After having a full year of play with the Denver Broncos under his belt, quarterback Peyton Manning says he’s feeling a lot better than he did last year. But won’t go as far to saying he feels better than ever.
Peyton Manning lead the Denver Broncos to a #1 seed playoff birth last season after signing with the Denver Broncos as a free agent. Possibly the best quarterback of his generation, looks to hit go farther than just the 2nd round of the playoffs. Manning spoke to the Los Angeles Times about returning last season after missing the entire 2011 season following his multiple next surgeries. I have to admit that after hearing he had all these surgeries done on him, that he was pretty much down and out.
Manning went on to say that the way he feels now is a lot better than the way he felt when he was a new (Denver) Bronco. Saying in his interview:
“The biggest issue for me was performance: Can I perform the way that I’ve been performing for over 14 years? You’ve only done it one way-you’ve thrown one way, the ball felt one way in your hand since you were 15 years old playing quarterback. All of a sudden, when things feel a little different, there are some questions and some unknowns: How will it hold up in different types of throws, touch passes? I’ve got to put one in there in some weather, whatever it may be. Not that I feel as comfortable as I did in my eighth year in Indianapolis, but it’s a heck of a lot more comfortable than I was last year.” – Manning said to L.A. Times
If Peyton Manning is feeling more comfortable than he was last season, then that is bad news for the rest of this league. Denver Broncos to me are the team to beat in the AFC and I believe they could repeat as the #1 and possibly reach the Super Bowl. Giving Manning another weapon like Wes Welker will work perfectly for this franchise as they look to win their first Super Bowl since John Elway, Shannon Sharpe and Terrell Davis won their 2nd in a row back in ’98.
Now when it comes to the MVP award, I honestly thought it should have been split between both Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning. Two outstanding players who were key pieces of their teams success last season, both coming back from tough injuries. Both veterans were questioned when it came to how they would perform when they came back, if they were ever able too. Would they be the same? Last season both of these players grabbed the attention of every fan who watched this sport. Love them or hate them, they put up some great numbers after coming back from what were thought to be career changing injuries.
John Fox believes that his future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning should have won the Most Valuable Player award that Adrian Peterson himself received.
“No disrespect to Adrian, because I love him and he’s a great player. But I think an ACL is a little bit more understood in the National Football League than a surgery on your neck that affects your nerves. I still marvel at what Manning was able to accomplish. It was with a different team, and at a position that mentally is just so hard. In history, I don’t think anything’s ever been done like that, and not even counting the fact that he didn’t lay the year before.” Head Coach John Fox on the MVP award.
Well I can definitely say that this year, may once again be the year of Peyton Manning.