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The NFL is a grind. Some players can grow tired of the preparation that goes into a grueling 16 game season, but sometimes change can do wonders.
Peyton Manning is entering his 18th season as a pro and has been revitalized by the changes late in his career.
“Certain players have told me that they thought that they may have stopped playing just because they got bored with the monotony whether it was the offense or the same meetings or what not,” Manning said after Wednesday’s mandatory mini camp. “Physically, they felt pretty good. They just got bored and they got frustrated, and they said, ‘I want to go do something else.’ I think everybody likes continuity and some consistency in what you’re doing, but I will say at age 36 when I got here and now 39, that I have been stimulated by the changes, which I do think keeps you engaged and energetic and focused in meetings.”
Manning has continued to face change even since settling in Denver in 2012. He is on his second head coach, and third offensive coordinator in just entering his fourth season with the Broncos.
“I can tell you one thing: I am not bored in the least bit. I’m stimulated. I’m studying and I feel like I’m engaged and trying to learn something new from Gary Kubiak. I’m learning something new from Rick Dennison. I’m learning a little something from Owen Daniels. Any time someone has a question of me, I’m glad to answer that about a route with Owen or James Casey. That has been the truth. I think change, instead of being stymied by any type of change, you can be stimulated by them. That’s been true for me and I think that’s been a real positive, to tell you the truth.”