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Metzelaars Says Coaches Wanted Manning to Come Back Last Season

New Bills TE coach Pete Metzelaars, who was with the Colts as their OL coach a season ago, said some pretty interesting things about how the Colts wanted Peyton Manning to play last season.

“We talked about it a little bit, yeah. We were so dependent on him and what he did. The whole offensive structure was built upon what he could do and how he did it. The way his injury took place, there was always kind of the thought that ‘Well, he could come back, he might come back, maybe the recovery time is going to be x’.

“So we found ourselves kind of holding out hope ‘Well, let’s not change everything because there’s a chance he’s going to come back and when he comes back then we’re going to run it this way’. Unfortunately, he never did come back.

“So we got stuck with kind of trying to change in midstream and put some things together, and the people we had trying to do some of the things that Peyton did, even then we cut it down, but obviously they’re not Peyton Manning.

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