In September last year, an article was published in the Washington Post (written by Cindy Boren) which quoted the then Colts’ head coach, Tony Dungy as putting an exact mark on the event which started the neck problems that Manning has been suffering ever since.
"Earlier in the game, I'm outraged that there was a flag for roughing-the-passer on Dwight Freeney for just grazing the quarterback's helmet. So I'm yelling at the ref [Scott Green], 'Where's the flag! Where's the flag!' And I don't yell much, but I did then. So I didn't notice Peyton calling timeout and being shaken up. Peyton came to the side-line and said to [backup] Jim Sorgi, 'Jim, start warming up.' As the timeout went on, he said to us, 'I can stay in, but we need to run the ball here.' Then we sort of forgot about it at halftime, and Peyton seemed fine. He lit it up in the second half. He was on fire [throwing for 244 yards and three touchdowns]. But that's the year we started cutting back on his throws at practice. I'm not putting two plus two together. I just figure he's getting older and he needs some time off, he's made enough throws. But now, as I look back on it, there's no doubt in my mind that this was the start of his neck problems."
Dungy told NBC Sports and SI.com after the game that he saw Manning shaking his right arm which the coach felt looked as if he was feeling a little numb and was trying to get it moving again. Daniels, one of the two men to have made the challenge on Peyton was fined $5,000 by the NFL. Manning later remarked that, “The guy wouldn’t let go of my head. I looked at my helmet to see if my head was in it.”
What’s funny is that Gregg Williams, who has admitted to having taking part in the bounty system, was the defensive coordinator of the Redskins at that time. The Bounty system that Williams was a part of during his time with the Saints is now being said to have existed in his time with the Redskins. According a report by the Washington Post, a couple of players on the condition of anonymity have admitted to this system having been in place and also relayed details about the scoring system that Williams had laid out for rugged and often dangerous play and knocking out ‘stars’ was worth more money than normal take-out hits.
What is even more disturbing is that Williams instilled this idea into the heads of his players that his way of doing things wasn’t just the superior way; it was the right way to win. Ending the careers of players is not the way to go about the game but with this man in charge we have seen a lot of careers ended and we may see another one cut short too and this time it’s Peyton Manning.