Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Manning goes from young Colt to big Bronco

The wait is over.  Peyton Manning is packing his bags and going to the AFC West.  The four-time MVP will be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos.  

Manning is not just a great acquisition for Denver; he is a game changer.  However, Broncos fans should not reserve hotel rooms in the Big Easy for Super Bowl XLVII just yet.  The Broncos are a young team.  Manning has to go west and train a new offense to really block and stop bucking around.

The good thing for Denver is that Peyton is revered for his work ethic and skill.  His presence commands respect and he will not have any difficulty gaining trust in the locker room.  This is important because the offense is going to completely change from a run offense to a pass-first offense.  Plus, Manning’s play calling is unlike any other QB.  Listening and trusting is key.

I’m not really concerned with Peyton’s health.  Reports about his exams have been favorable.  It has been over a year since he played in a NFL game.  It will take him some time to get back to 100%, but he is a champion and ready to compete.  He is ready to get to work and will be in Denver next month for OTAs (organized team activities).  

One player does guarantee a Super Bowl, but a guy like Manning will surely improve Denver’s 8-8 record last season.

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