Retirement should provide Vols legend Peyton Manning a little more time to start dispensing advice to young players. And they’d all be wise to listen to one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.
Count Josh Dobbs among those smart enough to soak in Manning’s extensive football knowledge. As he approach the NFL Draft as a darkhorse candidate to move up the draft board for many NFL teams, Dobbs has been answering all kinds of questions ranging from his ability to make NFL throws to his ability to translate his tough class load during college into being studious with complex NFL playbook.
But during an appearance on Pro Football Talk Live on Thursday, Dobbs was asked directly about Peyton Manning and the advice he had received from the most famous Vols QB during his four-year stay in Knoxville. Dobbs had a really solid answer prepared:
“The best advice, easily, I’ve ever gotten from Peyton Manning is the importance of preparation,” Dobbs said. “He just talks about his preparation each and every week, his pre-snap process, his communication at the quarterback position and how important those three areas were. And then to go on the field with him and see the importance of each and every rep. Every rep is important and he’s trying to maximize that rep and make it a game rep. So to see how important your preparation is and seeing how important each rep is that’s definitely made me a better quarterback in my college career and that’s something I’ve learned and will take to the next level.”
There’s no doubt that advice is worth its weight in gold. And it’s hardly a surprise that one of the most prepared quarterbacks in the history of the game would preach the importance of preparation to young quarterbacks. Manning also was known for wanting all of the reps during his practices to ensure he was on his game, and also for not wanting to come out of a contest even when the outcome was well in hand, so it also makes sense that he would stress the importance of taking reps as well.
Though he continues to say he’s not interested in coaching now that his playing career is over, Manning was clearly an asset to Dobbs. He may very well take another Tennessee quarterback under his wing in short order.