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Manning Aboard is a Return to Glory for the Broncos

Last season the Denver Broncos enjoyed what many would consider above average success by reaching the NFL playoffs and upsetting their first round opponent the Steelers in an overtime thriller.  As well, the Broncos won their division, the AFC West, and led the NFL in total rushing at over 165 yards per game.  However, most of this rushing success can be directly attributed to the Bronco’s offensive scheme which was created around running quarterback Tim Tebow.  Although the Bronco’s were only two wins shy of their first Super Bowl berth since 1999 the team that takes the field next season will look extremely different.

Starting with the most important position, Quarterback, the Broncos signed perhaps the most sought after free agent in NFL history Peyton Manning signing him to a 5 year contract worth 96 million dollars.  Manning is perhaps the best quarterback of the past decade (with Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady definitely having valid claims at that title as well) due to his uncanny play-calling ability and the way he gets the best out of his teammates.

Immediately after the acquisition the Broncos traded Tim Tebow to the Jets for two draft picks as to not even allow for talks of a quarterback controversy to begin.  Manning is the first play caller to step into John Elway’s not forgotten shoes who exists in the same breath as the Bronco’s great, who is now Vice President of Football Operations.  The legacy that John Elway left behind has consumed many careers in the past decade including Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton and several more; however those quarterbacks were all previously unproven whereas Peyton could retire today and be a first ballot hall of famer.

The Bronco’s are also returning a stifling defense that finished last season 18th in opponents passing yards per game at only 231.5.  Much of this success was predicated around the push up front provided by outstanding defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil.  The linebacker core was led by rookie talent Von Miller out of Texas A&M who finished last season with 64 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and an unbelievable 11.5 sacks.  The secondary, as it has for the better part of the century, is anchored by hall of famer Champ Bailey who even at age 33 is still one of the elite shut down cornerback’s in the NFL.

Furthermore the Bronco’s had a very good draft selecting defensive tackle Derek Wolfe from the University of Cincinnati in the second round and later selecting running back Ronnie Hillman from San Diego State University who should prove to be a very good back-up to Willis Mcgahee.

For the first time since John Elway’s retirement the Denver Broncos are the clear favorites to win the AFC West and could quite possibly capture Denver another Super Bowl Championship.  That, as they say, is why you play the games.

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