Mike Klis participated in some mailbaggery today for the DP, and was asked the following question:
I have followed Peyton Manning closely since his freshman year at Tennessee. Against Cleveland was the first time in Peyton's career he has ever worn a glove. Is this a result of his nerve injury and inability to grip the ball in cold weather? As an aside, notice how even with a new offense, he doesn't need a play-calling cheat sheet on his wrist. A testament to his unparalleled football acumen, something even Brady can't claim.
--Rodney, Asheville, N.C
Klis went on to answer this dude, and I don't want to quote him directly that much, because the DP has a history of being overzealous about Fair Use, to the point where you paste any of their content, they now give you this as an added bonus:
Read more:Broncos Mailbag: Peyton Manning's glove and why it's so important - The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/broncosmailbag/ci_22296666/broncos-mailbag-peyton-mannings-glove-and-why-its#ixzz2GqhZBw8m
Thanks for that, guys. To paraphrase, here's the gist of Klis's answer:
1. Blah blah blah, glove is good for grip. It's working, so good for Peyton.
2. He's the most geniusy genius ever because he doesn't need a play sheet wristband. Furthermore, Tom Brady is stupid because he does need one.
On the first point, it was a long ramble that said nothing of substance. Manning is more flexible than Klis thought he was. Good insight.
Actually, I will quote Klis on the second point:
And you're right about the wrist band play list, Rodney. I've always thought a significant difference between Manning and Brady was that Manning has full command of his offense while Brady does what Bill Belichick tells him to do. It should be added he does it very well.
This is so, so silly, I almost feel bad for the guy. I don't quite get there, though, because if Klis were to read IAOFM, he'd know that the Manning offense has less than 20 different plays, and as such, no wristband is required. The entire offense is available to him at the line of scrimmage, and it's predicated on the assumption that Peyton will be able to get the team into the right play based on the defensive look. There isn't a need for a written playbook, or a wristband, or even overly complicated game-planning sessions.
The Broncos may introduce a wrinkle here and there for a specific opponent, but by and large, they're running the same 16 or so plays, and they're just banking on out-executing the defense. If Klis read us, he'd know that. If he didn't want to read us, because we're meanies, and we hurt his feelings, he could read Chris Brown at Smart Football, and get the same answer.
As for Brady, he's working in a much more game-planned and complex scheme. He also has a lot of decisions to make at the line of scrimmage, but he doesn't have the whole offense available. He uses a wristband because the volume of plays that Josh McDaniels is picking from is a lot more extensive and dynamic than the list Mike McCoy has in front of him.
The Patriots are more scheme-focused, and the Broncos are more execution-focused. Both ways work if you've got the right players to make them work. There are many ways to compare Manning and Brady, but this may be the dumbest one I've ever seen. Manning's "all of the offense" is probably equivalent to Brady's "some of the offense" that's available at the line, in terms of volume. Both QBs are trusted completely by their coaches to change plays, and neither is "doing what they're told" all that often.
It's almost unbelievable that it appeared in the Denver Post. Almost. Get a clue, Klis, and lower yourself to learn from people who aren't in the newspaper business, but who know vastly more football than you do.