Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • The Denver Broncos are 6-0 so why aren’t fans in Denver happier?
  • Peyton Manning is quite simply a victim of his own success.
  • On Sunday, as the Broncos eked out another win, Twitter was abuzz with the trending topic: #BenchManning
  • I understand that the fans want more offense. And how can you blame them?
  • We are an instant message society and Manning has put up instant offense over the duration of his career.
  • So what if he is winning?
  • We demand to be entertained!
  • I think ESPN is currently doing an Outside the Lines special on how Peyton grimaces when he throws the ball.
  • “This means something!”
  • Maybe. Or maybe that’s just how his face looks.
  • You’ve just never noticed because you’ve been watching a wide receiver dancing around in the end zone after he caught a touchdown for the past 17 years.
  • Yes, the offense is struggling and Manning is having a hard time adapting to Gary Kubiak’s system.
  • It could be worse.
  • Imagine if the Broncos were running that fake punt play that the Colts ran Sunday night against the Patriots.
  • That may have been the stupidest moment in NFL history.
  • Well…next to John Fox kneeling on the ball in 2013 against the Ravens.
  • Do you realize that this is basically the third system that Manning has had in the past 12 months?
  • It was last November against the St Louis Rams that Peyton took a few shots and suddenly the wide open, pass-happy Peyton Manning offense was gone.
  • John Fox installed a run first offense and the Broncos started a slow steady decline that ended with a playoff loss and Fox getting fired.
  • So maybe Manning is just struggling to play in yet another new system, with a rebuilt offensive line, after playing in basically one system for most of his career.
  • Or maybe Peyton Manning is washed up and it is time to move on.
  • But I bet there are about 22 other NFL quarterbacks who would trade all of their stats with Peyton to be 6-0.
  • Think that Philip Rivers wouldn’t trade his league leading offense to actually be a playoff contender?
  • Rivers is putting up 353 yard per game and has 12 passing touchdowns.
  • And the San Diego Chargers are in 3rd place in the AFC West at 2-4, one game behind the Oakland Raiders, and four games behind Denver.
  • At least Peyton has one Super Bowl win.
  • Rivers’ biggest accomplishment is outdueling Jay Cutler.
  • I’ll wait while that last statement sinks in.
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