Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his no. 1 receiver Demaryius Thomas were seen carrying around footballs covered in green Lycra during OTAs on Wednesday.
Lyrca is that stretchy, very smooth, slippery some would say, material better known as Spandex.
Reporters of course asked Manning about it’s use, although it’s pretty obvious it has to do with helping to NOT fumble so much. He was defensive about the subject, to say the least.
“That’s Denver Broncos offensive business,” Manning said right off the bat, per USA TODAY Sports.
He was pressed later about it, (although no one asked the obvious – why green and not blue or orange???): “Like I said, that’s official Denver Broncos offensive business, right? It’s kind of an A and B conversation and you can C your way out of it,” Manning said.
‘… But let’s go ahead and make the connection to the green football to the Broncos’ ball control issues from last season.
Broncos players fumbled 27 times last year – and lost 16 of them, more than any other team. Manning accounted for six of those lost fumbles, plus one more in the Super Bowl. Never in his career had he lost more than three fumbles in a 16-game season.
The fumbling issue drove offensive coordinator Adam Gase crazy, and last week he told reporters fixing the issue in 2014 will be a matter of patience and practice. “Guys really hurry themselves, then all of a sudden they get a little lackadaisical with the ball,” Gase said. “We have to do a better job as a group with that. That was a big downfall for us early, where the ball was on the ground way too much. It’s almost two seasons in a row and we have to address that right away. We’ve got to be so much better as far as holding onto the ball as a group.”