Bucs notes: Defense still abuzz over Peyton Manning
After having a day to digest Sunday's 31-23 loss in Denver, the buzz for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was about Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Tampa Bay's defense held Manning relatively in check through the first half, limiting the future Hall of Famer to 108 yards passing as the Buccaneers held a 10-7 lead at halftime. But in the second half, Manning led the Broncos on three scoring drives while completing 16 of 23 passes for 134 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Demaryius Thomas.
Manning tends to be the master of adjustments and showed that to a young and relatively inexperienced defensive corps.
"It was amazing, almost like I thought he was cheating,'' rookie safety Mark Barron said. "I was just kind of in amazement that he was able to recognize some the things that we were doing. Most of it was new but he picked up on it and he recognized a lot of the things that we were doing.''
On every possession, Manning is pointing and directing traffic to make sure what he sees developing is recognized by the rest of the offense. While some of it may be misdirection to perhaps confuse defenses, his ability to recognize defenses is unmatched.
"He is like one-of-a-kind,'' Tampa Bay linebacker Mason Foster said. "He's crazy the way he was checking things, getting his offense in a great situation.''