Good Morning, Broncos fans! Ignoring his silly QB rankings for a moment, former Eagles passer and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski is a tireless student of the game, and his film breakdowns are among the best out there.
To that end, Jaws shared with the Gazette's Paul Klee some fascinating insight into Peyton Manning's adaptation to his aging and surgically-repaired body.
According to Jaworski, Peyton has compensated for a decrease in arm speed by strengthening his lower half, and relying upon his hips and legs more to help him drive the ball.
If you, like us, were surprised by the number of sprint rollouts used by Denver last season, perhaps that's owed to this focus by Manning on building up his legs.
But back to that arm and those throws, Jaws says Peyton will find himself in trouble when his feet aren't under him, and he must rely solely upon his arm to deliver passes.
The former quarterback adds that Manning must now navigate a difficult balance between keeping his feet on the ground to power his passes, and keeping them moving so as to help him avoid injury.
Most comforting, Jaws tells Klee that during a recent golf outing with Peyton, he got "zero indication" that Manning might hang up his cleats after 2013.
We'll gladly take another two, three, or four years from Manning - no matter his allocation of strength between his legs and right arm.
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