It wasn’t the scene Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson have encountered this week in New Jersey. But Wes Lunt, Aaron Bailey and Reilly O’Toole met with the media Wednesday morning inside Memorial Stadium. Beat writers MATT DANIELS and BOB ASMUSSEN were there. Here is the take on Sunday’s big game from the Illini quarterbacks:
Broncos or Seahawks?
WL: That’s a tough question. I’d like to see Peyton (Manning) win it just as a guy who likes quarterbacks.
AB: I like Seattle. I like Russell Wilson a lot, and I like the Seattle defense.
RO: I like the Broncos. I’m a big Peyton Manning fan, so hopefully they win, but I also like Russell Wilson from him being in the Big Ten. Peyton Manning is a little bit older, so I hope he gets one toward the end of his career.
What do you like about Manning/Wilson?
WL: (Manning’s) cerebral approach to the game and how smart he is. He’s extremely intelligent. He’s probably not the most gifted quarterback, but you’d never know because he’s so smart out there.
AB: I like how (Wilson) is as a quarterback. He’s poised. He reminds me of myself with how humble he is and how elusive he is on the field. You’ll never see him get down. You’ll always see him with a smile on his face.
RO: I think (Manning is) one of the best quarterbacks of all time. He knows the game real well and gets everybody involved. He’s an intelligent guy and real fun to watch.
It’s supposed to be cold Sunday night. How does that type of weather affect QBs?
WL: It affects it a little bit. I know Peyton’s wearing a glove now. That’s something that Coach Cubit tried to implement later in the year where we tried to wear gloves, but you just can’t think about it. You’ve just got to go out and play.
AB: It definitely affects you. I think you have to practice with a glove. That’s the biggest thing. Some practice with a glove and some without. I’d go with the glove just to get the extra grip.
RO: Some people handle it differently. Last year toward the end of the season, Nate (Scheelhaase) and I tried throwing with gloves, which Nate used in the Purdue game and did pretty well. I’m always in the hand warmers because my hands get cold pretty easily. It doesn’t affect some people, and it affects some. It just depends on the person.
What do you think of Richard Sherman?
WL: I love Richard Sherman. I think he’s funny. Probably (would not have handled the postgame interview the way he did), but it drew a lot of attention, so I guess attention is good in any way.
AB: There was a lot of emotions (after the NFC title game). He handled it the way he wanted to handle it. I didn’t see anything wrong with it. He’s Richard Sherman.
RO: I like him. The thing I like about him is he backs up his talk. He’s not just one of those guys that talks a lot and doesn’t really do much. He makes plays, and he likes to talk about it, but at least he backs it up.