Colts quarterback Peyton Manning spends hours viewing film in his home theater. Tonight's session will have a personal theme.
Manning intends to take a rare break from his regular routine to watch his brother, Eli, make his first NFL start for the New York Giants.
"It's probably the closest thing, I guess, to watching your son play," last year's NFL co-MVP said. "When I see a linebacker coming that he doesn't, you want to be out there and help him, but you can't."
Peyton Manning hasn't seen his younger brother play much. He estimates he's only attended about six of Eli's career games.
But he's always kept track of Eli's performances, calling for updates, taping telecasts and talking to him a couple times each week.
This week, Manning will record the Giants game and view it after returning from Indianapolis' contest at Chicago.
Who has the most difficult job in the Manning family? The four-time Pro Bowler thinks it is no contest.
"He always had the most pressure with me and my dad [Archie] and with Cooper being such a social legend at Mississippi," Peyton Manning said, referring to his older brother. "I called him earlier this week to tell him good luck. This is not a time to say congratulations, it's a time to say good luck."
Romeo Crennel's only regret during his coaching career is losing one of the five Super Bowls he's been to. Or so he says.
New England's defensive coordinator had a rare news conference this past week, and talked about his past, the New England defense and his potential head coaching future.
Crennel, 57, has had little exposure to the media, one reason he only started getting head coaching interviews last year. In part that's because he's spent much of his career working for Bill Parcells and Parcells's disciples, who allow their assistants to speak publicly only on rare occasions.
He said that came up during his interviews last year for head coaching jobs with the Giants, Bears, Bills and Falcons.
"All of them kind of wanted to find out about me because in the programs that I have been associated with, the head coach does most of the talking, so they don't know me personally and they wanted to find out what my philosophy was."
Crennel also was asked if his age might work against him when vacancies come up this year.
"I don't know whether age will be a problem or not," he replied. "I don't think anybody can say age will be a problem because of the laws of the land."
But he added: "I am realistic. I know that coaching is a young man's game. That is the philosophy in college and all the way through. People who make the decisions seem to think that they would rather have a younger guy than an older guy. There is nothing I can do about that. I am not going to get younger. I am what I am. I do what I do. So, if someone thinks that is good enough or would like to take a chance on that, then I would be ready to go."
Vick Commends Mora
To Michael Vick, his coach is just another cool guy.
"You kind of envision the head coach coming in and being a kind of rah-rah guy and demanding respect for the players," Vick says of Jim Mora Jr., who took over in Atlanta this season.
"I barely recognized him when he walked in. I thought he was a free agent, he just looked so young. So when I finally got a chance to talk with him, he just came across as my type of guy and that's a real cool guy. So we hit it off just like that."
Mora, who turned 43 on Friday, says the feelings are mutual.
"He is really a good kid," the coach says. "I enjoy being around him, he's fun to joke around with, he takes hard coaching so you know you can get on him, he's resilient. I don't know, for some reason we just have one of those relationships that works. I think Mike knows that I care about Mike Vick, not Mike Vick the quarterback, and I think that matters." . . .
The third quarter has brought out the worst in the Miami Dolphins, and that's pretty bad.
Miami has been outscored 68-3 in the third quarter, which is why the Dolphins are 1-8 despite leading four games at halftime.
"The third quarter is not going so well for us," quarterback A.J. Feeley said.
In the first, second and fourth periods, Miami has outscored opponents 120-118. But the Dolphins have failed to score a touchdown in the third period while giving up eight touchdowns, including four on interception returns.
"There have been a lot of interceptions, and we haven't moved the ball as well in the third quarter," interim coach Jim Bates said. "We have to get that cleaned up."
Whatever halftime adjustments coach Dave Wannstedt made didn't work. Wannstedt resigned last week, and the Dolphins expect the energetic Bates to give more fiery halftime speeches.
"Coach Bates is going to get teary-eyed," tight end Randy McMichael predicted. "And he might throw a couple of things."
Raiders auf Deutsch
The Oakland Raiders launched Raiders auf Deutsch (Raiders in German), a new section on the team's official Web site (www.Raiders.com.) this week. The new section will feature content in German and will include weekly game previews and summaries, historical team information and helpful tips for fans new to the game of American football.
The Raiders are the first team in the NFL to offer original content in German. Two years ago, they launched a Spanish language site. And earlier this year, the Raiders began a Chinese language site.
"Raiders auf Deutsch is part of a comprehensive effort to reach the global Raider Nation and to enable our non-English speaking fans to interact with the Silver and Black," says Raiders chief executive Amy Trask.