"I appreciate the effort," Manning told The Denver Post. "Certainly every quarterback appreciates when you don't get sacked. And I really didn't get hit a whole lot against Cincinnati.
"I appreciate the effort those guys have made week after week. They've used some different guys (because of injury). And whoever is in there has stepped up to the plate."
"We spend a lot of time together in practice and in watching film together," Manning said. "The important thing between a quarterback and the offensive line is constant communication.
"So we treat practice like a game, meetings like a game. We talk and try to be on the same page, especially when you're going to play on the road."
Manning couldn't have landed in a much better situation. The one thing he didn't need after those neck surgeries is a shaky offensive line that gives up big hits on a weekly basis. The protection has allowed him to return to an MVP-type level of play.
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