On the notion of resistance to learning a new offense, he said: “I like being out there. I like working. I like learning. I’ve always enjoyed that part of it. I’m looking forward to learning coach Kubiak’s philosophies and trying to do my part as a quarterback. I’m looking forward to the process.”
“I feel that whatever they ask me to do, I can do,” Manning said on May 27 and added later; “I love being coached. I get angry when I’m not coached. I ask a lot of questions and certainly appreciate any insight and feedback. I think if you ever stop listening to coaching or stop asking questions, you probably need to be doing something else. This is the kind of time for it.”
On working through a new playbook, Manning said: “I certainly ask a lot of questions and I’m always learning … you always have to be learning and asking a lot of questions. I ask a lot of questions of (offensive coordinator Rick Dennison) and coach Kubiak, and am trying to learn from them. This is the time to ask questions. They kind of encourage that. Ask questions, and if you don’t ask, that’s kind of on you. That’s your mistake. I try to ask a lot.”
Former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, now the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, was asked what Manning wants most from a coach and Gase quickly replied “answers.”
Dennison echoed those thoughts this past week.
“He’s a funny guy, we have a good time,” Dennison said. “But he’s very smart. He keeps you on task and on your toes. He asks you a lot of questions, which is great … All good players that I’ve ever been around — great players — loved to be coached. They all work hard and they loved to be coached, and he’s no exception. He likes it when you give him feedback. He loves it when you ask him a question and you challenge him and then he comes back and challenges.”