"He's very intense and there's definitely a difference whenever I was there and he was at practice and then when he wasn't at practice," Stokley said. "He reminds me of Peyton, how Peyton is, he just raises everybody's level of play up when he's around. The work that they put in, the attention to detail that they have, guys see that and guys know if these guys, as good as they are, are putting in that much work and attention to detail, then I have to do that, too."
The Broncos, who last lost on Oct. 7 in New England, have quickly acclimated themselves to their own excitable leader in Manning.
"I'm glad he's on my team," Bannan said. "I've played that guy a few times, a couple of times in the playoffs, and a guy like Peyton Manning, the pressure it puts on defensive coaches, when you're putting that game plan in on Wednesday and you're getting ready to play this guy, you wouldn't believe the pressure and intensity the defensive coordinator feels to figure out what this guy's doing.
"These guys would watch hours and hours and hours of film on him just to find something. I think he's one of the few guys where it's damn near impossible to find something on him that you can key on, he switches things up so well."
The Ravens' switch in offensive coordinators threw a wrinkle into the Broncos' preparation, but they're not expecting wholesale changes with Caldwell calling an NFL game for the first time in his career.
"I don't think they'll venture too far away," Broncos coach John Fox said. "Possibly there will be a little more no-huddle."
Manning spent a decade in Indy under the tutelage of Caldwell, who was in his first year as Baltimore's quarterbacks coach before taking the reins of the Ravens offense on Monday.
"Jim Caldwell had a tremendous influence on me," Manning said. "He was very organized, very detail-oriented, which, I'm a fan of that philosophy. He and I got into a good routine in meetings and on the practice field every day for the time we were together, when he was my quarterbacks coach, and I really thought he took my game to another level. He's also been a tremendous friend and mentor to me. I miss being around him every day, and I miss his friendship."
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