Two days after Peyton Manning sounded peeved that the Eagles had 10 days between games and the Broncos had six, Manning was less outspoken about the plight on a Wednesday conference call with Philadelphia-area reporters.
"It’s the way it is," Manning said. "We have to handle it. We have to adjust it. We’re starting that process right now. And we’ve known this schedule for a long time. It’s up to us to get ready, physically and mentally.”
Manning has become legendary for his preparation of the opposing team. The Eagles are an unfamiliar opponent with a new defense, even though he's twice faced a Bill Davis-coordinated unit.
“It’s a challenge," Manning said. "Everyone has to go through it at some point. But it’s a challenge. It’s a physical challenge, and certainly a mental challenge. It’s a grind all week, and every single repetition of practice, and every second of meeting and walk-throughs are all critical.”
Broncos coach John Fox, who's been an NFL coach since 2002, was also unconcerned about the quick turnaround.
"This is not my first rodeo," Fox said. "We got a good schedule, and we know how to manage a team off of a Monday night game. I don't forsee that being a problem whatsoever."