Manning Post-Practice Quotes

Peyton Manning handled some questios from the media about his top-notch receivers, how Titans head coach Jeff Fisher always forces the Colts to stay alert for sixty minutes of play, the two-minute drill and much more!

(on this week's game)
"It's an AFC game here at home, a division game. Everything's there for this team to keep working hard and trying to get better."

(on with a win, being 1-0 against all three divisional opponents)
"That's the thing you like to establish. We talk about the importance of your division games and especially the games here at home. We have a two-game lead at top of the AFC South right now and we'd like to keep that. Anytime you play another (division) opponent, you put a special emphasis on those games."

(on Jeff Fisher complementing the Colts' offensive execution)
"I'd say most offenses would like to be about execution. That's the only wan you can operate. You can't execute some of the time or part of the time. In order to have a good offense, all 11 guys need to do their jobs correctly and with the proper technique every single play. And that's what we strive for. Sure, you don't always get that. Somebody's going to miss a block here, you're going to miss a throw here, or what not. But to move the ball in this league, you better be able to execute your offense. So it's being good at the plays that you run."

(on QB-Vince Young and remembering his rookie season and the struggles that came with it)
"Sure. You certainly remember those times. I know it's an exciting time, because anybody that's a competitor and anybody that's used to playing-Vince I guess was a three-year starter at Texas-you certainly want to be out there on the field. I think that's the best way to learn in this league, is to be out there on the field. I've always said that, and that's the way the coaches here did it with me. To get out there and see the blitzes and to see how fast the corners are and see how much speed they can make up, you learn something new every single week in your rookie year. And you try to use that to your advantage the more and more you play. I still use a lot of the things I learned my rookie year even here in my ninth year. And I'm still learning even now. He sure is an exciting player."

(on WR-Marvin Harrison and his route running)
"He's an excellent route runner. It's easy for me to say, but the greatest compliment I heard about Marvin was when I talked to a number of other defensive backs and what they said about Marvin is how all of his routes look the same, which I think is the goal for every receiver. To make the first 10 yards look the same whether you're running an in, an out, a hook, a takeoff, some of those corners said that about Marvin, which is I think is the greatest compliment."

(on how hard WR-Marvin Harrison works in practice)

(on knowing where exactly where Marvin Harrison is)
"I have great comfort and trust in Marvin and Reggie (Wayne). There's nothing more uncomfortable for a quarterback as to be back in the pocket and not know where your receiver is going to be. It's hard enough dealing with the pass rush, but to know that Reggie and Marvin are always going to be 18 yards, two yards inside the numbers, 16 yards, two yards outside the hash, because when you're playing quarterback, you don't have time to look for your receiver. You're basically looking at the defense. So, that trust is a huge factor. Marvin, just like Reggie, those guys are in the right spots. They also have a great feel of the game, though, when to adjust the routes, when to break off the route to a certain depth. That's something that is hard to teach. You just have to kind of get it through experience, and both of those guys do a great job of that."

(on Tennessee Coach Jeff Fisher)
"I like Coach Fisher. I've played against him a number of times and had a chance to play under him during a Pro Bowl a few years ago. You just get a real feel for the type of coach he is. I enjoy being around him, and I know Coach (Tony) Dungy has high respect for him. So do I. I don't feel comfortable speaking for other situations and what's going on there, but I know he's an excellent football coach. Every time we play, we prepare hard and get ready for the full gamut. He plays every game to win. Sometimes you watch certain games on TV and you see a team and say, 'Boy, it looks like they're playing to get the game over.' He's going to onside kick, go for it on fourth down, he's going to blitz all 11 guys on any single play. He's doing whatever it takes to win. It makes you stay on your toes when you play against this team."

(on Reggie Wayne being a leader in 3rd-down catches)
"He's getting open is probably the main thing. And third down is when a lot of guys can define themselves. You're going to get the toughest coverage. I think there's some real want-to to stay on the field. Both Marvin and Reggie, you kind of hope you get single coverage on those third downs. Usually, that's when teams are going to double them up. Even if it's double coverage, those guys can still find a way to beat you. He always catches the ball. He had one drop this year against Houston, which was like, you kind of heard the whole dome in shock. You don't see that, and you don't see that in practice either. His hands are so strong and so consistent. And another thing I think that he does as good as anybody in the league is maybe on a 3rd-and-12 and you throw the five-yard pass, of getting a first down, running with it. He knows where that first down is. Sure, you'd love to run a 14-yard route, but Reggie's a guy that you can throw the five-yard or three-yard slant and he can turn into a running back and find a way to get that first down. That's a great credit to him."

(on if he feels more comfortable in the 2-minute, game-winning situation than he did earlier in his career)
"Experience is your best teacher there. The more times you can get in it...you practice it in training camp, you practice it usually on Thursdays in practice, but nothing can simulate quite what it's like in a game. So, when you can have a couple of those in your first couple of years playing...anytime you can do it in a game early in your career, it definitely gives you a lot of confidence. I've always seen young quarterbacks with the two-minute drill to win a game early in their career, boy it does a lot for their confidence. It lets them know, 'Hey, I've been here before, I can do it again.' I think I had that. I had one my rookie year against the Jets, actually. It was one of three games we won that year. It gives you confidence, but it also gives your teammates confidence that, 'Hey, this guy can lead us back from a deficit.' So, it's a pretty important event in a young quarterback's career."


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