Peyton Manning is a future hall of famer. He's the standard - or at worst, he was the standard, until his recent injury. So far, it looks like he still has it. And we'd be lucky to have a Manningesque quarterback. Ryan doesn't want to be Manning, but he doesn't mind borrowing a trick or two, because after all, there's no need to reinvent the wheel.
"Every quarterback watches him," Ryan said. "I’ve certainly watched him a lot. As far as emulating him, you have to be your own player. But in terms of what they do at the line of scrimmage — what he’s done historically for a long time — we try to bring some of that into what we’ve done in the no-huddle."
We didn't rely heavily on the no huddle offense in week one. In fact, we ran the no huddle on two drives, just 20.3 percent of our offensive plays. It's not the default approach. But it is something we rely on where a change-of-pace is appropriate.
To be fair, the comparisons between Ryan and Manning are warranted. Don't get it twisted, Ryan is no Manning, nor will he ever be. Still, he could be Manningesque. Both had to get the playoff monkey off their backs. Both are known for their football intelligence. Both urinate ice water.
All in all, I don't mind Ryan gleaning what he can. I do appreciate his "I'm my own man" mentality. I think that will serve him well.