In an era where one of the prime sticking points with many players is their refusal to participate in offseason workouts, Manning throws this out:
“They’re trying to get rid of offseason workouts,” Manning said. “They’re talking about extending the season to 18 games, so they’re going to cut down the offseason stuff in return. That’s not a fair trade. Offseason workouts – that’s how we’ve gotten our edge over the years. It’s how you really develop a player and improve your craft.
“Without the offseason, how do get anybody ready to play? I’ve thrown to Blair White since we picked him up in April, and there’s no way he’s ready to play [Sunday] if I don’t have those reps with him. In training camp, there just aren’t enough reps to get familiar with a guy [near the bottom of the depth chart]. You’ve got be able to throw to him in the spring – otherwise I wouldn’t feel good about rushing him out there.”You can not like him much for his Volunteer past, heavens knows I hold that grude. You cannot question his devotion and laser like focus on improvement. He might get into the Hall of Fame as a coach one day, if that is what he wants to do.
Now back to your regularly scheduled meltdowns.