MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 02: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during Super Bowl XLIV Media Day at Sun Life Stadium on February 2, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Peyton Manning knows a thing of two about good football. I mean, he’s a double Super Bowl champ. So, when Manning talks, we listen.

Manning appeared with his brother, Eli, for commentary during Monday Night Football on ESPN2 (Sept. 20), and during the game, he said some hopeful things about the Lions.

When asked for his views on the Lions and quarterback Jared Goff by Pat McAfee, Peyton replied that “Detroit is in a rebuild mode.” He added, “A lot of draft picks coming up due to the trade with Stafford and Goff. It’s going to be a frustrating season, they’re gonna lose some games. But I’m telling you, what I saw last week with the way they fought in that second half, the way they started the game tonight, I mean there’s something there…”

As for Goff, Manning said, “I like Jared Goff. Look let’s face it. He got punched to the gut, Pat, by getting traded. I got cut, at least I had a choice of where I wanted to go play. Jared gets traded to a team he knows nothing about. It’s a punch to the gut. He knows Stafford and the Rams are off to a good start. He’s handled it like a pro. He’s a mentally tough kid, you can build an offense around him. It’s going to take a little time. It’s not going to be today or this season. But I’m telling ya, Jared Goff has what it takes to be a championship quarterback, there’s no doubt about it.”

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