Peyton still wants to play
But QB not a fan of Colts’ overhaul
Peyton Manning still intends to play football. He’s also no fan of the Colts’ big offseason overhaul that included the firing of coach Jim Caldwell and other executives.
In an interview yesterday in The Indianapolis Star, Manning touched on everything from his plans to the difficulty he’s had coping with all the changes.
“It’s 20 degrees, it’s snowing, the building is absolutely empty except when you see coaches cleaning out their offices,’’ Manning said. “I guess it’s the reality of the football world, just not something I’ve had to deal with very often. Everybody’s being evaluated and I’m no different. It’s not the best environment.’’
Manning said last week’s discussion about his “impending’’ departure from football was premature.
While he would not say where he is in his recovery or how close he is to being 100 percent 4 1/2 months after having his latest neck surgery, Manning said new general manger Ryan Grigson inferred the decision about paying him a $28 million bonus in March or letting him become a free agent would be made by team owner Jim Irsay.
“I can’t give you a prediction because Jim and I will sit down at some point and he’ll get a feel for where I am and I’ll get a sense of what direction he wants to go. Right now, I have no idea,’’ said Manning.
The Colts’ coaching search continues, with ESPN.com reporting that Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano interviewed yesterday.
Also, FOXsports.com reported that 49ers special teams coach Brad Seely, who once held that position with the Patriots, is a candidate for the job.
More on Cundiff
The fallout continues from Billy Cundiff’s missed 32-yard field goal attempt Sunday that would have sent the Ravens into overtime in the AFC Championship game against the Patriots, who ended up winning, 23-20.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick told WEEI that he considered calling timeout to freeze Cundiff, but then sensed that the Ravens were in disarray.
“It seemed to me they were rushing a bit,’’ Belichick said. “I felt we were better off letting them go, letting them rush and handle it under pressure rather than give them a chance to settle down and get it all lined up properly.’’
Also, according to a report on FoxSports.com, a Ravens spokesman said that after watching film, team officials confirmed that the scoreboard at Gillette Stadium said it was third down on the kick, instead of fourth down.
An earlier Deadspin report had said that Cundiff felt rushed on the kick because of what he saw on the scoreboard.
Allen Raiders’ man
The Raiders will hire Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their head coach, according to two reports. Fox Sports and ESPN reported that the sides were still working out final details but an agreement had been reached. The team did not confirm the hiring . . . The Jets hired Dave DeGuglielmo as offensive line coach, replacing Bill Callahan. DeGuglielmo spent the last three seasons with the Dolphins in the same post.
Hits were by book
The NFL says there were no illegal hits by the Giants on 49ers return man Kyle Williams in the NFC Championship game. Williams fumbled a punt in OT of San Francisco’s 20-17 loss Sunday, and the misplay set up Lawrence Tynes’s winning field goal. Afterward, New York’s Jacquian Williams and Devin Thomas indicated they were trying to hit Williams given his history of concussions . . . The seven AFC players who will replace members of the Patriots on the Pro Bowl roster were announced. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will replace Tom Brady. The others are Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (Rob Gronkowski), Jets guard Brandon Moore (Logan Mankins), Jacksonville special teamer Montell Owens (Matthew Slater), Baltimore guard Ben Grubbs (Brian Waters), San Diego wide receiver Vincent Jackson (Wes Welker) and Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (Vince Wilfork). Also chosen as replacements were Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch, who steps in for San Francisco’s Frank Gore (illness), and Miami DT Paul Soliai, who replaces Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata.