In the National Football League, you will struggle to find a brighter mind than Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. In college football, Alabama’s Nick Saban is among the most knowledgeable guys in the coaching ranks. So what happens when you bring the two together? An incredible meeting of the minds.
According to Alex Scarborough of ESPN.com, Manning and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase traveled to meet with Saban last week in order to share some knowledge that should help both sides out.
Manning was continuing to be hungry for knowledge and looked to gain any edge that he could, while Saban was hoping for some inside on the no-huddle offense that the Crimson Tide defense has been struggling against over the past two seasons.
“A lot of people would say, ‘Wow, the guy is one of the best, if not the best, from a career standpoint and about as good as anyone has been in the history of the league,’ ” Saban said. “After all the experience and knowledge that he has, he’s going out to try and seek more knowledge and understudying of the game of football so he can play better.
“Since they’re a no-huddle team, we had a lot of questions for them, in terms of what gives them problems and what defensive teams do that give them problems. That was a mutual benefit. I know it was a benefit to us. I hope it was a benefit to them as well.”
Manning’s desire to continue to learn throughout his lengthy career is what has led to him being one of the best signal-callers in the game, so Broncos fans should be thrilled that he is looking to add more knowledge after the team’s Super Bowl loss to end the season.
For the Alabama faithful, it looks like a former rival may have given Saban the information that he needs to help draw up a strategy that can allow the team’s defense to avoid being picked apart by up-tempo teams.