It snowed about two inches last night here in Denver and the temperature dropped to the mid 20s. As you can see above, the Broncos practiced outside today. Does it help them for the possible inclement weather in New York for Super Bowl XLVIII?
“We practiced in this and had to play in these types of conditions at different points in the year,” quarterback Peyton Manning said. “Any time you can have a somewhat of a situation that you can simulate during practice which you might see in the game, it’s always a good thing. whether it’s a two-minute situation, or weather or whatever it is, it’s a good thing.”
Manning spoke to the media for about six minutes. He was pretty careful in what he said. You could joke that he’s more expansive pre-snap.
He was asked about the Seahawks’ defense and whether it was the toughest the defense the Broncos offense would face this season? He was relatively non-committal.
“I’m just kind of starting to get know them and prepare for them,” Manning said. “We played them in the preseason. But I’m still kind of going through the preparation and familiarize ourselves with the opponent. There’s a lot of film to study. From what I’ve seen, it’s certainly an impressive defense.”
When pressed for more info, Manning stayed with his original answer. There was no audibling to something more.
“I’m still studying them, so I’m probably not ready to make any first impressions, I’m still getting to know them,” Manning said. “There’s a lot to study and I’m looking forward to getting that time to study.”
Manning is one of a handful players on the Broncos with Super Bowl experience, including Wes Welker. Head coach John Fox had them speak to the team on about what to expect.
“He’s encouraged guys to ask questions and he’s encouraged guys that have experience share any tips,” Manning said. “We have had an opportunity to do that. It’s good thing to set up to give some guys an idea of what they are getting themselves into.”
So what did he tell them?
“What I told them is what I told them in the team meeting, but probably not to tell at the press conference,” Manning said.
Best part was when a TV person asked Peyton about the great advice his brother Eli gave him about the swirling winds of MetLife Stadium.
“I haven’t had those conversation so … ” Manning said. “If we were playing in the old one, it might be a little different. But we haven’t had those conversations.”
Here’s some more quotes from Manning’s meeting with the media.
On his level of work with his different coaches
“It’s probably hard to do it in a short answer. [Head] Coach [John] Fox, obviously he is the head coach, [Offensive Coordinator] Adam [Gase] is kind of the head coach of the offense, if you will. You’re dealing with Adam on the schemes and the X’s and O’s and I’m dealing with [Quarterbacks Coach] Greg Knapp on my quarterback fundamentals. Coach Fox, it is his football philosophies that we are following as far as situational play and whatnot. He and I always have conversations about kind of how he feels a defense might play us. He takes me kind of into the defense minds of how they might try to stop this play or whatnot. He has great experience as being a defensive coordinator. Those have always been conversations that I have gotten something out of.”
On CB Champ Bailey
“He has great coverage skills, great ball skills. He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s a smart player—you can always tell when you played against him that he understood concepts and understood what you were trying to do possibly offensively. He’s a great technician as well. I played against Champ when I was a young player and he was with the [Washington] Redskins, and then of course many years when he was here in Denver. It has been great to practice against him every day for the past two years. The receivers get better and the quarterback gets better as well.”
On the four Broncos players with Super Bowl experience
“Coach Fox has had some guys that had some experience share some of their thoughts with players. He has encouraged guys to ask questions or encouraged guys that have some experience to share any thoughts or tips. We have had an opportunity to do that, to share some of those—whether it has been coaches or players or [Executive Vice President of Football Operations] John Elway. I think that is a good thing that Coach Fox set that up to help some guys have an idea of kind of what they’re getting in to.”
On getting help with non-football aspects of the Super Bowl from Eli Manning
“Eli and I have done that in the past. You try to help out any way you can. That is certainly a way that I think I’ve been helpful to him and he’s been helpful to me the past two that I’ve played in and he’s helped me out again this year. You certainly appreciate that.”
On getting support from Eli Manning
“I always appreciate my brother. I didn’t see what he said and I’m not sure he was defending me. I think Eli pulls for me and I pull for him. It has been neat having the relationship with him, both having the same job for these past 10-something years. We have a lot that we can relate to and a lot of situations that we’ve both faced. I’ve always thought that quarterbacks naturally can share those thoughts and if you have other buddies who are quarterbacks, when he’s your brother it’s a pretty unique situations and we bounce a lot of ideas off of each other these past 10 years.”
On whether the Super Bowl being in New York adds anything special
“The Super Bowl is always special, no matter where it is played. For a lot of our players, it is their first time playing in one. So I think the fact that it is in New York is certainly going to be special, but it is a big deal because we worked so hard to get to this point. Two teams that have worked hard and have really laid it on the line all season long to be here. This is why you work hard all offseason—for this opportunity. There is no question it is a big deal and it is very special to be playing in this game.”