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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.

Peyton Manning had an audible where he had to do a karate kick

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Peyton Manning’s seemingly complex audible calls have always been a big part of his game. The MVP quarterback calls out a million things before each play, and defenses have even said trying to study him is almost counterproductive because he’s always changing things. For instance, in the Denver Broncos’ playoff game against the San Diego Chargers, Manning used the term “Omaha” frequently but changed its meaning throughout the game to induce neutral zone infractions by San Diego.

In light of Manning’s audible calls receiving extra attention lately, his former center with the Indianapolis Colts, Jeff Saturday, shared his favorite Manning audible. Saturday explained on ESPN’s “NFL Live” that the audible involved a karate kick.

“We had two calls that kind of paralleled each other,” Saturday said on “NFL Live.” “It was Osaka and Saigon. So those were the calls. But the reason I loved them the most is because [Peyton] had to do a little karate kick behind the line of scrimmage. So his key and signal to the receivers was a little karate kick.

“Now Peyton isn’t the most — he can’t dance — he doesn’t have the most rhythm in the world, so for him to give that little karate, it looked really awkward on the field. I used to love watching game film and seeing him do that.”

Oh man, I wish we could have seen that on film. Peyton doing a karate kick? That must have been beautiful!

Peyton Manning just wanted a Bud Light after beating Chargers (Video)

Peyton-Manning-Bud-LightPeyton Manning had only one thing on his mind after the Denver Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers to advance to the AFC Championship Game on Sunday — an ice cold beer.

During Manning’s postgame press conference, a reporter asked him if he is concerned about his upcoming neck exam after the season and what it means for the future of his career. Peyton said he has not taken any time to think about it.

“Truly not,” he replied. “What’s weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth after this win. Priority number one.”

The press room erupted with laughter after Manning made the comment. We already knew Manning was hilarious with scripted stuff like his incredible DirecTV commercial or that SportsCenter interview with Ron Burgandy, but who knew he was such a good improviser? That’s why people love Peyton.

Peyton Manning ‘Omaha’ call may be snap count direction

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Peyton Manning made “Omaha” a well known part of Sunday’s AFC playoff game between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers.

Known for his extensive audibles and pre-snap directions, Manning kept saying “Omaha” while calling plays and barking instructions to his team on the field during the game. The word “Omaha” quickly began trending on Twitter and was mentioned on social media, leading to many jokes and observations. But what exactly does “Omaha” mean?

Our friend Lance Zierlein, who is a host for Sports Talk 790 in Houston and comes from a football coaching/scouting background, shared an explanation for what he believes “Omaha” meant:

To further break that down, Manning/Denver picked a word that starts with an “O” as their code word for when they’re trying to draw the other team offsides. That would let his team know not to jump on the first “hut” he says.

Interestingly, right after Zierlein tweeted that, Manning drew the Chargers offsides. San Diego had five neutral zone infractions at that point. However, after Zierlein tweeted that note, I observed that on the Broncos’ four-quarter drives, the snap came immediately after Manning yelled “Omaha.” Perhaps he changed the code word’s meaning at that time to keep the Chargers off-balance. It seemed like “Omaha” then began to mean snap the ball on my next sound.

In fact, Manning’s former coach Tony Dungy said on Twitter that Manning even got the Chargers to jump twice with fake Omaha calls.

Omaha, Dungy noted, is a term universally used by football teams. Quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Tony Romo and even Eli Manning have all used it, as have many more. In simple terms, Omaha is just a code word that generally means the team is changing something about the play called in the huddle. On Sunday, it seemed like Omaha was a code word for the snap count.

Whatever the case, the city in Nebraska sure appreciated all the extra publicity: