The Manning family has fielded NFL talent at the quarterback position for generations now. First, it was Archie Manning. Then came his sons, Peyton and Eli. Now, it’s time for the world to get acquainted with a third generation, Arch Manning.
On Friday, the elder Archie joined former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson on the Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin show to discuss his grandson and how he differs from Peyton and Eli at his age.
“Football has changed a lot over the years,” Manning replied. “People are throwing it more. Now Peyton and Eli, they threw a decent amount compared to the other schools. But now everyone’s in the spread offense, everyone’s in the shotgun and they’re throwing the ball more. So, that’s one advantage Arch has over Peyton and Eli. Their offense is a little more pass-oriented.”
We are living in a different world than we did even a decade ago, much less 20 years ago when Peyton and Eli graduated from high school. Archie makes a good argument that the new “pass-oriented” dynamic will favor Arch over his uncles.
Archie also pointed out that Arch got to play as a freshman. It was an important step in allowing him to develop at a younger age.
“That was a huge thing for him,” Manning went on to say. “They [Isidore Newman High School] had an incumbent quarterback, but Arch was able to beat him out in seven-on-seven drills in the summer. So much experience that year just playing. Now as a sophomore, he’s a little more confident.”
The expectations — and pressure — are at an all-time high right now, and Archie wants to make sure his grandson still has fun playing the game.
“High school football is a great institution in our country,” Manning said. “It should be fun. So, let’s not wrap this up with a bunch of pressure. Go out on Friday nights with your teammates and play hard, try to get better and try to win some games.”
Once again, the Manning family is proving that it can handle the pressures that come with their name. The success on multiple levels, the Super Bowls, the MVPs, all of it. It can be a lot to handle for a sophomore in high school like Arch, but he is taking it well.
Johnson also asked the proud grandfather about Arch’s mechanics and how similar they are to one of the older Mannings. Archie’s reply was, once again, expected.
“He’s got a really good motion,” Manning responded. “I think a lot of that was natural. He didn’t play a lot of tackle football in the early days. He played flag until he got in the seventh grade. In flag ball, he was always a quarterback, and he threw it well. He just had a good motion. He moved around good, he threw on the run good.”
Sounds like young Arch has been tearing up football fields since he was old enough to hold a football, and no one who had the chance to watch him on ESPN last week is surprised.
And we all better get use to seeing the name Manning on the back of a football jersey again. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Arch is rated as the nation’s No. 5 overall prospect and No. 1 pro-styled quarterback for the class of 2023.
The entire interview between Archie and Johnson is a lot of fun and definitely worth a listen. Check it out here.
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