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  • #16
    Originally posted by one5beast View Post
    He has Comeback Player of the Year locked up.

    Anyone think he can win MVP?
    Yes I believe so... Manning today is in top 2 QB's discussion. Manning been playing at elite level only other QB that's been doing that constantly is Rodgers.


    • #17
      One big thing I am wishing for is that Os is taking this all in and does well when it his turn to take over. Because Manning is lighting up every defense right now and it looks like the rust is quickly coming off.

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      • #18
        Peyton Manning directs Explosive Denver Broncos Offense

        Peyton Manning deftly directs explosive Denver Broncos offense

        That's what defensive coordinators around the NFL are uttering after watching Peyton Manning find his groove as the quarterback of the Denver Broncos. The four-time MVP has been on a sensational run over the past five games, completing 68.5 percent of his passes for 1,619 yards and 14 touchdowns with only one interception. He has posted five straight 300-yard games, helping the Broncos (4-3) surpass the 30-point mark in three of those contests.

        Peyton Manning

        While Manning has performed at this level for most of his career, there were great concerns about his ability to re-emerge as an elite quarterback following multiple neck surgeries, a season-long absence and a move from the Indianapolis Colts to Denver. With Manning performing like a Pro Bowler again, I thought I would pop in some All-22 Coaches Film to see what the Broncos are doing to help the veteran overcome his shortcomings while maximizing the talent around him.

        Here's what I discovered:

        1) The Broncos have become a no-huddle offense.

        After attempting to utilize a conventional approach during the first few games of the season, the Broncos have exclusively featured the no-huddle offense in recent weeks. Part of the decision could be attributed to the fact that the Broncos faced significant deficits against the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers, but I believe the switch was intended to make Manning more comfortable as the leader of the offense. By operating at a quicker pace, the Broncos are able to limit defensive substitutions, resulting in fewer exotic schemes and pass-rush packages. This also causes the defensive line to fatigue quicker, putting a dent in the ferocity and effectiveness of the pass rush by the end of the game.

        The move to the no-huddle offense also discourages defensive coordinators from blitzing; they're reluctant to call pressures against hurry-up teams for fear of a cornerback or safety failing to hear the play call and blowing their assignment. This allows Manning to attack a static defense without the threat of a heavy rush. For a pinpoint passer with extraordinary anticipation and awareness, the game transforms into a 7-on-7 contest, with all of the odds tipping in the offense's favor.

        Finally, the Broncos' utilization of the no-huddle allows Manning to take control of the game at the line of scrimmage. The veteran will step to the line, read the alignment of the defensive front and the coverage and get the Broncos into the proper call to exploit the look. Given Manning's experience and exceptional football IQ, the Broncos are rarely in a bad play, which leads to fewer negative plays for the offense.

        2) Heavy utilization of "11" and "12" personnel packages makes Denver difficult to defend.

        One of the overlooked aspects of Denver's offense has been the clever utilization of personnel to create mismatches at the point of attack. The Broncos accomplish this by routinely featuring "11" (one back, one tight end, three wide receivers) and "12" (one back, two tight ends, two wide receivers) packages in the game plan.

        While most teams will use various one-back personnel groupings to generate favorable matchups, the Broncos have shown the capacity to run or pass out of each package, making it difficult for defensive coordinators to anticipate what is coming when substitutes are running on the field. In looking at Denver's 34-14 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night, I was impressed by the play-calling balance (41 runs, 30 passes) and the variance of personnel, regardless of the down. By routinely switching personnel groupings while utilizing the same formations and plays, the Broncos can thrive against any defensive scheme.

        "12" personnel on the field:

        This package balances up the set with tight ends on both sides of the line, thus eliminating the effectiveness of a defense loading up the box. Additionally, the balanced formation has a "four verticals" threat (the receivers on the outside run go-routes down the numbers, while the tight ends run down the hashes) that puts defensive coordinators in a play-calling quandary.

        The Broncos are still in a "12" personnel package, with tight end Virgil Green aligned in the slot:

        This creates an alignment issue for the defense (lack of a run supporter) against a potential run to Green's side, while also posing the same "four verticals" threat in the passing game.

        And in the next screengrab, the Broncos have "11" personnel in the game, with Brandon Stokley aligned in the slot:

        While the formation is similar to that shown in the prior screengrab, Stokley's speed and quickness create a dilemma for the defensive coordinator, who must decide between the base or nickel defense.

        3) Mike McCoy has wisely implemented parts of the old Colts' offense.

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        The NFL's top offensive coordinators are willing to tailor their schemes to fit the talents of their best players. Not only is Manning Denver's top player, but he is one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in NFL history. Part of his success can be attributed to the fact that he's played in the same scheme for most of his career. Manning has mastered the nuances of the system and developed counters to most defensive tactics. McCoy appreciated Manning's effectiveness within his previous system and implemented several of his new quarterback's favorite concepts into the Broncos' attack.

        In studying Denver's offense on tape, I've noticed a few carryover concepts from the Indianapolis Colts' playbook.


        Over the past few weeks, the Broncos have featured the stretch as their No. 1 running play. The design of the play gets the runner to the corner before he is instructed to bounce to the outside or cut back into an open seam off tackle. While this requires Manning to sprint to the outside to meet the running back for the handoff, it eventually sets up an effective play-action pass fake that nets big yards.

        Inthe Broncos are lined up for the stretch to the right, with Willis McGahee running behind center Dan Koppen and right guard Chris Kuper, who are both pulling on the play:

        McGahee takes the ball to the corner and looks for an open crack:

        With his lead blockers clearing a path, McGahee makes a hard cut inside and hits the open seam for a 17-yard gain.


        The Broncos have used the wide receiver screen sparingly in the past, but it has become a staple of the game plan since Manning's arrival. The veteran signal-caller routinely fires the ball out to Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker or Green on quick screens to take advantage of soft coverage on the outside. In addition, Manning will use the bubble screen to offset the blitz pressure from opponents sending crashers off the edge. With the ball coming quickly out of Manning's hand, defenders are unable to put a shot on the veteran and are forced to tackle the Broncos' big, physical playmakers in the open field. This is a daunting task against most pass catchers, but it's particularly so against the Broncos' aforementioned trio; Thomas, Decker and Green are all big and strong enough to run through arm tackles.

        If Manning senses a blitz coming off the edge, he will check to the bubble screen to exploit the tactic and avoid taking a hit in the pocket. Against the Saints, he routinely checked out of his original play and quickly dumped the ball to Green on the perimeter:

        The Broncos have also started to incorporate more variations of the wide receiver screen.

        With the linebackers pulled inside by the threat of a run, there's more space for Thomas on the perimeter, leading to a big gain.


        Denver enters each game with a few play-action passes designed to produce big gains on vertical throws. Every team in the NFL attempts to feature complementary play-action passes, but the Broncos are one of the best at building play-action passes that match their favorite runs. By making the initial part of the play look like a stretch run or draw (with the coordination of the offensive line and running backs), the Broncos are able to lure linebackers and defensive backs to the line of scrimmage, creating huge voids down the field. Manning enhances the organized deception by selling the run with clever ball fakes in the backfield. Thanks to the veteran's knack for picking on the out-of-position defender, the Broncos have been able to consistently produce explosive plays on play-action passes.

        From the Broncos' 37-6 win over the Oakland Raiders, Denver is aligned in a dubs formation. Manning takes the snap and fakes the draw before looking downfield for an open receiver on a four-verticals route:

        Tight end Joel Dreessen breaks open down the right hash in front of the safety for a 22-yard touchdown.
        Last edited by BroncoSexyDaddy; 10-31-2012, 11:57 AM.


        • #19
          Broncos' Peyton Manning rounding into MVP form at season's midpoint

          Broncos' Peyton Manning rounding into MVP form at season's midpoint

          Broncos have tailored offense to quarterback's preferences

          It's taken a matter of months, faster maybe than even he thought it would, but Peyton Manning has found himself again.

          Manning, in his seventh month with the Denver Broncos, not only has answered questions about whether he would be able to return to football after four surgical procedures on his neck kept him off the field in 2011, but he also is a legitimate MVP candidate at midseason.

          "I know he loves football, and he loves playing quarterback. That's what he does, and that's what he is, and so that's why I always knew he would be back," longtime teammate Brandon Stokley says. "If there was any way possible, he would be back. Because he loves it."

          The nation saw it Sunday night, when Manning turned in his best all-around performance as a Bronco, with 305 passing yards, three touchdowns, eight incompletions and no turnovers in Denver's 34-14 win against the New Orleans Saints.

          But the story of Manning's impressive return to the NFL, to a new team, after a season on the sideline is even more telling in practice.

          On a recent Friday morning, Manning was leading Broncos wide receivers and tight ends in a red-zone drill. It wasn't designed to be full speed or against defenders.

          That wasn't good enough for Manning. What was the point of doing it halfway?

          Manning wanted defenders, and he was going to get them.

          Several Broncos coaches, including offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, stepped into the end zone and fanned out to mimic a Tampa 2 defense. Manning resumed his ministrations and sent Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker through their routes.

          Coach John Fox stood behind the end zone and shook his head.

          "Look at that," Fox said, smiling. "The players are coaching, and the coaches are playing."

          Indeed, the Broncos, half a year removed from the end of the Tim Tebow experiment, are adjusting to life with a true franchise quarterback, their first since John Elway retired after the 1998 season.

          Answering the questions

          Through eight weeks, and seven games, Manning is easily playing well enough to validate the Broncos' decision to sign him to a five-year, $96 million contract — a deal that pays Manning $18 million guaranteed in 2012 — and trade Tebow to the New York Jets for two late-round draft picks.

          Through Sunday's win against New Orleans, Manning is on pace for one of the best statistical seasons of his career. He is the league's top-rated quarterback (109.0), is second in yards per game (301.9), tied for third in TD passes (17) and fifth in total yards (2,113). Should Manning continue at this pace, he would set a career high in passing yards (on pace for 4,830 yards) and be near his career-best rating of 121.1 in 2004, the same season in which he threw 49 TD passes.

          Save for an awful quarter at the Atlanta Falcons in the Broncos' second game, when Manning threw interceptions on each of the first three possessions, he has appeared to regain his spot as one of the game's elite quarterbacks and, fellow Broncos captain Champ Bailey says, is deserving of early MVP talk.

          "He has to be. Look at how he's playing," Bailey says. "He's definitely comeback player of the year. You can give him that right now."

          Bailey, the longest-tenured Bronco, had many of the same questions as much of the NFL did about Manning when he chose the Broncos over several other NFL suitors weeks after he was released by the Indianapolis Colts in March.

          "His health. Anytime surgery is involved, there's some concern there," Bailey says.

          Incrementally over seven months, Manning has answered nearly all the questions Bailey and Broncos fans had about his ability to return.

          Proving his worth

          The proving process began in Durham, N.C., when Broncos officials flew to watch Manning go through a private workout at Duke University, where he was working his way back into football shape under the guidance of David Cutcliffe, his college offensive coordinator at Tennessee.

          With Broncos executive vice president Elway, Fox, McCoy and quarterbacks coach Adam Gase watching, Cutcliffe led Manning through a workout that would mimic a typical NFL practice in pace and diversity of throws.

          It wasn't a perfect performance, especially to Manning, but the Broncos were convinced that, given more time, Manning would be able to start the season healthy.

          "I think from the first day we saw him throw, he was honest with us, he told us what he thought, and he was fine back then," McCoy says. "We knew it would take time to get to where he wanted to be, but, hey, this is Peyton. He always wants to be better, regardless of what it is."

          The Broncos also had Manning take a physical in North Carolina (he passed), and he opened his entire medical file to the Broncos.

          "I've had an injury. I think I'm a different player coming off the injury," Manning said Sunday. "I'm with a different team. I think I'm kind of finding my way, and our team is finding our way. I think I keep saying we're trying to find our identity, and I think we're starting to form it."

          The ensuing months were, and still are, about Manning and the Broncos adjusting to their new reality.

          For Manning, his rehabilitation process in returning from the neck injury is not complete. He continues to work with Broncos athletic trainers and strength coaches to build strength in his right arm, particularly in his triceps, and he is still regaining feeling in some of the damaged nerves.

          After the Atlanta game, when he threw three interceptions, each on deep throws down the middle of the field, Manning was faced with criticism that his arm strength was gone and it wasn't coming back.

          "I am what I am. It is what it is. Whatever," Manning said Sept. 19, clearly perturbed by the doubts of his arm strength. "Whichever expression is appropriate for that. I don't really know what to tell you."

          The reality is some of his passes might wobble and some might not have the same velocity as they did 10 years ago, or five years ago, or even two years ago.

          Yet inside the team's Dove Valley headquarters, and throughout the Broncos-crazed Rocky Mountain region, there seem to be no regrets about making the switch from Tebow to Manning.

          "Probably as good as advertised and then some," Fox says. "Knowing his reputation having competed against him many times, you build that respect, and there is a small fraternity of players and coaches, so you hear of his work ethic, both on and off the field. To see it firsthand, I think like all great players it is more than advertised."

          Change of scenery

          But for Manning, it has been about much more than just his health.

          When he was released by the Colts, his entire life changed. He left the only NFL franchise and city he had known as a player, moved his wife and children to a new house in an unfamiliar city and met a locker room full of new teammates.

          It helped, certainly, that Stokley re-signed with the Broncos in April and former Colts tight end Jacob Tamme also chose the Broncos.

          McCoy, Denver's offensive coordinator since 2009, kept much of his playbook intact (though the read-option pages created for Tebow might have been tossed) and asked Manning to learn the Broncos' offensive language.

          The coaches added plenty of pieces of the Indianapolis offense, especially the way Manning likes to use his tight ends (Broncos tight ends have surpassed their 2011 receiving totals as a group), and allowed Manning to frequently operate in the no-huddle offense, where Manning truly is in control of the offense.

          And he appears to be far more comfortable doing it now than he was when the season began. He has thrown one interception since that first quarter in Atlanta — a span of 23 quarters — and has led the Broncos to sole possession of first place in the AFC West, along with wins against the division rival San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. The Broncos also have helped Manning — and his health — by preventing too many hits on him. He has been sacked 10 times, 29th in the league, and hit almost as infrequently.

          The Broncos have put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season, and they head into what should be the easiest portion of their schedule. The first seven weeks were full of title contenders — Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Falcons — and the next month includes games against the Cincinnati Bengals (3-4), Carolina Panthers (1-6), Chargers (3-4) and Kansas City Chiefs (1-6).

          "I still think there are some things we need to improve on, and we're going to build off this win," Manning said Sunday. "Build some consistency as an offense, and hopefully I can continue to just make strides and be on the same page as the receivers."