How to successfully (and unsuccessfully) attack Josh Norman in the passing game

Yes I’m writing about the Super Bowl again.

You know how much I love to talk about game planning for specific players? Well that’s exactly what today’s post is about.

Josh Norman will be playing in DC next year, but he had a lot to do with why the Panthers were so tough on defense last year.

So what do you do when you’ve gotta face a talent in the secondary like him, especially when your quarterback doesn’t have the same zip on the ball that he used to?

Well today I talk about three plays the Broncos used to attack his side of the field.

Two of them worked, one didn’t, but they all have something to teach.

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Peyton Manning on Preparation and Playing QB

In an interview conducted before the season started, but just posted on Thursday, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King had a great conversation with future Hall-of-Famer and pizza baron Peyton Manning. 

The interview goes all over the map, including Manning’s take on the new laws out in Colorado that have directly affected pizza sales in the state (Hint: He’s doing very well).

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Of course, my favorite part was reading what he had to say about playing the position that’s made him a very wealthy man. Manning was asked what advice he would give to rookie QB’s just starting in the league, and he had a great answer: » Read more

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Hiding in plain sight: Denver’s “Delay-Follow” Boot Concept

I just want everyone to know that this post has absolutely nothing to do with a certain Seahawks defender who had a very memorable postgame interview with Erin Andrews last night, but I need page views, so if you’ll excuse me, I have to boost this site’s SEO visibility:

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Sorry about that. Anyway, Peyton Manning had by far his best day against a Bill Belichick defense in the postseason, posting a 118.4 passer rating against a defense that struggled all day long against the veteran quarterback.

One of the plays that caught my eye was Manning’s first touchdown pass of the game, a one yard throw and catch to TE Jacob Tamme, a former team mate of Manning’s in Indy as well. Even in a simple naked bootleg on the goal line, there is often a lot detail and deception hidden. » Read more

OMAHA! Peyton Manning, John Heisman, and the origin of Pre-Snap Verbiage

Football is a unique game, which is why we love it. One of the biggest differences between football and other sports is that there’s only one game a week. As a result, reporters, journalists, and whatever the hell Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith are calling themselves these days all need things to talk about, write about, and discuss.

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Believe it or not, sometimes there are actually a few interesting stories that come out of all that journalistic digging. One of the side stories that has taken social media by storm is Peyton Manning’s use of the word Omaha while making his checks and audibles at the line of scrimmage.

Companies are hopping on the bandwagon, offering travel deals to the city of Omaha, Nebraska. There is even a collection of Omaha businesses who have pledged $500 to Peyton Manning’s foundation for every time he uses the word in today’s game.

What does Omaha mean? Is it a run play, pass play, or a play action pass? Ask Peyton himself, he’ll tell you: » Read more

Wrecking Ball: Breaking down Eric Decker’s Four TD Performance against the Chiefs

This just in: The Denver Broncos are pretty good.

On the first chilly December afternoon of 2013, millions of television viewers saw Eric Decker score 4 touchdowns against a Kansas City defense that early in the year had been one of the league’s best. With the future Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning under center, this has become normal to see on the Denver stat sheet.

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Once again, just as in Indianapolis, Manning has three excellent receivers to choose from. With Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker playing outside, and Wes Welker lining up in the slot, it’s not hard to see why this Bronco offense has already broken several long-standing franchise records. Any of the skill position players on this offense are good enough to have the kind of day that Decker had against the Chiefs, today just happened to be his day.

Let’s find out why, by breaking down all four of his touchdowns, and look at why Manning decided to call his number so many times. » Read more