Tony Dungy made a pitstop in Denver to take in the Broncos practice on Monday. He was there to tape an interview with Peyton Manning that will air during theWednesday and Sunday Night Football broadcasts.
Dungy coached Manning in Indianapolis, and he’s an analyst for NBC now. He’s the perfect guy to interview the biggest name on the 2012 free agency market.
“We played against Denver so much, I think he had a good comfort level for what he could expect, what type of organization it was,” Dungy said of Manning’s decision to sign with the Broncos.
Dungy has been keeping a close key on his former pupil, and if his assessment is correct, then we’re all in for a special treat.
“As I watched the preseason games, I saw the throws get more and more accurate,” Dungy said. ”To me, watching the San Francisco preseason game and watching him in practice today, it looked like 2009 again.”
Manning threw for 4,500 yards, 33 touchdowns, and had 16 interceptions in 2009.
Things start up again for Manning Sunday night when the Broncos host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dungy’s take on the game is that it will be a very different game from the playoffs last season. Dungy looked back at the last time Manning played the Steelers which was in 2008.
“It’s going to be that chess match of those guys (Troy Polamalu, LaMarr Woodlry, James Harrison) trying to disguise their blitzes and come and put pressure on the quarterback, Peyton recognizing what they’re doing and try to take advantage of it,” Dungy said.
The Steelers have sacked Manning six times in three regular season games, and five times in one playoff game (2006) during Manning’s time with the Colts.