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Adam Gase bristles at talk of Peyton Manning struggling in the cold


The prevailing narrative regarding quarterback Peyton Manning — that he stinks in the cold weather — has reached critical mass this week, with the question being openly asked and the Broncos aggressively firing back.

“I’ve only been around him two years, but the thing that probably [ticks] me off more than anything is the fact that I don’t want anybody else as my quarterback,” Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post.  “I’m going to go in with him every Sunday, and it’s a great feeling to have. When you don’t have a guy like that — and I’ve been in that spot a lot — it [stinks] when you know you walk in there and you don’t have a shot.  So I’ll take him any day of the week.”

The Broncos will again play in the cold on Sunday, against a Titans team Denver should beat.  And that’s the most overlooked aspect of the notion that Peyton struggles in the cold.  The more accurate assessment is that maybe Jim Irsay was right.  Maybe Peyton tends to hold the ball a little too tightly in big games.

Typically, more big games happen in the cold.  And so, if Peyton struggles in big games, he’s more likely to struggle in cold games.

Today’s game isn’t a big game.  If he wins, the narrative may not need to be dumped but adjusted.  It’s not the nature of the conditions but the size of the stage that may be the real reason why Peyton struggles in the cold.

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9 Responses to “Adam Gase bristles at talk of Peyton Manning struggling in the cold”
  1. dukeearl says: Dec 8, 2013 2:59 PM

    If he does struggle today, that would not have been the best thing to say.
    It opens up to more finger pointing that he can’t play in the cold.
    That type of comment is best saved for after the game.

  2. koenig61 says: Dec 8, 2013 3:01 PM

    Playing in a dome most of his career, I would wager a few of those cold weather losses Peyton has had have been playoff losses on the road, and no matter the weather is, it’s hard to win playoff games, especially on the road. In other words a non story that will some how continue to have legs so long as there are fans who hate Peyton and love Peyton. Just a other thing to argue about.

  3. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Dec 8, 2013 3:04 PM

    Last night during the Seminoles win over Duke, the media kept asking about the rape charges and finally the player just turned away in disgust.

    This is what I mean by the media essentially taunting people. This is just a microcosm of why the media is hated. And the term ‘hated’ is correct here. Hated.

  4. granadafan says: Dec 8, 2013 3:08 PM

    It’s put up or shut up time for Peyton. If he loses, the questions will still dog him.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 8, 2013 3:25 PM

    4-10 in cold weather games. Pretty much the definition of struggling.

    Not to mention in the game the Ravens knocked them out of the playoffs last year, Manning’s neck looked so stiff from the cold and it was clear he was having a lot of trouble throwing as a result.

    He never has been and never will be a good cold weather QB.

  6. mightymorgan18 says: Dec 8, 2013 7:17 PM

    The media and “Peyton can’t play in the cold” mongers are complete morons.

  7. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Dec 8, 2013 7:42 PM

    Well so much for this non-story!!!!

  8. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Dec 8, 2013 10:23 PM

    Deal with it Mike.

  9. frostymugobeer says: Dec 9, 2013 2:51 PM

    yeah….Manning only scores about 35 points in cold weather instead of his avg 42 ….it’s HIS fault the defenses give up 38-50 in those games.

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