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Peyton Manning: Still bummed about Super Bowl loss to Seahawks

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on April 16, 2014 at 11:24 am with 17 Comments »
April 16, 2014 1:30 pm

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, speaking for the first time publicly after February’s Super Bowl, said he’s still disappointed about the outcome of the game.

“I don’t really have a word for it. Obviously it was disappointing and we’ll use that to fuel us this offseason and hopefully it’ll make us better,” Manning said Wednesday at a Boy Scouts of America event in Denver.

Here’s the full Associated Press story:

DENVER (AP) — Broncos fans may want to move on from Denver’s Super Bowl debacle. Not Peyton Manning. He’s holding on to the heartache to stoke his competitive fire.

In his first public comments since the highest-scoring team in NFL history was destroyed by Seattle from the opening snap two months ago, Manning said the Broncos’ 43-8 loss will serve as motivation in 2014.

“I don’t really have a word for it. Obviously it was disappointing and we’ll use that to fuel us this offseason and hopefully it’ll make us better,” Manning said Wednesday prior to giving the keynote address at the Boy Scouts of America Sports Breakfast in Denver.

“I know the front office has addressed some offseason needs in free agency and of course the draft’s coming up and now it’s up to the players to put in the hard work in the weight room, the film room and on the practice field to try to be a better team this year and that all starts Monday.”

The Broncos gather next week for the official start of offseason workouts with a roster that looks a lot different from the one that lost by five TDs to the Seahawks.

Gone are Champ Bailey, Eric Decker, Wesley Woodyard, Zane Beadles, Knowshon Moreno and Chris Kuper, whose departures cleared cap space for the additions of DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward, Aqib Talib and Emmanuel Sanders.

“Eli told me he was excited about DeMarcus leaving his division; he can no longer hit him. And I’m glad he’s on my team,” Manning said of the former Dallas Cowboys pass-rusher who headlined John Elway’s offseason makeover.

Manning gave his blessing to the promotion of second-year running back Montee Ball to primary ball carrier.

“There’s no question with the loss of Knowshon, who was just nothing short of awesome this past year, and was a great teammate … Montee’s going to have more responsibilities and I think he’s going to answer that challenge,” Manning said.

Although Sanders joined Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Bubba Caldwell and Wes Welker at Manning’s annual passing camp at Duke last week, which the five-time MVP QB called a “good kick-start to the offseason,” the official start of offseason workouts is Monday.

Although Manning and the Broncos will view their loss to Seattle as a scar, much like they did their defeat to Baltimore in the playoffs a year earlier, Manning agreed the gathering will allow the Broncos to begin looking ahead.

“Yeah, you have to move forward. You have to kind of re-establish your identity of the 2014 team,” Manning said. “The 2013 team was a good season in a lot of ways. There’s no question it did not end the way we wanted it to. But we have to try to find a way to build off that, and try to take it a step further, try to finish.”

The Broncos are heavily favored by oddsmakers to become the first team since the Buffalo Bills in 1993 to return to the Super Bowl the year after losing the big game, but the 38-year-old QB who set NFL records by throwing for 55 TDs and 5,447 yards last year knows the challenge facing Denver.

Only two teams have lost a Super Bowl and bounced back to win the next one: the 1971 Dallas Cowboys and the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

“Absolutely I am,” Manning said when asked if he’s hungrier than ever.

“That’s what I want to do (win the title). That’s what the Denver Broncos want to do. I am glad to be part of a team that wants that. I need to do my part. That’s what I think about every day I go to work, doing my job to help the Denver Broncos get better.”

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  1. CDHawkFan says:

    Dude, you got killed. Have you even seen the tape? I have about 20 times and unless the Seahawks plane slams into Mt Si, then you guys don’t have a chance in hell.

    That was the biggest ass kickin’ I have ever seen.

  2. Southendzone says:

    “I don’t really have a word for it.”

    yes, this echoes one of my favorite parts of the Super-Bowl SoundFX show. After the failed 4th down incomplete pass, Peyton walks off the field, miked up and says a complete nonsense word. He is so frustrated he can’t even talk. Love that part every time.

  3. Any given Sunday. If anyone thinks the Hawks would go 16-0 against the Donkeys if we played them every week next season, you’re crazy. It’s like pounding on the Cardinals and the losing to them in December. You never know in the NFL and that’s why you play the games.

  4. ChrisHolmes says:

    Vanquished one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, on the greatest scoring team in NFL history.

    As if a Superbowl win wasn’t enough, we not only won, we bombed the crap out of them, and beat the very best the NFL had to offer.

    The more distance I get from this superbowl, the more awesome Seattle’s defense seems.

  5. I agree that it wouldn’t be 16-0 but it’d be 14-2 or something close to 16-0.

    Comparing the 2012 Cardinals and 2012 Broncos are kind of like comparing apples to oranges.

    Cardinals are/were a lot tougher. They had best Run D and Top 5 overall D. Denver D ranked in the 20’s…. that’s after Denver has played against Top 5 easiest Schedule….

  6. HawkfaninMT says:

    @Yankinta: You bring up an interesting point. I think you meant 2013 Broncos and 2013 Cards…

    What NFC teams do you guys think would have beaten the Broncos back in the Super Bowl?

    I know the 9ers would have, I think the Cards would have, Packers and Saints would have played them tough I think.

  7. RDPoulsbo says:

    Sure, any given Sunday, but that was the biggest Sunday of the season with an extra week to prepare.

    The man just about every national sports writer proclaimed the most prepared QB in NFL History was made to look like Blaine Gabbert all night long.

  8. FleaFlicker says:

    Every single team in the NFC West would have beaten the Broncos in that Super Bowl. Too much beef on the D-Line.

  9. TallyHawk says:

    I’m pretty sure he will never get over it. It was perhaps his last chance to cement his legacy. Instead he will go down as the greatest regular season QB. I’m not saying he isn’t great but 1-2 in Super Bowls doesn’t get you to the top of the all time greats list.

    Here’s a short vid from the RW led workouts in California.

  10. VegasScott says:

    Hey Peyton, I want to help you out in your effort to jacked up for next season. So here is what you should do when watching the tape of the Super Bowl:

    After the very first play from scrimmage, stop the tape and reflect on this: It is this very moment where you stopped the tape…right after the first snap, when the ball sailed over your head and out of the end zone for a safety…at 0-2…that is the high point of the game, the zenith, for your team. This is as good as it gets for you in this Super Bowl. You are never more in the game then you are at this moment. After hiking the ball over your head to give your opponent a safety on the first play, it doesn’t ever get better than that for you…you are as close to being competitive in this game as you will ever get. This is it…this moment is the absolute high point for the Denver Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks.

    You’re welcome, Peyton.

  11. yankinta says:

    YankinTa Loved this Mock Draft… :)

    – 32nd overall (1st rd) – Joel Bitonio, OT/G/C, Nevada, future Pro Bowl LG or eventual replacement for Okung.

    – 64th overall (2nd rd) – Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson, 4.4 speed at this size is exactly what we need, imo.

    – 96th overall (3rd rd) – Traded to Vikings. But if we still had it, I would have liked to get Brent Urban, DE/DT Virginia.

    – 132nd overall (4rd rd) – Xavier Grimble, TE, USC
    There’s a chance Zach Miller won’t be back next year, so the Seahawks will have to find another tight end to go along with Luke Willson.

    – 146nd overall (5th rd) – Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech
    The Seahawks will also need depth at corner, given that Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond both left.

    – 172nd overall (5th rd) – Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida
    The Seahawks lost Chris Clemons, so they may want to add another pass-rusher during the draft.

  12. sorry if this has been posted before – but thought it was interesting:

    Posted by Bob Condotta

    The Seahawks begin their official off-season conditioning program next week at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.

    This week, many of the offensive players (particularly, quarterbacks, running backs and receivers) are in Hermosa Beach, Calif., working out voluntarily, sessions led by quarterback Russell Wilson.

    Wilson provided a peek into those sessions via his Instagram account, including this short video of a “TD pass” to Jermaine Kearse, following a play-action fake to, apparently, Christine Michael. identified the following players as participating: Tarvaris Jackson, B.J. Daniels, Zach Miller, Luke Willson, Anthony McCoy, Travis Beckum, Cooper Helfet, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Bryan Walters, Ricardo Lockette, Phil Bates, Taylor Price, Arceto Clark, Chris Matthews, Robert Turbin and Spencer Ware.

  13. SandpointHawk says:

    Yeah I’ve been following the Southern California workouts… I understand why Marshawn isn’t there but where the hell is Percy? Seems he could use a little bonding time with Russell…

  14. Singularitarian says:

    I think it’s a no brainer that any qb on a superbowl losing team is still going to be bummed before the preseason even starts. Every player on the broncos is still bummed (besides Demarcus Ware and Aqib Talib) It would be a real issue if they weren’t

  15. Sandpoint – I did see somewhere that RW and Percy were throwing routes together. It was about a month ago.

  16. Percy has never had the same rules as others. Don’t see why it would change now.

    If we are comparing the Broncos of 2013 to the Hawks of ’14… the Broncos are better now than they were a few months ago. The Hawks aren’t as good.

    What about the Cardinals team of ’12 that the Hawks beat by a bunch to the Cards team they lost to a year later…

    If anyone really thinks any team would ever go 14-2 against a Peyton Manning team (uninjured), that’s about as stupid of a comment as you can ever get on a blog.


    The Hawks almost lost to the Bucs at home and there’s no way the Broncos could ever have gone anything better than a 2-14 record against the Hawks of this past season?

    If you’re so for the Hawks going 14-2 against the Broncos on the biggest stage, that pretty much means you’ll agree the ’05 Steelers would dominate the Hawks by a 14-2 record, too?


  17. yankinta says:

    Dude, getting better on Paper and on the field are totally different things. Only amateurs would make absolute conclusions based on what they see on Paper.

    Yes, if you play those two Super bowls teams from last year, The hawks would go 14-2 against that Broncos teams, doesn’t matter if that’s Peyton Manning let team or Archie Manning led team. That Denver Defense could not stop our Offense,, even if their O could some points on us (which they couldn’t). If you think that’s a stupid comment then you don’t know much about Peyton Manning’s playoff performances, nor how our Offense could score 30+ points on that 22nd ranked D.

    In the NFL, it’s all about match ups. Some teams match up very well against some teams. if you don’t get that pay more attention and you will.

    Hawks almost losing to the Bucs was mid way through last season. Hawks were fully healthy and much better team by the end of last season. Young but Talented teams get matured and play better later in the Seasons and early or mid way thru the Season. Again, pay more attention to that you’ll notice that to be true….

    you’re comparing 05 Steelers and 2012 Hawks?? Again apples and Oranges… more like rotten apples and Oranges… smh..

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