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Archie Manning Says New Orleans Saints May Have a Chip On Their Shoulder

Randy SavoieAnalyst IISeptember 9, 2010

Bum Phillips unceremoniously traded Archie Manning to Houston for the forgettable Leon Gray.
Bum Phillips unceremoniously traded Archie Manning to Houston for the forgettable Leon Gray.George Rose/Getty Images

Editor's note: (New Orleans Saints legendary QB Archie Manning, father of Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks Peyton and Eli, spoke with Bleacher Report's Randy Savoie Tuesday morning as part of the Canon "Why Do You Love Football?" photo challenge. In part two of the interview, they discussed the national media's lack of respect for the Saints as well as Peyton and Eli.)

Randy Savoie: Archie, some people perceive that the New Orleans Saints have been disrespected as a Super Bowl champion. A lot of the media outlets don't even pick them to win the NFC South.

I understand ESPN yesterday didn't even mention the Saints as a probable Super Bowl contender. Do you think Sean Payton and Gregg Williams will feed off of that to plant a chip on this team's shoulder?

Archie Manning: Well, I think coaches always try to do that and, if that's the case, yeah, I think Sean and Gregg would probably like it. As a coach, you would rather see (the media) take that approach rather than saying, "oh definitely, (the Saints) have got all the talent, they've got everything, they're going to repeat."

So, that's probably a good thing. But, I think there's so much media out there. There's so many predictions but I think the people in the know, the people who really know the game, follow it close. the Peter Kings, the Chris Mortensens—I think they do know that the Saints are again going to be a very good football team. 

Randy Savoie: Looking at Eli (Manning) and the NFC East, the team some are picking to win it all- the Dallas Cowboys- have had a rough go of it offensively in the preseason. How do you assess the New York Giants' chances in 2010?

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Archie Manning:  I don't pay that much attention to the preseason as far as the Cowboys.

The Giants? They've got to take some steps. They weren't a typical Giants team last year. They didn't stop people. They didn't run the ball like they had (in the past.)

So, both of those areas have got to be improved and I think they're going to be better but I think everyone in their division is going to be better and that division is one of the best in football so it has the greatest rivalries.

Randy Savoie: As far as the Colts and Peyton, definitely the hunger has to be there...went to the Super Bowl one year ago and lost as the overwhelming favorite...would love to go back and win it...your feelings on the Colts' this year?

Archie Manning: It gets tougher for the Colts. They've dominated the division for so long. Everyone in their division is trying everything to beat them. (Their opponents) are trying to identify areas where they match-up good against (the Colts.) So, it gets tougher in their division.

I think the other thing the Colts have to improve on—they've got to run the ball better. It's amazing they could win as many games, get as far as they did last year, by being the last ranked running team. So, that has to improve.  

(The Colts) have been pretty good for about ten years...seven years in a row of winning 12 games. That's unmatched in the history of football. So, barring a whole bunch of injuries, the Colts will hang in there.

Randy Savoie: Archie, tell us about the  Canon "Why Do You Love Football?" photo challenge. It sounds like a great concept?

Archie Manning: This is the 5th year I've been involved with Canon and the "Why Do You Love Football?" photo challenge, just encouraging people to send in their favorite youth football photos.

Wonderful prizes. It has been a very popular campaign for many years.

People can get involved by going to www.usa.canon.com/nfl

Editor's note: (New Orleans Saints legendary QB Archie Manning spoke with Bleacher Report's Randy Savoie Tuesday morning as part of the Canon "Why Do You Love Football?" photo challenge.