Here’s a link to my Super Bowl column.
I disagree; I think Payton played a hell of a game with a diminished skill set.
As for Newton, well that sure put your recent column on his wonderfulness in perspective. He’s still the same mamma’s boy whiner who takes all the credit and doesn’t do the dirty work, unlike Colin… so there.
Has anyone ever fallen further, as a person or a player, based on just one game, as Cam Newton? It’s gotta suck to be him right now.
I’m not 100% on board with the idea that Peyton should leave now. I get the classic image of going out on top, or atleast as a champion, but if you consider the fact that the Broncos, despite Mannings struggles, benching, injury, and reemergence, still were the #1 AFC team, went 12-4 (7-2 with Manning at QB), and ended up winning it all…why would Manning say now is the time?
Its quite possible for this team to repeat its success next year and get to the playoffs. He could go for a 3rd ring. He could, with the off-season, be even healthier and stronger in September than he has been in 2 seasons. If anything that might be enough to say one last ride. This isn’t Unitas in SD, Namath for the Rams, Mays with the Mets, Favres last year with Minnesota, or Kobe now.
Sure, Manning could come back and fall on his face, be a total embarrassment, but with that defense, the Broncos run game, and help at oline, he wouldn’t need to be anything more than a game manager…
My son, Tony, is a big-time Broncos fan, as he lives in the area. I sent him your pre-game column and he is looking forward to this post-game Colum. I imagine he will say: “Mr. Cohn predicted Manning’s actions would win or lose the game, and he predicted the Panthers would win the game. I notice he didn’t write that he was wrong on both counts.”
Cam’s press conference performance after the game kinda makes your Cam vs. Colin article look silly about now.
This was a game I somehow wished both teams could lose. PM is done in Denver but will he gulp hard and retire like he should or overstay his welcome and latch on to another team (hello Rams)?
If he doesn’t get out now, which is his right, we can confirm that he’s a farce that cares more about himself than any team. However in the end, doesn’t everybody in sports and life? The HGH investigation will also be interesting. Grab your popcorn. Film at 11.
Go out on top Peyton. There is nothing left to prove or accomplish.
You have a great business career ahead of you and you will need
your health for that and more importantly your family.
We learned that Wade Philips is a great defensive mind.
We learned that Von Miller is playing at a level that three very good teams couldn’t begin to handle.
While the Panthers demonstrated in these playoffs they were great at rolling over lesser teams, we learned that neither Cam Newton nor Ron Rivera know how to slug it out ugly with a determined, brilliantly coached opponent.
We learned the Raiders need an upgrade at Right Tackle or Derek will have Miller’s cleat marks all over his body twice a year.
We learned that Cam needs to attend press conference school to demonstrate that in that important segment of an NFL quarterback’s job…there’s more to him than a great smile.
Beyond that…we learned that Roger Goodell still doesn’t have a clue on how to effectively address CTE.
My take away from that game was that Cam Newton looked a lot like Colin Kaepernick in the pocket. Running for their life, over throwing wide open receivers, tipped interceptions, giving up fumbles for TD’s. Before this game I thought Cam was great and Kaepernick was not an NFL quarterback. Now I need to rethink everything I thought I knew.
Maybe Cam is not so great – maybe Kaeperncik is not so bad. My world is upside down. I am going to have to reflect for awhile. I need to think about this.
Peyton Manning just played the worst game in the history of the Super Bowl, by ether the winning or losing QB, by the standard known as QBR, which year after year ranks the top-5 QBs in the NFL exactly as one would expect: Brady, Rodgers, Brees, Manning, Luck.
He threw one interception, threw 2 more to Josh Norman that the CB should have caught, and threw a pick-6 that the defender dropped. It was a classic Manning postseason performance. He did everything in his power to lose that game.
A few factors worked against Manning:
* in yesterday’s game, Von Miller was the NFL’s best defensive player since Reggie White and/or Lawrence Taylor; he would not be denied
* the referees inexplicably refused to overturn an obvious catch, which directly resulted in a TD for the Broncos
* Panthers WRs, though frequently wide open, dropped perfectly thrown passes, one of which would have provided 1st and Goal from the 5
* Cam Newton made some bad throws, one of which, looking like a Kaepernick mid-range laser, had it been thrown with loft, would have seen Ted Ginn running underneath it and away from TJ Ward for a 70-yard TD
* Cam Newton failed completely to be aware of pocket-pressure, which allowed Miller to get 2 strip-sacks
* Cam Newton saw a live ball sitting on the field in front of him and ran off in the other direction like the ball was made of kryptonite.
But Manning got his 2nd Super Bowl and, if he’s smart, will finish his career now, with a 14-13 postseason record.
Teammates say positive things when you win. Not so much when you lose. Everybody loved Colin when he was winning – including that playoff win at Carolina when he beat Cam. I don’t remember Colin ever doing a presser that was as poor as Cam’s. His presser after the Seattle NFC championship loss, he put all the blame on himself. No comparison on class. Colin is more mature and streets ahead.
What happens when you take an athletic quarterback and take the supporting run game away and the o-line becomes porous? You get a Kaepernick. Or, Newton. Welcome to the real world.
Never hate on competitors who have won multiple playoff games. They were doing something right. Five yards in NOLA or an inch in Seattle and Colin would have been another Steve Young. Instead, we have to read about how he should be traded to the Jets.
@ Stan Jose’ Worth noting that the last time the Raiders played the Broncos, Miller wasn’t the best defensive player on the field that day, Kahlil Mack was.
I had the Panthers winning by multiple TDs going in. I had no idea the MVP and that team would fold like a bad hand after some early setbacks. A measly FG and a huge early play by Miller had Cam throwing over people’s heads, trying to extend plays way too long while Ware and Miller crushed him. Cam was terrible.
Give the Broncos credit for playing it smart and conservative while we watched the moment get too big for the Panthers offense. Not a pretty game but lovely to see Manning go out a winner. What were the odds that he’d win a Super Bowl as a passenger on a defensive oriented team? So very ironic. I couldn’t take my eyes off this one for all it’s ugliness. Can’t believe the Panthers were in contention deep into the 4th quarter after playing so horribly. This one should sting for a while, even as the talking heads say Cam will be back. Looking at Kap, Marino, etc… I’m not so sure at all. Opportunity lost.
Let’s not forget his shameless self promotion of Budweiser (twice) to benefit his Budweiser distribution company and I’m frankly shocked he didn’t mention his right wing Papa John pizza franchises as well, because in America poor folk like Manning need to grab every penny they can for themselves.
And today Cam comes out and says: It’s all good. I am a sore loser. I don’t care what people think.
That makes me cringe.
Almost want to throw up.
As a coach to young athletes we teach them a couple of things. First, it is okay to dislike losing. You can loathe it even. But you win with class and dignity and lose with class and dignity.
As a competitive person, I despise losing as much as the next person. But his attitude in defeat speaks volumes about where he is at personally. And frankly, I think his franchise should be embarrassed with his actions and statements today.
Cam is a phenominal athlete, with skills and abilities that are commendable. But based on those comments, he has a lot of growing up to do.
I agree, PhD, touting a beer company twice showed a serious lack of class. Made me lose respect for Manning and I will be glad if he never appears again in any form in the NFL. The sardonic joke among those watching with me was “Well, he needs the money.” What an ass.
@Ansel Road…you JUST watched 4 hours of football with 1 hour of commercials, and you’re making a stink because one player said “drink some budweiser”??? Do you not see the irony in all that…
And what is the most famoust catchphrase of all time at the Super Bowl…is it not “I’m going to Disneyland(world)”??? So its ok to shill for Disney (who don’t need ANY help) but to say he wants to drink some Buds is a sin against humanity.
Ugh…you people will get your pitchforks and torches for anything.
Lighten up Francis
And if the investigation shows Archie’s wife ordered a ton of HGH for who knows what (wink wink) MJ will be there to defend her right to do so and be puzzled what that has to do with Peyton.
What is your point? What does your “if” proposition have to do with Peyton mentioning Budweiser? MJ’s merely stated that Peyton’s mention of Budweiser was just one more commercial in a day that was chalk full of them. What does one have to do with the other?
Lowell Cohn has been covering Bay Area sports for more than 30 years and he’s never run out of things to say.