Few know the position Peyton Manning is in better than his boss.
That’s why Broncos boss John Elway isn’t about to rush his quarterback for a decision about his future, before or after Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Via Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Elway said he’s in no hurry to find out whether this is Manning’s last rodeo or not.
“He’s got plenty of time, whatever time he needs,” Elway said. “I think it’s never going to be a quick decision. You don’t want it to be. It’s one that’s going to change his life, . . . and it’s always a hard decision. So we’ll give him plenty of time.”
Elway said he was about “95 percent” sure he was retiring before he took the first snap of Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami. But after beating the Falcons that day, he said it still took him time to be sure.
“You never want to walk from the game you love until you really have to,” Elway said. “It all depends on what your standards are, how well you want to be able to play, how well you can play.
“Those are all questions he’ll have to answer to figure out which way he wants to go.”
Of course, no one’s really expecting anything other than retirement for Manning, especially after he told Patriots coach Bill Belichick it might be his last rodeo after the AFC Championship Game. But he’s stayed firm this week about not dropping hints, or doing anything other than staying in the moment.