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Dan Koppen’s used to snapping to the best

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He’s the new Broncos center because of an injury, but Dan Koppen now has the distinction of snapping to two of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.

He’s giving it to Peyton Manning now, and will see his old quarterback Tom Brady this weekend in his old home. Koppen started 134 total games for the Patriots over nine years, and will go back there Sunday.

“I’m sure it’s going to be fun. A little bit different, a little bit different view,” Koppen said, via Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post.

After a broken leg landed him on IR in New England last year, he was released in final cuts, and landed a backup job with the Broncos, who happened to have signed that other quarterback who has done a thing or two. He became the starter when J.D. Walton suffered a broken ankle Sunday.

“I’m fortunate to be here, and be around these guys, but it is unfortunate that it’s this way. You don’t want to see anybody get hurt,” Koppen said. I’ve just got to go out there and do my job, whatever the coaches ask of me, and do that.”

While Koppen was as low-key as you’d expect a former Patriot to be, he did say there were similarities between the offenses, and Brady and Manning’s ability to run the kind of no-huddle that makes communication between center and quarterback crucial.

“I’m pretty familiar with it. It’s along the same lines of what we ran in New England, which helps, just different verbiage and all that stuff,” Koppen said.

Understated, yes. But he also has a unique perspective on two of the best sets of hands to throw a football.

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20 Responses to “Dan Koppen’s used to snapping to the best”
  1. jpb12 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:31 AM

    This guy and Jeff Saturday have been pretty spoiled.

    Not like Manning, Brady or Rodgers is gonna go all Cutler on them

  2. caseyanthonymunoz says: Oct 2, 2012 11:39 AM

    One is a great QB and the other is great regular season QB.

  3. 49erstim says: Oct 2, 2012 11:40 AM

    Oh…. Looks like its time for the old girlfriend to meet the new one. :-p

  4. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Oct 2, 2012 11:53 AM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Oct 2, 2012 11:39 AM
    One is a great QB and the other is great regular season QB.
    ———
    I think what you meant to say was one is a great QB and the other plays in a system where even Cassel can win 11 games.

  5. murf17 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:55 AM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Oct 2, 2012 11:39 AM
    One is a great QB and the other is great regular season QB.
    Oh great another RING comment. Can we please get past this. Ben has the same as Eli and Bradshaw has as many as Montana. Yes Manning has struggled in the post season when teams can plan for him with Indy’s crap D and there non existent running game. ONe last note on Brady having the greatest season ever when he had 50 TD’s. If you look at the numbers side by side and actually use your head the numbers show that if manning had as many attempts as Brady did when Manning threw 49 he would have had 5300 yards and 57 TD’s. Brady threw 578 times and 50 TD’s for a TD every 11.56 pass attempts. Manning only threw it 497 times and 49 TD’s for a TD every 10.14 pass attempts. 578 attempts times 10.14 equals 57 TD’s. They are both two of the greatest of all times and I am a huge Pats hater so there you go.

  6. jimcaldwellsucks says: Oct 2, 2012 11:57 AM

    Love the ignorance Casey.. Love the ignorance.

  7. flash1283 says: Oct 2, 2012 12:00 PM

    Oct 2, 2012 11:53 AM
    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Oct 2, 2012 11:39 AM
    One is a great QB and the other is great regular season QB.
    ———
    I think what you meant to say was one is a great QB and the other plays in a system where even Cassel can win 11 games.

    And here we go again, there is always a HATER who will try to diminish what Brady has done for 11 years because Cassel came in and did exactly what a 4 year back up was supposed to do. Put up some decent #’s and win some games.

  8. rc33 says: Oct 2, 2012 12:03 PM

    “verbiage?” Did this guy go to Boston College or something?

  9. denverscott says: Oct 2, 2012 12:03 PM

    Glad to have him. Usually, when you lose a center there is a drop off for at least a little while. He stepped right in and didn’t miss a beat. Good signing Fox.

  10. blue18hutthutt says: Oct 2, 2012 12:09 PM

    It’d be hilarious if Brady and Manning ended up sharing the same broadcast booth after their careers are over and their fans are still arguing over who is the better analyst

  11. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Oct 2, 2012 12:09 PM

    flash1283 says:
    Oct 2, 2012 12:00 PM
    Oct 2, 2012 11:53 AM
    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Oct 2, 2012 11:39 AM
    One is a great QB and the other is great regular season QB.
    ———
    I think what you meant to say was one is a great QB and the other plays in a system where even Cassel can win 11 games.

    And here we go again, there is always a HATER who will try to diminish what Brady has done for 11 years because Cassel came in and did exactly what a 4 year back up was supposed to do. Put up some decent #’s and win some games.
    —–
    And here we go again, there’s always someone swinging from Brady’s balls and forgetting that he hasent won anything since he got caught cheating or has had a great D.

  12. geniusfan says: Oct 2, 2012 12:36 PM

    Koppen is going to need a lot of help with Vince Wilfork this week. Belichick is going to line Wilfork right over Koppen. If Denver doesn’t double and maybe even triple team him (like the Bills did at times) then Manning is going to have pressure in his face all afternoon long in Foxboro.

    I know Koppen can keep up with Manning and he won’t get overwhelmed by anything but he got dominated all August long and was awful in the preseason he’s just not the same player anymore.

  13. weepingjebus says: Oct 2, 2012 12:41 PM

    Koppen’s a great player and a great guy, great to see he has another chance to be great at center with another great QB. Great, great, great.

  14. judsonjr says: Oct 2, 2012 12:48 PM

    Yes, Brady was always brilliant in the playoffs. Like the time the Pats were up 7 late in the 4th versus the Colts in the AFCCG. Pats are inside the 10 and it’s 3rd down.

    All the Pats need to do is hold onto the ball and kick the FG and it’s game over. But Tom the sloth tries to run the ball in for a TD and loses a fumble in the process. But of course, he gets bailed out by replay. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s an utterly moronic play in crunch time.

    Then of course there was the Tuck rule, and Drew Bledsoe having to beat the Steeler juggernaut led by Kordell Stewart.

    And that’s from someone that doesn’t even follow the AFC.

  15. gisellichek says: Oct 2, 2012 12:56 PM

    @ tdshouldbeinthehall says:

    So tell me … You wouldn’t trade your QB for Brady?

    I love the cheating comments… the patriots didn’t cheat at Football… They video taped defensive signals after the commish said to stop … which if you you know anything about football gave them zero advantage in any one game… Since the got got caught cheating they have the highest winning percentage of every other team including yours and have been back to the big game twice…

    Face it… We are better!!!

  16. caseyanthonymunoz says: Oct 2, 2012 1:09 PM

    The QB is the most important position in sports. The QB determines wins and losses more than any other in sports (expect baseball pitcher but that only happens 1/5 days). And Manning isn’t just average…he stinks. He’s under .500. Sorry kids, fact not opinion.

  17. dukemarc says: Oct 2, 2012 1:11 PM

    That’s kind of funny – so is Jeff Saturday

  18. flash1283 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:54 PM

    judsonjr says:
    Oct 2, 2012 12:48 PM
    Yes, Brady was always brilliant in the playoffs. Like the time the Pats were up 7 late in the 4th versus the Colts in the AFCCG. Pats are inside the 10 and it’s 3rd down.

    All the Pats need to do is hold onto the ball and kick the FG and it’s game over. But Tom the sloth tries to run the ball in for a TD and loses a fumble in the process. But of course, he gets bailed out by replay. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s an utterly moronic play in crunch time.

    Then of course there was the Tuck rule, and Drew Bledsoe having to beat the Steeler juggernaut led by Kordell Stewart.

    And that’s from someone that doesn’t even follow the AFC.

    —-
    Great job!
    He’s played in what, 23 or 24 playoff games and you pick out 2 games.
    No one said he was perfect but having the second highest winning % in playoffs is a lot better than being below average.

  19. CKL says: Oct 2, 2012 2:28 PM

    I wish Kop well. I was kind of surprised the Pats brought him back to be honest. I’m guessing Jack DelRio has him in the defensive meetings this week too. Any smart coaching staff would. Pats will have to play MUCH better than they have this year to date to beat Denver.

  20. doublezero74 says: Oct 2, 2012 2:37 PM

    Brady is one of the best QBs ever and to say otherwise shows ignorance and/or envy. Same with manning, we have been lucky to see these two guys play over the llast decade +. Haters out there are just plain dumb

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