As expected, the Peyton Manning endorsements keep rolling in. They come from rookies, veterans, offensive players, defensive players, coaches, and front office executives.
Perhaps no other non-defensive player will have as much an influence on the Broncos defense as Manning. When defensive coaches are preparing for Manning, there’s only so much that can be done.
“When you’re putting that game plan in on a Wednesday and you’re getting ready to play this guy (Manning), you wouldn’t believe the pressure and intensity the defensive coordinator feels to figure out what this guy’s doing,” defensive tackle Justin Bannan said.
Bannan spent many years in Baltimore watching Rex Ryan and Co. put together game plans for Manning. The coaching staff there would watch hours upon hours of Manning film.
“I think he’s one of the few guys where it’s damn near impossible to find something on him that you can key on,” Bannan said. “He switches things up so well.”
Keep in mind that Baltimore has been known as the “Manning Killer.”
Not only is it beneficial to the defense to have Manning because he’s so difficult to prepare for and he keeps opposing offenses off the field, but because he can also clue the Broncos defense in on tendencies.
“It’s his job to read coverages as well and having an elite quarterback that can do that like Peyton, you ask him questions like if I’m playing this technique, what does a quarterback usually look for?” cornerback Tracy Porter said.
Porter knows the benefits of having a quarterback of Manning’s caliber. Porter played with Drew Brees in New Orleans before coming to Denver.
“He’s a great quarterback, he’s a great competitor much like Drew Brees,” Porter said. “To come into an organization with another great quarterback, Super Bowl winning, Super Bowl MVP quarterback, I think my five year career, I’ve been spoiled.”