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Manning Talks Week 10 Match-Up with Raiders


Q: Is coming into a game against a team without a win the test to whether your team takes one game at a time and put things behind you?

Manning:"Yeah, I don't look at the record, I look at the film. I look at how we're playing. Your job each week is to study the opponent and also be sure you're studying yourselves and seeing what you need to be doing to improve. Then I see an active front, I see guys making plays. I see a 17-year veteran safety making plays all over the field. They've had some injuries, they're going to get some guys back. It's your job to get ready to play and to try to play your best every week."

Q: What allows guys like you and Charles Woodson to play as well as you are?

Manning:"It's hard for me to speak on myself with the way Woodson is playing is impressive. It's one thing to make plays, coverage and getting your hands on the ball. I've seen him sticking his head, sticking his shoulder in there and making plays. He looks the same as when he got out of college. To play safety, to play DB as long as he has, you've got to have great athleticism. Of course you've got to be a pro as far as taking care of your body, keeping yourself in great shape. I think those things you have to have and just you've got to have a great work ethic."

Q: What are you impressed by from what you've seen from Khalil Mack on film?

Manning:"Very active, they move him around. He's a linebacker, he's a defensive end. He can run; he has the speed to cover guys. He definitely jumps out on film to you."

Q: Coming in after a loss, do you study the opponent with a little bit more of an edge or is it the same?

Manning:"You shouldn't. I would think probably to get 53 guys to have that same edge after a win or after a loss, that's what you're shooting for. Human nature may factor in on some guys, but that's what you like, and that's what your coaches want out of you, to be as critical of yourself after a win, after a loss, if you're not doing something right, if you're not doing your job right, on a specific play, regardless of whether you won or loss, about trying to correct that. Usually, when you lose, there are probably more things to correct and that's what you try to do. You try to correct those and try not to repeat them and try to learn from them."

Q: What did you learn from your first year as an NFL quarterback?

Manning:"Long time ago, I can't say I remember it all, it has been a long time. I mean, experience was my best teacher. There's no question that I learned a lot of things that I would not have learned if I wasn't in there playing. Learn from the good things and of course you've got to learn from the mistakes as well. But, I do think that being in there facing the live action is really the only way to learn how to play quarterback in this League, learn how fast defenses are, what different defenses do. It definitely was a learning experience. I really think it's that way every year, that you always are learning. As soon as you stop learning, that means you're probably not trying to learn and you've probably got to get out and do something else. Definitely as a young player, I think experience is your best teacher."

Q: You've been effective against the Raiders since you joined the Broncos. With the personnel being so different on their defense, is there any carry over?

Manning:"I guess I can't … Just getting to know them, study them, there's no question you see some different players. Teams have different things that they'll put in each year that they don't always show the first couple games of the season and whatnot. So, I think every year kind of takes on its own identity and you have to be prepared for new players and new schemes."

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