Manning was not pleased with the way his team worked during their joint practice with the Texans, and made that clear afterward.
“I thought our offense stunk today. I thought their defense kicked our butt,” Manning said, via Troy Renck of the Denver Post. “We will learn from the film, and hopefully we come out tomorrow and do a better job from a players standpoint and execute.”
(You can hear Broncos coach John Fox’s opinion by tuning into to the Dan Patrick Show at 9:30 a.m. ET, since our own Mike Florio’s hosting this week. Steal us something good, Mike.)
Manning said the Texans defense “kicked our butt,” in the shorts-and-shells practice.
Asked what upset him, Manning replied: “”Were you watching? Bad.”
“I kind of call it like I see it,” he said. “When you have a pretty below-average practice, you have to call it a below-average practice. I think this team does a good job of being even-keeled. I don’t think we are overexcited about beating a San Francisco team that didn’t blitz us one time and played a vanilla scheme. I think we have a humble attitude about what we have done so far.”
Maintaining that kind of edge, and keeping that kind of perfection in front of him is what drives Manning. And he’s not going to hold his teammates to a different standard.