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Peyton gets a humbling reminder of how slow he is


Early in Sunday’s preseason game against the 49ers, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning took a snap at the 9-yard line and saw a huge hole open up in front of him in the San Francisco defense. So Manning decided to run to the end zone.

And then that hole closed up on him, and he was tackled for a gain of one yard.

Manning acknowledged afterward that the play served as an unpleasant reminder that he’s one of the slowest players in the NFL.

I thought I was going to score, but I got one yard,” Manning said. “Kind of humbling.”

Manning ran for a touchdown last year against the Cowboys, catching their defense completely by surprise, and he said he hopes he can still occasionally use his feet at times when the defense isn’t expecting it.

“You try to catch them off guard. It’s probably not really high on their alert game plan sheet, ‘Watch for the quarterback run,'” Manning said.

It’s also probably not really high on John Fox’s list of priorities to watch Manning get tackled on a run up the middle in a preseason game. If Manning wants to run up the middle again, he should wait until the Broncos are inside the 1-yard line.

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50 Responses to “Peyton gets a humbling reminder of how slow he is”
  1. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 18, 2014 6:54 AM


  2. 1phd says: Aug 18, 2014 6:58 AM

    He was lucky that there wasn’t an injury. Can you imagine if there had been a season or career ending one? John Fox would be ridden out of town on a rail and there season would be over before it started. Pretty risky Peyton.

  3. tubaplayingprof says: Aug 18, 2014 6:59 AM

    Much respect to Manning, but the only time he should think about running to the end zone is to congratulate a receiver for scoring.

  4. 1phd says: Aug 18, 2014 6:59 AM

    their season

  5. grogansheroes says: Aug 18, 2014 6:59 AM

    But Peyton is faster than most players with his brain.

  6. thegronk87 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:00 AM

    I thought the seahawks gave him a humbling reminder last year.

  7. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:02 AM

    49ers fans… A million dollar high tech scoreboard and you can’t put any points on it.

    What a shame

  8. tincansailor981 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:05 AM

    Truth is truth. dude runs like he’s wearing cement cleats.

  9. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Aug 18, 2014 7:05 AM

    Well, they aren’t lying.

  10. sketchydave says: Aug 18, 2014 7:13 AM

    Way to stick your neck out


  11. RegisHawk says: Aug 18, 2014 7:14 AM

    I think he saw Russell Wilson do it against the Chargers Friday night and figured it wouldn’t be all that hard.

  12. jimmysee says: Aug 18, 2014 7:16 AM

    Peyton Manning and Colin Kappernick — the tortoise and the hare.

  13. dukeearl says: Aug 18, 2014 7:19 AM

    Harsh but true….

  14. wtfchiefs says: Aug 18, 2014 7:28 AM

    Did the announcers say He’s not the fastest guy but he’s a real hard worker with a high motor?

  15. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:34 AM

    Still faster than Rivers.

  16. canetic says: Aug 18, 2014 7:41 AM

    And that’s why he’ll never be in the HOF.

  17. cash804 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:44 AM

    In one play, Peyton doubled their Super Bowl offensive production.

  18. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 18, 2014 7:44 AM

    The needy for speed.

  19. shootscuz says: Aug 18, 2014 7:53 AM

    He may have actually had something if Aldon Smith hadn’t seen what he was trying to do. Once that beast saw him going for it he was in big trouble. Peyton said last year after the Cowboys game that his rushing TD might just be his last.

  20. kennyb3441 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:06 AM

    I think it’s time for Roger to take a look at this, and make a few rule changes that would allow Peyton to run a little bit more.

  21. bmoreb says: Aug 18, 2014 8:23 AM

    That’s actually pretty funny

  22. phuzzball says: Aug 18, 2014 8:24 AM

    He should have at least tried to lunge forward, so his forehead would break the plane.

  23. iman62 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:27 AM

    Football on your phone

  24. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 18, 2014 8:30 AM

    Good thing for Peyton (and the Broncos) that his football mind is heck of a lot quicker than his feet.

  25. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 18, 2014 8:55 AM

    Most overrated QB of all time! He got outplayed in the SB by even Rex Grossman!

  26. singisking says: Aug 18, 2014 9:04 AM

    I’d pay to see a Manning-Brady foot-race..

  27. denver1983 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:04 AM

    He really wasn’t that slow. If you watched the game the hole closed, it happens to all this running qbs

  28. magicmtndan says: Aug 18, 2014 9:16 AM

    What time today will Emmanuel Sanders come out and say how much faster Ben is as a runner than Peyton Manning?

  29. Indybear says: Aug 18, 2014 9:32 AM

    Sources say that Goodell wanted to give him the touchdown anyway for trying so hard.

  30. don2074978 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:40 AM

    I bet Manning is faster than 85% of the posters here

  31. unclemoobaa1911 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:49 AM

    Maybe next time Papa John can give Peyton a ride to the end zone in his camaro.

  32. 2difshoe says: Aug 18, 2014 10:04 AM

    Mannings run was so slow, that the beginning of the Broncos next pre-season game had already started…and end too.

  33. dynastybeforeyoureyes says: Aug 18, 2014 10:16 AM

    He may be slow now, but after the Hawks gets done with him week 3, he won’t even be able to walk.


  34. bradygirl12 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:23 AM

    Manning shouldn’t feel too bad. As much as I like Tom Brady, he is just as slow,if not slower. He also sits down the second he senses pressure in the pocket. He’s not what you would call brave. Getting old is a tough thing.

  35. weepingjebus says: Aug 18, 2014 10:41 AM

    I dunno, I just saw Brady dodging some edge rushers pretty well. Plus if there’s, say, a live ball behind him he actually runs after it unlike Manning in the Super Bowl.

  36. theflyingelvis says: Aug 18, 2014 11:01 AM

    I’m surprised the NFL hasn’t yet made it a rule that defenses have to let manning gain at least 10 yards on the ground before gently laying him down on the turf. I know it’s been said a million times on other threads, but I still can’t believe the way the league bends over backwards to reshape the rules for ONE player. The Patriots vs colts AFCCG, where the pats CBs played tough, LEGAL defense against the Colts receivers, mauling them within the five yard zone and completely destroying mannings rhythm, and the Seattle SB, and we all know what happened there. Peyton should have his own gold plated suggestion box.

  37. scw1993 says: Aug 18, 2014 11:03 AM

    Uh oh…..I see another “rule enforcement” coming. Oh…no actual rule?? We have to make one then, just for megahead.

  38. granadafan says: Aug 18, 2014 11:10 AM

    If Manning was a 22 year old trying to enter the draft this year, the so-called draft experts would have over analyzed the whole thing and dropped him a few rounds because his athletic measurables are awful other than his height. Fans who have never looked at tape, but merely repeat what the faux expert say, would have blasted the Colts because he wasn’t fast.

  39. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 18, 2014 11:29 AM

    That one yard play still stands as a better performance than Blaine Gabbert showed in two preseason games

  40. florsht says: Aug 18, 2014 12:17 PM

    Yep! A rules change is needed.

  41. cometkazie says: Aug 18, 2014 12:24 PM

    Whatcha wanna bet Archie can outrun him?

  42. lanman11 says: Aug 18, 2014 12:31 PM

    I can think of only one other player that is this slow, that can still dominate superior athletic competition in an NFL game, most of the time. Once those two players are gone, that will likely be it. The one dimensional pocket passer will probably be extinct. These two survive and thrive because that one dimension is huge. The reason I say this is because I don’t believe a pure pocket passer is going to be getting as many chances in the feeder systems at the pee-wee and high school levels,. Without a chance to polish themselves for the college level, the supply of QB’s is going to be largely mobile QB’s, and that will be what the NFL has to choose from. That’s pretty much the situation already. Personally, I enjoy the mega passer QB’s more than the runners. They are huge, larger than life characters in the game. I think the game will lose something when these guys are gone.

  43. thraiderskin says: Aug 18, 2014 12:41 PM

    That’s too funny…

  44. slugbaitspace says: Aug 18, 2014 1:18 PM

    He must have seen three different Seahawks quarterbacks do it on Friday and thought, “yeah, I can do this…”

  45. truths4all says: Aug 18, 2014 1:24 PM

    “A man has got to know his limits.” – Dirty Harry

  46. packergator says: Aug 18, 2014 1:59 PM

    Could be a major reason he has struggled in postseason games. In how many recent Super Bowls has the QB had to scramble out of the pocket and make throws on the run when the initial play breaks down? QBs with legs of stone in big games are going the way of the dinosaur.

  47. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 18, 2014 1:59 PM

    Shouldn’t we change the rules so Manning can run for touchdowns?

  48. thefox61 says: Aug 18, 2014 2:01 PM

    Uh oh, looks like NFL will be implementing a 49ers rule now…. The defense may not collapse a running lane while Peyton Manning is in it.

  49. 49ersfan1485 says: Aug 18, 2014 5:31 PM

    Even though I love Kap, you can only imagine what our team would be like if we would’ve signed Peyton a couple years ago. Still I guess Kaps better for the long term cause you gotta think Peyton’s got at least this season and maybe two more….. See you in Super Bowl 49 Peyton!!

  50. RE LEE says: Aug 18, 2014 6:19 PM

    That’s a stupid move… He could have been hurt. Is it really worth it? Same with brady trying to tackle. Got to keep your cool guys… Football won’t be electric without you two…

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