Peyton Manning Gave Bill Belichick Simple Advice to Avoid 'Manningcast' Awkward Silences

Eli Manning better watch out.
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Peyton Manning confirmed last weekend that former New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick will be teaming up with him and his brother Eli next season on Manningcast, ESPN's entertaining alternate Monday Night Football broadcast.

On Friday's episode of The Pat McAfee Show, Manning revealed that Belichick will appear on every episode during the 2024 NFL season, typically early in each game. Manning also gave Belichick a bit of advice for when he joins the show.

"If you ever run out of things to say, just make fun of Eli, right?" Manning recalled telling Belichick. "That’s always sort of a time-filler, and Bill doesn’t like Eli. We all know that—two Super Bowls—so it’s just a match made in heaven.”

The younger Manning brother, of course, defeated Belichick and the Patriots while starting under center for the New York Giants in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

The upcoming NFL season will be Belichick's first campaign not coaching on a football sideline since 1974, the year before he joined the Baltimore Colts as a 23-year-old special assistant.

Along with joining the Manningcast, Belichick also plans to make regular appearances on The Pat McAfee Show throughout the 2024 campaign. He also reportedly plans to write a book—not a memoir, but a leadership guide for football coaches, similar to Bill Walsh's 550-page Finding the Winning Edge.

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