Do the Denver Broncos’ fans need something to relax them before they kickoff today’s divisional playoff game versus the Baltimore Ravens? Not sure I can come up with enough of a distraction to ease those nerves but how about some good news heading towards kickoff? The NFL All-Pro team was announced on Saturday and the Broncos lead the league with four players named to the team, three on the first-team.
The unbelievable comeback of Peyton Manning continues as he was named to the All-Pro team. The All-Pro Team, unlike the Pro Bowl, does not distinguish between the AFC and NFC; it is the best player at each position regardless of conference. For Manning, who missed all of the 2011 season, being named to the All-Pro team is a great accomplishment.
Von Miller also was named to the All-Pro team and it is probably the first of many. Miller, arguably, is the most disruptive defensive player in the NFL and he’s only getting better. There have been many players that could rush the quarterback but Miller is different because he is a complete player. He struggled, at times, versus the run and in pass coverage during his rookie season but he worked to get better. This season, Miller is an every down player and the opposing teams must account for him on every play.
The bounce back season for Ryan Clady has been impressive and he is back to where he was a couple of seasons ago. Clady is once again the best left tackle in the league and he has protected Manning’s blind side perfectly. Clady has also been a dominant run blocker and rarely, if ever, gets penalized. Having Manning is great but if you can’t protect him then it won’t matter. The offensive line, as a whole, has been great but Clady has been special this season.
Cornerback, Champ Bailey was named to the second team as well. Bailey remains one of the best corners in the league and teams still stay away from him whenever they can. Chris Harris and Tony Carter have had great seasons on the other side of Bailey and part of that is because quarterbacks will not throw to his side. The difference for the Broncos now is that they have guys who can play on the other side.
The Broncos have had a great season and hopefully it continues today but for the regular season; no one in the NFL put more players on the All-Pro team.
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