Late For Work 9/22: Peyton Breaks Record, Honors Unitas

Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning paid tribute to legendary Baltimore Colts QB Johnny Unitas last night. Manning broke the late Hall of Famer’s franchise record by notching his 119th victory against the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. While it still seems odd to see those Colt uniforms in Indianapolis, Manning is a classy individual and [...]

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 at 9:29 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning paid tribute to legendary Baltimore Colts QB Johnny Unitas last night. Manning broke the late Hall of Famer’s franchise record by notching his 119th victory against the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football.

While it still seems odd to see those Colt uniforms in Indianapolis, Manning is a classy individual and I couldn’t think of a better quarterback to break Johnny U’s record. The Colts quarterback was humble and gracious after the game:

“I don’t feel comfortable with these comparisons to Unitas,” Manning said. “But I’m very proud to wear the same uniform as Johnny Unitas. He was a real winner.”  Check out his ESPN interview after the game.

Deion Sanders counted down the Top 10 performances from Week 2, sighting Ray Lewis’ game-saving tackle as No. 2 on the list. In honor of the Emmys, “Prime” gave each play in the Top 5 a “Primey.” Lewis received the award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor.”  The “Outstanding Lead Actor” went to Frank Gore and his No. 1 performance on the list.

I love listening to Sanders on camera; he has so much personality. The former Raven is the same way behind the cameras too. When I was an intern for the Ravens in 2005, I had to go down to the weight room to get a player for a media interview. I walked in just as Deion was finishing some curls and flexing his biceps in front of the mirror and in front of his teammates. As I walked by, “Prime” turned to me, flexed again, and asked, “Does this look like the body of a 38-year-old to you?” I replied, “No, Deion…you look like a 24-year old.” He turned back to a few players and said, “Did you hear that? A 24-year-old. That’s right!”

In NFL.com’s “Film Study,” NFL Head Coaches break down the play and early success of Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Former Detroit Lions head coach Steve Mariucci commented on Flacco,  “Sophmore Jinx? Forget about it. This guy is a veteran…we are going to be talking about Joe Flacco for a long time to come.”

The Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston believes that until the Ravens prove otherwise, the defense is vulnerable. The comforting part about the pass defense issues is that head coach John Harbaugh believes their mistakes are correctable. He said the same thing about the blocked punt from the season-opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, and punt coverage was much improved in Week 2. Here is what Harbaugh had to say about the pass defense in his Monday press conference:

“The pass defense stuff is really very correctible. It’s really a matter of sometimes guys in a big game like that trying to do too much – trying to do more than you have to do. If we play together better back there, trusted the guy next to us a little bit better and stayed in position, we’ll be fine. That was the encouraging part of it. Our guys see that, and it’ll be corrected.”

The Ravens are establishing themselves as one of the best road teams in the NFL, says Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun. Hensley sites Joe Flacco’s cool performances as one of the contributing factors to the team’s road success. Flacco has put up better statistics on the road than at M&T Bank Stadium.

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