The Washington Post

Peyton Manning asks Broncos fans for quiet

Peyton Manning can’t hear himself think. (Jack Dempsey / AP)

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.”

Follow @CindyBoren on Twitter and on Facebook.

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.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
How to make Sean Brock's 'Heritage' cornbread
New limbs for Pakistani soldiers
The signature dish of Charleston, S.C.
Play Videos
Why seasonal allergies make you miserable
John Lewis, 'Marv the Barb' and the politics of barber shops
What you need to know about filming the police
Play Videos
The Post taste tests Pizza Hut's new hot dog pizza
5 tips for using your thermostat
Michael Bolton's cinematic serenade to Detroit
Play Videos
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
Pandas, from birth to milk to mom
The signature drink of New Orleans
Next Story
Cindy Boren · August 28, 2013