Peyton knows he’ll miss the huddle the most


Unlike finally retired quarterback Brett Favre, Peyton Manning doesn’t talk much about when he’ll call it quits.  But Peyton knows that, when the time comes, he’ll miss one thing more than anything else.

Being in the huddle,” Manning tells Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press.  “That’s what I missed most when I was injured, I’ll say that.  I mean, there’s no other type of unity or bond that I think any other job can provide.  I know there are meetings, there are video conferences.  But that huddle, because of where it takes place.  It’s often on the road, in the middle of the field, in front of 80,000 people, it’s unique.”

And he knows that only players get that opportunity.

“When you don’t play football anymore, you can broadcast, you can coach, you can be in management, whatever, but you are not allowed to go into the huddle anymore,” Manning said.  “That huddle is just for players.  You can go into the locker room after the game and you can speak to the team, but I think any retired player would probably tell you they miss the huddle.”

It’s a given that Peyton will succeed significantly at whatever he does after he’s done playing.  Coaching hadn’t previously been flagged as a serious possibility, in part because those who know Peyton think he wouldn’t be able to tolerate coaching quarterbacks who aren’t as good as he was.

If he can develop the patience to accept the fact that Peyton F. Manning won’t be walking through the door for Peyton F. Manning to coach, then maybe he could find a way to coach others without donning his bitter beer face after every bad throw or decision.

52 responses to “Peyton knows he’ll miss the huddle the most

  1. These guys rarely huddle and it’s for a matter of seconds while they call out a string of Omaha’s.

    I was expecting an article that questions Manning’s place as a Top 5 QB given his alarming record in big games, and his inability to consistently put much zip on the ball and avoid INT’s when facing a good defense.

  2. It’s a feeling the vast majority of us never get. Enjoy it while you can Peyton, which it sounds like he is. I think there’s a lot more than simply head injuries that result in post football depression.

  3. Peyton’s a pretty funny guy, very likeable and almost perfect for broadcasting, but that aside…I feel like Peyton would be an extremely talented and capable coach as well. Instantly he would probably be considered one of the better QB coaches on the planet, and if he does manage to work with a top-5 or top-10 QB who is intelligent enough to play Peyton’s style of offense…watch out. I would hire him any day for an offensive coordinator position, than maybe as a head coach sometime soon after.

  4. He has a wife, kids and more money than he can spend in his lifetime.

    Why would he possibly want the transient and low paying lifestyle of coaching?

  5. Same thing is true and also more so about Brady. Brady would not only succeed in management, coaching, executive decisions, but given his stature and looks, could bring MASSIVE amount of sponshorship and marketing deals to his team and to the league. Imagine Brady as a cool 45 year old, the face of NFL and it’s ownership. Can assist Goodell with London, international branding and basically keeping the sport on top.
    Yes Peyton will be great after retiring, but Tom will be better.

  6. Makes sense. The same way really smart people generally make lousy teachers. They just pick things up, and don’t understand why others can’t. Things that take normal people a while to recognize and develop, they just pick up naturally.

    It leaves them with 2 problems, frustration that they aren’t picking up things you find basic and easy, and the frustration of not really knowing how to teach those skills, because you didn’t need to learn them, you just had them.

    I could see him going out of his mind when his QB didn’t read a blitz on a regular basis

  7. His offenses have barely huddled for years, aside from in run-the-clock garbage time. I assume he means he’ll miss all of his LOS audibles the most.


  8. In an interview on cbs before the pats game Peyton was asked if he were to retire at the end of the year and become an offensive coordinator, he said something along the lines of, “well, I’ve been helping call plays all season and we’re 0-11 right now” lol. I think Peyton would make a great coach though.

  9. He’ll miss being exasperated at his Wide Receivers when they do something wrong second-most.

  10. I figured his answer to what he would miss the most would be: The regular season.

    Because we all know he’s not gonna miss the playoffs when he’s retired.

  11. It’s a given that Peyton will succeed significantly at whatever he does after he’s done playing.

    He’s going to run the hell out of those Papa John’s franchises, I’m telling you.

  12. It will be a sad day when peyton hangs up his pads. I’m honored being able to watch him perform. Even though he would put a beat down on my Broncos . Very happy to have him as our quarterback

  13. What a great experience to say. For all former football players, that is a special place amongst brothers. Offense and defense play for one team, but the two sides couldn’t be farther apart. You’re willing to go into the trenches for those other 10 guys in that huddle on that side of the ball.

  14. Pauldotcom is an example of why sports fans ruin sports. Always focus on a negative. BTW PAUL he has won a superbowl.

  15. I believe him, but those tens of millions should help fill the void.

    Not many people can retire and do absolutely anything they want. Enjoy it.

  16. jonbeck316 says: Jun 23, 2014 8:03 AM

    “What I miss most will be watching him choke in the playoffs. #tombrady4evah!”

    nice name, moron… really john beck, the failed QB?!?! Who now plays in the CFL, LOLOLOL

    Is he your idol? LOL@ that! I see why you’re a sourpuss!!

    Don’t diss Payton, regardless of playoff wins/losses, he’s still one of the top 5 QB’s to ever play the game, no one can deny that!!
    bite your tongue son!

  17. Remember that time Rick Reilly had lip readers watch Manning and all he did was drop f-bombs on his teammates all game?

  18. “there’s no other type of unity or bond that I think any other job can provide.”

    I have never heard a player make that observation for the record. If it wasn’t evident before, this statement reveals how much Peyton Manning loves this game.

    As a football fan, that nuance about the players’ bond with their teammates in the huddle would’ve passed me by had PM not remarked about it. I envy them their unity.

  19. Where is this idea coming from that he might not have the patience to coach QB’s not of his caliber? He runs a passing clinic during most summers. Jeez…

  20. If the guy had won 5 superbowls people would still find a way to hate on him. The guy is a class act and a model player that plenty of players look up to. You can hate on the guy all you want and call out his playoff curse, but it doesn’t take away the records he holds or the popularity he has. Hate on, because you wish.

  21. I can see Peyton as head coach within 2 years after he retires. And it won’t be for pill popping drug head Jim Irsay either. Or be in the booth with his old coach Tony Dungy. There is plenty of options out there for Peyton.

  22. “there’s no other type of unity or bond that I think any other job can provide.” This is what he says after racking up all those personal stats trophies for himself, while the team gets nothing because he choked up the big one. What a joke he is. Omaha ha ha ha.

  23. How will the media survive when they no longer have Peyton and little brother to blow all the time?

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