Wilson's multi-faceted abilities on the field might differ in method to Manning's, but Carroll sees many similarities off the field.
"He's an incredible competitor in every way," Carroll said of his quarterback, who at 25 is 12 years younger than Manning. "In preparation, in game day, he's the epitome of what you want in your competitor. He's got tremendous work habits. He's got extraordinary athleticism. He's got a general all-around savvy that allows him to make great decisions under pressure.
"He's extremely confident, too, so no matter what is going on, he's not going to waver in his focus and ability to handle things."
Manning believes elements of all styles will always be in demand.
"I think I could describe the perfect quarterback. Take a little piece of everybody," he said. "Take John Elway's arm, Dan Marino's release, maybe Troy Aikman's dropback, Brett Favre's scrambling ability, Joe Montana's two-minute poise and, naturally, my speed."
After the laughter stopped, Manning continued:
"I could take a piece of everyone, of some of my favorite quarterbacks, and I could take 30 traits from different guys, and put them in that perfect quarterback."
But will that perfect QB in years to come feature more of Manning and his mold or of Wilson and his ilk?
Sunday's game could provide a glimpse into that future.
AP Sports Writers Tim Booth, Arnie Stapleton and Dennis Waszak Jr., contributed to this story.
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