Props to Denver Broncos center Matt Paradis for finally revealing what “Omaha!” means when quarterback Peyton Manning shouts it pre-snap …
OK, Paradis didn’t really spill the beans. But at least he answered the question in an entertaining way.
“I think he’s just trying to tell everyone his offseason plans. It probably doesn’t have anything to do with football,” Paradis said. “He’s just saying, ‘Hey everyone, I think I’m going to go to Omaha this offseason.’ I’m not sure what that means. It could mean anything.”
Being an ex-Patriot
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Cornerback Aqib Talib left the New England Patriots for the Broncos. There was a lot of curiosity last week about what it was like to play for the ever-intense Bill Belichick
“People think New England is like a military school and (you) don’t talk. It’s not like that – they have fun over there as well,” Talib said.
Talib played some offense at Kansas. He tried to convince Belichick to let him play both ways as a Patriot. That didn’t get far.
“When I first got to New England, I think my first practice maybe, Bill kept me after practice for like 20 minutes and Tom (Brady) threw me like 10 routes: Stop routes, fades, a couple slants the first day I got there,” Talib said.
“I guess I didn’t look good enough because he never did it again. I feel like I caught all of my passes, though. I was working hard out there but I still want to know what happened with that, Bill. He definitely kept me after practice though and Tom threw me about a good 10 routes.”
Coaching a Hall-of-Famer
Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp inherited a Hall of Fame lock when Peyton Manning signed as a free agent. Is it possible to coach him up?
“There’s a distinct difference from earlier in his career when he’d drop back and stand and kind of pad his feet in position,” Knapp said.
“Now there’s a little more rhythmic movement, first hit-first read, second hit-second read and so forth. He’s always gotten rid of the ball pretty quick anyways, but now I like to feel like I’ve helped him get that body weight transfer going into his throws.”
You are what you eat
Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware, an 11-year veteran out of Troy, was a junk-food junkie coming out of college. One of the things he did to sustain a career was to clean up his diet.
“My first surprise came from when I was coming out of college and I trained for the (scouting) combine. We had a few sessions about food and diet. I didn’t know it was that important because in college you just ate what you could,” Ware said.
“I ate fast food all the time but once you cross that threshold, they start talking about things to keep your body right and keep you fueled right. It was kind of crazy.”
Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders felt he was being low-balled in free-agency, with teams treating him like a third or fourth option on their teams.
When Sanders met with Broncos general manager John Elway, he bluntly said not to waste his time haggling over what he was worth.
“He was like, ‘This is what you want, this is what I am going to give you,’ and it was definitely unique and I respected that,” Sanders said. “So I was like, ‘All right, cool, here I come,’ because this is an organization I want to be a part of.”