The Denver Broncos come into the third week of the NFL season with no losses, and tons of questions. The defensive side of the football has come up big, but the offense has looked shaky. The shaky offense was to be expected. Gary Kubiak and his offensive coordinator, Rick Dennison, are in the process of installing a new offensive scheme, which has caused some struggles. And now, the popular thing to say is, “Kubiak was hired to coach the next Broncos quarterback and not Peyton Manning.”
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If you are falling into that line of thinking, please snap out of it. Believe me, it is a catchy thing to think and say. I had been saying it for about nine days, until I decided it is the dumbest thing to say. Why would John Elway and Kubiak have tried to talk Manning into returning if they were just going to wait him out anyway?
I get it. The idea is that Kubiak is installing an offense that is not suited to Manning and his skill set. Therefore, Manning is just a place holder for the next guy. Really? Is that how this team wins a Super Bowl this year? Just have Manning hold down the fort until he decides to retire, then the Broncos can really install the offense they want? How much sense does that make?
This team can’t win it all if the idea is that Kubiak is just waiting out the Peyton Manning era.
Peyton Manning is the best regular season quarterback of all time. He still has command of the offense, and the players will follow him. Don’t for one second believe that Kubiak is just waiting for Manning to retire so he can claim the Denver Broncos as his own. They are working to blend Manning’s style and ability with the advantages that a running game will bring to an immobile quarterback.
It hasn’t been pretty, as the offensive line has struggled to pass protect and run block. There seems to be a plethora of issues that face the Broncos in the trenches. That can be directly attributed to the change in scheme, along with the youth of the team, and the lack of experience playing together. In other words, it can only get better, and I’m betting it will.
Denver is my pick to win the Super Bowl this year. I have made that pick with the knowledge that I have on Orange and Blue lenses. However, this team can’t win it all if the idea is that Kubiak is just waiting out the Peyton Manning era. The Defense will carry this team a long way, but Denver needs Manning and Kubiak to be on the same page. It will take some time, but when it all comes together the rest of the league better look out.
Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) talks with head coach Gary Kubiak on the sidelines during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports