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Old 11-22-2010, 12:41 AM   #1
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Default Re: "Peyton Manning is having one of his worst seasons in his career"

not an insider...sorry

he is currently leading the NFL in passing yards but this is the lowest rated year he has had since 2002, where he was an 88.8

sure they are going to point to his game ending picks...



suppose it could be seen as "ONE OF" his worst seasons...
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Default Re: "Peyton Manning is having one of his worst seasons in his career"

My brother, Scott, and I were having a conversation about The Beatles not long ago that eventually turned into a discussion about the relative merits of each of The Fab Four's solo careers.

While we both enjoy many of their individual works, Scott said that Paul McCartney's recordings of late were not anywhere near the quality of his earlier solo efforts. He said at this point in his career, McCartney is so revered that he could release pretty much anything and it would end up with platinum sales levels.

That may not be entirely on the mark, but it is true that once a performer reaches a certain level of elite success any of his endeavors will be met with a certain acceptance from the media and general public, even if the quality of the work says it isn't deserved.

This same mindset can be applied to Peyton Manning's 2010 season. He has been the NFL MVP frontrunner in most people's minds (including mine) for many weeks, but after taking a closer look at the game tapes and metrics it starts to become clear that No. 18 is having one of his worst seasons in recent memory.

Let's start with a few bullet points that detail his statistical struggles.

Manning's 93.9 passer rating mark ranks 10th in the league. Some big name passers are in front of him in this category, but so are David Garrard, Vince Young and Matt Cassel, three quarterbacks who aren't exactly pulling in a lot of MVP consideration.

If the season ended today, Manning's passer rating mark would be the lowest he has posted since the 2002 season.

He has notched a passer rating total of less than 70 in three of his last five games. This is the first time since his rookie season that has happened.

Manning's 6.9 yards per attempt total ranks 22nd in the league.

The initial reaction among Manning's backers upon reading this would be to point out the injury woes that have hampered the Colts' offense. Dallas Clark was lost with a wrist injury in week six, Austin Collie has been out after the brutal hit against the Philadelphia Eagles in week nine, Pierre Garcon's hamstring has been acting up and Reggie Wayne has been slowed by hamstring and knee injuries.

True as all of those statements are, they are offset by nary a Colts pass-catching target posting top-line metrics this season, injury or no.

Take Clark, for example. By my count (which includes penalty plays but does not include throwaway pass attempts credited to a receiver), Clark was targeted for 50 passes prior to his injury. He caught 37 of those, which equates to a very good 74 percent catch rate, but he gained only 347 yards. Divide the two, and it means he had a 6.9 YPA total. That is nearly two yards lower than his 8.6 YPA mark in 2009, and it cannot be attributed to any known physical ailment.

Clark isn't the only Indianapolis Colts pass-catcher to see his YPA total drop dramatically. Wayne (9.0 in 2009, 7.8 in 2010) and Garcon (9.3 in 2009, 6.4 in 2010) are in that same statistical boat. Collie is the only one who has seen an increase (8.4 in 2009, 9.0 in 2010).

This stands in stark contrast to the San Diego Chargers. Their receiving corps has been in even worse shape than the Colts, as a combination of a holdout/suspension and injuries have caused them to have to give starts and significant playing time to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-string pass-catchers.

None of that has prevented Philip Rivers from ranking third in the league in passer rating, first in passing yards, first in passing yards per attempt and first in touchdown passes. Rivers has been able to get quality YPA totals out of no-name receivers such as Legedu Naanee (9.1), Patrick Crayton (10.8) and Seyi Ajirotutu (16.8).

Manning and Rivers collide in two weeks (Nov. 28) on Sunday Night Football; it's part of a tough two-game stretch for No. 18. This Sunday he faces the New England Patriots.

The end result of this is to say that as great as Manning has been through the years, this season should not be given extra credit because of that. It should be seen on its own merits -- and those have not been up to his historical standards. Contrary to some opinions, 2010 has not been Manning's "Band on the Run" and to indicate otherwise is simply not backed up by the facts.
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Default Re: "Peyton Manning is having one of his worst seasons in his career"

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My brother, Scott, and I were having a conversation about The Beatles not long ago that eventually turned into a discussion about the relative merits of each of The Fab Four's solo careers.

While we both enjoy many of their individual works, Scott said that Paul McCartney's recordings of late were not anywhere near the quality of his earlier solo efforts. He said at this point in his career, McCartney is so revered that he could release pretty much anything and it would end up with platinum sales levels.

That may not be entirely on the mark, but it is true that once a performer reaches a certain level of elite success any of his endeavors will be met with a certain acceptance from the media and general public, even if the quality of the work says it isn't deserved.

This same mindset can be applied to Peyton Manning's 2010 season. He has been the NFL MVP frontrunner in most people's minds (including mine) for many weeks, but after taking a closer look at the game tapes and metrics it starts to become clear that No. 18 is having one of his worst seasons in recent memory.

Let's start with a few bullet points that detail his statistical struggles.

Manning's 93.9 passer rating mark ranks 10th in the league. Some big name passers are in front of him in this category, but so are David Garrard, Vince Young and Matt Cassel, three quarterbacks who aren't exactly pulling in a lot of MVP consideration.

If the season ended today, Manning's passer rating mark would be the lowest he has posted since the 2002 season.

He has notched a passer rating total of less than 70 in three of his last five games. This is the first time since his rookie season that has happened.

Manning's 6.9 yards per attempt total ranks 22nd in the league.

The initial reaction among Manning's backers upon reading this would be to point out the injury woes that have hampered the Colts' offense. Dallas Clark was lost with a wrist injury in week six, Austin Collie has been out after the brutal hit against the Philadelphia Eagles in week nine, Pierre Garcon's hamstring has been acting up and Reggie Wayne has been slowed by hamstring and knee injuries.

True as all of those statements are, they are offset by nary a Colts pass-catching target posting top-line metrics this season, injury or no.

Take Clark, for example. By my count (which includes penalty plays but does not include throwaway pass attempts credited to a receiver), Clark was targeted for 50 passes prior to his injury. He caught 37 of those, which equates to a very good 74 percent catch rate, but he gained only 347 yards. Divide the two, and it means he had a 6.9 YPA total. That is nearly two yards lower than his 8.6 YPA mark in 2009, and it cannot be attributed to any known physical ailment.

Clark isn't the only Indianapolis Colts pass-catcher to see his YPA total drop dramatically. Wayne (9.0 in 2009, 7.8 in 2010) and Garcon (9.3 in 2009, 6.4 in 2010) are in that same statistical boat. Collie is the only one who has seen an increase (8.4 in 2009, 9.0 in 2010).

This stands in stark contrast to the San Diego Chargers. Their receiving corps has been in even worse shape than the Colts, as a combination of a holdout/suspension and injuries have caused them to have to give starts and significant playing time to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-string pass-catchers.

None of that has prevented Philip Rivers from ranking third in the league in passer rating, first in passing yards, first in passing yards per attempt and first in touchdown passes. Rivers has been able to get quality YPA totals out of no-name receivers such as Legedu Naanee (9.1), Patrick Crayton (10.8) and Seyi Ajirotutu (16.8).

Manning and Rivers collide in two weeks (Nov. 28) on Sunday Night Football; it's part of a tough two-game stretch for No. 18. This Sunday he faces the New England Patriots.

The end result of this is to say that as great as Manning has been through the years, this season should not be given extra credit because of that. It should be seen on its own merits -- and those have not been up to his historical standards. Contrary to some opinions, 2010 has not been Manning's "Band on the Run" and to indicate otherwise is simply not backed up by the facts.



That's all I got. Great, great post.
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