The Peyton and Eli Manning phone call transcript

The Peyton and Eli Manning phone call transcript

So apparently this week Eli called big bro Peyton to pick his brain about the upcoming matchup against the Eagles. You may recall that Peyton had some success against our birds last Sunday. I guess if Peyton were my older brother and I was playing for the Giants, I would probably be calling him too. Peyton is on a record breaking pace this season whereas Eli and the Giants are, to quote Katy Perry, “like a house of cards, one blow from caving in.” Love that song.

One can only imagine how their conversation actually went, but in my mind it probably sounded something like this:

Peyton: Hello?

Eli: Ugh hey Peyton.

Peyton: …Hey

Eli: So how’s practice been this week?

Peyton: Pretty much perfect. What kind of stupid-ass question is that?

Eli: Cool, cool sorry. Hey so I was just calling to ask if you had any pointers for me this weekend…you know haha…since you did so well against the Eagles defense last week.

Peyton: Yeah, I pretty much did whatever I wanted to them. But what makes you think you can replicate anything close to what I did? You’re 0-4. You’ve been outscored 69-7 in the past two games. You’ve been sacked 14 times.

Eli: Haha you’re such a jokester. I love you on those Dominos commercials. But seriously, any advice?

Peyton: …It’s Papa Johns…but if I tell you, will you please stop calling me all the time?

Eli: K, def.

Peyton: (sighs)…Do a hard count every snap and draw Fletcher Cox offsides. If that doesn’t work, send your receivers on lots of double moves. Cary Williams will bite. If he doesn’t, there’s a 95% chance he’ll grab onto your receivers’ jerseys and you’ll get a first down anyway.

Eli: (struggles to write down everything verbatim)

Peyton: Also look to get the ball out fast. Your line is pretty horrible, but if they can hold their ground long enough for you to get through your first two or three progressions, then you should be okay. Your receivers should win over the Eagles secondary all day. If you don’t have time and the pass rush is getting to you, expect to throw three interceptions like normal. (Hangs up the phone)

Okay, so maybe that wasn’t exactly how it went. Definitely was something along those lines. No matter how beneficial the phone call was, we all know that the Giants are not the Broncos and Eli is not Peyton. Even Chip Kelly was willing to distinguish between this week and last weeks’ matchup.

"Obviously they're brothers, both extremely successful quarterbacks," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. "But it's two different offensive systems in terms of what Denver is running and what the Giants are running."

Although Chip’s point is true, it does not necessarily mean that the Giants will take a different approach from the Broncos. They will want to get the ball out fast and stay aggressive. What remains to be seen is whether or not the Eagles defense will be able to cope. Hopefully come Sunday we find out that Peyton’s teaching skills to little brother Eli are much worse than his actual quarterbacking skills.

This is a guest post by Shawn Conway

Embiid and Okafor want to play together, but not just yet, says Brown

Embiid and Okafor want to play together, but not just yet, says Brown

CAMDEN, N.J. — If all goes as planned, a time will come when the Sixers can roll out a dominating frontcourt duo with Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor sharing the court in lengthy stretches.

That moment has to wait, though, as both Embiid and Okafor are on minute restrictions. As he returns from a knee injury, Okafor currently is coming off the bench and backing up Embiid.

“This conversation with Jahlil and Joel is more intelligent and applicable at a later date,” Brett Brown said at practice Friday. “When Jahlil’s minutes start going up and Joel can, then it’s a real conversation. I do think you may see them sooner than even I thought together. But as far as making it a real constant part of a strategy or rotation, it’s beyond too early days.”

In an ideal world, Brown could pair the two bigs now and use all of their allotted minutes (Embiid 20, Okafor 14) at once. That would leave an extensive workload on second-year bench player Richaun Holmes.

“This is a hot topic,” Brown said. “I will say it one more time: If I play Jahlil and Jo together, I hope Richaun can play 35 minutes.”

It’s an unrealistic expectation for Holmes, who averaged 13.8 minutes in 51 games last season. Brown caps the majority of the Sixers at six-minute segments to keep them competing at a high energy level.

“Right now, he’s a backup,” Brown said of Holmes. “I think he’s going to be an NBA player for a very long time. I just feel like in the role, he’s a second-year player that didn’t really have much of a role last year. He’s shown everybody that he’s for real. He really can play a role. At this early stage, that is the key word.”

Embiid and Okafor have been envisioning competing together since Okafor was drafted two years ago. They became friends long before they were NBA players and have an easy chemistry on the court as a result.

“I think it’s going to be exciting,” Embiid said. “We played a little bit together today in practice. We’re figuring out how to play with each other. It’s a process and we’ve got trust it.”

Yes, the players know they have to wait, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for them to resist an opportunity to play with one another.  

“I think once we figure it out, we can really dominate together,” Okafor said. “We were able to flirt with it again today. We accidentally keep ending up on the same team even though Coach keeps telling us to make sure we alternate. But we’re having fun. We’re trying to put some pressure on it because we want to play together.”

Is that accidentally with air quotes?

“Yeah, exactly,” Okafor said with a laugh.

'Trust the process' has a different, more personal meaning to Joel Embiid

'Trust the process' has a different, more personal meaning to Joel Embiid

CAMDEN, N.J. — Joel Embiid is all about trusting the process.

He manages to insert the well-known phrase into just about every interview, hashtags it on social media and soaks in the chants during games. 

While “trust the process” is commonly associated with former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie’s patience-required approach to building the team — which resulted in three years of dismal losing and suffering setback after setback — Embiid has his personal take on the mantra.

“I think I have my own process,” Embiid said Friday at practice.

Embiid is playing for the first time this season after waiting two years to recover from foot injuries. His long-anticipated debut was a focal point of “the process,” and his return to the court marked a new chapter in the organization.

“I went through two surgeries, lost my brother, thought about some stuff I shouldn’t have thought about, so that’s my own process,” he said. “And then the process of going through the rehab and finally getting back on the court and getting the chance to finally play in the league, that’s my process.”

Embiid is now synonymous with the word. He credits Sixers fans for the moniker, which he added to his Instagram profile. 

“I don’t think it came from me,” he said. “Fans just started and then I just went along with it.”

Wednesday marked the next step in the process, both for the Sixers and Embiid. His regular-season debut (20 points, seven rebounds, two blocks) was a long time coming and garnered buzz all over the NBA world.

“I was the third pick and then I missed two years,” Embiid said. “The excitement in the city, everybody’s happy to finally see me play. Even though it was weird because a lot of people kind of wrote me off a long time ago saying that I’d never play as a Sixer, I’d never play in the league. So it’s all fun. Everybody’s going to have an opinion.”

He’s just got to trust in his own.