterback Tim Tebow against the Miami Dolphins after their bye week and on Wednesday, Vice-President of Football Operations John Elway told the media that their young gunslinger, “adds a great a great spark for us.” The Broncos rallied this past weekend against the San Diego Chargers, but fell short of an epic comeback, yet seem optimistic about the remainder of the season.

* Due to the upcoming Dallas Cowboys-New England Patriots game on Sunday, ESPNBoston.com and ESPNDallas.com have decided to square off against one another, as well as debate the question, which team had the better “dynasty?” What are your thoughts? Would you choose the Cowboys in the ’90’s or Patriots in the ’00’s?

* According to NFL.com, LeBron James contacted Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll via Twitter on Tuesday and expressed interest in playing football, especially if the NBA continues to cancel games.

* It’s hard to predict a MVP this early in the season, but does Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson seem like a possible winner? It could happen!

Daily Noontime – October 12, 2011

Doug Fister was a major reason why the Tigers defeated the Rangers on Tuesday!

It’s officially “hump day,” which means the week is halfway over, wahoo! Here’s the latest news, headlines and more! 

Headlines: 

* According to sources – the Oakland Raiders have begun a search for their next General Manager.

* Detroit experienced some quality “home cooking” on Tuesday, as the Tigers defeated the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the ALCS, 5-2.

* It seems according to various sources that Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein is likely to accept a position with the Chicago Cubs.

* Denver Broncos head coach John Fox announced on Tuesday that he’ll start second string quarterback Tim Tebow against the Miami Dolphins after their bye week.

* Apparently Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura is interested in making Paul Konerko the team’s player manager for the upcoming season.

* Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay had a few things to say recently about what it will take for a NFL team to move to Los Angles.

Games to Watch: 

* Texas at Detroit (MLB Playoffs/ALCS) – 4:19pm eastern 

* Vancouver at Philadelphia (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Boston at Carolina (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* MIlwaukee at St. Louis (MLB Playoffs/NLCS) – 8:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is quite embarrassing! 

Noonan: NFL Preseason Reactions

New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was rather impressive on Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

By Matt Noonan 

Quick hits – from around the NFL.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett admitted that “it was nice to win” on Thursday, as his team rallied to defeat the Denver Broncos, 24-23. However, despite the limited performance of starting quarterback Tony Romo, back up Stephen McGee left fans wondering, if he’s someone the squad can rely on down the road? It’s way too early to answer that particular question, yet, it’s quite possible that one day, McGee could be the starter, but he needs to do more than convert on two-point conversion plays. McGee finished the game with 208 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Broncos head coach John Fox was pleased with quarterback Tim Tebow’s on-field presence, however, I think it’s an obvious that Kyle Orton will retain his starting job. Orton completed two-of-six passes for 37-yards, while Tebow finished the game with 91 yards, but no touchdown. In fact, former Notre Dame star, Brady Quinn ended his evening with one touchdown pass to Eron Riley, but who knows if either player will make the final cut.

The New England Patriots were rather hot on Thursday, as they beat up the Jacksonville Jaguars, 47-12. Tom Brady, Chad Ochocinco and Wes Welker suited up, but instead, watched backup quarterbacks, Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallet combine for 335 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Yet, despite the successful play of both quarterbacks, running backsStevan Ridley and Richard Medlin combined for four rushing touchdowns.

However, the Patriots did encountered some negative issues, which included fumbling the ball twice, as well as special teams struggles, such as kicking the ball out of bounds and mishandling snaps. Although, I am sure head coach Bill Belichick has told his team that’s unacceptable.

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert struggled in his NFL debut, as he finished the game with nine completions. Gabbert didn’t register a single touchdown or interception too.

OTHER NOTES –

*Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb ended his evening with four completions for 68 yards. However, despite just seven pass attempts, Kolb’s Cardinals did defeat the Oakland Raiders, 24-18

*Philadelphia Eagles running back Ronnie Brown rushed for 22 yards on nine carries, as well as recorded one catch for seven yards. Michael Vick and Vince Young combined for 119 yards and one touchdown strike to tight end Brent Celek.

Daily Noontime – August 12, 2011

Mr. Chris Johnson is expected a MAJOR pay raise!

Happy Friday and welcome to yet another awesome version of the Daily Noontime! Here’s the headlines and news, so enjoy, friends! 

Headlines: 

* According to reports, University of Southern California could apparently block any NFL moves to have a team play at the Coliseum while a new stadium is being built in Los Angles.

* Well, apparently the Tennessee Titans are interested in making Chris Johnson the highest paid NFL running back, as long as he shows up to camp.

* The New York Yankees got some help from Robinson Cano on Thursday against the Los Angles of Anaheim Angels, as his home run put his team one game behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East standings.

* Steve Stricker fired a 63 at the PGA Tournament on Thursday, which apparently tied a tournament record.

* Justin Verlander led the Detroit Tigers past the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, as well as earned his 17th win of the season too.

* Denver Broncos head coach John Fox was quite pleased with quarterback Tim Tebow‘s performance on Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Games to Watch: 

* Tampa Bay at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Chicago Cubs at Atlanta (MLB) – 7:35pm eastern 

* Tampa Bay at Kansas City (NFL Preseason) – 8:00pm eastern 

* San Francisco at New Orleans (NFL Preseason) – 8:00pm eastern 

* Boston at Seattle (MLB) – 10:10pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallet is a name you’ll want to remember! 

NFL Preseason Comments, Questions and Thoughts

The 2011 NFL Preseason kicks-off on Thursday, however, despite it not being the regular season, we still have questions!

By Matt Noonan 

It’s Thursday, but not just any ordinary Thursday, yet instead, the official kick-off to the 2011 NFL preseason. So, with that being said, here are a few hot topics to get you set for some early pigskin action, enjoy.

To Play or Not to Play: Preseason football is usually the time when coaches don’t normally play their starters. However, due to this past off-season being condensed into the past few weeks, it should be expected that the main players, (first-team) should attempt to play roughly one quarter. Yet, don’t be fooled if you see back-ups or third-string players that won’t make the roster in September. Although, due to the lockout, it’s also possible that all 32-teams will most likely hold out a majority of their starters, so they don’t sustain any injuries. In fact, almost every team has experienced the “injury bug,” due to no practices the past few months, as well as the CBA (collective bargaining agreement) reconstruction.

Tim Tebow vs. Tony Romo: Thursday will mark yet another intriguing matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. In fact, these teams have met quite frequently during the month of August; however, this year in particular is an important one, especially for both quarterbacks, Tony Romo and Tim Tebow.

Romo, who according to multiple league sources is on his “game,” yet, what exactly does that mean? Some analysts believe he’s destined to have a Pro-Bowl season, but again, it’s too early to tell, right? Expect Romo and his offense to be somewhat in-sync against an average Broncos defense, but again, it’s still too early to predict Romo’s season numbers.

So, instead of barking about Romo’s past five-seasons in the league, why don’t you turn your attention to Denver, Colorado, where besides the Rockies, the Broncos have encountered some issues. Yet, what exactly is the matter with Denver’s football team? Well, according to some, there’s a quarterback controversy, but is that entirely true?

Seriously, quarterback,Kyle Orton, drives this offense, not Tim Tebow. However, while the youngster is waiting in the wings, it’ll be expected that he won’t be handed the starting position, especially if he plays flawless football for the next few weeks. He’ll be the starter one day, but in the meantime, he needs to slam on the breaks, as well as understand that he’ll only improve if he listens and watches Orton under center.

Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles kick-off their preseason slate on Thursday, however, are they truly a team that is destined to win the Super Bowl?

Possible Super Bowl Preview: The Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles will meet under the lights of Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday; yet, some believe this could be a possible Super Bowl preview. However, I think not. In fact, it’s way too early to predict, which teams will be playing in February.

Both teams still have major questions to address, especially the Ravens, who said so long to wide receiver Derrick Mason (New York Jets) and tight end Todd Heap (Arizona Cardinals), but did manage to acquire one of the leagues original “bad boys,” Ricky Williams from the Miami Dolphins. Expect quarterbackJoe Flacco to begin his preseason on a good note, yet, don’t expect great things off the bat. Some questions could be answered, but again, one game doesn’t illustrate true definitions, especially for Baltimore. However, they should dominate the run and pass defense, especially against Philadelphia’s quarterback, Michael Vick, who loves to scramble out of the pocket.

As for the Eagles, well, all eyes should be on the defense, especially their cornerbacks, as well as newly acquired defensive lineman, Cullen Jenkins. The Eagles have some questions too, but certainly, one game won’t tell how good their squad will be this season. In fact, it’s way too early to be labeling them, “super bowl bound,” so instead, let’s just grab some popcorn and see what they have to offer, OK?

Chad Ochocinco Needs to Play: The New England Patriots have been quite sneaky this off-season, as they’ve attempted to add more depth to their defense. Yet, despite the signing of Albert Haynesworth, the acquisition of Chad Ochocinco has brought a great deal of excitement to the city of Boston, as well as New England. Although, before he is deemed an immediate starter or someone who’ll provide the necessary spark for Tom Brady’s offense, it’s vital that he suit up for all four preseason games, so head coach Bill Belichick can get an accurate gauge on the animated, yet talented wide-out. Ochocinco, who hasn’t been on a “super bowl contender,” wants a ring, but before he strives for one, he isn’t the second coming of Joey Galloway.

Just a Few Burning Thoughts on Sports

Alex Rodriguez may not be the "coolest" person these days, as the MLB heats up their investigation.

By Matt Noonan 

It’s Wednesday and yes, it’s officially “hump day,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t react to more than one news story, right? Here’s just a few burning topics, as well as my “two-cents.”

Osi Umenyiora, [New York Giants/Defensive End]: So, apparently the New York “Football” Giants were entertaining offers from various teams around the league in regards to acquiring their defensive end, but eventually stopped their madness and literally stated, “Nope, you can’t have our guy.” Hmm…why doesn’t this make sense? Seriously, I thought the G-Men wanted to use Umenyiora as trade bait? Also, didn’t they lower the asking price from a first-round pick to a second-round pick? All in all, the talented, but also injury prone defensive end is a vital part of Tom Coughlin’s defense, yet now that he’s disgruntled, who knows what will happen. Perhaps the Giants will offer him a new contract?

Alex Rodriguez [New York Yankees/Third Base]: Apparently the MLB is currently investigating A-Rod’s underground gambling addiction, as well as a poker game that got out of control. If the real truth is revealed, then it’s most likely that the Yankees will lose Mr. Hollywood for the rest of the season. However, I’m sure many Bostonians and New Englanders wouldn’t mind, right? In Boston, Rodriguez is considered a schmuck, so I’m sure many Red Sox fans will sleep happily, especially if he did indeed get into some sort of altercation. Although, what exactly happened to Pete Rose?

Denver Broncos Quarterback Controversy: This might not be the biggest piece of news, but seriously, if you’re Broncos head coach John Fox, do you start Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow? Well, I’d say it’s a given that you’d go with the experience, right? Seriously, why wouldn’t you start Orton? Despite the fact that he was on the trading block to begin the NFL off-season, he’s at least got experience under his belt. I’m sure Tebow will be a fine quarterback in this league, but really, do you want your quarterback of the future to get dinged up? Orton is a few years away from calling it quits, plus is the best option for a team that lacks a great deal of experience or success, so, my guess… stick with Orton, John, you’ll be happy.