QB-PEYTON MANNING (on facing the Cincinnati Bengals after a disappointing loss to Philadelphia) Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"It certainly was, and I think it is important that we bounce back with hopefully a better performance. We've got a home game, and you always want to play well at home. I think we're still just looking for a little more consistency. We're playing a team that you don't look at their record. They've lost, I think, five games by three points or less or one score or less. They are an excellent team, very good on defense, give you a lot of different problems. It's going to be a challenge. I think we need to have a good week of practice, and hopefully we take that to the field."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on finding consistency as an offense) Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"That's what you're always looking for is consistency. I think in any phase of football, offense, defense or special teams. We hope to do a better job of protecting the ball, that starts with me, and converting third downs. Those are two ways of staying on the field and keeping your defense out of bad situations. We need to do a better job of that than we did last week for sure."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on all the goals they set for themselves at the beginning of the season still being attainable) Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"Certainly. There are still some great opportunities there. We feel like, though, we need to improve in this second half of the season. We still kind of break it down into quarters, but we do need to make improvement. We have some new guys playing. That's one thing about football, other sports you're playing a game every night, but in football you've got a week in between. There should be a chance to improve there with the new guys that are playing. We have some newer guys this week, as well. The key is using that time in between games to try and improve, work on your weaknesses and let's hope that we'll be playing our best football here late in the season."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on how hard is it to get new guys caught up to speed in the middle of the season) Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"I think you can. You've got to be efficient with your time and guard against just taking a guy and running him into the ground on a Wednesday practice or just overloading him with information. You try to just make effective use of the time you have. It's certainly possible, and I think it's important for us to do a good job of that, not giving them too much where we just overload a guy, overworking them where he gets injured, but giving him enough situations and scenarios where a guy is ready to play. I think you can do it."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on his mindset after WR-Austin Collie was injured on Sunday) Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"We talked about it a little bit the other day. It's probably the worst part about football. You hate to see that. There is so much of the unknown there and sometimes you fear the worst. They told us pretty early, though, that it was a concussion and not a major neck injury or anything like that. It gave you some relief. Still, obviously, very concerned, but hopefully he is going to be okay."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on the Cincinnati Bengals not living up to expectations) Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"I think everybody has a lot of pride in the NFL. You saw them against Pittsburgh on Monday. Easily, could have won that game, probably should have won that game. They are going to come in here ready to play. Certainly, they are going to see some things on the film from our Philly game, and they are going to say, 'Hey, this is a team that maybe we can beat.' I think it's going to take our best effort, best preparation, so I think a team like Cincinnati is going to come in and to think that you are going to get anything less than their best effort would just be a mistake. They've got excellent players, good coaches and like I said, if you really watch the games and the scores of the games, really there are one or two plays here or there, they easily could be sitting here 6-2 or 7-1."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on Colts' receivers WR-Marvin Harrison and WR-Reggie Wayne being understated while Cincinnati's WR-Chad Ochocinco and WR-Terrell Owens are more demonstrative) Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"It's about the production on the field. I can only speak for those two guys that I played with. I was always appreciative of those guys, not only did they produce on the field, but they showed up every day in practice. They practiced every single day. That's why they produced on the field. I always thought Marvin was a great example for Reggie that you have to practice every day. Hopefully, all of our younger guys can learn that from Reggie, as well. I kind of wish more guys could have seen Marvin working with us. He always practiced full speed, every single day, and Reggie has done the same thing. I can't get into the comparisons, but there is no question that those guys have been as productive as anybody at wide receiver."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on what is the wildest thing he has seen WR-Reggie Wayne do after a catch) Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"I really can't (think of anything). I wish I had something that would help you with this story. I just don't have anything."