Originally Posted by kaldaniels
It is not ridiculous to suggest that Peyton Manning is no longer a top-shelf QB. He's a very good QB...many teams would love to have him.
But his BEST days are in the rearview mirror. He will be 35 at the beginning of next season.
Did I just hear an excuse for a choke-job on a Superbowl-deciding drive???...I think I did.
Call it what you want but it wasn't a choke job it was exactly what I said it was. You don't like Peyton, clearly, and I do so yeah we're going to see things differently. Mannings made enough game ending drives in his career to call it a fluke rather than a choke, IMO. I'm gonna guess that you're not going to see it that way.
He was having one of the best seasons of his career half way through the season. Maybe he just started to decline and maybe it was just a coincidence that his poor play has started when his offensive skill positions have been decimated.
I guess it depends on your definition of top shelf. When his guys are healthy I still put him right there with Brady, Brees, Rivers, Rogers and Vick. Now, it could be that he's getting tired, he's only two games worth of passes from attempting more passes than he did all of last season. His picks are high right now but he's had some unlucky ones and I'll bet that will level out by the end of the year. He'll likely finish with his standard 30-33 TDs and 15-18 picks.