LINK If Peyton Manning is considered such a great decision-maker at quarterback, then how come he left Sundays playoff game on the lap of his ***** kicker? Because its the playoffs. You might say, wasnt it Manning who rallied the Colts to a near-victory? Wasnt it Mike Vanderjagt whom Manning called not only an ***** kicker, but also a liquored-up ***** kicker, at the 2003 Pro Bowl after Vanderjagt ripped Manning (and Colts coach Tony Dungy) as too unemotional who missed a game-tying 46-yard field-goal with 21 seconds to go? Well, yes. But Manning, starting in college at Tennessee, has made a habit out of digging a huge hole early in big games, then rallying just enough to lose respectably and stay title-free. For all of Mannings famed improvisational skills in play-calling before the snap, Manning loses all composure if the play doesnt develop as planned after the snap. Its not just that Manning is not very mobile. Its that the offense is based on timing, and any disruption of timing sends Manning into a panic. It also turns him against his teammates. Rather than try to inspire his Colts when theyre behind, Manning tends to go into a shell and wonder why everybody else is screwing up.