In a recent interview with NFL.com’s Kevin Patra, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was asked about his 39-year-old quarterback, Peyton Manning. Could it be that the demise of the 5-time MVP has been greatly exaggerated?
"There are still so many things he can do for the Denver Broncos. We can win a Super Bowl with Peyton," he added. "I think that's the only thing that matters. To win a Super Bowl we need Peyton Manning and I think that he's going to be able to play at a high level. It's Peyton Manning. Whatever it is he needs to do, he's going to do it. That's one position that I'm just not worried about. I definitely think he has control over the whole situation."
Although Manning faded down the stretch in 2014, many forget that he was nursing a significant tear in his quadriceps. Nevertheless, Manning still had one of his most productive seasons as a pro, passing for 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns.
The only time in Manning’s career he’s thrown for more touchdowns than he did in 2014 was when he broke the all-time single-season record for passing touchdowns (2004, 2013). Manning can take the Broncos far, but he’s beyond the point in his career where he can carry a team.
Von Miller and his cohorts on the Broncos defense need to effect more games and be the deciding factor in winning them. New Head Coach Gary Kubiak will work hard to protect Manning via a dynamic running game and a revamped offensive line.
But Peyton Manning can’t do it alone, nor could John Elway, when the Broncos won back-to-back Super Bowl titles in the late 1990’s. For the Broncos to go all the way, it will require a complete team effort.
But I must concur with the young 3-time Pro Bowl linebacker—the Denver Broncos can’t win the Super Bowl without Peyton Manning.
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