Perhaps no one in the organization spent more time with quarterback Peyton Manning during the 2012 season than his position coach, Adam Gase.
Now offensive coordinator, Gase shed some light onto his relationship with Manning.
It’s built, he said, on their shared work ethic.
“The way that he works, I think (we) probably helped each other because I think he appreciates when he sees guys trying to do what he does — grind like he does,” Gase said. “I think that’s what he’s looking for with everybody in the building. He gravitates to people like that. I tried to do that 100 percent, just get after it as much as possible, get him as many answers as he needed for that week. In the offseason, the studying and being able to be ahead of what we were doing, that was huge. You had to really get after it. He’s as smart and works as hard as it gets out there. You can’t just walk in there in his meeting room and just say, ‘Hey, I think I got it.’ You better be on it.”
The types of questions Manning asks are “always productive,” he said, and are aimed at solving problems quickly and improving the offense before the next week’s game.
The thing about Manning, Gase said, is he can solve a lot of those problems himself.
“Peyton Manning wants to be coached,” he said. “He does a great job of, when you give him a play, if it needs to be better, he does a great job of putting you in that play. It’s the best situation possible for a guy calling plays, if you call something and it’s not good, he fixes it and puts you in a better play. That’s what he does that’s so great that I don’t think people admire it enough. That’s why you don’t see a lot of bad plays with him.”