Santa Clara, Cali. — If Super Bowl 50 is going to be Peyton Manning’s last game, he looks like he is ready to go out in a blaze of glory.
According to a pool report written by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, one of the few reporters allowed to watch the Denver Broncos Thursday practice, Manning looked as good as he has all season. In fact, King went as far as to describe Manning as being “on fire.”
Head coach Gary Kubiak was thrilled by Manning’s performance. “This is as good as he’s looked all year long,” Kubiak said. “You saw some big downfield throws today. This is what Peyton looked like back at the start of the season.”
Preparing for Super Bowls is always a tricky business, and a player like Manning, who has played in three of these games already, recognizes the importance of a good week of preparation. “We’re looking forward to finishing the week with a couple of good practices and carrying that over to Sunday,” Manning said.
While the coaching staff’s enthusiasm about Manning’s performance should inspire some confidence in the 39-year-old signal caller, it’s important to note the workout was a lighter, unpadded practice.
Kubiak usually makes Thursdays his heaviest practice day, but felt confident enough in his team to let them take it a bit easier this week.
“I thought we practiced very well today,” Kubiak said. “We practiced better today than we did last week. I liked our retention. I liked our speed. I think we’re in good shape here.
The Broncos have one more full practice on Friday afternoon and a pre-game workout on Saturday, which will include a walkthrough at Levi’s Stadium, the site of Super Bowl 50.
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