Good Morning, Broncos fans! Last night was about questions answered.
Not regarding Peyton Manning - at least around these parts, there have been no concerns about the 36-year-old's play or physical condition since Week 3 - when he established for good that his arm was more than fine.
In the four weeks that have followed, Manning has played at a level far beyond any Broncos quarterback has ever performed. He's the first in NFL history to top 300 yards, 70% completions, and three touchdown passes in four consecutive games; against San Diego, he had become the first to do that three times in a row. File that under the category of arbitrary trivia, but it's still impressive and speaks to how great Peyton has been.
Over that stretch, Peyton has piled up 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns on a 75.4% completion rate and 127.9 QB rating, with just one interception and two sacks. Both sacks came against New England; against Oakland, San Diego, and New Orleans, the Denver QB was not taken down behind the LOS.
Tonight, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning were supposed to throw for a combined 600 passing yards.
Manning held up his end of the bargain--and it only took him three quarters.
The Broncos defense didn't get the memo, however. Although Brees wasn't sacked a lot, he felt more heat than a Louisiana strip club.
The player of the game was undoubtedly Wesley Woodyard. On the night, he had nine tackles, four assists, two passes defensed, one forced fumble, one sack, and an interception.
That's scary good, and right in time for Halloween.
And right in time for the Broncos to give the league nightmares.
No surprise here, but Tracy Porter will not play; Chris Harris will again start in his place. Also inactive for Denver are RB Knowshon Moreno, TE Julius Thomas, LB Steven Johnson, OL C.J. Davis, DT Sealver Siliga, and QB Caleb Hanie.
Denver is dressing five wideouts (plus KR Trindon Holliday), Brock Osweiler is again the backup QB, and Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball remain ahead of Moreno.
Jimmy Graham will play for New Orleans, who will be without old friends DT Brodrick Bunkley and TE Daniel Graham, LB David Hawthorne, WR Joe Morgan, LB Scott Shanle, DT Tyrunn Walker, and T Bryce Harris.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! By now, we're all quite aware that Peyton Manning did the bulk of his rehab work at Duke University with head coach David Cutcliffe, who had been his OC at Tennessee.
But while the work was being done, almost nobody knew it was happening - even Cutcliffe's assistant coaches. Manning's workouts took place at night, and Cutcliffe says his equipment staff were the only ones who knew Peyton was on campus.
As for the simulation of Indianapolis's 2009 AFC Championship win over the Jets - along with Brandon Stokley and other ex-mates - Manning's maniacal attention to detail manifested itself in reenacting plays down to the second. Even plays run by the imaginary Jets.
John Fox says that he and John Elway leaned heavily upon Cutcliffe for an evaluation of Manning prior to signing him, which prompts us to say one thing:
Thank you, David Cutcliffe.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The selection of Derek Wolfe as Denver's top draft pick has been somewhat controversial, and the success of RB Doug Martin for Tampa Bay has again focused the spotlight on the choice of Wolfe.
But although Derek has hardly created any pressure, and has (by far) the worst PFF grade of any Broncos player, he's also played the second-most snaps along the defensive line (to Elvis Dumervil), and nobody is close behind him in that category.
Dumervil credits Wolfe as having done "the most dirty work" along Denver's line, and that snap data certainly backs that up. Of course, Elvis and Von Miller have racked up some terrific pass-rushing figures this season, in part thanks to Wolfe's hard work in the trenches.
The former Saint had suffered a seizure in August, and was held back from traveling to San Diego for Denver's last game due to a recurrence of symptoms that had preceded the earlier seizure.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! As Denver heads into the weekend with a chance to move above .500 for the first time since Week 1, the turmoil continues in Kansas City.
Chiefs fans are planning to again fly a banner over Arrowhead calling for GM Scott Pioli's ouster this Sunday, and to wear black to their Week 11 home game against Cincinnati to mourn their lost enjoyment for KC football.
And yet, the rumors remain that Pioli's contract has been extended by owner Clark Hunt, and remember when many of us thought he was going to bring respectability back to the Broncos' faltering rivals?
It's under these grim circumstances that Brady Quinn is getting his next, if not last, shot as a starting NFL quarterback. Several Broncos players and coaches were complimentary of Quinn to Mike Silver and one executive (presumably his BFF John Elway) called the Notre Dame grad a "class act," presumably for how he handled getting passed over last season due to a bunch of billboards.
Let me preface this by saying we don't have any axe to grind with Mile High Sports (MHS). Sometimes we'll even link to them. For us, content is king, whether it's our own excellent work by Ted Bartlett or Doc Bear, or our take on someone else's content. However, sometimes, in the haste to be first with the news, providers of content can--and we mean this with as much respect as we can possibly muster--look like complete ass clowns.
Today provided a good example: A few hours ago, Chris Bianchi of the aforementioned MHS wrote the following:
It turns out that Denver Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter isn’t dealing with an illness. It turns out he’s coughing up a bad attitude, and he could be gone soon.
A source told Mile High Sports’ Robin Carlin on Thursday that Porter, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract in the offseason, is not suffering from an illness, as the Broncos claim. Instead, Porter is sitting out due to poor performance and to what the Broncos coaching staff perceives as a “bad attitude;” the Broncos may look to move Porter in the near future as a result. Porter is not expected to play against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, per the source.
A few moments later, the Denver Post broke the story that Porter was actually sitting out because he was suffering from seizure-like symptoms.