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!