Alex Brown: Manning's a "Coach on the Field"

Chicago defensive end Alex Brown talked to the media and shared his thoughts on Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, the Bears being tabbed as underdogs, and the AFC's recent dominance in Super Bowls.

(on what Lovie Smith has told the defense about Colts QB Peyton Manning)
"Nothing. I don't think you have to say anything about Peyton Manning. He's good. He's really good. He makes plays. He runs that offense better than anybody could run it. He knows what the defense is going to do before they actually do it. He could probably look over and tell the cornerback, 'Well, you're not supposed to be there. You should be here.' He probably could do that. He 's that good. He understands the game that well. He understands defenses that well. It doesn't get any easier. We had (Matt) Hasselbeck, we had Drew Brees, and now we've got Peyton Manning. It only gets harder. But this is for the granddaddy of them all."

(on whether Peyton Manning is a QB who can be rattled if you hit him enough)
"Any quarterback can get rattled. But what you've got to do to get them rattled? That's the thing. Peyton Manning's good. He rarely gets rattled. But it could happen. I wouldn't want to make up the game plan. I'm glad the coaches have to do that. I've just got to go out and execute it. But we just want to put pressure on him. We're not talking about getting into somebody's head or anything like that. I want to get pressure on him, to hit him when the throws the ball. We want to hit him before he gets rid of the ball. It's just like any quarterback. The things that we do don't change because it's the Super Bowl. We're going to still do what we do. We're going to get after the quarterback and hopefully get him out of his rhythm. Maybe he'll throw us a ball or two, and we can make a play on them."

(on whether he's tired of seeing Manning in so many commercials)
"No. I think it's funny. I think it's hilarious. My son loves him, too."

Bears DE Alex Brown (Getty Images/Jonathan Daniel)
(on whether he played against Manning in college)
"No, when he played, I redshirted. I broke my foot, so I couldn't play. But I remember watching him. He's huge. He's like 6-5, 6-6, and I thought he was a lot bigger than that when I was in college. It seemed like he was about 6-8 out there. But for whatever reason, he couldn't beat Florida, and coming back here, hopefully a little bit of that magic will keep happening."

(on the toughest part about playing Manning)
"He's a coach on the field. He knows. He obviously puts in the work during the week to prepare for the game, and in this case, he's got two weeks to prepare for us. He puts in the work, and it shows on the field. He knows what you 're going to do before you actually do it. So you just have to try to disguise as much as you can and see if you can surprise him a couple times. And if you can, maybe you'll get a ball or two, and hopefully that will be enough to win. But it's hard to make plays on him, hard to get interceptions on him. He 's good."

(on being the underdogs against the Colts)
"I don't really care. The people in Vegas don't play football. I think you guys (media) put a lot into that. They say that when you're home, you get three points, and we were two-point favorites last week, so I guess we were underdogs last week, too. People haven't given us a chance to win too many ballgames this year anyway. So we just have to make sure we understand that if we continue to do what we do, practice hard and play hard, give it everything we've got, then we've got a chance to win. We've got to make plays and get turnovers. That's it. Who cares whatever everybody else says? They're not among the 53 that are going to be out on the field. So it doesn't really matter."

(on whether he feels the 'AFC superiority complex' is unjustified)
"The last NFC team to win it was ... the Rams? No, I guess it was Tampa in '02. So they've got some good teams over there. But I don't know. A lot of people said that San Diego would be here this year. They were wrong. People are wrong all the time. Hopefully they're wrong again."


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