Film Notes: Manning's snap decisions

Before every snap, Colts' quarterback has a lot to decipher

Originally Published: February 1, 2010
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
After breaking down film, Scouts Inc. takes a closer look at the Super Bowl XLIV quarterbacks, Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints:

1. Manning's pre-snap reads: A lot of his pre-snap shenanigans are designed to determine what a defense will do on the snap, and if the Colts quarterback gets the right read, he can exploit any defense. He comes to the line of scrimmage with three possible plays much of the time and has the freedom to call any of the three or even go outside the box, depending on what he sees.
Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.