Keith Brooking: Peyton is lying when he says he’s not the same

AP

Although his statistics say he’s as good as ever, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning says he’s not the same player he was at his best, prior to the multiple neck surgeries that caused him to miss last season. Teammate Keith Brooking, however, says Manning is full of it, and the 2012 version of Manning is every bit as good as the Manning who was a four-time MVP with the Colts.

Asked on 104.3 The Fan in Denver about Manning saying he’s not the same player he once was, Brooking said he doesn’t buy that for a minute.

I’m not calling him a liar, but he’s a liar,” Brooking said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.

Brooking says that Manning’s greatest gifts as a quarterback have always been mental, not physical, and that Manning remains a great player mentally.

“It’s obviously an ability, talent, extremely intelligent player, but it’s his mindset,” Brooking said. “This game is so mental — your mental approach, the way you approach the game and everything you do. That’s the reason he’s where he’s at and the reason he’s done what he’s done in this league and will continue to do that for a long time.”

And the way Manning approaches the game mentally hasn’t changed.

26 responses to “Keith Brooking: Peyton is lying when he says he’s not the same

  1. Brooking has been a HUGE addition. Especially now that Joe Mays is done for the year.He’s not a pro bowler anymore but he’s a leader. Dawkins provided that leadership from the safety position in years past but this teams been missing that voice in the middle ever since Al Wilson departed.

    Thumbs up for Al Wilson. So underrated.

  2. Wow…what was that, a couple hours between Donkey stories? You’re slipping up donkeytalk.com, umm I mean pft.com.

  3. I’m glad to see the guy playing well. I was afraid he was going to come back looking like a shell of his former self and it always sucks watching the greats end their career looking like mere mortals.

  4. Quick, the over the hill slow linebacker has a comment, get a tape recorder.
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    Why does someone ALWAYS have something stupid and smart to say?…..I should slap your f*cking dunce cap off….go stand in the corner and count to 50….and if you turn around that’s another 5 min in timeout…..smh…..

  5. He’s not the same quarterback even though Denver is winning. The ball just does not have the same zip to it and it hasn’t gotten better as the season has progressed as some thought it would. Unfortunately it will eventually cost Denver in upcoming games.

  6. I, for one, am shocked that Keith didn’t have any comments about the Broncos running up the score in the 4th quarter. I mean, the game was already out of hand when Manning threw that touchdown to Eric Decker, right?

    I remember what happened last time he got vaginal about a team allegedly running up the score:

    “I thought it was totally classless and disrespectful,” Brooking said. “This is the NFL, that’s not what this is about. I don’t think there’s a place for that … I was looking for Childress. I didn’t think it was right.”

  7. These are two ships passing in the night: It does not take a Football Scientist to understand that while physical skills may of course diminish with major surgeries, etc…Q.B.-I.Q may simultaneously increase, as in Peyton’s case.

  8. dvdman123 says:
    Oct 30, 2012 3:05 PM
    He’s not the same quarterback even though Denver is winning. The ball just does not have the same zip to it and it hasn’t gotten better as the season has progressed as some thought it would. Unfortunately it will eventually cost Denver in upcoming games.
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    In what way exactly? Peyton’s arm strength has not slowed down his brain. If anything it’s made him study harder to compensate.

    Peyton never had a rocket arm to begin with. He can make all the “necessary” throws, including deep balls like his bombs to Demaryius Thomas.

    You sir are ill-informed or ignorant. Watch his highlights. You’ll see a dominant QB just starting to gel with his teammates.

    He’s good enough already but is going to get better.

  9. Interesting how he points out how important preparing mentally is. I think he might be talking a little to his old QB…. Romo are you listening, it is not all about talent.. I think Brooking is making a point that some are not getting.

  10. yssupasigninnamnotyep says:

    Wow…what was that, a couple hours between Donkey stories? You’re slipping up donkeytalk.com, umm I mean pft.com.
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    You sound bitter, Jokeland fan. lol

  11. Oct 30, 2012 3:05 PM
    He’s not the same quarterback even though Denver is winning. The ball just does not have the same zip to it and it hasn’t gotten better as the season has progressed as some thought it would. Unfortunately it will eventually cost Denver in upcoming games.

    The upcoming games where 1 team they play the rest of the year has a winning record?

  12. I hope after Manning retires, he can go into sportscasting.
    I’ve never been a fan of his teams, but he has been a Blast to watch over the years–and he’s extremely well-spoken. He would be a Lot better than some we have now, IMO.

  13. We will see if he is lying when he takes the top of a helmet to the back of his neck on national tv. Its why i record all the broncos games on sunday ticket so i can watch it in slow mo.

  14. Keith Brooking was washed up 5 years ago, Manning isn’t what he was and to expect him to be isn’t realistic.

  15. Peyton Manning will go down as one of the truly special players to ever play the game. It’s been an honor to be able to watch him perform his craft for all these years.

  16. Manning leads the league in passer rating (109), passes completed over 20 yards (33), and yards per attempt (8.2). He’s second in yards per game (301), and has thrown 17 tds vs 4 picks.

    I’ll never understand how he did that throwing all those ducks with that noodle arm of his.

  17. Declaring a quarterback’s value by the number of Super Bowls won is about the most ridiculous assessment of someone’s abilities ever uttered. The quarterback is the highest profile position, but he stands or falls with 21 other players – and their coaches. A quarterback cannot compensate, but so much, for a poor defense as Manning proved for years in Indy. Another Manning, Archie, may have been the best to ever play the game, but he had 21 other players combined with coaching that may have affected his ability to win a Super Bowl.

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