QB-PEYTON MANNING (on QB-Kurt Warner) * *
"He's just had a great career. The way he played last year and coming off the game he had against Jacksonville, it looks like he's back in his form. The defense will have its hands full stopping him. He uses those great weapons, (Larry) Fitzgerald and (Anquan) Boldin, so well. He's had a great career, and it looks like he is off to a great start this year."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on QB-Kurt Warner being one of the most accurate passers in the NFL)
"He's always been a very accurate guy. He's a timing guy. He likes to get the ball to those guys and those guys make the plays. He's a good deep ball passer and (good at) a lot of intermediate throws. He's been doing it for a number of years now. It's impressive."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on teams trying to limit the offense's possessions)
"I can't speak for (Senior Offensive Coordinator) Tom (Moore), but I don't think he would tell you that it has necessarily changed the play calling. I guess we just, which I think any offense should, put a lot of emphasis on the importance of execution, and not just in the fourth quarter, but on that first-quarter drive about staying on the field. To get a touchdown on the first play, whether you go 10 plays or one play, it's huge to you to get points. We do have a mindset to stay on the field and not to have third-down stops where we have to punt. It is frustrating when we do because we're disappointed. We want to stay on the field. That's the emphasis I think any offense should have, stay on the field. It's your job to go down there and score more points than them."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if he gets frustrated watching teams limit the offense's possessions)
"It's a team game, and all you can control is what you do when you're on the field. It's up to us when we're on the field, to stay on the field, to not go three-and-out. That affects the amount of time you have it, also. The offense has to do their part, also."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on what the offense is doing while the defense is out on the field)
"That's kind of where we gather and sit and use that time to talk. We don't huddle, so we kind of see what is going on. Those guys are great at offering input and ideas. A couple of the corner routes that Dallas (Clark) caught for big plays were actually Reggie's (Wayne) suggestion. He was saying, 'Hey, I can clear two guys out. Dallas ought to be able to win on that corner route or out route.' That is all you can do, and be ready when it is your turn."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on looking forward to going to Arizona)
"Yes, I've never played out there. I've been to the stadium before, of course, good memory out there when (younger brother) Eli (Manning) won the Super Bowl. That was a special day. I know it'll be a tough place to play. They have reestablished that place as a tough place to play after last year's season. I know they lost their first one at home, but they're coming off a win, and they'll be fired up. It'll be a challenge for us."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on former head coach Tony Dungy giving away information about the Colts offensive plays on NBC's Sunday Night Football show)
"He did kind of get into the play a little bit. He got a little more specific than I guess (I would like). The problem is you run the same system for so many years and you do have different people come and go, but you try and protect it. You have so many new systems, that you don't have to worry about somebody was here and left. But, he kind of diagrammed Reggie's touchdown (against Jacksonville), but he gave the name of it as well. I just didn't want that to become a weekly thing. We'll have to change our whole offense. Me and (Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers) Clyde Christensen were kind of having some fun with him on that. He does a good job. He can definitely give inside information on all teams. He's interesting to listen to and get his take. I talked to him the other night, texted him, and he always makes those good points. He just said, 'Hey, time of possession, at the end of the day, can be overrated. It's really about what you do in the red zone. It's touchdowns over field goals.' He always gives you those good reminders that you need in football. We text or talk about once a week."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on former head coach Tony Dungy)
"This will be true all season, even though he isn't here, his fundamentals and his principles will linger in this building. Coach Caldwell still repeats a lot of the same things that guys have been hearing from Coach Dungy. Coach Caldwell adds a lot of his own things. But, as Coach Dungy always said, 'Who can perform at their best when the stakes are highest?' He always put a lot of pressure on you during practice, 'Hey, treat practice like a game.' You want to score in that two minute drill in practice. There was like three key situations that came up the other night that we actually practiced last week, (Antoine) Bethea's interception at the end of the game, our getting a certain amount of yards and getting out of bounds before halftime to get a field goal, and that screen pass to (Pierre) Garcon. We actually worked on that in a walk through drill. So, it was kind of some good reminders that you never know when that critical play is going to come in practice that's going to happen in a game and you'll need in the game."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on John Gruden calling him "The Sheriff" during Monday's game)
"He and I formed a relationship nine years ago when he coached the Pro Bowl out in Hawaii. His wife is a Tennessee Volunteer. I think she kind of likes me, as a football player. I've always liked him as a coach. He and (Senior Offensive Coordinator) Tom Moore are tight. At the Pro Bowl that year, I was always impressed
-I still don't know if they do it or not, but the head coaches at the Pro Bowl get their incidentals paid for, which is a nice gesture, but Gruden was using it I think to recruit some potential free agents at the pool. He offered me a set of golf clubs on his room (tab). I thought that was pretty clever. He's a unique guy. He's a high-energy guy. I don't think you'll see him in the booth very long. I think he'll be a head coach on the sidelines somewhere next year."