If it were up to Broncos head coach John Fox, Omaha would be Nebraska’s most populous city, not the football buzz word so many are trying to decipher.
On-field microphones have captured Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning saying “Omaha” numerous times at the line of scrimmage in Denver’s two playoff games, which has led to a sort of fascination about what it means.
Asked about the “Omaha” phenomenon on Monday, Fox (of course) wouldn’t go into detail about what it meant. He did, however, give a crystal-clear take on his feelings about on-field microphones.
“Really, we’ve never been real thrilled,” Fox said of on-field chatter being captured for all with a television to hear. “The league kind of us makes us put these microphones on players, so it’s not real fun for us. We have to change a lot, and all those kind of things.
“But I think really, in today’s NFL, offensively, more and more people are doing things at the line of scrimmage, whether it’s audibles — I don’t want to get into too much — but there’s a lot of communication that goes on at the line of scrimmage in today’s NFL, and that’s both offense and defense. Really, even special teams. I mean, you’ll see hand signals, you’ll see different things, even in the kicking game. I think when you give people 18 hours a day to think of stuff, this is what we do.”
And there may be no choice but to work that much on line-of-scrimmage adjustments, given that so much on-field discussion hits microphones and transmits to the ears of the opposition, Omaha and all points beyond.