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Manning: 'I'm throwing it pretty well'

Peyton Manning is no longer an Indianapolis Colts quarterback. At an emotional press conference moments ago, Manning said both he and owner Jim Irsay have talked about the circumstances and they have decided it is "necessary we take this next step."

The next step for Manning is toward another team. Manning did not wish to speak about any possibility of where he'll wind up, instead using today exclusively to say his farewells. "I haven't thought yet about where I'll play," Manning said, "But I have thought about where I've been."

Manning later reiterated that "I really don't know, I probably need to ask someone what these next few steps are," when he was asked how he next goes about seeking a new team.

The most newsy nugget to emerge from the emotonal 13-minute press conference was Manning discussing the progress of his throwing. Manning missed the entire 2011 season following at least three and possibly four procedures to his neck meant to help nerves that serve his right throwing arm regenerate after they stopped firing.

Manning was unable to play because the nerve damage stole strength from his arm and prevented him from throwing at his usual capability. That capability, Manning said, has improved lately.

'I'm throwing it pretty well," he said. "I've still got some work to do, I've got some progress to make. But I've come a long way. And I've really worked hard. I can't tell you the hours I've put in to working hard. I really enjoy being back out there. I've had a chance to throw with some of my old teammates -- guys like Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Austin [Collie], [Brandon] Stokley, [Jeff] Saturday's snapped to me a couple of times. That's been the most fun part ... being back out there on the field.

"You're in the training room all Fall, you're sort of off-limits to the field so to be cleared to be kind of be back out there and throw, I sure have enjoyed that. I'm doing better. I continue to work hard and hopefully keep making some progress."

Manning stopped short of saying he's 100 percent.

"I'm feeling closer and closer," he said. "I have to remind myself that it is March. I have a hard time doing that at times. But it sure feels comfortable. It feels like home being out there."

Manning mentioned that Irsay said he would always be welcome around the Colts. The Dolphins play the Colts this coming season. If he signs with the Dolphins, perhaps Manning can visit with the Colts the week before the game when they're drawing up their defensive game plan.


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Honestly, I've only seen a little of Cousins.....so that's what I'm basing my previous comments on. So...a question for those that are high on Cousins....is there really something more there than what we already have with Matt Moore?

I only ask because, personally, if the Phins land Manning, I don't see them drafting a QB on day one, if at all. If they do draft a QB, I see it being a later round pick. Moore is signed through next year...so where does that leave Cousins or whomever?

Well, I can see that none of you have grown even one brain cell. I'm out.

What is FYI?

Invincible Home is good dealing with the trolls.

Good Job with the trolls and good job with the Colts signings.

We love you Home!

I'm just joining back in and there have been like 150 comments since I read last, so sorry if this was already discussed

but I saw someone on here say "Manning couldn't mentor Curtis Painter so why would he be able to teach a guy in Miami"

That is a dumb statement. Maybe Painter just sucks? Maybe Manning gave Painter excellent information and trained him up really well he just didn't have what it took to work it out on the field?

With the departure of Soliai, I think Odrick(a beast and motivated) and Starks(another beast) can occupy the DT's successfully in a base 4-3.

Lou -- How about if Blackmon falls to 8 and we've signed Manning. Wouldn't that be a potent offense. Add Wayne to the mix and Miami now has one sweet offense.

It will be Coples our #8. What you think, Home?

NHFINSFAN if the Jets are built to win now, how were the Fins (who you are implying are not) able to beat them and and prevent them from even making the playoffs?

Sorry oscar,
wasn't trying to pin you down.
Personally I prefer Luck or Griffin, but I'm trying to get something reasoanably workable from this mess.

Sign Manning, start Moore, or start the rookie. Don't care. Just draft a QB.

Since Ireland and Ross aren't jumping all in for Griffin, and since next year looks bleaker for NFL QB talent, figured Cousins is our best shot.
We've wasted 1st 2nd and 3rd rounders on worse prospects.

Miami can't afford to wait on a rookie QB getting up to NFL speed in order to win. That's why it makes more sense to go get Peyton Manning. And failing that, take a long hard look at Flynn. Getting a QB in free agency lets us use all of our draft picks to full effect...this year...now! Not next year, not two years from now! Which is what RGIII will take to adjust to the faster pace of the NFL. Did Cam Newton go to the Super Bowl his rookie season? Nope! And, the odds of RGIII doing it aren't any better! Every year that Miami waits is another year of veteran players getting older, free agency, etc. taking its toll on the roster. So, by the time RGIII is really ready to make a push for a run at the play-offs, your roster is gone and you have to re-build around him! Drafting RGIII means scraping the team that you have and starting all over again. And, the draft picks that it will cost to get him means it'll be a few years before you can surround him with young players.

This is why we need Manning NOW! To make a push this year and next! Before it all starts falling apart anyways! Welcome to the NFL...

JS - Personally, I would like to see them invest in a TE with the 2nd. That's been a long time coming as well, and Manning loves throwing to the TE.


Thank you for mentioning Nick Perry, I have a feeling that guy is going to be a good player in this league, and I wholeheartedly agree with you about moving back in this draft should we sign Peyton Manning. We could still draft a DE, they are deep as hell in this class coming up. And there isn't really any standouts outside of Coples, who has a questionable motor. If we move back we can also pick up possibly a Nickel CB or potentially the first tight end of this draft, whether it be Fleener or Allen. Allen had a sore dash time, but he looked smooth in the drills and he's looked smooth all year for the Tigers. Hell, Dre Kirkpatrick may fall to the position of the Bengals' second pick.

Other than those two positions, I can't add much insight on. Could use a PR outside of Bess, Bess has a nice average but the potential for him to break one for a touchdown is low. What about Chris Rainey? He can return punts and can stand across from Gates on kick returns.

With that second Bengals pick we can get Mark Barron should Reggie Nelson not decide to come here.

The options are endless if we aren't spending multiple draft picks just to get a QB that MIGHT work out, while sacrificing the depth of the rest of the team.

Sign Manning, Jeffy!

The news today will sure make time go a little faster this offseason. And FA starts in just 6 days!!! Woohooo!!

Is Manning on the Heli yet???


That's very old news, Mark. It started after WWI, with the aim of preventing another Global conflagration. It didn't work for some reason and we had WWII. But, they have prevented the use of atomic Weapons after Hiroshima and Nagasaki and we have scaped WWIII several times. So, who knows if it's good or bad. ??

The jusry is still out for me on Perry. I've watched some recorded games and he seems a little sluggish coming off the ball and is not all that quick/agile. A little slow closing too.

I watched a game with Mercilus (the Ohio game) and he gets off a lot quicker and closes really well. There was quite a difference. I know they had pretty much same stats at the combine but in pads Mercilus looked a lot faster.

Plus having a name like Mercilus just sounds like a QB crusher.

For the guys not sure about Reggie Wayne, check out the latest on PFT. The guy is giddy about the prospects of playing with Manning in Miami. He's basically said, wherever Manning ends up, that's where he wants to be. Considers them both to be hardworking and sees a similarity to what's going on with the Heat and the Big Three in Miami.

Mr Ross, get Manning signed to a contract ASAP, and Reggie Wayne's name on a contract 12:01 on Tuesday. Let's get this offence going again and get teams fearig having to come in to Miami to play the Dolphins...make it so!

Manning QB
Marshall WO
Wayne WO
Blackmon slot
Fleener TE
Bush RB
That offense would be scary!!!

Is Manning in Miami yet? Where's Manning's agent Mando?

Marc Anthony - as far as pr we need look no further than Devon Wylie. He's a faster quicker Welker. Welker 2.0.

Throwing "pretty well" says it all!!! GET FLYNN HERE!!!

Althought I'm not a fan of a top draft pick for TE this year, I get the idea. Question still remains though: When do we draft a Qb to succeed Manning?
This year?
Next year? (who floats your boat from the 2013 class, besides barkley?)
How long can Manning go? You know every team, bounty or not, will try to take Manning out, and he doesn't heal like he used to.
Clock is ticking. Manning or not, we need future QB plans. IMO, sooner rather than later.

This just in.....AZ to sign Manning, Washington to sign Flynn....Cleveland to draft RG3!

Where does that leave Miami? Ryan Tannehill at #8....unfortunately, I'm seeing more and more mock ups with Miami taking Tannehill @ 8.....God I hope not!

Lou -- How about if Blackmon falls to 8 and we've signed Manning. Wouldn't that be a potent offense. Add Wayne to the mix and Miami now has one sweet offense.
Posted by: Texas_Dolfan | March 07, 2012 at 04:04 PM

It sure would but I would still be concerned with the pass rush. They need to address it somewhere.

cbs 4 reporting Manning has arrived in South Florida.



He failed to land Harbaugh & Fisher...he is now a man on a mission.
Peyton or Bust!
Posted by: NHFINSFAN | March 07, 2012 at 12:58 PM

That's what bothers me. Obsessive, not smart. And from a guy who has the least amount of football knowledge in the room. And this is indeed the rumor going around is that Ross will pull out all the stops regardless of cost or contract.


Too bad for the Jets, but Manning is NOT going to play there. The main factor being he doesn't want to take away the spot light from his brother in NY. That's the reason he won't sign with the Redskins either because he will have to play against Eli twice a year. The other reason he won't play for the Jets is because he doesn't want to be coached by that big mouth blow hard Rex Ryan. What's your prediction this year Rex, that you your sorry team will finish last in the division.

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