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John Elway set benchmark with pre-season 'butt-kicking' speech, says Manning

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John Elway provided the Broncos with plenty of inspirational play as the Denver quarterback in the 80's and 90's, but this season he has done it from behind the scenes. 

Denver face Seattle at Super Bowl XLVIII in New York on Sunday, and these teams faced off the pre-season also, with the Seahawks inflicting a heavy 40-10 defeat on the Broncos. 

After that game Elway came into the changing rooms and told the squad that the performance was not acceptable, something which Manning revealed Wednesday. 

"John pretty much laid it on us. He was not happy with that game," Manning said Wednesday. "It was a butt-kicking, whether it was preseason or regular season.

"He was just sharing his thoughts that that won't be accepted under his reign as kind of leader of this organization along with (owner) Pat Bowlen. I was taking notes; a lot of players were taking notes."

Football is not simply about who has the most skill, it's often about who has the best application of their skill. 

Speeches inspire application from player's, and moments such as the one Elway would have created can change the mindset of players for years to come. 

Elway only addresses the players when it's necessary, and it definitely worked. 

"I think guys got the message. I think if I was reading it the right way, he might have been giving the message to the coaches as well as the players," Manning added.

"And everybody in that room I think got the message. I thought it was important. It was really the first time John had addressed the team. He actually did not address the team the entire time last year."

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