Peyton Manning: Every Game Is So Important

Colts QB Peyton Manning shares his thoughts with the media on teammates Reggie Wayne and Joseph Addai, talks about the challenges of playing with different receivers every week, discusses the importance of every game when you're in a close division like the AFC South, and more!

On it being a short week...

"Obviously it's a little tougher on the traveling team because you're spending time traveling, but you have to kind of get some extra studying time in on your own and do whatever you have to do to get ready to play a good team. Their defense, they have a lot of playmakers, they give you lots of different looks, and so it's a challenge getting ready for a team like this in a short period of time."

On if there is much new added to the game plan...

"You try to do whatever you can to find the best game plan. Obviously you want to be different and be diverse in what you're doing, and you can't do the same things every single week. It's a combination of getting ready for what they're going to do and also trying to get your best game plan put in at the same time."

On if he has seen a difference in WR-Reggie Wayne in the absence of Marvin Harrison and other receivers...

"Reggie's playing great. We're moving him around probably a little bit more trying to call things to get him the ball. Of course the defense I think is going to be somewhat focused on him, and obviously sometimes that can free up some other guys. There's no secret that we are going to try to do different things. Good things happen when the ball gets in his hands, there's no question about that. He's playing great for us."

On WR-Craphonso Thorpe...

"He's a new player, he's a young player in this system, and it's always a challenge in trying to pick up this system kind of on the run when you haven't been here that long, although he really has been here since mini-camp. He's working hard and we're trying to do whatever we can to help him and put him in good situations."


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On having new WRs and him knowing every play in the book but having to call something that everyone knows...

"No question. There's some real merit to working hard and calling things where everybody can get on the same page. A game out there is not the time to give a player a test as far as his knowledge of the playbook, so you want to call things that everybody feels comfortable with. Everybody plays better and plays faster when they know what they're doing, so there's some real truth to that. The key is, every practice, every repetition, walkthrough and meetings are all very important to getting some of these young guys caught up to speed."

On if it has been frustrating for him with the changes at WR due to injuries...

"I guess it hasn't really been surprising as far as who is playing and who is not playing. Pretty much, you know kind of every Monday who is going to be out or who's not going to be out. So you have a week to get ready for it and deal with it, and it's up to us to make it work with whoever's in there. That's part of football, we all know that, and that's something you just have to deal with."

On paying attention to which receivers catch on to certain plays...

"You definitely pay attention as you're watching the film of practice during the week. You're making notes to things. If the play doesn't look real good in practice, it's not all of a sudden going to look good in a game. So you try to put the guys in the best situations for them to succeed."

On Joseph Addai carrying a big load against the Falcons...

"We always try to be pretty balanced in what we do. It's important for us every week to try to get some kind of run game going to slow down a team's pass rush, just to keep them on their heels a little bit. But there's no question, (the Falcons) are excellent against the pass. (DE-John) Abraham is outstanding as always. (DeAngelo) Hall is an excellent cover guy. They have excellent players on defense. That's pretty much what we try to do each week, is to try to get some kind of mix in the run game, drop-back passing game, play action passing game, and hopefully keep their defense kind of in check."

On the Thanksgiving game in 2004 at Detroit...

"Those were the good memories. That was a fun occasion. I kind of wish we were wearing the throwback uniforms this year. Of course, you could hardly tell we were wearing throwbacks three years ago. We moved the stripe down like an inch and the horseshoe around. Players weren't real excited about our uniforms three years ago. I guess that's just for in Detroit or in Dallas. It's an exciting game to be playing in. Everybody watches Thanksgiving football. We're glad to be playing and have another chance to go out there and hopefully play well. It would be nice to actually get another win if possible."

On it being a fight until the end in the AFC South....

"No question. That's why every game is so important. That's why Sunday's win was important and that's why this game is so important. Every game you're playing, you're trying to keep your lead in the division. You feel like you don't have any room for error to make a mistake and give a game back to the field. So that's why each week it's important we prepare the same, prepare hard and hopefully we can—we're still dealing with the injuries—get a few guys back for this game and then after this game you would hope to get even more guys back with a couple of extra days rest."


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