Peyton ManningSubmitted by dwalters on Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:30
I'm a fan of Peyton Manning. I think what sets him apart is not his amazing accuracy or his impossibly quick release - although both are top notch. What I feel sets 18 apart is his ability to very effectively and efficiently communicate adjustments to his teammates.
How many times have football fans witnessed a QB holding his head in frustration after being on a different page than a targeted receiver, for instance?
Consistently, Manning has demonstrated a high aptitude for avoiding such difficulties. By the time the ball is snapped, the entire offense has been optimized through use of his keen observations and cryptic dialect that teachers of geography should include in their curricula. Of recent temporary fame:
Put a pin in a map for every city 18 mutters and see how quickly you can become an American atlas. Perhaps one day, he'll expand his jargon to include international landmarks.
Maybe he already has, and I've missed it. His calls are interesting - to say the least. Imagine you were a defense listening to this jabber orchestra:
Something tells me that we will continue to see Peyton after he retires as a player. Personally, I'd like to see him coach a college team. Maybe he could show Saban a thing or two. Imagine how easy it would be for him to recruit quarterbacks - establish a lasting pedigree.
Like "The Field" from The Legend of Bagger Vance:
Manning sees it - and more remarkably - he can get others to see it with seeming ease. Effective communication is a very valuable asset.
Manning has it. That's what sets him apart.
Shiny trophy much?