“Peyton is a very cerebral player,” said Broncos head coach John Fox. “No one thinks about football more than Peyton. Does he think too much when the playoffs start? I don’t know. And I don’t want to think about it too much either. That would be a very Peyton thing to do.”
Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase worries the bye week is destroying his quarterback.
“This is way too much downtime for him to think about a good game,” said Gase. “He was where he needed to be as far as knowing our gameplan on the Tuesday morning after Week 17. Now he’s going through all kinds of ridiculous scenarios. For example, today he has been coming up with plays to run if a volcano erupts and fills the left side of the field with lava, allowing San Diego’s defense to load up their defensive backs on the right side of the field. It’s exhausting. Exhausting and sad.”
But Manning says he has a lot of preparation to do and will continue to mentally prepare for the game right up until kickoff.
“I am proud of the fact that every week I take the field knowing I am more prepared than my opponent,” said Manning. “In the playoffs, I take that to the next level because it’s even more important. If when I step under center on Sunday, if I don’t have 5,000 thoughts running through my head at once, I will have failed.”
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