Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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THINKING MAN: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis on Sunday a better quarterback than the one who left.
A football junkie, Manning is consumed by this passion for preparation.
"His focus is on one thing and that's trying to figure out a way to help our team win that last game," offensive coordinator Adam Gase said.
So, when a downpour hit Denver during the fourth quarter of the Broncos' last preseason game, Manning grabbed a ball and started throwing on the sideline. He wasn't warming up to go back in, but "just working on his wet-ball mechanics," Fox explained.
The Broncos didn't retreat to their indoor practice facility during a recent snowstorm but bundled up and went outside in preparation for more cold-weather games like the one last January when the Broncos were upset by Baltimore on a 13-degree night, their only loss in their last 18 games.
Manning is driven by that defeat, and his determination to make up for it shows in his precision passes. He's completing a career-high 76 percent of his throws. Defenses can't double all four of his main targets.
"Somebody's going to be 1-on-1," Demaryius Thomas said. "But Peyton also likes to say, 'I don't care if you do get doubled, you've got to figure some way to get open.' And so I do. We all do. That's the great thing about Peyton. He makes everyone around him smarter."
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