Sep 21, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) passes the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Denver 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
The theme in talk radio land in Denver is that Peyton Manning is “weak.”
The nonsense started on Wednesday when Bart Scott from CBS (can we get Shannon Sharpe back, please?) said the Denver Broncos quarterback was exposed by the Seattle Seahawks defense. Then Alfred Williams jumped on board with this garbage on Wednesday afternoon for his show. Of course, when Williams did, the argument was sunk. Get it, because he’s “big?”
Did Manning look skittish? Did he have happy feet? Did he play as Broncos Country, the Broncos or he expects? I think he looked and played more irritated.
As Vic Lombardi said Thursday morning, find me any quarterback who goes into Seattle and doesn’t look or play that way. If you name one, you’re lying.
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Given this stance, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is weak too, right? Actually, if you take this logic, Rodgers is worse off than Manning because he was terrible against the Seahawks.
Here’s betting Scott and Williams both think Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now. Doesn’t exactly fit that narrative, does it? Wasn’t Rodgers also exposed by Seattle, through their logic?
That’s only the start of the madness from Williams.
The former Broncos defensive end also said part of the problem is “Manning doesn’t run.” He mentioned Phillip Rivers and how, when he needs to, he can escape the pocket. “Is Rivers that great of an athlete? Why can he run, then?”
Williams kept asking “why” Manning couldn’t run. You could tell his co-host, Darren McKee, was dumbfounded by the stupid he was hearing because he didn’t have a response.
Sep 21, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Big Al finally proposed the reason Dan Marino never won a Super Bowl. It’s because he wasn’t as athletic as Rivers. It’s because he couldn’t “escape the pocket.”
Well, we might as well give up on Manning and go back to Tim Tebow, because Manning is weak, not athletic and can’t run.
This is the problem with talk radio.
There’s no way Williams believes this nonsense. He did it to get people riled up and attract listeners to his show. He wants ratings.
This is how the term “shock radio” came about. Crazy statements such as these leave people in so much shock, or anger, they can’t help but listen.
This is nothing new in Denver. If you live in the Mile High City, you’ve probably heard of a radio show called “Irv and Joe.” Hosts Irv Brown and Joe Williams are considered “The deans of Denver talk radio.”
Joe is known for his stance that Elway was never a top quarterback in the NFL. Whether he actually believes that is beside the point. Joe took the stance to tick people off so they would listen to his show. Here’s what might go through the mind of a fan who caught wind of his theory: “How can anyone who lives in Denver and watches the Broncos even say that? I have to call in to tell him much of an idiot he is.”
Big Al is doing that now.
It’s crazy to judge anyone based on one moment or game in their life. But to do so after the third game of the season is beyond the pale.
Instead of falling for it and getting sucked in by the stupid, brush it off, shake your head and change the channel.
Sep 21, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) holds onto the ball while being chased by Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Kevin Williams (94) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Denver 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports