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Peyton talks about “Omaha,” but says nothing


Although Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been saying “Omaha” during games for years, it has become a widespread focal point only very recently.

And so Manning was asked about what the term means during his weekly media availability.

“I’m not sure I know how to answer that, but I’ve had a lot people ask what ‘Omaha’ means,” Manning told reporters.  “‘Omaha’ is a run play, but it could be a pass play or a play-action pass depending on a couple things – the wind, which way we’re going, the quarter and the jerseys that we’re wearing.  It varies really play to play.  There’s your answer to that one.”

To no surprise, he said nothing.  And he did it with a straight face, using the same kind of delivery that helped make him hilarious while hosting Saturday Night Live.

Whatever it means now, it had a different meaning when Manning used the term in Indianapolis.  Former Colts tight end and Manning teammate Dallas Clark explained on SiriusXM NFL Radio that the word would flip the “hot” receiver on a blitz from one side to the other, which also signaled the running back to change his protection to the other side as well.

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy recently told PFT that Peyton now uses the term for a very different purpose.

“He is using it a lot now for snap count — on one,” Dungy said.  “Then he can give them a ‘disregard’ and say ‘Omaha’ but not go on one, to keep the defense honest.”

The best way for Manning to keep defenses honest when it comes to “Omaha” is to say nothing about it.  Or to talk in circles while he does, much in the same way he talks in circles at the line of scrimmage, when shouting out terms like “Omaha.”

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28 Responses to “Peyton talks about “Omaha,” but says nothing”
  1. meatcarroll says: Jan 15, 2014 10:52 PM

    Wichita > Omaha

  2. denverdave3 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:54 PM

    Hurry, Hurry

  3. mychode says: Jan 15, 2014 10:55 PM

    Funny, Omaha is actually the name of Peyton’s new chihuahua.

  4. unbridledsexy says: Jan 15, 2014 10:57 PM

    The way he explained it was hilarious.

  5. blackstrat says: Jan 15, 2014 10:58 PM

    He’s a funny guy.

  6. staffordsyear says: Jan 15, 2014 11:03 PM

    Its a cool city.

  7. htowntexan13 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:21 PM

    Blue 48!

  8. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Jan 15, 2014 11:26 PM

    One of Counting Crows’ better songs…

  9. urbusted2 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:36 PM

    Earned him another hosting on SNL.

  10. chargerdillon says: Jan 16, 2014 12:07 AM

    The Chargers Defense sure as hell doesn’t know what it means.

  11. titansbro says: Jan 16, 2014 12:08 AM

    Diabolical football genius. Look forward to him coaching some day.

  12. don2074978 says: Jan 16, 2014 12:22 AM

    Peyton Manning has a bright future in politics if he wants it.

  13. i10east says: Jan 16, 2014 12:28 AM

    The Broncos should move their training camp to Omaha.

  14. thesteelskirt says: Jan 16, 2014 12:28 AM

    He cracks me up, especially SNL

  15. stoytashaan says: Jan 16, 2014 12:56 AM

    It is code for a large pepperoni from Papa Johns.

  16. Bronco$32&33 says: Jan 16, 2014 1:35 AM

    The Chargers jumped offsides three times during that press conference.

  17. broncosnative says: Jan 16, 2014 3:01 AM

    Don’t wanna give out any secrets

  18. backdapack4evr says: Jan 16, 2014 4:11 AM

    Thats probably how he talks at the Manning football camp!!
    No wonder Johnny football got drunk!!

  19. corzman69 says: Jan 16, 2014 5:13 AM

    The Chargers thought Omaha meant “Meet me in the neutral zone”

  20. splitspider7 says: Jan 16, 2014 5:44 AM

    You could tell right away last week that he was using it as a snap count. He would say a couple of normal “Omahas” before he would say a much slower “O-ma-ha”, and on one they would snap it. I thought it was pretty easy to catch up on this week. Or maybe I was just paying that much more attention. But you could tell right away.

  21. allhailkingflacco says: Jan 16, 2014 6:30 AM

    I see him going into politics after football for some reason.

  22. learysdisciples says: Jan 16, 2014 7:36 AM

    Aha Mo!

  23. hockeyman22 says: Jan 16, 2014 7:39 AM

    I think he is talking about steaks!

  24. dublindemonszfl says: Jan 16, 2014 8:19 AM

    Time to change it up, IDAHO!!!

  25. texansfan13 says: Jan 16, 2014 8:46 AM

    Basically it means “Hey defense, you can’t stop this play!”.

  26. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 16, 2014 9:22 AM

    I hope he doesn’t say it at all this week just to mess with everyone.

  27. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 17, 2014 1:13 AM

    Joe Flacco is known to shout “overpaid” before snapping the ball.

  28. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 26, 2014 10:37 PM

    I’ve observed that Manning will not snap the ball until after he says Omaha. The O line knows not to go no matter what he shouts prior to Omaha. It can draw the defense offsides.

    The ball is usually snapped right after saying it. I would think of Omaha as “ready”.

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