(top) refused to explain the green football, but John Fox was more forthright. (Ed Andrieski/AP)
On Wednesday, a mysterious green ball at Denver Broncos' minicamp captured the imagination of the NFL world. Peyton Manning was the man spotted carrying the ball covered in green scout-team helmet beanies, which is why it became such a story, and the media wasted no time asking him what the football was for.
In typical Manning form, he gave an answer that offered no clarification, but did provide a few laughs.
“Like I said, that’s official Denver Broncos offensive business, right? It’s kind of an A and B conversation and you can C your way out of it,” Manning said, via Lindsay Jones of USA Today.
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While Manning wasn't willing to cooperate, Broncos head coach John Fox was, admitting that the Lycra wrapped football was used to improve ball security.
Last season, the Broncos led the NFL in fumbles with 19 combined in the regular season and postseason, so they are now willing to give anything a shot to make sure that doesn't happen again.
“We’re making an emphasis from Day 1 on ball security,” Fox said, via the Denver Post. “We started with two of our better players in Demaryius [Thomas] and Peyton. What better guys to start with?”
If the green ball technique works, then the Broncos will have a head start on winning the turnover differential this season as they look to return to the Super Bowl.
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