Last offseason, even as questions swirled about Peyton Manning’s neck, the “Which Manning brother is better” debate still slanted toward the elder sibling.
After a missed season for one and a second Super Bowl victory for the other, the debate should have swung to the younger brother, Eli Manning.
In their “Double Coverage” segment, “NFL AM”’s Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel took sides in discussing which Manning brother will have the better season in 2012.
Wyche, who has been touting Peyton for weeks now, believes the year off will make the older Manning fresher.
“He is coming back after a year off, yes, we know that, but his interdivisional rivals are not nearly as strong as what Eli has to face there in the NFC East,” Wyche argued.
Just what every Denver Broncos fan wanted to hear: He’ll be good because every other team in the AFC West is mediocre. Fans in the Mile High City would rather hear that Manning’s neck is 100 percent and he’ll be audibling to more than just a Buick this season.
“We don’t even know if Peyton can throw,” Kriegel cracked.
(Cut to everyone in Denver cringing.)
To be fair, zero reports out of Denver worry about Peyton being able to throw. The questions are, can he handle getting hit? And, how will he respond after the rigors of a full workload?
“One brother is past his prime, and the other brother is just coming into his prime,” Kriegel said.
Kriegel ended his argument like a real New Yorker: “Who has two Super Bowl rings?”