View Full Version : Manning begins Chapter 2 of his career in Denver

Bronco Rob
08-30-2012, 07:58 PM
DENVER (AP) - The cadence rings out every time Peyton Manning is done decoding the defense and J.D. Walton is about to snap him the ball

"Hurry! Hur-ry!"

Call it the Denver Broncos' unofficial mantra for 2012.

They're in quite the rush this year.

They're running the no-huddle at altitude. They're mixing the four-time MVP's precision passing prowess with a ground game that led the league in 2011 - but replaced the legs of Tim Tebow with rookie running back Ronnie Hillman to complement workhorse Willis McGahee. And they're in a hurry to get back to the NFL's upper echelon, too.

That was evidenced in the big contract they gave Manning, who's coming off a year's sabbatical and now has plates and screws in his neck to protect the nerve that was damaged last year, causing him to miss all of 2011 and leading to his change of address.

Although he insists his transition, like his rehab, is a season-long proposition, Manning has already shown that his arm strength is back and that he can take a hit.

Manning was lured to Denver with a five-year, $96 million deal, yet the 36-year-old quarterback is admittedly on a year-to-year basis, which means he's all about winning now.

In search of their first winning season since 2006, the Broncos added two of Manning's friends from Indianapolis in wide receiver Brandon Stokley and tight end Jacob Tamme. They also added tight end Joel Dreessen, fullback Chris Gronkowski and wide receiver Bubba Caldwell. Throw in third-year starting wide receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas and Manning has plenty of targets.

Front office boss and Hall of Famer John Elway's offseason makeover of Denver's defense was just as dazzling.

He brought in veterans Tracy Porter, Mike Adams and Drayton Florence to team with Pro Bowler Champ Bailey in a star-studded secondary, and used his top draft pick on defensive lineman Derek Wolfe, who start at end.

When the Broncos won the Manning sweepstakes in March, Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil immediately talked about the success the Colts' tandem of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis had in rushing the passer whenever Manning was able to give his team an early lead. And now, the Broncos have added Wolfe to the mix.

However, opponents surely will try to run the ball and keep Manning off the field as much as possible.

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