We all knew the conservative, relaxed style of John Fox was a problem that eventually came to a head with the Denver Broncos. Fox was fired, and is soon to be replaced by John Elway and the Denver Broncos, but what about quarterback Peyton Manning?
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We know the 38-year old future Hall of Famer has been arguably the best player in the NFL over the last three years, throwing more touchdowns in that time than most teams are doing over the span of five or maybe even six seasons. He has at times made the Colts version of Peyton Manning look like an average quarterback, but what do Broncos players think of him?
One man’s opinion doesn’t paint the entire picture, but Joel Dreessen, who was released by the Broncos prior to this past season due to injury reasons, had some really strong comments in regard to his former quarterback to a couple of Denver Post writers.
Listening to him talk, it’s clear that not every player in the locker room is on board with the way Manning approaches the game, and even one of the toughest guys in the league might have some trouble getting other players to lay themselves on the line for the cause of him, their leader, to ultimately win a game. We saw it repeatedly this season and last when the Broncos looked defeated, it always came on the heels of Manning looking the same way.
You can make what you want of these comments, but I think they are really revealing a lot of dirt under the rug that we’ve all been happily ignoring as Broncos fans over these last three seasons for fear of what might happen if No. 18 were not in uniform for us anymore. The Broncos want Manning back, and for good reason, but there are legitimate questions of whether or not his teammates will rally behind him, especially when he’s down in the dumps.