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Steelers Strong at Starting QB


How about that Peyton Manning situation, huh? I am relieved that one of the three best quarterbacks ever to be named Manning is off the dole and able to pay his own way again. Poor Fella, his skill set really is limited. I’d hate to think of Peyton having to get a real job like selling TV’s or trying to get you to sign up for a credit card or satellite service. Oh wait, he’s done pretty well at that stuff too.  The dude was even hilarious hosting Saturday Night Live.  And being funny on SNL in the past 20 years may be harder than winning a Super Bowl.  Kudos to #18 for his new job; he takes over the reins of the division winning (albeit that division is the juggernaut that is the AFC West) Denver Broncos.  As the Peyton Manning era begins in the Mile High City, Mr. Horsey Face will do everything in his power to pretend that Tim Tebow never happened.  Elway, Fox, and friends, will act as if last season’s division championship and Wild Card playoff win over…. Over….( I can’t remember who Denver beat in the Wild Card round last year, but I’m sure it doesn’t matter here in Steelers Nation) was a dream.  Now the Broncos have a REAL quarterback!  But with that REAL quarterback come some REAL issues like the age issue and the can he throw a football issue and the what if he has to run for his life issue not to mention the what if he has to turn his head a little bit to the left or the right issueJohnny Big Teeth got his man and Peyton gets a huge pay day (I really wanted to type Pey day but I am way too classy for that) as long as he doesn’t get injured.  Wait, what?  Good luck, Peyton.  Don’t buy a house in Denver.

The fallout from the Peyton Situation (leaving Bonnie out of this one) is a lot of finely tuned athletes with big old hurt feelings.  There is a lumber company somewhere (I’m guessing China) producing some supersized chips for the shoulders of Kevin Kolb, Alex Smith, Matt Hasselbeck, and whoever the hell the quarterback in Miami is.  The ass of Alex Smith has to be aching severely from the Jim Harbaugh’s boot.  That is the same ass that Captain Comeback was kissing all last season, the same ass that the 49ers rode to the NFC Championship Game.  No wonder Smith, the free agent, went to visit the Dolphins.  Peyton Manning has wrecked a few NFL marriages with his hussy flirting.  Manning was just looking for a sugar daddy to pay the bills but Double Dumb Ass on those NFL teams that got caught gawking.  (I’m picturing the Judge Reinhold/Phoebe Cates fantasy sequence from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  Bud Adams yelling:  “Doesn’t anybody knock anymore!”)

Starting quarterback is a tricky guy to shop for.  Teams can never really go after a high priced free agent gun slinger and say they are “adding depth” at the position.  The psyche of the pro quarterback is simultaneously supremely confident and wickedly fragile.  They are adept at looking over their shoulders for pass rushers but are weary about the new guy in camp taking their job someday.  That vote of confidence really means a lot to those quarterbacks; think how mentally tough Terry Bradshaw had to be to withstand all of Chuck Noll’s mental shenanigans.  The Steelers are fortunate to have Ben Roethlisberger as their starter. 

Good luck Peyton but don’t stick your neck out too far in Denver.  It’s a hangin’ town.

  • LOTUSMAN1

    In the end, if Peyton Manning DOES NOT bring ANOTHER Lombardi Trophy to the Denver Broncos Organization, John Elway will be “THE BIGGEST LOSER”… He has gone “ALL IN” in this High Stakes Game of Poker – or is it “Russian Roulette?”… (M.S.M.)

  • dbuzard

    @LOTUSMAN1 Agreed!! Total crap shoot for the Broncos. To me, it’s as if John Elway doesn’t recognize himself in Tebow. Many of the same things were said about John in his first couple of seasons.

  • LOTUSMAN1

     @dbuzard  @LOTUSMAN1  “Old Horseface” asJohn is referred to… is really putting his a** “on the line with this investment of Pat Bolen’s $$$$$$$$$$$$$.

  • dbuzard

    The last team that put all their eggs in the Peyton Manning basket lost its GM, coach, OC, and a good portion of its fan base when Peyton went out with an injury.  John Elway should maybe think of that.

  • LOTUSMAN1

    EXACTLY MY FRIEND!!  I AM GLAD SOMEONE SEES IT MY WAY!!  ALSO, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE DRAFT?  IF WE LOSE WALLACE, THEY ARE PREPARED TO DO ONE OF TWO THINGS, PACKAGE THE TWO FIRST ROUND PICKS TO MOVE UP IN ROUND 1 TO SELECT DONTARI POE MEMPHIS NOSE TACKLE, OR GEORGIA LEFT OFFENSIVE TACKLE/GUARD CORDY GLENN… OR THEY KEEP THEIR OWN PICK & TRADE IT FOR A SECOND & THIRD ROUNDER…
     
    I AM FOR THE LATTER, WE NEED MORE BODIES!! THE GUARD POSITION IS DEEPER THIS YEAR THAN IT HAS BEEN ALL IN A DECADE… SO GET LINEMEN TO PROTECT “BIG-BEN!!” HE HAS BEEN SACKED 135 TIMES OVER THE LAST THREE SEASONS, AND MORE TIMES THAN ANY OTHER QUARTERBACK SINCE 2007!!  THEY WERE ORIGINALLY “TARGETING” ALABAMA INSIDE LINEBACKER DONT’A HIGHTOWER WITH THEIR FIRST-ROUND SELECTION, BUT THE CONCENSUS IS THAT CALIFORNIA LINEBACKER MYCHALL KENDRICKS WILL BE WAITING FOR THEM IN ROUND 2.
     
    I HAVE A “COUSIN” WHO HAS WORKED IN THE “FRONT OFFICE” FOR THE LAST 8 YEARS, AND BEEN WITH THE STEELERS FOR THE LAST 22 YEARS IN SOME CAPACITY!  SO ,MY INFORMATION IS “VERY GOOD”… THEY WILL ADDRESS RUNNING BACK IN EITHER ROUND 2 OR 3, THEY WANT LAMICHAEL JAMES FROM OREGON, THEN THEY ARE GOING FOR A SAFETY TO GROOM, AS RYAN CLARK WILL BE A FREE AGENT NEXT SEASON, AND TROY HAS ONLY THREE YEARS LEFT UNDER CONTRACT!  THEY ALSO ARE GOING TO DRAFT A QUARTERBACK – THEY WANT CURT COUSINS FROM MICHIGAN STATE!
     
    I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR TOUR THOUGHTS BRO!
     
    MICHAEL MARSHALL (DAYTON, OHIO)
     
    PS> I AM A 36-YEAR SEASON-TICKET HOLDER!!