Coach Peyton? Report says Manning worked with Dolphins’ QB during offseason

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DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos and quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins shake hands after the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

4 Fast Facts

  • Report says Peyton Manning worked with Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill in offseason
  • Tannehill was having trouble with new offensive system
  • Manning’s former offensive coordinator is now the Dolphins’ new head coach
  • Tannehill said Manning’s help proved invaluable and hopes he’ll “come around some more”

MIAMI, Fla. – Whatever the future holds for Peyton Manning in retirement, he’s already taken it upon himself to coach up one of the league’s young quarterbacks.

According to the Miami Herald, Manning met with Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill during the offseason to help teach him the finer points of the team’s offense. Miami hired Adam Gase—Manning’s former offensive coordinator in Denver during the 2013-2014 season—as its new head coach.

Tannehill said he was having trouble understanding the nuances of the new offensive system. Manning quietly showed up to help during the spring.

“At that time, we weren’t able to meet with the coaches or anything, so I didn’t really have a great handle yet,” Tannehill told the Miami Herald. “So I wasn’t really able to dive into the playbook too much. So I had a few questions [for Manning]. If he comes back now, we can have a completely different conversation.”

Tannehill said it meant a lot to him that Manning was willing to take time out of his schedule.

“It was really cool,” Tannehill said. “A guy that had his career, the living legend he is, coming off a Super Bowl winning season… it was really cool just to be able to sit and pick his brain about things he’s done in this offense and football things in general: snap counts, things you like, the way you want guys to run routes, little details about the game. We really just got to talk the game, which is something we both love.”

Tannehill said he hopes “we’ll be able to get [Manning] to come around some more.”

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