With 37-year-old Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning still near the top of his game, Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase was asked what signs of decline tend to show up first on an aging quarterback.
“That would be hard for me to say,” he replied. “The only guy that I have been around that was an older quarterback was Jon Kitna, and when I left him in ’07, he had just come off of a 4,200 yard season and he looked pretty good to me. He was picked up by Dallas before the playoffs, and talking to (Cowboys’ offensive coordinator) Bill Callaghan, he’s like, ‘This guy can still throw it.”
Kitna, 41, was coaching Lincoln High School when he was lured back into the NFL, where he had played for 15 seasons before retiring in 2012. The Tacoma native had played at Central Washington and with the Seahawks.