Peyton Manning Locker Room Quotes

Peyton Manning talked to the media this week about the impact injuries have on the offense, the offensive line, the Colts' defensive secondary, and more!

On the interceptions at San Diego...

"Just poor decisions, poor throws on my part. Certainly plenty to learn from, from that game. We need to correct our mistakes, correct my mistakes, and be better from it."

On how much it changes from when WR-Marvin Harrison is not playing...

"It's hard to say. You'd have to ask more of the defenses to see how it affects the way they prepare or what not. We just have to keep finding ways to make plays in the passing game with who is in there. Obviously, we want to get Marvin back as soon as possible, but we still have to find a way to make plays happen in the passing game."

On the reserve offensive linemen play and if anything changed at San Diego...

"Pretty much running the same plays and the same offensive scheme. Obviously, I'm sure Ryan Lilja and Jeff (Saturday) and Jake (Scott) are doing whatever they can to help out those guys, but I know the coaches expect all the players that aren't participating heavy with the first team in practice to be paying attention, and when their number is called they have to be ready to play. Those guys stepped in and did a good job."

On the offensive linemen filling in...

"It's a credit to those guys for being ready to play. (Offensive Line Coach) Howard (Mudd) is constantly rotating those guys in practice playing different positions. Jake's playing guard going to tackle. I think it says a lot about those guys' versatility. The fact that Jake (Scott) has played guard, tackle and center for us, and Charlie (Johnson) can flip-flop from right to left, it's a real credit to those guys for being ready when their number was called."

On if he has to make calls any differently with reserve linemen...

"It's on the road, it's loud. You make the calls and it's always important when we make audibles and make calls that everybody kind of communicates it down the line. Really, for the most part mentally, we were pretty sharp."


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On with injuries, if he has to be careful not to do too much...

"I think you just try to go through your reads and go through your progressions and try to find the open guy. Any time you have new players playing every single repetition in practice, it really counts. In meetings or in walkthrough, you really try to work hard to get on the same page because it's all happening pretty fast out there in the game. And that's why you practice and prepare for the game."

On how tough it will be for the defense to hold together without DE-Dwight Freeney...

"I respect Dwight. Dwight, (I don't know) if it's even possible to replace him. He just has a certain presence on the field, and personally, just so disappointed and sorry for him. He was having such a great year and was playing so well and to have this injury, I feel for him. Obviously the team is disappointed, but we're just sorry for Dwight as well because it's just tough. But the same deal, those guys, the old cliché is true, everybody else has to kind of step up and raise their level of play. They are playing great, and hopefully they can keep it going."

On the Colts secondary and their sure tackling...

"Those guys are covering well in the passing game, but definitely tackling well. That's part of being a complete football player, as a corner being able to cover excellent receivers, but also tackling some of those big running backs. Marlin (Jackson) and Kelvin (Hayden), the corners are doing a great job. And of course, Bob (Sanders) and (Antoine) Bethea, that's part of their job as a safety, is to tackle, but I think Marlin and Kelvin are really impressive, all of the tackling they are doing."

On the close division standings...

"All we can do is control what we can control. It would be nice to bounce back and get a win. We're playing a really good Kansas City team. Their defense is excellent. The defense definitely played well enough to beat Denver. I think their offense had some turnovers and kind of put their defense in a tough situation. The defense has been real solid all year and it will be a real challenge for us, but we have to find a way to try to get it done. It will be nice to be playing here at home, and hopefully we can get a win."

On if the fact they went through a similar streak last year helps at this point...

"Coach (Dungy) likes to use the examples as teaching points. He has brought up some things from the past, but (he points out) just because it happened before doesn't really guarantee you anything. You still have to go out there and do it. So we need to have a good week of practice, need to prepare, need to get some of these new players in there and get them ready and try to get all on the same page and go out and execute. Talking about it is one thing, but we really need to go out there and do it. That's what we hope to do."


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