Peyton Manning ready to shrug off Super Bowl hangover

Peyton Manning has been watching plenty of game tape. (USATSI)
Peyton Manning has been watching plenty of game tape. (USATSI)

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With the Seahawks surprising so many of us by dominating the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII, we have to wonder how quarterback Peyton Manning will bounce back in 2014. He had one of the greatest seasons of his career in 2013 -- one of the greatest seasons any quarterback has ever had -- and it seems impossible that he can duplicate those accomplishments at the age of 38.

But Manning will always try to improve. Which is why he did this after the embarrassment in the Meadowlands.

"The first day back in the building, we watched the Super Bowl," Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp told "I told him the day after the game we were going to watch it when he came back, not right then, but the first day he was back, and we were going to watch it without the emotion of what just happened. And that was step one."

Said offensive coordinator Adam Gase: "People ask all the time how you get past last year, the Super Bowl. They're going to ask him all year. But this is it. This is him. Nobody around -- just back at it."

Gase said that while watching Manning work with his receivers after practice during OTAs earlier this offseason.

As ESPN notes, Manning always reviews every pass he threw the season before during the offseason, trying to determine if the decision he made was the correct one based on the opponent's defense. This offseason, the team's coaches divided his passes into touchdowns thrown and interceptions.

Manning also looked at throws in which he felt he missed a possible touchdown pass, based on receiver mistakes, Manning making bad throws, or Manning not seeing receivers who were open.

All of it is so Manning can make better choices the next time he's on the field. Or so perhaps he can play well enough to win the second Super Bowl of his career when he has the opportunity.

"If you ever feel like that's not important -- like, 'Hey, I don't need to watch last season; I know what we did; I know what I did wrong' -- no, you don't know," Manning said. "You need to watch it. Watch the bad plays. It's not fun to watch bad plays, to sit there and say, 'That's a bad decision' and 'That's a really bad decision' and 'Horrible read.' ... No matter how old you are, you need to go into that prepared to be constructively criticized and learn how to grow out of the mistakes every year."

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