PM: I never inflicted any upon Eli. Cooper, being two years older, inflicted a few upon me wrestling on my parents' bed or playing football in the neighbors' yard. I was kind of a stitch-kid growing up. But I can't remember ever having 12 across the forehead like Eli got.
At what point in your career would you not be insulted if the Colts spent a high draft pick on a quarterback?
PM: I've never had feelings toward that one way or the other. If that's what the Colts felt they needed to do to improve our team, then I guess there would be a reason for it. Bill Polian is a guy you can't second-guess when it comes to the draft. Right now it'd be somewhat disappointing because you'd like to be able to get another player who could help us at another position. But you've got to have thick skin in this business, and I'm no different.
What would you say to Lane Kiffin if you ran into him?
PM: It'd probably be a short conversation. I think the one thing where Tennessee was kind of hurt—our pride was hurt. We didn't think that Tennessee is a transition job. I've always thought, and the Big Orange Nation has always thought, that it is a destination job.
Fifteen years from now, would you consider coaching your alma mater?
PM: I doubt it. I enjoy coaching young kids. We have a football camp in Louisiana where we get to coach eighth-graders through seniors on playing quarterback. I enjoy teaching them. It'd be hard to go onto the recruiting trail. In the NFL people say, 'You're a good play-caller—you'd be a good coach.' I'm only good at calling plays when I'm playing quarterback. I stink at it when I get on the sidelines.
• Futures Bet
I asked Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer which team would have more wins if it played the same number of games: the Bengals or his alma mater, USC. Palmer conceded probably USC, because they "have three or four cupcakes" on their schedule. Palmer likes Cincinnati's chances this year, but he wouldn't go so far as to say it should be my Super Bowl pick—yet. He was, however, more confident about the prospect of lifting the Lombardi Trophy in a different role in the future—as a general manager. "I think I could win a Super Bowl," Palmer said. "I have a good eye for talent at a number of positions."
• Orange Crush