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The Colts will try to establish their ground game Sunday, even though they ranked last in the NFL in rushing yards during the regular season. "I don't think you can just drop back and pass on every single play."
He believes the league is sincere in its efforts to deal with concussions. "I appreciate what the NFL is trying to do. The game is about being tough, but it's about being smart as well."
The Florida quarterback who's getting mixed reviews from NFL scouts will do better in the pros than many are expecting. "Any NFL team would be lucky to have Tim Tebow. I think about all the problems we've had on third-and-1 and fourth-and-1. He was probably 100 percent in his college career at converting those."
It's too early for him to assess the impact of his career, even though he's been in the league for a dozen seasons and is one win away from joining the elite group of quarterbacks who led teams to more than one Super Bowl title. "When my career is over, I'll look back and reflect. But it's so year-to-year right now."
During his hourlong session, Manning took just under 80 questions and was often surrounded by up to 100 reporters, photographers and cameramen -- all crammed into an area not much bigger than the hotel rooms most fans are staying in this week.
Not surprisingly, putting that many people into such a confined space can cause tensions to rise. Police had to be called to settle a dispute between two media members who jostled for prime real estate even before Manning arrived. But everyone came to an uneasy truce.
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