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Lay off Peyton
February 9, 2010 - Seth Staskey
There's a cliche around football that says quarterbacks get all the fame, but take all the blame.
There's nothing more true than that when it comes to this year's Super Bowl. The Saints prevailed 31-17 and Drew Brees was named MVP and is already having his bust sculpted for Canton.
On the other side of the coin, the Colts came into the game as the favorite, but Peyton Manning threw a pick six, which proved to be the score that sealed the outcome. The Colts had been driving for what could have been a game-tying score, but Manning was picked off and the Saints raced it back for a touchdown. Now, Manning is getting chastised about everything.
I was doing my normal reading of newspapers online today from around the country and the New York Daily News had Manning's picture on the back cover with "Biggest Loser" as the headline. I totally disagree because I'm from the school of thought that the Colts would be nowhere without Peyton. The guy has receivers by the names of Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon catching passes opposite of Reggie Wayne, who draws constant double teams. Peyton made those guys good receivers. Not sure they'd have the same success on many other teams.
I agree that winning the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal and the Colts obviously came up short, but you can't place all of the blame on Manning and one pass where a defensive back made a great play.
All you hear is success of coaches and quarterbacks are based on championships and rings. Okay, that's fine, but my question of the week is: Why doesn't anyone ever say, "That left tackle isn't any good because he's never won a Super Bowl or that Tight end's career just isn't complete because he doesn't have a ring. Now the players may and probably feel that way, but the mainstream media and fans never seem to talk about anyone else other than the head coach or quarterback.
So again, it reverts back to quarterbacks: All the Fame, all the Blame.
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