NAPA, Calif. Peyton Manning visited the Oakland Raiders training camp apply on Thursday and having as soon as performed for Jon Gruden within the 2001 Pro Bowl, Manning sees the identical coach 17-plus years later that he did in Hawaii.
“Being a football junkie, Jon and I kind of speak the same language,” Manning stated after taking in apply. “So I know he’s happy and it’s good for football that he’s back in the game.”
Manning, who’s on a talking circuit, stated he reached out to Gruden when he noticed his tour was bringing him to San Francisco, to see if he might get his “football fix for the summer.” Gruden invited him to camp in Napa, about 50 miles northeast of town, and Manning sat in on the Raiders’ quarterback assembly Thursday morning.
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) August 2, 2018
“Peyton’s one of my favorite all-time (players) and he’s one of the best to ever play the game so just to pick his mind … I took full advantage of today,” stated Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who’s studying his third completely different offensive system in 4 years.
“Just after whatever drill, I’d go, ‘Hey, how was the communication? How was the execution?’ And he’d give his feedback, you know? To have that, from someone like Peyton, I think that’s kind of invaluable.”
The feeling was mutual.
“I really like Derek,” stated Manning, who stated he additionally sat in with Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota in Nashville final week. “I’ve simply recognized him somewhat bit from enjoying in opposition to him, however Jon let me sit within the quarterback assembly this morning and you possibly can inform he loves it and he’s very engaged and, clearly, making an attempt to study a brand new system, which is a problem. But one factor about Jon Gruden, he loves soccer and so everyone enjoying for him higher find it irresistible, too.
“And when your quarterback loves it, and you possibly can inform Carr does, it exhibits. I pull for quarterbacks; it is a distinctive fraternity and I believe the NFL wants good quarterbacks, particularly younger quarterbacks, and they have a very good one in Derek, for certain.”
Did Manning provide any recommendation within the QB assembly?
“I am not a coach, I simply take pleasure in sitting in,” he said. “I’ve by no means thought-about myself a coach, however I assume you are all the time sort of paying it ahead. So if anyone has a query in regards to the no-huddle offense or calling audibles, yeah, I am glad to (assist).”
Part of the rationale Gruden got here again to teach the Raiders was the prospect to work with Carr. Manning stated he all the time anticipated Gruden, who spent the previous 9 years within the sales space for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” to return to the sidelines.
“I might all the time inform,” stated Manning, who remembered then-Indianapolis Colts govt Bill Polian making an attempt to relegate Gruden to a nook of the sector throughout apply earlier than a Monday Night recreation as a result of even Polian “knew he would coach once more. ‘I do not need to give him all our secrets and techniques and stuff.'”
“Broadcasting, I would see him when he’d do video games and I would say, ‘How you doing, Jon?’ He’d say, ‘Doing nice. I have not misplaced a recreation in six years.’ And I would say, ‘But you have not received one, both.’ I might inform he all the time thought of that. When you are not enjoying, you definitely haven’t got the ache of shedding a recreation, however you aren’t getting the fun and exhilaration of successful a recreation.”
Manning felt that pleasure of successful below Gruden in that Pro Bowl, on Feb. four, 2001, with the AFC’s 38-17 victory.
“Just that one week at the Pro Bowl … it was somewhat extra intense and severe, however that week guys needed to sort of run by means of a wall only for him as our Pro Bowl Hawaiian coach,” Manning said. “Partially as a result of he purchased all of the beer for all of the gamers, which is sensible. I believe it helped him in free company a number of years later.
“Ultimately, I think the role of any coach is to get his players to play hard for him. And there’s different ways. Tony Dungy, you had so much respect for him, you didn’t want to disappoint him so we played hard for him and it was a very effective way of leading. And I think Jon, just his passion for it, it shows. He wears it on his sleeve and players will respond to that.”