Kubiak sheds light on tension with Manning over return to field

AP

Prior to Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning returning to the field in Week 17, he and coach Gary Kubiak went through some tense moments. Kubiak shared some of them during Manning’s retirement press conference.

Kubiak said that, when he told Peyton Manning after a rough home loss to the Chiefs in November that he’d be pulled from the lineup while his injured foot heals, Peyton “was not real happy with that.” Kubiak said that, over the next seven weeks, he and Manning had “many meetings,” with Manning explaining how badly he wanted to return to play — but insisting that he do it without becoming a distraction.

Late in the process, Manning began engaging in private workouts, all of which were filmed. Kubiak would then review that film. As Manning got closer to being ready to return, Kubiak noticed the difference. But he apparently wasn’t noticing it quickly enough for Kubiak’s liking.

Regarding one specific Thursday workout, Kubiak noticed something else.

“During the workout, he sent me a signal,” Kubiak said. “To the film. ‘Hey, we’re Number One.’ You can take it that way. I took it as, ‘I’m ready to play.'”

Kubiak was due to watch Peyton Manning work out the next day, and when Kubiak arrived to the workout, it already was over. For the next 25 minutes, Peyton Manning convinced Kubiak that he was ready to return. Kubiak admitted that Peyton’s efforts after he returned were “the difference in how we ended up as a football team.”

That’s far more credit than anyone has given Manning for helping the Broncos get to the Super Bowl and win it this year. It was, for Manning, his fourth Super Bowl appearance with four different coaches. He doesn’t nearly get enough credit for that, either.

16 responses to “Kubiak sheds light on tension with Manning over return to field

  1. It was, for Manning, his fourth Super Bowl appearance with four different coaches. He doesn’t nearly get enough credit for that, either.

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    Good point Florio.

  2. “Great teammate” that cost Brock about $20 million over the next few years. Heck I could have won the SB with that defense, and I get winded just trying to open a bag of Cheetos.

  3. I gave him credit all along. All these fantasy football nerds who only look at stats think he had a horrible year and a horrible Super Bowl, but guess what, which team won the Super Bowl? Was it the team that he was quarterbacking? Yeah, I thought so.

    What happened to MVP-candidate Carson Palmer when he faced that Panthers defense? He turned it over a bunch of times. Peyton played the scoreboard, knew what kind of defense he had, and he played accordingly and limited his mistakes against Carolina, got an opening-drive score, got a late 2-point conversion to extend the lead to 2 scores, and got out of there with a comfortable 24-10 win. He did his job as the starting QB of a very talented, defense-led team.

  4. Peyton will be back as a coach and he will be a great one. Might take a while for him to let go of the game tho. In his eyes I see he wants to play, just the body wont let him.

  5. Pair Peyton with Belichick between 2001 and 2014 and they win at least 5 SBs.

  6. patsfan4lifesbchamps
    Mar 7, 2016, 3:52 PM EST
    Pair Peyton with Belichick between 2001 and 2014 and they win at least 5 SBs.

    Ya cause everyone knows that Manning is a much better postseason QB than Brady lol. Peyton still would have found a way to go one and done all those times no matter who the coach was.

  7. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Mar 7, 2016 3:52 PM

    Pair Peyton with Belichick between 2001 and 2014 and they win at least 5 SBs.
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    Thank God they weren’t!!! Refreshing to see a Pats fan that can admit Brady benefitted from Belichick rather than the other way around.

  8. joenash72 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 2:05 PM

    Osweiler ain’t leading nobody to no Superbowls.
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    So you do think he will lead them to the super bowl? lol

  9. azwildcats96 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 7:39 AM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Mar 7, 2016 3:52 PM

    Pair Peyton with Belichick between 2001 and 2014 and they win at least 5 SBs.
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    Thank God they weren’t!!! Refreshing to see a Pats fan that can admit Brady benefitted from Belichick rather than the other way around.
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    Impossible. Had Manning been paired with Belichick the pair wouldn’t have lasted longer than Peyton’s first contract. BB would never have paid him a cap crippling amount and Manning would not have taken less.
    @azwildcats96 it’s sad to see someone taken in by one of the faux fan trolls

  10. Yep, Brock is a selfish brat! Our defense made him look like a reasonable player. But truth be told, he does a poor job reading defenses and this is why by the time he played against SD, opposing defenses were able to eat him up. Just wait until the season starts, Texans is going to regret dishing such a large sum of money to an unproven QB. Dumbest move a football franchise ever!

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