View Full Version : Peyton Manning, Broncos ready to mesh on field

05-21-2012, 04:42 AM

Watching John Fox and Peyton Manning lead separate NFL teams in the previous decade would suggest they have some work to do to get on the same offensive playbook page.

Fox is a head coach raised on the defensive side of the line of scrimmage. He has operated his offense as if half his thoughts are with his defense. Pound the running game. Milk the clock. Keep the defense on the sideline. Mix in an explosive pass play. Pound the running game.

Manning is a quarterback who has taken a detour to Denver while on his way to Canton, Ohio. He did not become one of the all-time best quarterbacks by handoff alone. It's through the air, without bothering to huddle up, that Manning has sliced up defenses.

The meshing of Fox and Manning, and Manning and the Broncos, begins today with the Broncos' first organized team activity (OTA) workout at their Dove Valley headquarters.

Despite the differences in offensive style, there is also a statistical compatibility between Fox and Manning that suggests they will get along quite well now that they are both with the Broncos. And Jon Gruden knows what that statistic is.

"I know John Fox's record when they've scored over 25 points a game," said Gruden, a former Super Bowl-winning coach who now is the color commentator for ESPN's "Monday Night Football" telecasts. "It's pretty impressive. And I know Peyton Manning for 14 years has been slicing people up for about 25 points a game. So that combination could be lethal for the Broncos."

Fox coached the Carolina Panthers for nine years and is going into his second season with the Broncos. He doesn't mind winning by a score of 17-10. Give him some offense, though, and Fox knows how to finish.

His coaching record when his teams score at least 25 points: 39-3. Granted, even in this pass-happy, wide-open era, 25 points is better than average. But 25 points in an NFL game does not produce the nearly automatic victory that, say, 12 runs does in baseball or seven goals in hockey. The San Diego Chargers averaged 26.5 points a game the past two seasons yet have posted a combined 17-15 record.

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05-21-2012, 07:37 AM
Yeah but the chargers ain't got no D!

Buckin' Bronco
05-22-2012, 11:59 AM
I think Gruden knows the score for sure, but I don't think it's really sunk in to most of our fans yet. For years and years Peyton Manning had to win shootouts in Indy because he had zero defense especially against the run. John Fox specialty is exactly that defense primarily stopping the run. That will force teams to pass which is why we are loading up our secondary.Theoretically their two styles can be the ultimate complement to one another. A quarterback who can move the chains and score points consistently, I'm talking every time we touch the ball damn near. If you give Peyton Manning even a respectable defense which we know Del Rio and Fox definitely can, we will be highly competitive. Del Rio said he wants a top 10 unit, if that happens good night!

05-23-2012, 09:19 AM
I think an unexamined part of Manning's Denver tenure is the effect it will have on Tony Dungy's legacy. While Brian Billick got hammered for not having an elite offense as head coach of Baltimore, Dungy seemed to get a pass for pedestrian defenses that didn't help Manning as much as Belichick's defenses helped Brady. Dungy is viewed as one of the elite coaches of the past decade and if Fox (a solid, above average coach, but not elite by any means) can replicate the deep playoff runs with Manning (which I think he will, because Manning is just THAT good), it takes the sheen off of Dungy's legacy IMO.

05-23-2012, 09:42 AM
Such an exciting season up head. Word is they are all , already bonding quiet nicley!! :goz: