“I think they know where my heart lies,” Manning said, referring to the rest of the offensive players and, in particular, the linemen. “I want to be balanced. I don’t want to go out there and throw it 50 times. We will if that’s what we have to do to win … we’ll do it and adjust, but I like that 28/28 (run/pass) balance. It gets everybody into it, keeps the backs into it, the line likes it, keeps the defense off balance.
“If we’re throwing it every single play, it’s playing to [the defense’s] advantage a little bit and they know it … we’re at our best when [the offensive linemen are] saying, ‘Put it on us.’ We just got to get back to that.”