SANTA CLARA, Calif.
If Peyton Manning played his last game by winning Super Bowl 50 and rides off into the sunset, it should be on the shoulders of the Broncos defense, which carried him Sunday night. Manning won his first Super Bowl, with the Colts, with his arm. He won his second with his brain. The quarterback who used to throw pills now tosses only pillows. But he was smart enough to mostly avoid the big mistake and let the league's No. 1 defense bury the Panthers. Denver forced four turnovers, sacked Cam Newton six times and scored the game's first touchdown in a 24-10 win. At 39, Super Man(ning) is expected to retire now. On Sunday, he won his second Lombardi Trophy and 200th game, passing Brett Favre for the most victories in league history (regular season and playoffs). He is the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. After the game, Manning would not say if he planned to retire....
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Broncos QB Peyton Manning and DE DeMarcus Ware gave emotional speeches at their team meeting Saturday night before Super Bowl 50. "Both were very emotional and near tears," team president Joe Ellis told ESPN.
Coach Gary Kubiak addressed the team first, laying out what he believed was a winning game plan against the Panthers on Sunday in all phases of the game. Then Manning addressed the team....
For the first time in his career, Peyton Manning did not take a team to the Super Bowl, but he went with one. • At 39, Manning likens himself to an aging fastball pitcher who can't throw 95 mph anymore, the loss of arm strength a result of four neck surgeries. "He can still work the corners and get guys out," Manning said. This season, he was pulled from a game for the first time as a pro after throwing four interceptions, missed six others recovering from a torn plantar fascia near his left heel and watched backup Brock Osweiler go 5-2. In Week 17, he was a backup for the first time since the start of his freshman season at Tennessee, then came off the bench to rally the Broncos to a win. • Yet with a win today in Super Bowl 50 over Carolina, Manning could enjoy the perfect ending to his storied career, riding off in the proverbial sunset on a white Bronco....
SAN FRANCISCO — Tony Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
He will be right there in Canton, Ohio, with Bill Walsh, Chuck Noll, Don Shula and Vince Lombardi.
He didn't look like them, and in his quietude, he never sounded like them. But he won like them, managing to kick down a few color barriers along the way.
Nobody knew that when he started in Tampa Bay in 1996, after he had been passed over time and time again for head coaching jobs. Twice in Philadelphia. Once in Jacksonville....
SAN FRANCISCO — On an outdoor television set for CBS, dressed in a brown suit, Jameis Winston took aim at a passing target a few feet off the faux football field after tumbling over from a gust of wind. From about 12 yards, he pumped four spirals through the narrow opening in five attempts.
With all of his Super Bowl appearances, the formal attire has come in handy this week, because Winston seems well-suited to perform under any circumstance....
SAN FRANCISCO — Tony Dungy was ready to walk away from the NFL when he was fired as Bucs coach after the 2001 season. A second straight lopsided loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC playoffs hastened his departure, even as the team had been in failed secret discussions with Bill Parcells to succeed him as coach.
Other teams wanted to talk to Dungy about openings, and in his six seasons with Tampa Bay, he already had become its all-time wins leader, reaching the playoffs four times....
Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson was selected as the winner of the fifth annual Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach presented the award to Jackson live on NFL Network.
USAA will contribute $25,000 in the winner’s name to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.
Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowl receiver, launched the Jackson In Action 83 Foundation on Veterans Day in 2012 to support military families by focusing on the educational, emotional and physical health of military children....
Cam Newton is the talk of Super Bowl 50, but another NFC South quarterback is getting plenty of attention this week in San Francisco....
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aside from the last name and prominent jaw, Mike Shula is his own man when it comes to the coaching profession. He is the designer of the NFL's most prolific offense, the play-caller for Cam Newton, and creator of an innovative scheme that takes advantage of the Panthers quarterback's rare skills as a runner and passer.
"I'll be the first to admit that my dad, who he is, has opened doors," said Shula, the 50-year-old offensive coordinator of the Panthers and son of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula. "I'd be lying if I said it didn't. But I've always tried to be extremely appreciative and take nothing for granted."...
It's unclear exactly what impact former Southern Miss coach Todd Monken will have as offensive coordinator with Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter retaining his play-calling duties. In fact, Monken's biggest impact will likely be as receivers coach.
Last season, Mike Evans enjoyed his second 1,000-yard season but produced only three touchdowns. He also led the NFL with 12 dropped passes. A talent like Evans simply can't fight his hands, lose confidence and kill drives....
TAMPA — Todd Monken left a good job as head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi to return to the NFL, but he is bringing some college pompoms with him.
The Bucs' new offensive coordinator, who was introduced Thursday, wants more exuberant players and explosive plays, a fun-and-gun style that he believes can work at any level.
"It's about having the talent first. And then, I like having fun," Monken said. "I don't know why it has to feel like such drudgery. I just don't. I've never understood that. I want a fight song! We don't have a fight song! I want a fight song! Isn't a fight song cool? You get to sing a fight song."...
Todd Monken left a good job as the head coach at Southern Mississippi to return to the NFL, but he is bringing some college pom poms with him.
The Bucs new offensive coordinator, who was introduced Thursday, has a simple philosophy that involves explosive plays and exuberant players — the gun and fun.
"It's about having the talent first. And then, I like having fun," Monken said. "I don't know why it has to feel like such drudgery. I just don't. I've never understood that. I want a fight song! We don't have a fight song! I want a fight song! Isn't a fight song cool? You get to sing a fight song. Call me a college guy. When I was in Jacksonville, they called me a college guy. That's great. I love it. I love coaching, the excitement of it. Why can't it be fun?...
Jameis Winston's first NFL pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. The last pass of his rookie year will be thrown Sunday at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
On Monday, Winston was named to the NFL's all-star game, replacing the Patriots' Tom Brady.
The 22-year-old out of Florida State is the first Bucs rookie quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl. A Tampa Bay QB has been selected to the Pro Bowl three other times: Trent Dilfer (1997), Brad Johnson (2002) and Jeff Garcia (2007)....
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston's first NFL pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. The last pass of his rookie year will be thrown at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
Winston was named to ther NFL All Star game Monday night, replacing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He is the first Bucs rookie quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl in franchise history.
The rare honor is a reward for Winston, a Rookie of the Year finalist, who joined Cam Newton and Andrew Luck as the only first-year players to pass for 4,000 yards....
Peyton Manning still had time left on the clock. That's all the quarterback's former head coach, Tony Dungy, needed to know.
While others said Manning had played his last game or that the Broncos would be better off turning the team over to Brock Osweiler, Dungy smiled. Four neck surgeries have robbed "The Sheriff" of velocity on his passes, but Manning beats you with his head as much as his arm....