It’s high praise for a player who once extinguished Manning’s hopes of bringing a second NFL title to Indianapolis.

Brees outdueled his cross-conference foe in Super Bowl XLIV, throwing for 288 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-17 Saints victory. Manning also had a pair of touchdowns in the game — though one was to New Orleans defensive back Tracy Porter late in the fourth quarter.

Despite any on-field rivalry, Manning was reverent to Brees when talking with the Louisiana newspaper. When it comes to individual records, Manning suggested his touchdowns mark was more meaningful than overall yardage.

The Patriots lost the Super Bowl and Malcolm Butler watched from the sideline. Reports have indicated the decision to bench Butler frustrated many Patriots players.

Longtime defensive coordinator Matt Patricia left to become head coach of the Lions.

Four key offensive players (Danny Amendola, Nate Solder, Dion Lewis, and Cameron Fleming) left in free agency, and another (Brandin Cooks) was traded. On defense, the Patriots lost Butler and Johnson Bademosi.

Cleveland strikes first, before Washington*, sending over a trio of first-round picks, including first-rounders in 2013 and wholesale nfl jerseys 2014 along with the No. 4 pick this https://www.nfljerseysfactoryshop.com/ year. The Browns also surrender their second-round pick this year, No. 37.

*It’s impossible to separate narrative from fact when it comes to Fisher during his hey day. Narrative says that the Rams traded the No. 2 pick to Washington, in part, because of Fisher’s relationship with Mike Shanahan. The Browns reportedly had an identical offer on the table for the Rams’ No. 2 pick.

The Browns take Robert Griffin III with the second pick. Duh. They also manage to hang onto the No. 22 pick that year, which they send to Washington along with some later picks to move up to No. 6 and draft Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

There’s finally hope in the Dawg Pound, real hope, that a franchise turnaround is imminent.

But those aren’t the only dominoes to fall in the draft that year. Having wrested control over the Dolphins’ personnel department early on, Fisher sets his eyes (smartly concealed behind breakaway blade-style sunglasses, even in the draft room) on LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers, despite the team’s relative strength along its defensive front.