Skip to comments.Did Vanderjagt Put Foot In Mouth?
Posted on 01/12/2005 11:52:50 AM PST by bikepacker67
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Peyton Manning, who rarely speaks ill of anyone, referred to his teammate, kicker Mike Vanderjagt, as "an idiot kicker" before the 2003 Pro Bowl.
Vanderjagt, who handed the Patriots a 27-24 opening night victory when he missed a 48-yard field goal that would have sent the game into overtime, has been cementing his reputation for running off at the mouth. After the Colts beat the Broncos last Sunday in Indianapolis to set up Sunday's playoff against the Patriots, Vanderjagt said that the Patriots, who beat the Colts in last season's AFC Championship Game, aren't as good as they once were and "I think they're ripe for the picking."
Most Patriots declined to comment on Vanderjagt's statement.
"You're asking me to comment on what a kicker said?" linebacker Tedy Bruschi said.
But safety Rodney Harrison, never scared to make his feelings known on or off the field, couldn't resist a swipe.
"He has to be a jerk, Vanderjerk," Harrison said.
Bill Belichick declined to comment on what Vanderjagt said, but the Patriots coach did admit that he sometimes has used what opposing players say to motivate his team.
"I'm sure he'll be out there a few times in the game to do his one special thing," Belichick said. "I don't think this game is going to be decided by some comments ... in the paper."
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Much to do about nothing.
Manning is the poster-child for big game chokers, and Foxboro is his recurring Waterloo.
New England 33
Colts 28- Pats 13
this is peyton's year
Tell that to the Broncos and the Chiefs. He dominated them in the playoffs. (In my mind, any playoff win is a big win.)
Indy 37, Pats 27...Colts over Philly 45 to 31 in the Bowl...(and no, I'm not drinking...yet)
remember brett favre's problems in dallas ?...he got over that....peyton will too
None of this matters. Year after year, the Patriots seem to be unbeatable, despite the odds, who's injured, or how the stats match up. It's like they keep the "Arc of the Covenant" in their locker room or something. They would have won three Bowls in a row, had they not lost that tiebreaker to the Jets 2 years ago (which the Jets painfully squandered against the awful Raiders).
Nah, the Pats won't be held to 13. Too efficient on offense, and the Colts are not quite strong enough on D to hold them down like that.
If the Colts win, it'll be something like 35-27. Same if the Pats win.
NY Jets 13
Record setting QBs rarely win the big one. Marino, Kosar come to mind.
Not Manning's, not Rothlisberger's, not the Eagles... and not Brady's.
It's the year of whoever executes - whoever doesn't blink.
And Peyton's history has shown that he DOES BLINK.
The Colts have lost to the Patriots three times over the past two seasons. Manning only played badly in one of those games, the AFC Championship Game.
In this year's opener, he threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns and had the Colts in position for a game-tying field goal only to see Mike "Money" Vanderjagt honk it.
Last year during Week 13, he threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns and marched the team down to the goal line to win the game only to have Edgerrin James stuffed three times. Manning isn't losing to the Patriots by himself. This is a team effort."
Courtesy of ESPN.
Right now, it's still has to be Jim Kelly. But Manning is still relatively young. Remember, to BE the man...
Not true. That was the story last year, but he's been great in the playoff last year and this year...except for his problems in Foxboro
lol...you need to cut back on the caffeine amigo
Pats by 3 (a last second Vinateri kick, of course)
New England has a REAL kicker (or at least a real good one).
As a Pats fan, I'd say the Pats have a lot of pressure. True, a lot is made about the Pats beating the Colts, but it's not quite at the point where people just assume that they'll win, like when the Yankees played the Red Sox before the '04 ALCS. But right now, most people are favoring the Colts because of the injuries the Pats have suffered of defense, and because there's a lot of support for Peyton Manning to come through.
They would have won three Bowls in a row, had they not lost that tiebreaker to the Jets 2 years ago (which the Jets painfully squandered against the awful Raiders).That's only because the Packers laid down and spread like $3 whores in the last game of the regular season.
What a freakin letdown! After we came back to shock the fins.
I don't think they'd have won two the Super Bowl years ago. They were 9-7 and couldn't stop the run to save their lives.
Once he got the record out of the way, Peyton has looked like a man on a mission. Especially Sunday vs. the Broncos. The guy is fricking awesome, especially considering that he's not very athletic. IMO 90% of Peyton's success is pure determination to excel. Eli is the one who's almost a clone of their father in a physical and athletic sense, but he's very laid back and reserved, dead opposite of Peyton.
won two the Super Bowl years ago= won the Super Bowl two years ago
I agree with him though. Remember last year, how everyone and their grandmother was jumping on the Brett Favre bandwagon? And then they blew it against Philly. Three years ago, it was all about "The Greatest Show on Turf", and how the Rams were destined to go down in history as one of the greatest teams of all time... and then the Super Bowl came around.
I'm no big Colts fan, but I have to remember someone else as having that title...
They should not have been in the Super Bowl vs the Rams. Thanks to the refs blown call in the Raiders game. But..since I hate the Raiders and the Rams who cares.
"Psh niether has a chance once my Jets get done with the Steelers".
HA H HA HA HA HA HA
Yeah right. A rested Steeler team will take this one.
If I was Mr. Vandeerjerk, I would exit the field very quickly after kicking the ball........
the colts have too many weapons and if they lose to the pats i will be very surprised. i think all this "peyton is a choker" thing is unfair and will get put to bed where it belongs.
sorry, pats fans, just my opinion.
My point exactly. This is why I think they may keep the "Arc of the Covenant" in their locker room!
I'll say it again--Go Pats!
But, it wouldn't surprise me if this is Peyton's year. He's been awesome.
Wouda couda shouda
3 bowls in a row.
In order to be considered a super bowl winner, it helps to actually win one. not woulda, but actually playing in the game and walking off the field as a winner.
I actually have come to like Peyton, even though I'm from Baltimore.
True, but did you see that article the other day about how the Steelers being trapped in a Miami hotel during one of the Florida hurricanes is what brought their team together and started them on their dominating path? Well, the Pat's injury situation is like a hurricane stranding a week and shared adversity is a pretty good motivator sometimes.
Pats by 9 - a Vinitari FG and a Vrabel TD reception.
Yes, quite clearly. He NEVER won a playoff game there, so, no he never got over it. Peyton may win a game in Foxboro...someday...but not Sunday.
Go away, Colts. LA will take you. We don't want to waste 500 million dollars on the stadium you are blackmailing us for.
The dog barks and the caravan moves on.
I don't think it's fair to say Peyton is a "choker" after the way he has played other teams in the playoffs the past 2 years. The Patriots just have his number, but that doesn't make him a choker.
The Colts are Payton - the Pats are a team. Watch what a team can do on Sunday. I guess it will take 3 Superbowls to know why its Brady not Manning.
Yeah, I've never seen a defending Super Bowl champion given such little respect, especially one that went 14-2 and has won 2 of the last 3 SBs.
OH YEAH!!! FUC*IN' AY!!!!!!!
The Colts took advantage of the situation against Denver two weeks ago. They had the opportunity to choose who they would face in week one of the playoffs, and they picked Denver, for a very simple reason. In order to get into the playoffs, Denver had to show the best they had against the Colts' 'B' team. Meanwhile, all the Colts had to do was watch. They had video of everything Denver was capable of doing against them. The result was an embarrassing loss for Denver.
However, New England could see what the Colts were doing, too. As a result, Belichick has had nearly three weeks to devise a method for defeating the Colts. I don't give any team that gives him three weeks to prepare much hope.
Pats by 28 - 21.
Well, there's always pressure in a playoff game. Manning and the Colts have had it drilled into their heads that they can't beat the Pats. They know if they lose again, those statements will just get louder and louder. You don't think that creates pressure?
But right now, most people are favoring the Colts
And THAT is why there is more pressure on Indy, than the Pats.
Payback for the bogus penalty in the playoffs against the Raiders back in 1976?