Peyton Manning says Broncos need to reestablish identity in 2014


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Peyton Manning took a moment to talk to reporters and he’s focused like a laser on the 2014 season, which is a good idea since the capper to the 2013 season didn’t go so well for him.

After the stinging loss in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Broncos stormed free agency, bolstering the defense with Aqib, T.J. Ward and DeMarcus Ware and replacing Eric Decker with Emmanuel Sanders. Manning turned 38 last month and the “win now” mentality is stronger than ever for the Broncos.

“You have to move forward. You have to kind of reestablish your identity as the 2014 team; 2013 was a good season in a lot of ways, there’s no question,” Manning told reporters before addressing a breakfast benefitting the Boy Scouts of America. “It did not end the way we wanted it to, but we have to build off that and try to take it a step further, try to finish. There’s no question, we kind of have to start over and reestablish the chemistry on this team with all the new players. That’s important, and that really starts on Monday.”

Manning was asked whether the absolute crushing by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl was a fluke, given the team’s relentless assault on NFL record books last fall, and he admitted he hasn’t watched the telecast.

“I don’t really have a word for it. Obviously, it was disappointing and we will use that as fuel that hopefully makes us better,” Manning said. “I have not [watched a replay of the broadcast]. I watched the [game] film. I don’t really see a lot of value in watching the TV copies of games we lose quite often.”

It may not be easy to duplicate last season by getting back to the Super Bowl, but that’s Manning’s goal.

“That’s what I want to do. That’s what the Denver Broncos want to do. I’m glad to be part of a team that’s what they want to do. I’m trying to do my best to do my part, keep myself in good shape, get on the same page with my receivers,” Manning said. “I feel I have a responsibility to the team to be on top of my game. That’s what I think about every day when I go over there to work and lift weights and throw with my receivers is doing my job for the Denver Broncos. That’s what I’ve tried to do since I’ve been here and will do until I stop playing, I guess.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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