Manning: Cold weather doubters can shove it where the sun don’t shine
When the Denver Broncos lost on a late game comeback against the New England Patriots two weeks ago, a number of critics called out Peyton Manning for his inability to play in cold weather. With the temperature in the 20’s two weeks ago and wind gusts over 20 miles per hour, Manning finished the game with 150 passing yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. The loss, dropped Peyton Manning to 3-7 in games in which the temperature was 32-degrees or lower at the start of the game.
With so many critics questioning whether or not Manning could play in the cold, with today’s temperatures in Denver hovering in the teens, if the critics were right, it seemed as though Manning would struggle in Sunday’s game against Tennessee.
Instead, Manning completed 39 passes for 397 passing yards with 4 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Following the game, Manning let his cold weather critics know what he thought about their doubts.
During an interview with radio station 850 KOA, Manning said his cold weather critics could shove it where the sun don’t shine after today’s game.
“Whoever wrote that narrative can shove it where the sun don’t shine.”
Manning added that he was not trying to shut up the critics, but rather that the team had a good game plan and properly executed that game plan.
“I mean, I wasn’t trying to answer (the criticism), because I didn’t give it any validation in the first place,” he said. “We had a good plan, and… guys caught the ball well.”
Head coach John Fox reiterated Manning’s belief that the team was well prepared for the cold weather game.
“I think our team did a superb job of getting ready for those elements. … Thursday, Friday and Saturday were pretty frigid, and I thought it was great for us.”
Today, Manning improved his record to 4-7 in games where the temperature was 32-degrees or below at the start of the game.
Manning also became the first quarterback in nine years to throw for four or more touchdowns in a game where the temperature was 32-degrees or below.
If the Broncos expect to win in the playoffs, they are going to have to play a few cold weather games whether they are in Denver, New England, Kansas City or Cincinnati.