Denver Broncos Championship Week: Thursday’s Top Entertaining Quotes


Dec 8, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme (84) runs with the ball after catching a pass during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 51-28. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

You know it’s Conference Championship week when Peyton Manning takes to the podium for the second straight day. Like yesterday, here are the highlights from the media session:

1. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase said that Peyton Manning is more intense than he is.

“I would say he would be. You see it. He’s a little more outwardly with his emotion compared to me. I’m probably not as much as he is.”

2. Peyton Manning said that he carpools to the stadium with teammates on game day.

“I think everybody kind of settles into some kind of routine. Me and [WR Eric] Decker and [TE Jacob] Tamme carpool together—drive from the hotel to the stadium. We’ve done that for the past two years. We have a few other guys do it last year with us that are no longer here. But yeah, we feel fortunate to be playing still doing this time and you realize you’re driving down on Sunday on two games being played so you feel fortunate. That’s kind of part of our routine.”

3. Jacob Tamme talked about the seating arrangement in the car and what they do on the way to the game.

“Decker’s been getting in the back; he’s been letting me have the front for some reason. It’s like a seniority thing or something…Yeah, we call Archie ‘Papa Bear’ and stuff on the way to the game. Orange cone, reroute (laughing).”

4. Knowshon Moreno talked about the Super Bowl being held near him hometown in New Jersey

“That would be a plus. It’s not something that I’m like, ‘Oh, I really want to do it.’ It doesn’t matter where the Super Bowl would be held, if we were able to get there, you’re there and you want to compete and try to win the thing. If we’re fortunate enough to get there, that would be kind of like a plus.”

5. Shaun Phillips talked about his options during free agency last year.

“It was a no-brainer for me. I don’t think San Diego wanted me back. They weren’t serious enough. It was just a good fit. When I walked in the door, those guys showed me so much love as soon as I walked in and made me feel like they wanted me on the team and wanted me to be a part of the team. That’s why it was a no-brainer for me.”

6. Demaryius Thomas said that sometimes people confuse him with Julius Thomas.

“Sometimes I hear it over the intercom talking about D.T. but it’s really Julius. If you kind of look closer he’s a little taller. Then I had some people thinking we’re cousins or brothers (laughing). It’s funny. Yeah, sometimes.”

7. John Fox likes that Broncos fans are quiet when the team has the ball.

“Our fans are unbelievable. A lot was made of some communication that was heard (cadence/line calls). We get pretty much forced to put microphones on our players. It’s not something that we’re excited about. But you can hear those things and it requires us to change them and dummy them up some. You hear that because our crowd is so quiet when we’re on offense. That is the good thing—is they understand when to be noisy and when to be quiet.”

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