Peyton Manning has made major sacrifices to strive for perfection
The quarterback's march to perfection
Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013 04:10
He was the reason for the season in a city that only had claims to fame in motor racing and basketball.
Manning made football relevant for that city.
Success overran the Colts’ organization which flowed into the city, garnering support from every direction.
They brought the Super Bowl XLI back to Colts’ headquarters. Along with the hardware came commercial gains for the city of Indianapolis—because of the quarterback.
Lucas Oil Stadium, a 720 million dollar venture was completed because of the notoriety number 18 brought.
Numerous hotels were situated on the western side of downtown, which were built after the 2006 Super Bowl; the city’s second championship in thirty-six years.
On the eastern side, there is Harry’s and Izzy’s, a restaurant that he opened in a joint venture with Craig Huse, owner of Elmo’s Steak House, another popular establishment in Indianapolis.
However, success came at a price and Manning made his payments every March.
March was when Manning started the month-long dissection of the Colts’ previous season, an undertaking that began on the first Monday of the month.
He stole away in the offensive coaches’ meeting room with then offensive coordinator, Tom Moore to watch film from the season opener.
Load the tape. Press play.
They analyzed the opening play to the core. Did it work? If not, why? Where were the running backs? Was every player in the best position possible for the play? What about the receivers? Was that particular look blocked correctly? Did it end in a sack?
Manning despised sacks.
Where was there room for improvement?
The offensive group wrote down their thoughts and suggestions on the first play, and every play afterward for that entire game.
The review lasted all day, and continued the next morning at 6:30 a.m. This routine repeated every day of March until the entire offensive scheme had been analyzed and corrected.
"You know how people have compulsions?" Moore says. "This was his compulsion. He wants to be the best player." he said to Yahoo! Sports.
Moore sacrificed many Marches to Manning, but he never complained. In fact, he believes those month-long observations were for the best.
“Peyton made me a better coach. I'm proud to say that,” Moore said.
Moore’s best memory of the quarterback was when the Colts had beaten the Baltimore Ravens in 2010 to advance to the AFC Championship games where they would face the New York Jets.
He pulled tapes of the old Ravens defense when Jets head coach Rex Ryan used to run it. He figured that there would be something that Ryan would try to use against him.
"Peyton wants to know everything and that's good, that's passion for the game," he says.
This weekend, as Manning returns to his inception, he won’t be ‘the face of the Colts’; he’ll be a Denver Broncos player who’s in town to play a game and go back to Denver.
Manning doesn’t know how he will feel on Sunday, but he doesn’t want to lose focus as this will be a key AFC game for the Broncos, Yahoo! Sports said.
The Broncos have continued their normal preparation for the Colts matchup this weekend.
Denver will ascend on Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday, looking to keep their record of perfection.
Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.