Peyton Manning has all the tools to run a potent offense in Denver. (Photo by Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE).

With Manning, Sky’s the Limit for Broncos’ Offense


With the news of Peyton Manning choosing the Denver Broncos as the next stop in his legendary career, the excitement is palpable in the mile high air. And every piece of confetti is merited.

While the 2011 Broncos captivated the nation’s imagination with a torrent of breath-taking comeback wins, the actual statistics tell a different story: for the majority of games, the Broncos’ offense under Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow left defenses yawning. Manning must have seen the potential for dramatic improvement.

In sixteen regular season games, only twice did the Broncos’ offense eclipse 30 points. The fact that Denver won a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers despite such inconsistency is a testament to its defense and clutch special teams, often bailing out ineffective play on offense. Peyton Manning, however, changes all of that.

Manning has punched a ticket to the Hall of Fame by running a ruthless version of the hurry-up offense for years with the Indianapolis Colts. In Denver, it so happens, visiting defenses often wear down at the end of games due to the thin air. Defenses will have their conditioning pushed to the limit during every home game in Denver.

Add to the environment the fact that Manning will have good, young receiving talent in DeMaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, other weapons Denver will add with ample cap space (Dallas Clark and Mike Wallace are possibilities) and Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady keeping him upright in the passing game.

Oh, and here’s a scary thought: Peyton Manning teaming up with the league’s top-ranked rushing offense. Just two years ago, when Manning was suiting up for the Super Bowl despite a nonexistent Colts’ run game, Manning directing a dominant rushing team sounded more like a Madden video game pairing than a real possibility. But now, in Denver, opposing defenses will be faced with the task of somehow stopping both Willis McGahee on the ground and Peyton Manning through the mile high air.

This offense will combine the explosiveness of a Manning system with the toughness of a John Fox offense. This offense will be built to win in January as in September. This offense will be dangerous.

Give John Elway and John Fox credit: they identified an opportunity for improving this team, they went all-in, and they succeeded in recruiting a once-in-a-lifetime quarterback–a living legend who also entertained sales pitches from his wife’s homestate and a team that nearly made the Super Bowl last year with Alex Smith at quarterback. It will be interesting to soon hear Manning discuss how he ultimately chose Denver. Maybe the Broncos’ brass showed Manning something he couldn’t turn down: the chance to take one more dominant offense to a Super Bowl.

Tags: Alex Smith Demaryius Thomas Featured Indianapolis Colts John Elway John Fox Mike Wallace Peyton Manning Tim Tebow Willis Mcgahee

  • vette2112

    elway you lie i hate bieng lied to

  • vette2112

    elway i would rather see you go than tebo.

  • vette2112

    the broncos are the worst orginization if pro sports every year they get pleanty of press in the off season for the drama that surounds this team every year the broncos are the punch line to a bad joke.

  • vette2112

    i cant wait to see the look om elways face whene manning is carted off the field with a broken neck.

  • vette2112

    the denver eagles?

  • vette2112

    i want elway gone.

  • Paul Biggles Attard

    You know you guys change your tune pretty damn quck. Manning WAS great. The jury will be out until September on if he’s STILL great. Tebow has an enormous amount of potential and many many years ahead of him. I’m not convinced letting Tebow go is a wise choice. Not at all.

  • Brandy Burzlaff

    finally we get rid of Tebow

  • CUTTY aka Logan

    its funny the u say opposing teams plays at mile high should be worried about the air cause lord knows that no opposing team is worried about the denver crowd or should i say lack there of. (fans give a good golf clap everytime the team does something good)

  • CUTTY aka Logan

    and the broncos did not captivate the nations imagination. everyone knew it was all a fluke

  • http://rldinvestments.com/ Rldinvestments

    Peyton knew what he was doing by going to Denver. They have a solid team and he remembers how tough it is to win with a sub-par defense. He wasn’t going to put himself in a bad situation at this point in his career. San Francisco just lost the top spot in the AFC West.  Not a good day for Harbaugh.

  • CUTTY aka Logan

     @Rldinvestments san francisco is not in the afc west and the broncos are far from a solid team

  • CUTTY aka Logan

    all it takes is one good hit from tamba hali on manning and manning will be out for the season. then what, the brocos literally have no depth at qb

  • http://rldinvestments.com/ Rldinvestments

    You’re absolutely right, my apologies, I was thinking about San Francisco because Manning met with them and obviously chose to go somewhere else. I think Denver has a solid defense and special teams. Now with Manning that offense will step up.

  • StephenJ92

    @CUTTY aka Logan Jealous much?

  • StephenJ92

    Can anyone tell me why Tebow deserved a chance?

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