Acee: Peyton Manning doesn't give Chargers respectPeyton Manning is in denial. Or else he’s just that arrogant.“It’s hard to put a summary on different teams of different years,” Manning said when asked Tuesday how the Chargers' have had so much success against him. “I’m probably not ready to answer that question.”I’ll answer that question.The Chargers have won five of their past six meetings with Manning, dating back to 2005. In fact, they’ve embarrassed him.They’ve intercepted him 15 times (to 11 touchdown passes). His passer rating is 74.5 over the six games.Among the 23 teams Manning faced more than once between 2005 and ‘10, Dallas (2-0) is the only other team to have a winning record against him. He’s had a lower passer rating against just two teams. Among the other five teams he faced as many as six times in that span, including Baltimore (99.5) and New England (97.3), his average passer rating was 102.2. Manning has only thrown multiple interceptions in 22 games since ‘05, and the Chargers have been the opponent in four of those.“You’re talking kind of different times,” said Manning, now the Denver Broncos quarterback and preparing to face the Chargers on Monday night. “I’m with a different team now ... Those were Colts versus Chargers games. These are division games now. I have an appreciation what a division rivalry means.”I guess he wasn’t trying in those non-division games against the Chargers. Must not have appreciated those playoff games the Chargers won against the Colts after the 2007 and 2008 seasons.I’m used to ignoring NFL types trying to insult my intelligence. But Manning is offensive.You know what the difference between Peyton Manning and A.J. Smith is? Manning listens to his PR people and has a Southern drawl that comes off nicely in commercials and sound bytes.I bring up Smith because the Chargers’ general manager has sort of been on a mission since Manning signed with Denver. A mission to, I don’t know, get in Manning’s head. Maybe he figures since Cooper is no longer around to do so …I asked Smith last week, prior to the Broncos’ loss at New England, about Manning -- his arm strength, his readiness after just four games following a year off due to a neck injury.“His arm strength looks the same to me,” Smith said. “Manning is one of the greatest field generals in NFL history. He has had multiple neck operations, but he didn’t hurt his great football mind. Manning is totally healthy and ready to roll.”My interpretation of our previous conversations about Manning was that Smith was being largely sardonic. But this time, I could not read his face, because there was no expression. He was either being entirely forthright or has taken acting lessons.“Any time you play against a Peyton Manning-led team, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, you better bring high energy and you’re ‘A’ game just to have a chance to win,” Smith said. “You don’t make mistakes and get away with it when you’re dealing with this enormously talented player.”I know him too well to believe Smith was being absolutely sincere. But not even he is arrogant enough to pretend Manning isn’t still awesome.He might have lost some zing, be a little rusty yet. But Manning is one of the three best quarterbacks of all time. I mean, the Chargers are 6-2 against Matt Cassel, but who gives a fart?Here’s what Manning said Thursday when told that Norv Turner identified the Broncos offense as doing a lot of the same things as Manning’s Colts: “It doesn’t make a lot of sense for me to answer that. I can’t speak for other coaches and how they see this offense or this defense … There has been a lot of change for me -- new surroundings and new players and new coaches and new system. However any team sees us that is certainly their opinion, and I have my opinion of what it is, and that’s kind of between me and our coaches.”Really, he said that. It’s an in-house secret whether the offense they’re running is essentially identical to the one that he ran in Indianapolis? Really? I guess no one else has noticed.Predictably – and I say that because he pulled the same passive aggressive condescension prior to the last time the Chargers handed him his oversized hat – Manning would not even acknowledge the chess match played between he and the Chargers defense over the years.He couldn‘t say, yeah, Stephen Cooper really did a great job against us, identifying what we do sometimes, glad he’s not there anymore. He couldn’t acknowledge Quentin Jammer’s two interceptions against him? Eric Weddle’s pair of picks?Manning knows Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano, who was a Colts assistant Manning’s first four years in the league, has played a pivotal role in prepping the Chargers defense for facing him. Couldn’t give Pags a shout out?Couldn’t compliment one of the three previous Chargers’ defensive coordinators that befuddled him. I understand not wanting to acknowledge Ted Cottrell beat you twice -- but Ron Rivera?“I see it differently,” Manning said. “I haven’t played for the Broncos against the Chargers. If you see it as the same scenario as the times I played of the Colts that’s fine. I just don’t see it that way.”Yeah, the Chargers will probably decide to not pressure Manning this time. Or maybe they’ll switch to the 4-3. Because what they’ve done in the past sure hasn’t worked against him.Manning could not have tried harder to be evasive on a conference call with the San Diego media on Thursday. That’s his right, for sure, but would it somehow ***** his carefully cultivated image to acknowledge even once that the Chargers have owned him?