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Meeting of the minds: Peyton visits Saban at Alabama


It’s not uncommon for coaches to pick the brains of one another in the offseason.

But Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning joined the loop, putting at risk his God-like status in the state of Tennessee.

According to Alex Scarborough of, Manning and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase spent two days with Alabama coach Nick Saban last week, a visit Saban called mutually beneficial (of course).

“A lot of people would say, ‘Wow, the guy is one of the best, if not the best, from a career standpoint and about as good as anyone has been in the history of the league,’ ” Saban said. “After all the experience and knowledge that he has, he’s going out to try and seek more knowledge and understudying of the game of football so he can play better.”

Of course, Saban wasn’t just generously sharing his own wisdom, as his teams have been picked apart by the kinds of no-huddle attacks Manning is so good at running.

“Since they’re a no-huddle team, we had a lot of questions for them, in terms of what gives them problems and what defensive teams do that give them problems,” Saban said. “That was a mutual benefit. I know it was a benefit to us. I hope it was a benefit to them as well.”

While Manning helping an SEC rival won’t sit well with his orange-clad brethren, the fact Manning’s out looking for fresh perspectives on the game also illustrates his commitment to the game. Coming off a record-breaking season, he could have easily claimed some down time to rest, but continues to work.

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16 Responses to “Meeting of the minds: Peyton visits Saban at Alabama”
  1. patriotsarespygaters says: Apr 18, 2014 8:49 AM

    He can’t teach you how not to choke peyton it’s jus natural for u OMAHA OMAHA

  2. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 18, 2014 8:59 AM

    No rest for the weary.

  3. ebr362 says: Apr 18, 2014 9:04 AM

    Cant stand Saban, could care less about Manning and his regular season greatness, but I have to admit I hope all the young players and coaches see how the these two professionals handle their business no matter how successful they are. Great lessons to be learned. imo

  4. atthemurph says: Apr 18, 2014 9:06 AM

    It won’t matter when it’s cold and the pressure is on. Manning’s arm will fail and his old mind won’t be able to react fast enough and it will be over.

  5. dlw492 says: Apr 18, 2014 9:12 AM

    What’s next? Tim Tebow visiting Urban Meyer… Oh wait

  6. bert1913 says: Apr 18, 2014 9:20 AM

    at least they have something in common, they both lost really big games last year

  7. sarcasm says: Apr 18, 2014 9:36 AM

    Once in a lifetime player.

  8. qdog112 says: Apr 18, 2014 9:37 AM

    Did Saban ask Manning to slow his roll? We know he’s not fond of the “no huddle”. Maybe he got some pointers on how to defend it.

  9. lanzurrah says: Apr 18, 2014 9:56 AM

    Well, I guess listening to Kiffin talk about bubble screens gets old after a little while…

  10. somethingsmellsrotten says: Apr 18, 2014 10:01 AM

    Watch the SuperBowl Saban, that will show a defense totally shutting down that over rated team…and MegaHead, just go away already.

  11. sportsguy3434 says: Apr 18, 2014 10:13 AM

    I thought that was why they brought in Kiffie.

  12. turtlehut says: Apr 18, 2014 10:16 AM

    Did Manning ask Saban for pointers on how to lobby the NFL to change rules to help the Broncos?

  13. skoldier612 says: Apr 18, 2014 10:32 AM

    Two wizards, period.

  14. tremoluxman says: Apr 18, 2014 10:57 AM

    Hey Stafford, you paying attention?

  15. remyje says: Apr 18, 2014 11:05 AM

    Since they’re a no-huddle team, we had a lot of questions for them, in terms of what gives them problems and what defensive teams do that give them problems,” Saban said.

    Saban didn’t watch the Super Bowl

  16. scw1993 says: Apr 18, 2014 3:24 PM

    Ah the golden boy, even when he does wrong, he can do no wrong in the eyes of the world. Biggest choker in the NFL.

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