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Manning wants his receivers to offer 'real suggestions'



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    Colts QB Peyton Manning

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By Mike Wilkening

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — What do Colts QB Peyton Manning and the offense talk about in between possessions? He was asked that very question today, and Manning, while not giving away anything top-secret, nonetheless opened a window into his thinking of what he wants from his receivers.

"Well, the one thing, since we don't huddle on the field ... we have to use that time on the sidelines to communicate," Manning said. "And really, what I try to do is gain information from Reggie and Pierre, Austin, Dallas, (to) talk to them. 

"I really think it is important for those guys to be assertive and (to) communicate. Tell me what is going on out there. Make suggestions, and real suggestions. Not just, 'Hey, I'm open. Throw it to me every time,' which is what most receivers say, (but) 'Hey, this is a route I can beat this guy on. Don't call this route, he's covering this one well.'

"It has been healthy communication. I can't tell you how many times we have used a conversation in the second quarter that comes back up in the third or fourth quarter for a critical play.

"But you are constantly adjusting. Defenses are constantly doing different things, so you better be on your toes. But the main thing is being on the same page with your wide receivers."

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