From Comcast SportsNetENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Peyton Manning tied yet another NFL record Thursday when he won his sixth career Offensive Player of the Month award.Manning joined Kurt Warner (2001) as the only players with 10 TDs, 1,300 yards, a 70 percent completion percentage and five wins in December as the Broncos (13-3) captured the top seed in the AFC playoffs.He did it while wearing a glove on his throwing hand, testing it in home games against the Browns and Chiefs in preparation for cold weather games in January. Manning never bothered with a glove while playing indoors in Indianapolis."You know, for wearing it for the first time in my entire football career, I guess you could say it's been OK the past two weeks," Manning said.He's been more than OK:his completion percentage was 5.8 points higher and his QB rating was 19.2 points better that it was without the glove."Yeah, he can throw with a glove, he can throw without a glove; he can play a lot of different ways," tight end Jacob Tamme said. "It's been pretty impressive to see him throw with a glove on and it's like it's not even there. It's working great."Manning completed 123 of 174 passes (70.7 percent) for 1,399 yards with 11 touchdowns with three interceptions and a 108.4 passer rating in December. In the regular season finale, he broke Brett Favre's record with his 73rd career game with three or more TD passes.Manning also won the honor in October, making this the first season he's won it twice in one season. He's one of seven players to win the honor six times since the award was instituted in 1986, a list that includes active QBs Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.
Suddenly, there’s an awful lot on the plate of young Jacoby Brissett.
Drafted in the third round by the Patriots, he’s charged with learning one of the most difficult offenses to in the NFL, performing in one of the league’s most demanding programs, dealing with being two heart attacks away from being the starter for a dynastic franchise and living up to the advance billing that’s built him up as one of the great Americans of the 21st century.
Bill Parcells, who’s known Brissett since the NC State product was in high school, spoke to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. The Tuna pumped Brissett’s tires up beyond all reasonable inflation levels.
“He’s a Curtis Martin, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown-type player,” Parcells said, reeling off the names of one Pro Football Hall of Famer and two Patriots Hall of Famers. “That’s the kind of guy he is. That’s what New England is getting. Those kinds, those Tedy Bruschi types, those players who’ve been successful — he’s very similar in his personal life to those kinds of guys.”
Former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who coached Brissett at Florida in Weis’ vagabond post-Patriots career, was also reached by the intrepid Guregian.
“I only got to coach him for one season, but I absolutely loved the kid as a player and a person,” said Weis. “I couldn’t be any happier that he ended up in New England.”
There’s much more from both Weis and Parcells but I’m not going to scavenge the whole article so click here to see it.
Meanwhile, Josh McDaniels on Monday also spoke about Brissett in complimentary but far-less-fawning terms.
“We’ll find out more as we get to know him in our building, but I know we feel good about the kid,” said McDaniels. “He did a lot of good things in college. He played in a lot of big games and played against some really good football teams. He performed well and admirably for his team. He takes care of the ball, makes some smart decisions. He’s a big kid and sometimes he’s hard to bring down in the pocket. There are some other things that we’ll get a better chance to see and evaluate when he gets here, but I’m looking forward to working with him.”
We already heard from Brissett in his post-draft conference call and he was enjoyable. But it will be interesting to speak with him in the flesh when the 2016 rookies are introduced en masse. No doubt by then the Patriots will have stressed to Brissett the importance of being a name, rank, serial number conversationalist rather than delving too deeply into his pre-Patriots relationships with former New England coaches.
After importing a fleet of corners over the weekend, the Patriots released veteran Rashaan Melvin on Monday.
Melvin was claimed off waivers in October of last season as the Patriots were combing the league for cornerback depth. He’d been with the Ravens previously and was targeted repeatedly by Tom Brady in the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoff win. Soon after joining the Patriots, he was on the field against the Giants in Week 9 when Justin Coleman got injured. It didn’t go well as Eli Manning sought Melvin out and chewed him up.
The Patriots released Melvin in mid-December and then signed him back to their practice squad.
The Patriots drafted Cyrus Jones on Friday and reportedly added four more undrafted corners (the team hasn’t confirmed those agreements yet) so Melvin became expendable.
The Patriots also released linebacker James Vaughters, who they signed to a futures contract in January.
In episode 9 of "The Baseball Show" podcast, Sean McAdam talks with Boston Red Sox Team President Sam Kennedy about a wide range of issues, including the pressure to win this season after two straight last place finishes, the long-term future of Fenway Park, increasing revenue with other events, and changing the schedule early in the season for more games played in better weather.
McAdam also talks about recent MLB suspensions for PED's of Chris Collabello of the Toronto Blue Jays and Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins. Should teams pay a penalty for their players' actions? Are suspensions too long?