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DP: Do you want to play in preseason games, or do you have to?
PM: I want to play this year because we have some new faces. This group needs to play together. In years past I'd say, No, we really don't need to because we're ready to go.
DP: Last week Philip Rivers told me that he didn't like the idea of calling his own plays. What's he missing out on?
PM: San Diego is a diverse offense—they have multiple formations and personnel groups, and they'll shift [a lot]. When it comes down to it, [the Colts are] trying to be good at a certain number of plays, and we're not afraid to run the same play over and over and over again. You've got to be careful trying to run 60 different plays in a game and being pretty good at most of them, as opposed to being great at this core group of plays. I certainly don't call all the plays—I just have the flexibility to change them. It just depends on the offense you're in.
DP: Aside from the Giants and the Colts, who is the most entertaining team to watch?
PM: I'll tell you who I watch: I watch New England, I watch Dallas and I always watch the teams in our division.
DP: Are you watching QBs?
PM: I'm watching offense. I'm looking for plays that make me go, "Wow, that was great." And I appreciate great quarterback play. I am not a hater by any means. I'm always trying to put myself in their shoes. It's hard to watch a game on TV and not try to learn something.
DP: Are you watching with a notepad and pen?
PM: Not on TV. First of all, I'm watching most of them on mute. It's much more pleasant on mute, especially when I'm watching Eli play. You really don't want to hear somebody slamming your little brother.