There are probably some people who are getting tired of hearing and reading about Peyton Manning. If you are one of those people, then you should probably move on to the next article. Manning was one of the three players featured on NFL Network’s Sound FX program on Wednesday night. The program picks two or three players a week and wires them during the game, and then plays back portions of what they get.
Everyone who follows the NFL knows that Manning is a great leader, but maybe none of us really know how great. If you did not see the program, it’s going to be very difficult to convey to you what came through in that eight minute piece. The biggest thing I can share with you is this; Manning is the leader of the Broncos. He’s not the leader of the offense; he’s the leader of the Broncos. Manning knows what is going on in every facet of the game and he holds everyone accountable; including himself.
At one point on the sideline, Manning was huddling with his offense and telling them that they had to pick it up and play to the level of the defense. As stated earlier, it’s not possible to do it justice here but there’s one overriding theme that I took out of the program that needs to be shared.
If you are a Denver Broncos fan, then you need to enjoy and appreciate what you are watching. It’s easy to get caught up in the season and going from one game to the other, but what you are watching is football being played the way it is supposed to be played.
Outside of the back-to-back Super Bowl winning teams, the Broncos are playing the best football they’ve played in 30 years. Other Bronco teams have had better records after nine games but use the eye test, and the eye test tells me that the Broncos are playing championship level football.
No one knows where this is going to end and there are no guarantees, but Manning has turned the Broncos into contenders. It’s a cliché but Manning does raise all boats, and he has everyone playing at their highest possible level. If you get a chance to see it on a replay; take the 10 minutes to watch it. In the meantime, enjoy what you are watching with Manning and the Broncos. It’s something we may never see again, no matter how long it lasts.
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