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Last updated: February 2, 2010 9:23 a.m.

Hit the quarterback, what a great idea

Justin A. Cohn
The Journal Gazette

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- For today's "Let's make something out of nothing" story, I bring you all the questions hurled at the Colts because Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had the temerity to suggest his team should hit quarterback Peyton Manning when they get the chance.

Seriously, what's he supposed to say? "Let's buy him a Mojito?"

Williams said this to 104.5 The Zone: "This guy's got a great clock in his head. The big thing is that he throws the ball so early that we're going to have to do a good job of finding ways to get to him, and when we do get to him we're going to have to make sure he gets a couple 'remember me' shots when we get there."

Big deal. This is so overblown.

Anyway, we have reaction from the Colts.

Right tackle Ryan Diem said: "I'm sure that pretty much every team is trying to take Peyton out of the game. He's a very integral part to what we do, so I mean those comments don't really have an effect on me. We're going to take care of him the same way we always do. Give him plenty of time to get rid of the ball, keep him from getting hit because when he starts feeling that pressure he has to rush things and make some decisions he probably wouldn't have so it's on us to keep him clean and I'm up for the challenge. I'm ready for it."

Asked for his reaction to Williams' comment, Manning said: "I don't have one. I didn't hear it. I guess I have been playing long enough that I don't have any reaction to a comment like that."

Saints safety Darren Sharper said that it's nothing new for his team to want to give quarterbacks a hurtin', and it shouldn't be.

"That has been our philosophy all year long. It just so happens that Gregg (Williams) spilled the beans," Sharper said. "Our attitude is always to let teams, at the end of the day, remember that they played against us. That's our plan to play a tough, physical brand of football. Those 'remember shots' go a long way."