At 39 years old, Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning claims learning head coach Gary Kubiak’s new scheme has “stimulated” his thinking.
After completing the second day of minicamp, per Andrew Mason of the team’s official website, Manning said:
“I’m going to tell you one thing I am not: I am not bored in the least bit. I am stimulated by studying. I feel like I’m engaged in trying to learn something new from Gary Kubiak (and) Rick Dennison and learn a little something new from Owen Daniels. Any time somebody has a question of me, I’m glad to answer that, about a route from Owen or James Casey. That’s been the truth.”
How well Manning absorbs the Broncos new scheme over the course of training camp and the preseason will give us an idea of how successful he and the team will perform when the regular season gets underway.
It’s easy to love Manning’s fresh outlook on change and how it helps him thrive personally:
“I think everybody likes continuity and some consistency in what you’re doing, but I will say that at age 36 when I got here, now 39, I have been stimulated by the changes, which I do think keeps you engaged and energetic and focused in meetings.”
Manning is certainly following the quarterback recipe for success, and his incredible study habits and work ethic are to be commended.
Plus, it should be fun to watch Manning and the Broncos following a more evenly split scheme that blends in more handoffs and less passes than last season. Denver has more-than-capable running backs in C.J. Anderson and Montee Ball to lighten the load on Manning. The duo should make him more effective and help preserve his gun-slinging arm for the duration of the season.
Manning’s long-term health is critical to advance the Broncos to playoff status in what could be his final year in the NFL.
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