ATLANTA – Shortly after the Atlanta Falcons beat the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football in the Georgia Dome I had a quick conversation with cornerback Dunta Robinson.
These questions came after the horde of media converged on safeties William Moore, Thomas DeCoud and the rest of the defensive backfield that shined in Atlanta’s 27-21 victory.
I wanted Robinson to compare the Peyton Manning he saw Monday night with the Manning he’d seen so frequently in the past.
Robinson spent the first six years of his career in Houston where his Texans were in the same division as Manning’s Indianapolis Colts. Robinson played 10 games against Manning and amassed two sacks, a forced fumble, an interception and broke up seven passes.
In his days in Houston, not only did he face the then-Colts quarterback on numerous occasions, Robinson watched plenty of game film on Manning.
Here’s a little bit of the Q&A:
Q: Will you talk a little bit about Peyton tonight versus Peyton in the past? Is there a zip that isn’t there?
A: Peyton, to me, he looked the same. I can remember games in Houston where he came out early in my career and threw two and three interceptions in a game. But one thing about him is even though he didn’t start the game well, you knew he was going to finish strong. He’s a competitor. Even though we at one point had four straight turnovers, it’s never over with Peyton. That’s what I was trying to convince the guys of over on the sidelines. ‘Look guys, this is not your typical quarterback over there. Stay focused, there’s a lot of football to be played.’ Peyton looked good. I kind of judge him on the way he finished, not the way he started. I thought he finished strong.
Q: So, there’s nothing to the talk that he has less zip on the ball or that he can’t throw to the right side any more.
A: Nah, there’s nothing to it. And I’m on the field with him. I know there’s nothing to it. Guys just made great plays today, and that’s what it’s all about.