Benching Peyton Manning: Not the Right Move


October 11, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) passes the football against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos will not be “resting” Peyton Manning. Stop it. Just stop now with all the old and busted bull puckey that keeps getting spewed by morons. Gary Kubiak is not an idiot. He has no intention of sitting down a surefire hall of fame quarterback, and if he was thinking about it, he should lose his job.

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This is not a Manning apology piece. The tape does not lie, and Manning has played poorly this season. He has struggled to hit receivers down field. His ball looks fluttery – although it always has. He falls down if a defender blows on him. He can not roll left. He can not roll right. Peyton Manning is on the backside of his career.

Is this hard to watch for Bronco fans? Speaking as one, it sure is. We all know the greatness of Manning. We have seen him run this league with precision, but this is not 2013. Since coming to Denver, Manning has been the best quarterback in the league. However, Father Time is undefeated. Even if it is a comeback win, Father Time will eventually win the battle against Manning. It looks like we are witnessing the comeback right in front of our faces.

The defense knows that Manning will turn things around.

Does that mean now is the time to bench Manning? Not a chance. Lest we forget, the Denver Broncos are 5-0. Like it or not, Peyton is the leader of this team. The defense has carried the load, and will continue to do so. There is not a better defense in the league. We are living in an exciting time for Bronco fans. This is truly a return to the glory days of the Orange Crush defense.

That being said, this defense plays for Manning. He is the leader of the team, and benching him now would send the wrong message. The defense knows that Manning will turn things around. Learning this offensive scheme has been difficult, and there have been setbacks that Manning has no control over. Taking him off the field could have a ripple effect that breaks the Broncos cohesiveness.

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  • Stop calling for a spot on the bench for Manning. It is not going to happen anyway. You want to complain about this Broncos team, complain about the offensive line. Complain about the running game. Be angry at the guys who are incapable of protecting their quarterback. Or, don’t be angry at all. This team is undefeated, and poised to win another AFC West title. If this season is truly Super Bowl or Bust, then Denver is right on track.

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