Denver Broncos fans have had only 17 games in which to get used to having No. 18 at quarterback and, as he begins his second season in Colorado, Peyton Manning has a suggestion.
It goes something like this: Shhhhhhhhh. Genius at work.
Manning would like Mile High fans to be more like Indianapolis fans, who, for 14 years, hushed when the maestro was conducting the Colts offense.
“When we’re on the field on offense — I love our fans’ excitement — but if we can just find that controlled noise level,” Manning said, laughing, in an interview on 850 KOA-AM. “I believe we are going to go for it on some fourth downs this year and maybe not cheering when we’re going for it on fourth down — wait and see and if we get it, cheer then.
“To me, it’s a hard thing. These fans have so much enthusiasm, but for a receivers’ standpoint, you’d love to have that home-field advantage where you wouldn’t have to signal at home.”
This being Peyton Manning, he even has an idea how to quiet the crowds.
“I don’t know, maybe there’s a leader in each section in the stands, we’ll take some voting polls, have a campaign,” Manning said. “But that’s what you want, a guy to say, fourth-and-one, they’re going for it — I don’t know if that’s possible, I don’t know how to get that message relayed, but any help we can get out there from Broncos fans, we’ll take.”