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Thursday, September 26, 2013

PEYTON MANNING -- SHARING THE BALL AS A MOTIVATIONAL TOOL

A big thanks to my friend Joey Burton for passing this article on to me this morning.  It speaks of Peyton Manning who, like a great point guard knows how to spread the wealth and keep everyone involved.  The article comes from Lindsay Jones of USA Today Sports. You can read the entire article here -- below are some excerpts:

It wasn't by accident that Peyton Manning threw passes to five different Denver Broncos teammates in the opening drive of the Broncos' game Monday against Oakland.

Manning said Wednesday that spreading out his passes to his receivers, tight ends and running backs isn't just about trying to fool an opposing defense. It's also a motivational trick to keep each of his teammates engaged.

"I know it helps all the offensive players. When everybody on the offense on any given play thinks the ball might be coming to them, you just run better routes," Manning said. "On certain plays, if you're only throwing to the same guy every single time, there's four guys that might not be running full speed routes."

"Our distribution has been pretty good so far, in terms of spreading the ball around, so that's why we have guys getting open, because all five guys think they might get the ball on this play," Manning said. "That can put pressure on a defense, I would think."

Decker was the last of Manning's top targets to get hot, and that came Monday when he had eight catches, 133 yards and his first touchdown of the season.

"Any given play, it doesn't matter which read you may be on that play, [Manning] might come to you," Decker said. "You run every route to win, and you expect the ball in the play."