Fat Camp: Understanding the Manning offense - Part 1

Hello, friends.  I know it’s been a little while, but I’ve been super-busy with work and other pursuits the last couple weeks.  Today, let's explore what the Broncos offense might look like this season with the addition of Peyton Manning.  Since it’s a really simple scheme, I think we can pretty easily have a really good sense of what to expect once the regular season arrives.

Since we’re the only Broncos site which possesses the capability of getting deep into the X’s and O’s, we’ll be the ones to lead the way in educating Broncos fans on what to expect.  Let’s get going shall we?  Ready…. BEGIN!!

Let me first start by saying that as much of a fan as I am of Tim Tebow, I'm relieved and glad that he's gone.  The price of having him is just too high, with all of his yahoo bandwagon fans acting as a totally pious menace to intelligent society.  It will be interesting to see whether they drown out New York, or whether New York drowns them out.  Picking the Big Apple to win seems obvious, but you never know, and it will be interesting to see.  When people are determined to believe what they want to believe, it does little good to apply standards of reason to it.

I'm rooting for Tim Tebow the Quarterback to succeed, steal Mark Sanchez's job and women, and maintain his relationship with the homie Jesus, if that's what he wants to do.  Thanks for being a good Bronco, Tim, and good luck in Jersey.  Hopefully your fans don't ruin your career by making you somebody that no team would want to sign.  They're off to a pretty good start, unfortunately.

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Happy Birthday, Peyton Lard 3-24-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Happy Birthday to our new starting quarterback, Peyton Manning, who turns 36 today.

As amazing as it still is that Denver reeled in the highest-profile free agent in NFL history, it remains even more incredible that so many pundits had predicted the Dolphins would end up with the big catch. The Dolphins are a joke of an organization, as their fans would happily tell you.

On the field, Miami opened last season with seven consecutive losses and fired their coach; they've had seven wins or fewer in six of the past eight years. Not helping matters, they play the Pats twice yearly and "compete" with them for the division title.

But the Dolphins now make more news off the field, as Jeff Ireland can attest. Their ownership roll lists more stars than does their player roster. Atop it all is chucklehead Stephen Ross, who pulled an odd PR stunt the other night.

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Broncos add former Colts TE Jacob Tamme

What were we just saying about the lack of an Indy reunion in Denver?

Scratch that.

The Broncos have agreed to terms on a three-year deal with former Colts TE Jacob Tamme. According to Jason La Canfora, Tamme (6-4, 236) will receive $3.5M in guarantees as part of a $9.5M deal.

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Manning departure spawns sadness, Gotye, and Meatloaf in Indy

Graham Honeycutt, Super Manning fan, got creative and decided to cover the Gotye tune "Somebody That I Used To Know." For good measure, he layered in Meatloaf's "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" near the end.

Now we know how they spend those long, Indy (and Nashville, where Greg lives) winters:

(h/t Stephen)

Saturday to Packers; Broncos in talks with Tamme; Harvey to Bengals

Jeff Saturday, the former Colts center seen by many as signing wherever Peyton Manning landed, has instead agreed to join the Green Bay Packers as the replacement for Scott Wells, who signed with the Rams.

In the leadup to Manning's decision to sign with the Broncos, and in the intervening days, it had been rumored that the QB would be followed by several of his Indy teammates, including Saturday, WR Reggie Wayne, TE Dallas Clark, RB Joseph Addai, and TE Jacob Tamme. This theory was never publicly confirmed or advanced by Manning himself.

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Broncos agree to terms with TE Dreessen

The Broncos have replenished their veteran TE presence following the departures of Daniel Fells and Dante Rosario by agreeing to terms with former Texan Joel Dreessen.

Dreessen (6-4, 245), who will turn 30 this summer, attended Fort Morgan High School and Colorado State University before being drafted by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2005 Draft. He's started 35 of the 91 games he's played in, amassing 110 receptions, 1,364 yards, and 13 touchdowns, with a career-high six scores in 2011.

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Broncos hold cards on Manning contract Lard 3-23-12

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Mike Florio claims to have dug up the details on Peyton Manning's contract, and if he's correct, it's even more team-friendly than was previously thought:

  1. Manning is guaranteed $18M this season as the form of a base salary, with $6M of it in the form of an advance (not a signing bonus).
  2. Contrary to (or adding to?) what Mike Klis and Andrew Brandt have previously reported, Florio says Manning's guaranteed $20M salaries for 2013 and 2014 kick in only if he is on the roster on the final day of the 2012 league year, meaning the Broncos could conceivably cut Peyton before he takes his exit physical to close that league year. Put simply, this is in essence a one-year deal and Denver can cut Manning up to two days before the 2013 league year starts, similar to the option the Colts recently held.
  3. Denver can escape that 2014 salary of $20M if, and only if, Manning suffers a recurrence to his specific neck injury during the 2013 season.
  4. Manning's $19M salaries for 2015 and 2016 will each be guaranteed if he is on the roster on the final day of each preceding league year

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Broncos sign Porter, who was Manning’s SB 44 nemesis

Tracy Porter's biggest NFL moment came at the expense of Peyton Manning on the biggest stage in American sports. Now, the two will be wearing orange together.

Porter (5-11, 186), whose interception of Manning and subsequent touchdown in SB 44 finished off the Colts' bid for a second championship in four seasons, agreed to join the Broncos on a one-year deal, it was reported.

The 2008 second-rounder (40th overall, Indiana) started 39 of the 43 games he played in during four seasons with the Saints, compiling 194 tackles, one sack, 32 passes defensed, seven interceptions, and four forced fumbles along the way.

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Scouting the Draft: Centers

I’ve fielded this question several times now, so let’s get straight into it - there’s probably not a lot of chance that Denver will take a center this year in the draft. I hope I’m wrong, but the facts are that John Fox really likes J.D. Walton’s blue collar attitude and work ethic. He’s dubbed J.D. ‘Trash Can’ as a result. The OL is the second-youngest in the NFL, and adding a rookie center would only exacerbate that unless that player is a major upgrade over Trashy.  Denver looks, right now, as if they may try to keep the line together and let them mature as a group. Whatever my own feelings on that, it currently is how things stand. Jeff Saturday is still a possibility, and is scheduled to visit, but that’s about it as far as I’ve seen.

Even so, there’s really nothing like a good old position battle, and the centers from this year’s Combine are having a beauty over who is the best center in the draft. The question will be answered not by which goes first, but which plays best, but right how they’re jockeying for position with the fans, and it’s fun to watch. 

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Another wild day for Broncos, NFL Lard 3-22-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! What a day for the Broncos and the NFL, and where to start? Suppose we should go in chronological order, because my head is still spinning.

Roger Goodell lowered the boom on the Saints, whose SB 44 win will be forever tarnished by their bounty scandal: the Commish fined the team and took away two second-rounders, suspended Mickey Loomis (eight games), Sean Payton (the entire 2012 season), Gregg Williams (indefinitely), and Joe Vitt (six games); more to come once the league finishes investigating individual players.

Williams issued another apology; Drew Brees is stunned by the developments, but he now has a truckload of leverage in his contract negotiations with the team. NFLN's Warren Sapp unleashed his big, fat mouth fingers on Twitter, accusing Jeremy Shockey of being the "snitch" who blew the whistle on the institutionalized head hunting. Of course, we're still talking about something that's likely always been a part of the league's culture. But this heavy punishment was not just about injuring players - it was Goodell reminding everyone who's boss - and the Saints will be feeling the pain all year long.

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