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From Mediocre to Masterful: Manning brings consistency back to Denver
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)—It’s been 15 years since John Elway became a human helicopter after being catapulted in the air after scrambling on third down and 7 against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XXXII, which propelled the Broncos to a 31-24 victory on January 25, 1998.
But ever since Elway retired and hung up his cleats, the Broncos have been playing musical chairs at the quarterback position.
It hasn’t been easy.
Matter of fact, the people of Denver, Colorado have been holding their breaths in the thin Mile High atmosphere, waiting for another quarterback, which possessed the skills and talent of the legendary John Elway.
They, in fact, sat patiently and watched Brian Griese, Chris Miller, Gus Frerrotte, Jake Plummer, Jay Cutler, Kyle Orten and even “little” Timmy Tebow try to engineer the Broncos back to another Super Bowl.
And despite all the miracles and “tebowing” last year, that magically led them to the playoffs and an unforgettable Wild-card victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the people of Denver traded away their young bucking bronco to New York in order to have an opportunity to see an old, injured show pony.
Upon his arrival, John Elway, now the Broncos’ vice president of football operations, smiled more than he did all last season with Tebow under center.
Matter of fact, there is a new sense of confidence in his body language as he watches the games from the Skybox.
Plus, the uncertainty and nervousness, which haunted him when Tebow threw the football last year has been removed from his face.
As a result, within just half-of-a-season, the Denver fans removed their old No.15 jerseys and replaced them with No.18 jerseys.
Yes, the Denver Broncos went from what some say is the worst QB in the NFL, to the best quarterback in the NFL when they signed Peyton Manning signed to a five year deal worth $96 million on September 20.
Manning, who is 36 years old and a four-time league MVP, so far has led the Broncos to a first place standing in the AFC West with a (4-3) record.
But he seems to have gotten his grove back in the last couple of games, after undergoing multiple necks surgeries and missing all of last season.
Manning, in fact,over the past five games has completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 1,619 yards and 14 touchdowns with only one interception.
The future Hall of Famer has also posted five straight 300-yard games.
As a result, it seems, as if, trading Tebow to the Jets and replacing him with Manning is working out just fine for John Elway and the Broncos.
With Manning performing like an elite QB again, the Broncos’ head coach John Fox has his eyes set on making another run for the playoffs.
Because the more Peyton gets comfortable running the offense, expect to see more quick snaps for him at the line of scrimmage, as he masterfully begins to pick defenses apart just like he did at Indianapolis.
If he does this, the game literally will become a 7-on-7 drill for him.
Unfortunately for Peyton, however, he injured his right thumb right before half-time after smacking it on a defenders helmet during the Broncos’ 34-14 rout against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, in which he threw three touchdowns passes.
The injured thumb or fingernail on his thumb could cause some slight problems for Peyton as he tries to grip the football in Denver’s up-and-coming game against the (3-4) Cincinnati Bengals, this Sunday.