Peyton Manning’s strategic football prowess has been the envy of countless NFL players, coaches and broadcasters. His game genius, the awe of every Xs and Os analyst that graced airwaves during his playing years.
Now, Manning’s flag football coaching brilliance is shining. It’s a new football IQ high for the recently inducted hall of famer – and certainly will be the envy of every youth football coach.
Manning is coaching his 10-year-old son Marshall’s flag football team this season and he’s come up with a foolproof plan to make sure parents don’t complain about playing time (as if a parent would really complain to Manning).
The league features five-on-five flag football so … Manning limited his team to five players.
“That way I don’t have to deal with any complaining parents,” a chuckling Manning told IndyStar this week. “Because all five of these kids play the entire game. They get their money and time’s worth for signing up for this league”.
Manning said he had heard horror stories of youth sports parents getting raucous with the coach.
None of that will happen on his field. “It turned out to be a pretty good philosophy,” he said. But still, he’s effusing that typical Manning modesty.
“I’m not sure I’m a very good coach,” he said. “I enjoy doing it.”