Peyton Manning Media Quotes

QB Peyton Manning talked to the media in the midst of a short week about preparing for Carolina, the success against Jacksonville, opposing QB Vinny Testaverde and much more!

On being able to count on short-yardage conversions and passing long on a third down in Jacksonville...

"That was a little bit of a unique situation. That was a 3rd-and-1 and we had a measurement, so (Coach Dungy) gave us the go-ahead to go for it on 4th-and-1, so we decided to take a shot and try to hit it. Certainly, when you do that you have confidence that you will be able to get it on the 4th-and-1. It was nice to get more than just the first down, to get that big play to set us up in the red zone and get that first touchdown. Third downs are always important, but those 3rd-and-shorts you feel like you ought to have a high percentage of conversions."

On how important calling the right play is on third and one, that and execution...

"Certainly. Obviously, you're going to try to call a play based on what you have seen all week and hope you get the right defense. If they play something different, you try to adjust and make the proper changes on the run. But usually, it just comes down to the execution of it."

On with the division lead, is it challenging not to lay off now...

"You hope you have the right kind of guys to focus on the job at hand. I think so far, we've shown to have the right kind of guys that can put the previous game behind us no matter what happened and move on to the next one. So that's your approach this week. It's more of a challenge this week because it is a short week. We played Monday night, got back late and you're already over here almost just a day later getting ready for a new opponent. There's not as much time to prepare, so our guys will need to do a lot of extra studying on their own. Hopefully we can do that and get ready to go down there and play these guys."

On if it is an advantage having gotten off to fast starts before as far as the division...

"We put a lot of emphasis on our division games. We knew this year that we had out of our first six games, three of them were division games and all three of them were on the road. So there's no question that you put a lot of emphasis on those games. We lost those three games last year, so I think guys were focused on, responding to what happened last year. We have played decent on the road so far and we need to do it again this time. It's our first trip to Carolina I think for the entire team, guys that have been with the Colts at least. It's going to be a tough place to play."


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On the short week and how they don't fall into that trap...

"I don't know if it's really a trap. It's just less time to prepare, obviously. The coaches try to do some stuff on Monday during the day of the Jacksonville game. Players really can't do that because all of a sudden you're watching some defense of Carolina and you get into the game that night and you get confused over who plays what defense. So I've always just taken it one week at a time, and as soon as the game's over, just move on to the next opponent. But obviously it's one less day. You don't have that Monday, Tuesday to prepare. You just have that Tuesday, and you get to bed at 4:30 in the morning, it sets you back a little bit. And they're coming off a bye week. So it's a double challenge there that they will be fresh, they have two weeks to get ready, we have a short week. So it comes down to taking advantage of every single moment of meetings and walkthroughs and practice and try to get the most out of it."

On this team not overlooking opponents...

"I guess that's what a part of people talk about, but for us, it's been nothing but Jacksonville up until last week. Like Coach (Tony) Dungy said, he gave us 11 minutes to celebrate as he said at 11:49 in the locker room (at Jacksonville), and it's on to Carolina. Going on the road, it's going to be a tough place to play. That's really all we've talked about and really all we're thinking about."

On his thoughts of Carolina...

"Somewhat of an unfamiliar opponent. I think they're very well-coached. Obviously, I've just kind of focused on their defense so far, but the defense makes a lot of plays. Of course, you hear a lot about their great people up front, with (Kris) Jenkins and (Mike) Rucker and (Julius) Peppers. That's where a lot of defenses start and that's certainly one of their strengths. The linebackers are active and the secondary cover is good. Like I said, I think they're real well-coached on defense."

On if he can imagine playing the position at age 43 like Vinny Testaverde...

"That's something. Vinny's a guy that, from what I've heard, has always kept himself in great shape, a big-time workout and conditioning guy. So a real credit to him for his durability."

On Vinny Testaverde coming from home to win a football game...

"There is no substitute for experience. He's played for a long time and seen a lot of different defenses. It certainly was a great game by him and getting that win over Arizona."


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