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Peyton Manning: John Elway ripped Broncos after preseason loss to Seahawks

John ElwayThe Denver Broncos got demolished the last time they faced the Seattle Seahawks. Fortunately, the 40-10 loss came in preseason play. The team that lost to Seattle in August is far different from the one that will take the field in the Super Bowl on Sunday. The preseason game may have been meaningless, but Peyton Manning says John Elway took it very seriously.

“John pretty much laid it on us after that game — that was a butt kicking,” Manning told reporters this week, via Pro Football Talk. “He talked about what he thought our potential could be and didn’t want to see that wasted. I think guys got the message.”

Manning was in midseason form during the loss, completing 11 of 16 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown. But the Broncos were pretty awful on defense and special teams. They allowed a 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and watched a fumble get taken 106 yards the other way for a score.

“He might have been giving a message to coaches as well as the players and everybody in the room got the message,” Manning added. “It was the first time he had addressed the team and when he had something to say it was important.”

Elway probably has not been angry with his team many times since. What he can provide this week is Super Bowl insight from someone who appeared in five Super Bowls and lost three of them. The Broncos would be wise to listen as carefully as they did more than five months ago.

Denver airport lists ‘Omaha!’ as destination in honor of Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning has given new meaning to the word “Omaha” throughout the playoffs, though the veteran quarterback would never tell us what the pre-snap call means. Manning is always changing plays at the line of scrimmage and calling out coverages, and there’s a good chance “Omaha” is just an easy word to say that signifies that he’s about to bark out an instruction. That isn’t stopping Denver International Airport from having some fun with it.

On Monday, the Denver airport added an exclamation point next to any flights that were arriving from or departing for the city of Omaha. Get it?

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Did Peyton Manning say ‘Fatman’ as a Montana audible call? (Video)

Peyton Manning BroncosDeciphering Peyton Manning’s audible calls is about as much fun as watching his games themselves. It’s even more fun when he appears to say something like “fatman” as one of his audible calls.

During the second quarter of the AFC Championship Game in Denver on Sunday, Manning changed a play on third down from the Patriots 38 that went for 28 yards down to the 11. The play turned out to be a running call to Knowshon Moreno — an inside handoff that he took outside.

You probably noticed that in the call, Manning mentioned “Montana.” Then he said something like “fatman” or “batman” and “Omaha” before saying “set hut” and getting the snap.

I’m going to try breaking the play down piece by piece to figure it out.

First off, Ron Jaworski has said that Peyton Manning will have a number of play calls that are coded to a keyword system. Jaws says that Peyton will code the plays to different legendary quarterbacks. So, it’s quite possible that the “Montana” call is named after Joe Montana that corresponds to an inside handoff from the shotgun, which has been one of Manning’s staples since he was with the Indianapolis Colts. I’m not sure whether he said “Batman” or “Fatman,” and I’m not sure if either call even means something. It’s quite possible that “Batman” could refer to one of the Broncos players — like a nickname for Knowshon Moreno — or if he said “fatman,” that could be some sort of code for what kind of blocking he wanted.

One thing we know for certain is that for the first half of the game, “Omaha” meant Peyton wanted the snap right after he said “set hut,” because that’s what kept happening.

Video via Next Impulse Sports

Peyton Manning adds ‘Marshall’ to Omaha snap call

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Peyton Manning generated a ton of notoriety and publicity for “Omaha” by constantly saying it as part of his pre-snap directions during the Denver Broncos’ playoff game against the San Diego Chargers last weekend. Though Manning varied the meaning of “Omaha” throughout the game, it was clear that “Omaha” was a keyword or signal for his teammates.

At some points during the game, “Omaha” seemed to signify that Manning wanted his center to snap the ball on his next sound. At other times, “Omaha” seemed to mean Manning was going to a hard snap count to try to get the Chargers to jump offsides. The plan worked, because San Diego committed five neutral zone infractions during the game.

Manning’s mentions of Omaha led the city and steak company to take note and attempt to capitalize on the publicity. Omaha Steaks were said to be weighing offering Peyton an endorsement deal. Several companies said they were going to donate money every time Peyton said “Omaha” against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Well Peyton used the “Omaha” call about as liberally in the AFC title game as he did against the Chargers. He used it on almost every other play to start the game against the Pats. At least in the first 20 minutes of the game, Omaha seemed to mean what it meant for part of the playoff game against San Diego — snap the ball on my first sound.

Peyton also mixed another call into his audibles against the Patriots: Marshall. It was less clear what the “Marshall” mention meant, but we do know that Marshall is the name of a former Broncos wide receiver (Brandon), a university, and Peyton’s son.

Even though “Marshall” picked up some steam, CBS was still in love with Omaha for most of the first half. They continuously mentioned it, and even played the Counting Crows song on their way to a commercial break.

LeGarrette Blount knocks out Peyton Manning in hilarious GIF

LeGarrette-Blount-punches-out-Peyton-ManningNew England Patriots running LeGarrette Blount has been a major story heading into the AFC Championship, as the power runner rushed for 166 yards and a whopping four touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts last weekend. He also carved up the Buffalo Bills for 189 yards and two scores in Week 17.

Those were breakout performances for Blount, but many of you already knew all about him from that infamous incident where the former Oregon back punched Boise State’s Byron Hout after a game in college. Earlier this week, the incomparable LSU Freek turned that footage into a GIF of Blount knocking out Peyton Manning.

As usual, Freek nailed it. The faces he used for Manning before and after he got punched were priceless. Since this is the same guy who brought us the incredible Andy Reid Kool-Aid man GIF and that Charlie Strong “Blazing Saddles” GIF, we’re not surprised he’s done it again. Freek produces pure gold.

H/T Unathletic via SI Hot Clicks

Peyton Manning: Bill Belichick will go down as greatest NFL coach ever

Bill-Belichick-hoodiePeyton Manning has struggled to get the best of Bill Belichick throughout his career. When facing Belichick and Tom Brady, Manning is a combined 4-10 between the regular season and playoffs. Why has Manning had such a tough time? If you asked him, he’d tell you it’s because Belichick is the greatest NFL coach of all time.

“Coach Belichick is the best coach that I’ve ever competed against,” Manning told reporters on Wednesday, as noted by Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post. “I think it’s safe to say that he’ll go down as the greatest NFL coach of all time. The teams that he’s coach that I’ve competed against have always been well-coached, always been prepared and always played hard for 60 minutes.

“I played against him when he was a defensive coordinator with the Jets and then as the head coach in New England. Those things jump out, and to me that speaks to his coaching.”

Belichick is certainly going to be remembered as one of the best coaches in NFL history, but another Super Bowl ring would put him very close to the top of the pyramid. Many will say that Vince Lombardi can never be removed from his spot at the top. Chuck Knoll is the only NFL coach with four Super Bowl rings and Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs are the only others with three. We also can’t forget about legends like Paul Brown.

On Sunday, Manning will be responsible for either cementing Belichick’s place in history or presenting him with another obstacle to overcome.

Peyton Manning explains ‘Omaha’ call by confusing everyone more

Peyton ManningPeyton Manning made the word “Omaha” go viral on Sunday when he said it about 9,756 times during the Denver Broncos’ playoff win over the San Diego Chargers. Manning, who is known for his extensive audibles and pre-snap directions, kept saying “Omaha” while calling out coverages and changing plays. A reporter asked him about it on Wednesday.

As expected, the 37-year-old veteran gave nothing away. In fact, it was obvious he was trying to further confuse everyone.

“Is that like a fan written-in question?,” Manning joked, via Around the League. “I’m not sure. I don’t know how to answer that. I know a lot of people ask what Omaha means, and it’s — Omaha is a run play, but it could be a pass play or a play-action pass depending on a couple things: when, which way we’re going, the quarter and the jerseys that we’re wearing. So it varies, really, play to play, so, that’s — there’s your answer to that one.”

You mean Manning didn’t want to explain the ins and outs of Denver’s playbook in advance of his AFC Championship Game against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots? That’s a shocker.

While some speculated that Omaha was a code word Manning used to alert his team he was going to try to get the Chargers to jump offsides, we highly doubt it’s that simple. Other quarterbacks around the league have used the word Omaha to alert their teammates that they are changing a play. It’s just a word that is easy to say and comes out clearly, and we hear it so much from Manning because he changes plays more frequently than any other quarterback in the league.

The Omaha frenzy is fun and all, but we really want to see Manning bring back the karate kick to alert his teammates of an audible. That would be fun to watch.