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Luke Kuechly: Peyton still has all the throws

in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Getty Images

Before the AFC championship game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick answered a question about Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s diminished production this season by saying that he “would never, ever, ever underestimate” Manning.

The Panthers appear to be taking a similar approach as they prepare for Super Bowl 50. Coach Ron Rivera said that Manning is the “same guy” whose knowledge of the game gives him a strong understanding of the best ways to attack a defense. Linebacker Luke Kuechly is also anticipating a chess match with Manning and adds that he’s not discounting Manning’s arm either.

“He’s still got it,” Kuechly said, via the team’s website. “When you have surgeries like that everyone is going to try to discredit you, but he’s still Peyton. He’s still got all the throws. I don’t care what anyone says. He’s still extremely intelligent, and he can put the ball where it needs to be. He’s been great his whole career, and he’s still great now.”

Manning’s numbers have been modest since returning to the lineup in the second half of Week 17, but he hasn’t thrown an interception after giving the ball away 17 times in the first nine games of the regular season. Continuing that trend against an opportunistic Panthers defense will be vital to Denver’s chances of winning the chess match and the Super Bowl.

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22 Responses to “Luke Kuechly: Peyton still has all the throws”
  1. therealraider says: Jan 28, 2016 5:54 PM

    He may be able to put the ball where it needs to be, it just takes a while to get there.

  2. 4thquartermagic says: Jan 28, 2016 6:09 PM

    Going to be an interesting game for Peyton but let’s be honest, the true chess match is between Cam Newton and Wade Phillips.

  3. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jan 28, 2016 6:20 PM

    peyton is the goat but he dont have all the throws anymore

  4. tdubdizzle says: Jan 28, 2016 6:32 PM

    It takes a great to recognize a great.

    Luke Kuechly is the future of Football. Class act, great player.

  5. milehighcityboss says: Jan 28, 2016 6:34 PM

    Finally a sensible Panther… The Panthers fans and players have been discounting the Broncos. Everyone thinks it will be a blowout.. The perfect storm for the Broncos

  6. plum54 says: Jan 28, 2016 7:18 PM

    That HGH works Magic.

  7. manipuraram says: Jan 28, 2016 7:28 PM

    Kuechly is buttering up this over the hill, HGD’d up, career choker, who is now a turnover machine.

  8. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jan 28, 2016 8:07 PM

    Keuchley strikes me as the kind of guy that chews through sheet metal on game day mornings. He’s a straight up monster in the mold of Hacksaw Reynolds.

    Can’t get enough of Luke.

  9. youknowiknowitall says: Jan 28, 2016 8:08 PM

    Peyton still has all the throws …
    and even more HGH

  10. unclediddles says: Jan 28, 2016 8:18 PM

    milehighcityboss says:
    Jan 28, 2016 6:34 PM
    Finally a sensible Panther… The Panthers fans and players have been discounting the Broncos. Everyone thinks it will be a blowout.. The perfect storm for the Broncos

    29 18
    _____________________________________

    It was 42 -15 before I allowed myself the joy of saying, “we are going to the Super Bowl”

    There is plenty of sensible in this town…..especially from the players who in fairness hit the media one day before the Broncos. Either way…i get to see a story book ending (Peyton rides off with a win or my team wins it all).

    I prefer the latter…..Good luck Broncos.

  11. dwhcic says: Jan 28, 2016 8:27 PM

    No, he doesn’t. He has the weakest arm in the NFL and it is not up for debate.

  12. joshhatesthesteelers says: Jan 28, 2016 9:11 PM

    I watched the Patriots game and Mannings arm strength looked fine, it was his accuracy that looked bad.

  13. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 28, 2016 9:48 PM

    Luke Kuechly: Peyton still has all the throwsl

    The only problem is they’re at a 30% power level. If he was a pitcher his fastball would be a knuckleball.

  14. tomrad70 says: Jan 28, 2016 10:27 PM

    Good on you for saying the right thing, Kuechly. But we all know he doesn’t have all the throws any longer. He’s a shadow of his former self. Still smart. Still able to make the right play call. But his arm is a noodle.

  15. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jan 29, 2016 12:46 AM

    How will the Panthers move the ball against that Denver defense? I don’t see how they do it without Denver gifting them some turnovers.

  16. mutantman87 says: Jan 29, 2016 5:04 AM

    Smart psy ops: convince Peyton he can make all the throws, then get a pick-six for the third game in a row.

  17. joker65 says: Jan 29, 2016 9:12 AM

    milehighcityboss says:
    Jan 28, 2016 6:34 PM
    Finally a sensible Panther… The Panthers fans and players have been discounting the Broncos. Everyone thinks it will be a blowout.. The perfect storm for the Broncos

    ____

    I’ve seen more Bronco fans dissing the Panthers than the other way around, at least on these boards. Every comment is saying the Broncos will throttle Carolina and shut down Cam.

    NOT ONE Panther player has discounted the Broncos. Please provide the player name who did it and what he said. I’ve seen nothing but respect out those guys.

  18. laserw says: Jan 29, 2016 10:41 AM

    The Broncos only need to watch how New Orleans beat up Cam Cheating to see how to get into the small brain of that jerk. Cam hates being hit. And the Broncos know how to lay the wood to QB’s. Just ask Tomasina Brady.

    The Broncos have realized you cannot out cover an offense, but if you go after the large dog stool in a QB uniform, you will end any scoring threat.

  19. dualprime says: Jan 29, 2016 11:49 AM

    For all you HGH commenters, here’s a little something from Charles Sly, the guy that provided the story:

    ‘Sly reiterated that he manufactured the entire story and confirmed that he was only employed at the clinic in 2013, two years after Manning was a patient.’

    ‘Sly also says he never saw any documentation to support what he had said about Manning.’

  20. surfinbird1 says: Jan 29, 2016 1:52 PM

    How’s that lawsuit coming Peyton?
    Gotta run , I’m expecting a UPS delivery at the house today. It’s for my wife you know.

  21. JSpicoli says: Jan 29, 2016 1:59 PM

    He will have that scorned looked and dented forehead appeal going by halftime and #10 will be in there by end of third quarter.

  22. 46namredyps11 says: Jan 31, 2016 1:57 PM

    I like how the pro Broncos folks are acting like concept of the “they haven’t seen a defense like this” doesn’t cut both ways.

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