Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning chewed out his tight end, Julius Thomas, after the latter ran the wrong route during the third quarter of Denver's 24-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 14.
When Peyton Manning wants to speak his mind on the field, he will definitely do it.
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That's precisely what he did on Sunday when he chewed out his tight end, the Denver Broncos' Julius Thomas, during the third quarter of Denver's 24-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 14. The reason? Thomas ran the wrong route, per The Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala:
"Peyton Manning doesn't mess around on the field. That much, we all know. But he's also not one to lose his temper (unless you concuss his slot receiver).
"But in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Manning lost it. Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, who was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week this past week and is off to a roaring start to the season, ran the wrong route. And Manning wasn't having it.
"The Broncos were at the Kansas City 45-yard line on 3rd-and-5 with 19 seconds left in the quarter. Instead of running on the outside and along the sideline to draw a pair of defenders toward him and clear a path for Demaryius Thomas, Julius ran a pick play. As a result, Demaryius was crowded by defenders and gained only a yard on the play, and the Broncos ended up punting."
Jhabvala's colleague at The Denver Post, Mike Klis, notes Manning's strong first-half performances through the Broncos' first two regular-season games have made all the difference:
"Imagine the kind of game Peyton Manning could have had if he wasn't benched in the first half.
"Mind you, Manning wasn't pulled by the coach in favor of backup quarterback Brock Osweiler. Manning and his three, first-half touchdown passes were left on the sidelines through most of the second half by a Denver defense that couldn't get off the field on third-and-long.
"'It was a strange second half,' Manning said.
"The first half was typical Manning. On the first play, he threw a 48-yard completion to Emmanuel Sanders, who ran a post route. Manning later threw touchdown passes to Julius Thomas, Jacob Tamme and and Demaryius Thomas.
"Entering the intermission, Manning had completed 15-of-19 passes for 191 yards and a remarkable 148.1 passer rating.
"..The three points was all Manning and the Broncos' offense mustered in the second half. Can't score when you don't have the ball. The Chiefs kept the ball nearly 8 minutes to begin the fourth quarter, then for nearly the final 3 1/2 minutes of the game.
"'I've been in games before like that,' said Manning, who has six touchdown passes and zero interceptions through two games this season, and 497 scoring passes in his career. 'Certainly, on third down you get excited when it's third-and-long. You start warming up and you're getting ready to go out there.'
"In the second half, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith converted third downs of 18, 11, 13, 8, 13 and 9 yards.
"Yet, Smith's clutch play wasn't enough to overcome what Manning put together in the first half. Same with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck the previous week. Luck played well in the second half, but Manning built a a 24-0 lead in the first.
"'Sure, we're always looking to play that fourth-quarter game,' Manning said. 'It's something we'll keep striving for.'"
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