Denver Broncos Land in New Jersey, Get Set for Super Bowl Week

by Kris Venezia
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WFUV, Kris Venezia

Head coach John Fox, Broncos veterans talk about preparing for Super Bowl week.

The Denver Broncos landed at Newark Airport late Sunday afternoon with the Super Bowl just one week away.

Scroll down to listen to audio from head coach John Fox, quarterback Peyton Manning, and cornerback Champ Bailey

The AFC Champions will face off against the Seattle Seahawks in a game that puts the NFL’s best offense up against the best defense.

Quarterback Peyton Manning leads the Broncos offense that averaged 457 yards per game in the regular season. He said he’s glad to have an extra week to prepare for Seattle’s secondary.

“I think it’s good that you have two weeks to prepare for a team, especially one that you’re not familiar with,” Manning said Sunday during his Super Bowl news conference in Jersey City. “Looking at their defense, they are as good as advertised.”

The Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year also asked his brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, for advice on playing at Metlife Stadium. But the younger Manning didn’t have recommendations about dealing with the Seahawks secondary.

“He told me couldn’t help me much with Seattle, it wasn’t one of the Giants better days,” the Broncos quarterback joked after Eli Manning threw five interceptions in a loss to the Seahawks during the regular season.

Broncos head coach John Fox was the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants when “Big Blue” lost Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. He was head coach of Carolina Panthers for Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2003, but fell 32-29 to the New England Patriots.

Fox praised the Seattle defense and said he cannot wait to take the field this Sunday against the NFC Champions.

“I think for the fans it’s an incredible matchup,” Fox said Sunday in Jersey City. “I have the utmost respect [for the Seattle Seahawks], they’ve done a lot in a short amount of time, and I think it’s tribute to their personnel people.”

Cornerback Champ Bailey has played 15 seasons in the NFL, but when asked on Sunday about the possibility of retirement, Bailey responded that he’s not thinking about the end of his career.

Instead, the veteran is focused on winning the Lombardi Trophy.

“I’m not going to get too hype about [the Super Bowl], I’m just ready to get down to work and prepare and do the things I need to do to make sure we win this game,” Bailey said.

The Denver Broncos practice tomorrow at the New York Jets training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey.

 

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Head Coach John Fox praises quarterback Peyton Manning. Cornerback Champ Bailey discusses emotions leading up to the game and Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman. Quarterback Peyton Manning says he talks with his brother Eli Manning before big games.