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QB-Peyton Manning Press Conference Quotes

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if he and WR-Marvin Harrison will fit back together like a hand in a glove) “You hope so, I guess.

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if he and WR-Marvin Harrison will fit back together like a hand in a glove) * *

"You hope so, I guess.  We've never really crossed this bridge before.  He's been an unbelievably durable guy during his whole career.  I think the most time we've ever not been together was my rookie year, he missed the last four games.  Then I think in my (sixth) year he missed a week or two.  It's really the first time it's ever happened, so we'll see, I guess.  I can't really give you a definitive answer."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on getting his receiving corps back to where they are able to do what they're supposed to do)

"Sure.  Obviously in a playoff game you want as many regular starters out there as possible, so as many guys as we can get back that can practice this week and play, we'll certainly take it.  That doesn't guarantee you a thing on the field if you don't go out there and execute.  The simple fact is regardless of who played the last time we played (San Diego), we just didn't execute well enough.  But, sure, on paper, it is good to get some of your normal guys back out there."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if having reserves instead of WRs-Marvin Harrison and Anthony Gonzalez and TE-Dallas Clark was a factor on some plays in the last game vs. San Diego)

"I really don't.  Like I said, that's one of the biggest, one of the best things we've done this year, is we have not used injuries as an excuse.  We haven't really talked about them for an extended period of time.  We've said, 'Okay, this guy's not playing, this guy's going to play, let's go make it work.'  And that particular game, bad quarterback play by me is the main reason that we didn't execute on offense.  We didn't play real well in that game on offense or on special teams, yet still had a chance to win in the end.  But the fact is San Diego made more plays than we did, and they deserved to win.  They're playing a heck of a lot better these past few weeks than they were then, and hopefully somehow we can find a way, too.  It still comes down to how you execute on the field."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if a couple of his interceptions vs. San Diego were just because of great individual plays like the ones by Antonio Cromartie and Shaun Phillips)

"Oh, every one I've ever thrown has its own story, but nobody wants to hear it.  I give San Diego full credit for the plays they made throughout that game, and like I said, I'm critical of myself.  I think I could have made much better decisions and better throws.  Their defense, everybody asks what makes their defense so good, I think it's the players.  Most (great) defenses are made up of great players.  They have just outstanding personnel at all positions and it gives their defensive coordinator (Ted) Cottrell a lot of flexibility to do a lot of different things, because they can move (Shawne) Merriman and (Shaun) Phillips around and they can play different types of man-to-man with (Quentin) Jammer and (Antonio) Cromartie.  It's a real credit to their players."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on with four interceptions and a kickoff and punt return for a touchdown in the first few possessions, is it amazing the Colts even had a chance in the game vs. San Diego)

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