As we prepared for the AFC Championship game on Sunday, it appeared that everyone and their mother was doing a feature on the popular “Omaha” audible call from Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Everyone was trying to figure out exactly what the Omaha call meant, but no one was providing answers.
While ESPN had a great feature on Manning’s love for Omaha, the most interesting part of the segment came when they showed a number of the calls and words that Manning uses when he walks up to the line of scrimmage.
Of course, a lot of the words are “dummy calls” and have absolutely no meaning, but everyone is still obsessed with the Omaha call.
If you are looking for an answer, it is likely that the Omaha call has something to do with the snap count. Manning uses the word more often when the team is running the hurry-up offense, and it is believed that the word Manning uses to follow “Omaha” signals the offensive players to what the snap count will be.
Regardless of what it actually means, prepare to enjoy today’s AFC title game with the field mics picking up Omaha early and often.