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Bacchus
09-09-2012, 04:50 AM
Broncos have players other than Peyton

September 9, 2012 12:16 am

By Gene Collier / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


So what's the call -- you replacement officials -- if Denver super booter Matt Prater runs up on the opening kickoff tonight and whumps that thing all the way to, oh, say downtown Aurora?

Don't overthink it now.

Touchback?

Right. First and 10 Pittsburgh at the 20.

But don't be surprised, either.

As tonight's Steelers opener feels more and more like some elongated continuum of the events of last January's aborted post-season, I see on my notes from that night that Prater's opening kickoff actually thunked off the crossbar.

That would be 75 yards in the air, which is maybe why I'm lately seeing the Steelers losing on a late field goal of 74 yards.

All of this is worth pointing out only because if you've been watching the four-letter network (apparently an annoyingly hip sobriquet for ESPN) or even the three-letter network (NFL), in fact even if you've been watching the one-letter-with-the-exclamation-mark network (E!), you've gotten the unmistakable impression that Peyton Manning is playing the Steelers by himself tonight, 1 against 53. It's all quite understandable on one level, that base level bordered by plausibility on one end and unbelievability, should that be an actual word, on the other.

Some might say it's nearly unbelievable that Peyton Manning will even take the field tonight in Colorado, what with his neck surgeries, his painful and painstaking rehab, to say nothing of his advanced age.

But Peyton has just about always been one of two things, right? He's either been nearly unbelievable, or just plain unbelievable

Plenty more to read here.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/gene-collier/collier-broncos-have-players-other-than-peyton-652519/#ixzz25yLC8fsM

Bacchus
09-09-2012, 04:53 AM
Once more for old time's sake: Peyton Manning preparing to start over


Manning mania

Nearly 20 years after Montana turned a quiet Midwestern town into a media circus and the center of the league's attention, another future Hall of Fame quarterback has arrived in a new city, wearing a new uniform and hoping to lift his new team to similar heights.

After a star-studded 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning returns to football tonight with the Denver Broncos -- a comeback so big and ballyhooed that it makes Tebowmania look like a cable-station furniture commercial.

And he's doing it against the Steelers, the team the Broncos defeated in the wild-card round of the AFC playoffs last season. Even without Manning, the game had great marquee value because of what happened last year in the overtime game at Sports Authority Field. With him, well, the anticipation rivals the mania that trailed Montana when he went to Kansas City, maybe greater.

"It's probably one of the few times in the history of the league that something like this has happened where a guy who is going to be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer becomes available," said Broncos coach John Fox, who is no stranger to these circumstances. Fox was a defensive coordinator with the San Diego Chargers and played against Montana and the Chiefs in 1993.

"At the end of it all, I'm glad he chose us. ... He's made good headway. We're not all the way there yet, like most teams in the league, but it's been a lot fun. It's created some excitement and that beats the alternative."

Other Hall of Fame quarterbacks have left the teams with whom they won championships and became icons to play out their careers in a new city. Toward the end of his glamorous 12-year career in New York, Joe Namath left the Jets in 1977 to play one disastrous season with the Los Angeles Rams. Johnny Unitas did the same in 1973 when he went to the San Diego Chargers for one season after 17 years with the Baltimore Colts. And Bobby Layne was traded from the Detroit Lions to play his final four seasons with the Steelers.

And then there was Brett Favre, a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, who unretired after 16 years in Green Bay as the most prolific quarterback in NFL history to join the New York Jets in 2008. Nothing understated about a pro football icon going to the world's largest media market, eh?

It is arguable that not even Manning's return can compare to the media circus that enveloped Favre's unexpected arrival in New York. And the mania only grew more when Favre led the Jets to an 8-3 record.

To be sure, other marquee quarterbacks have started new -- and, sometimes, even more productive -- careers in other cities, such as Drew Brees in New Orleans. But none of those carried the kind of maniacal media fervor that followed Montana and Favre, and now Manning.

"You understood he was a celebrity," said former Kansas City Chiefs coach Herm Edwards, who was the secondary coach under Schottenheimer when Montana came to the Chiefs. "We had stars on our team, but, all of sudden, Joe comes into locker room and it's like, 'OK.'

"He brings a sense of ownership to the offense. All of a sudden, the receivers become better players. I remember the first day of practice, we had receivers diving for balls because they didn't want to drop his pass. He walks out of the huddle and it's just a different aura about the guy. Peyton has that. You feel like, when you have a quarterback like that, you're destined to be a playoff team."

Said Schottenheimer, "It has an impact on every player on your team and every person in your organization. When we decided to make the move with Joe, your entire community began to embrace what you're doing. You've made a major acquisition to complement what you already have and there is a strong possibility and probability to elevate even more."

Much more to read here
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/once-more-for-old-times-sake-peyton-manning-preparing-to-start-over-652495/#ixzz25yMSkCM0

Bacchus
09-09-2012, 04:56 AM
Manning's long recovery road about to end

The Broncos signed him to a five-year, $96 million deal that can be torn up after this season if his health doesn't hold up. But all indications are that his arm strength is no longer an issue, and he showed during the preseason he can take a big hit and bounce right back.

While it may still be a strange sight to see Manning in orange and navy blue, the Steelers see the same Manning they always have, decoding defenses as well as ever.

"I see no difference," Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison said.

Neither does Steelers long-time defensive guru Dick LeBeau, who said, "I don't see any throw that he can't make. I've seen him get sacked and jump right back up. He just looks like Peyton Manning to me and that's a challenge."

Most days, Manning looks like he never missed a snap.

"He needs no endorsement from me, guys," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "This guy is Peyton Manning, and guys like him earn their reputations with their play, and usually rising up at significant moments. Obviously, this is a significant one for him and we're expecting his very best."

So are the Broncos.

"I know it is cliché, but he's like a coach on the field," Fox said. "He raises all boats."

The Broncos brought in Stokley and another former Colts teammate, tight end Jacob Tamme, as part of their offseason refurbishing. On defense, Denver added cornerback Tracy Porter, safety Mike Adams and top draft pick Derek Wolfe, an end who should make Pro Bowl pass-rushers Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil even more effective.

The Steelers have been among the NFL's most stable franchises for decades. But after losing to the Broncos on Demaryius Thomas' 80-yard TD catch and run from Tebow on the first play of overtime in the AFC wild-card playoff game at Denver, they endured a tumultuous offseason.

Veterans Hines Ward, James Farrior, Aaron Smith and Chris Hoke either retired or were released. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians' contract wasn't renewed; Pittsburgh brought in former Kansas City coach Todd Haley to add a little bite to an offense that finished tied for 21st in points scored.

Yet the standard, as the Steelers like to say, is the standard. Tomlin insists the Steelers must be "a team on the rise," even if that rise has been hampered by knee injuries to Harrison, running back Rashard Mendenhall and rookie guard David DeCastro.

Safety Ryan Clark will sit out because of a sickle cell trait that makes playing at high altitudes dangerous. He also missed the playoff game, where Thomas outraced his replacement, Ryan Mundy, to the end zone.

That electrifying moment seems so distant with Tebow now in New York and Manning in Denver, where expectations are higher than since Elway was leading fourth-quarter comebacks, not the Broncos' front office.

Plenty more to read here
Full Article: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/manning-s-long-recovery-road-about-to-end/article_d244202b-e5f1-523f-9cf0-ec9932a6ac0b.html

Bacchus
09-09-2012, 05:00 AM
Former Kansas LB Steven Johnson Makes Mark With Denver Broncos

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By Bryan Kilpatrick


Former KU linebacker Steven Johnson was an unlikely candidate to make the Denver Broncos' 53-man roster, but a strong preseason helped him do just that.

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Sep 8, 2012 - University of Kansas product Steven Johnson used an impressive preseason to earn a spot on the Denver Broncos' 53-man roster. He's currently listed on the depth chart as a backup to Joe Mays, but while he'll see plenty of time on special teams, Johnson isn't content with just making it onto the roster alone, as he told Terry Toohey of the Delco Times.


"I’m not done yet," Johnson said. "Before it’s all over, I want to be known as one of the best linebackers of all time."



Those may be considered lofty aspirations for a guy who made his way into the league as an undrafted free agent, but Johnson had a knack for being around the ball during his time at KU, which is obviously key to any linebacker's success. During his senior season, Johnson racked up 120 tackles -- including six for a loss -- while forcing three fumbles and intercepting a pass.

In three preseason games for the Broncos, Johnson made 16 tackles, 14 of which were solo.

Link: http://kansascity.sbnation.com/kansas-jayhawks/2012/9/8/3303212/kansas-steven-johnson-denver-broncos

Bacchus
09-09-2012, 05:04 AM
Peyton Manning: What to Expect from New Broncos QB in Opener vs. Steelers

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Peyton Manning is the biggest story of Week 1 in the NFL. The newest Denver Broncos superstar will be playing a meaningful game for the first time in more than a year and doing it in a new uniform, something fans probably never expected to happen.

It's impossible to know whether Manning will ever again live up to the standards he set while he was running the high-powered Indianapolis Colts offense for so many years, but the Broncos really don't need him to.

Denver won the AFC West title and a playoff game with Tim Tebow serving as the quarterback for the majority of last season. The upgrade from Tebow to Manning alone gives the Broncos incredible potential in 2012.

Thinking about division titles, playoff victories and perhaps even a Super Bowl appearance right now is a bit premature, though. As the old saying goes, you have to walk before you can run.




Manning is a perfectionist that has been working hard to get back to full strength. He's never had the strongest arm in the league, but always had a little extra zip in reserve for the deep throws. Getting that back has been a slow, and likely incomplete, process so far.

Yet, he was still able to have a lot of success in the preseason. He completed 71 percent over his passes for nearly 350 yards in 42 attempts, slightly more than one regular season game's worth of work. He did throw three interceptions, but two of those came on tipped balls.

Manning seemed to focus on accuracy over power, never appearing to truly give full effort on any of his throws. Fans will find out on Sunday night if that was by design or if he still doesn't have his all of his strength back.

Getting to go against a Steelers defense that has given him some problems over the years should be a great test of where he stands now in relation to his years with the Colts. You know the Steelers aren't going to pass up a chance to hit him.

How he responds to those hits and the pressure surrounding his debut as a member of the Broncos decide exactly how optimistic the Broncos should really be about this season. If he looks like vintage Peyton Manning, they are a title contender.


What type of Broncos debut will Manning have?
Great
59.0%
Good
30.7%
Average
7.5%
Subpar
2.8%
Total votes: 212


The most important thing to watch is the decisions he makes.

If Demaryius Thomas is sprinting down the sideline with a step on the cornerback, will Manning immediately uncork a bomb or hesitate and go for the safer, underneath throw instead?

If there's a small window to complete a pass to Eric Decker for a first down does he let rip a fastball or look for a different option, unsure if his pass will have the pace to beat a breaking defender?

The answers to those questions and ones like them will let us know how Manning feels about himself after so much time away from the game.

Rest of Article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1326135-peyton-manning-what-to-expect-from-new-broncos-qb-in-opener-vs-steelers

Bacchus
09-09-2012, 05:08 AM
Steelers vs. Broncos: Why Peyton Manning Will Shine Against Pittsburgh

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There are plenty of questions surrounding Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning this season. Is he healthy? Is he comfortable with the offense? How will he respond after taking his first big hit?

All of those are fair questions, but the matter everyone should be concerned with is whether Manning is the same Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback that lit up scoreboards before the neck injury kept him sidelined all last season.

His final performance of the preseason against the San Francisco 49ers, one of the NFL's best defenses, gives reason to believe Manning is the same guy. The 15th-year quarterback looked like he hadn't missed a beat, completing 10-of-12 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns—all in the first quarter.

Manning's impressive showing was enough to catch the eye of Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. Known as arguably the best defensive mind in football, LeBeau told Sports Illustrated's Peter King he thought Manning looked like his old self this preseason.

"I don't see much difference in him, quite honestly," LeBeau said. "He did everything he needed to do to show he still can play the position at a high level."

On Sunday, LeBeau will turn 75 years old, but admits that facing Manning was not something on his birthday list.

"That's not a real appetizing part of this birthday, trying to defend one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time," LeBeau said in King's article.

However, Manning is facing a tough task as well, going against a stingy Steelers defense. LeBeau's unit was the No. 1 overall defense in 2011, while also sporting the NFL's best pass defense (172 yards allowed per game).

The Steelers will be without safety Ryan Clark, though, due to a sickle-cell trait. Clark was forced to sit out the loss at Denver in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs last season. His absence is a major loss in the secondary, which was exemplified by Tim Tebow's 316 yards (most by any Steelers opponent in 2011-12), two touchdowns and a 125.6 QB rating in the Broncos' 29-23 overtime victory.



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If Tebow, known for his passing deficiencies, can put up those numbers, Manning will surely have a huge game on Sunday night. His 6-1 career record against LeBeau's defenses is more reason to believe in No. 18.

Rest of Article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1326135-peyton-manning-what-to-expect-from-new-broncos-qb-in-opener-vs-steelers#/articles/1326123-steelers-vs-broncos-peyton-manning-will-shine-against-pittsburgh

Bacchus
09-09-2012, 05:13 AM
Steelers vs. Broncos: How Should Denver Attack Pittsburgh?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday night in the team's first game of the 2012 NFL season. I could, of course, sit here and detail the ways the Steelers can pull out a win over the Broncos, the team which defeated them in last year's playoffs (albeit with a vastly different quarterback), but that's been done. How about a reverse scouting report instead?

Let's take a look at what the Broncos will need to do to best Pittsburgh this week. Here are three ways Denver can attack the Steelers in hopes of pulling out a win.

Great in-depth article
Rest of article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1326135-peyton-manning-what-to-expect-from-new-broncos-qb-in-opener-vs-steelers#/articles/1325760-steelers-vs-broncos-how-should-denver-attack-pittsburgh

HILife
09-09-2012, 05:28 AM
You've been busy.

Bacchus
09-09-2012, 05:34 AM
Peyton Manning Trophy Watch: How Much Success Can Denver Expect in 2012?

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Peyton Manning still has something left to prove. Only he knows what that might possibly be.

At 36 years old, coming off an injury that sidelined him for the entire 2011 and likely would have ended a lesser player's career, Manning decided against packing it up and starting the clock on his Hall of Fame induction. He still wanted to play.

Manning hasn't taken a meaningful snap since early January of 2011, yet still thinks he can play in the NFL.

The question about Manning changed this offseason from wondering if he was right to come back to figuring out just how right this comeback can be. He can still play, that's for sure, but can he be the same quarterback he was before he got hurt? Can Manning still play at the Hall of Fame level he did most of his 13 seasons in Indianapolis?

How many trophies can Manning win in Denver, and will he win one this year?

To figure out how far he can go, it's important to remember where he has been. When it became evident the Indianapolis Colts were selecting Manning's replacement Andrew Luck with the first pick in the NFL draft, the need to keep Manning around as a mentor seemed pretty ridiculous, especially given how much they would have to pay.

Rather than retire, Manning moved on, packing up his 54,828 passing yards, 399 touchdowns and four Most Valuable Player trophies and traveled 1,084 miles due west to Denver, agreeing to play for another all-time great in John Elway.

Since arriving in Denver, Manning has looked better as the preseason moved along. Manning looked so good in his final preseason tune-up—10-of-12 for 122 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers—that he left the game earlier than expected. It seems he is ready.

The question now, as Denver faces the Pittsburgh Steelers to open the season on Sunday night, is how ready can ready be? Can Manning get back to the MVP-caliber talent that took the Colts to the playoffs 11 times in 13 seasons? Can Manning do what his brother Eli did last season and lift his team to another Super Bowl?

Amazingly, the answer is probably yes. Manning probably can get back to that level. It may not all happen this year, but given the up-and-down nature of the ultra-competitive NFL, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Denver could make a deep run in the playoffs this season. So realistically, how much space in the trophy case might Manning need to clear? It could be a lot.


Plenty more to Read!
Rest of article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1326135-peyton-manning-what-to-expect-from-new-broncos-qb-in-opener-vs-steelers#/articles/1325690-peyton-manning-trophy-watch-how-much-success-can-denver-expect-in-2012

Bacchus
09-09-2012, 05:36 AM
You've been busy.

I don't sleep

Bacchus
09-09-2012, 05:40 AM
Sewell finds life rewarding as Pack coach


Posted: Sunday, September 9, 2012 4:00 am

By JOE E. CERVI | ​jcervi@chieftain.com | 0 comments




Steve Sewell doesn't well up with nostalgic tears as the team bus crosses the Oklahoma state line.

Oh, the Denver Broncos' first-round draft pick in 1985 remembers fondly his days as a running back with the Sooners. But those days were long ago, just like the miles between here and anywhere.

"I'll be a Sooner for life and I follow them as best I can," he said. "I like it better when Oklahoma is the underdog instead of being the favorite. We seem to play better that way."

Sewell is now 49. Rather than taking charter flights out of Norman, or Denver, Sewell endures the long bus rides that come with Division II football. He is the running backs coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo and he's been a part of the rebirth of the program from Day 1.

He has been an integral part of the team's transformation from a rag-tag outfit that first season in 2008 to a No. 1 ranking and conference championship last year.

And he couldn't be more content.

"It's been amazing, that's for sure," he said. "From where we started to where we're at now, it's pretty special. It took a whole of people working really hard.

"Looking back, I wished I'd worked harder as a player and that's the message we're trying to get across to these young guys. I think I was a hard work at Oklahoma, and with the Broncos, but I think that sometimes I could've been even better had I worked harder.

"We want these guys to have no regrets when it's all done."

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Bacchus
09-09-2012, 05:45 AM
Broncos, 49ers will be last two teams standing

Published: Saturday, September 08, 2012; Last Updated: Sunday, September 9, 2012 12:31 AM EDT

By Dan Nowak, Register Staff
dnowak@nhregister.com / Twitter: @NHRDanNowak

Let Wednesday’s Cowboys-Giants game be a reminder that anything can happen in the NFL. A defending Super Bowl champion can lose its home opener with a third-string receiver (Kevin Ogletree) stealing the show.

With that said, here’s a real head-shaking prediction for you. I believe Denver and San Francisco will meet each other in the Super Bowl this season. Some players will have career seasons and the two teams will be consistent when covering against the spread.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is the first elite quarterback the Broncos have had since the John Elway era. I am convinced that Manning is on a mission to prove to everyone he is back and can still play this game at a high level. He has a better offensive line to work with than he had at Indianapolis, and he has the same multiple offensive options that he had in Indianapolis. The Broncos’ defense isn’t too shabby either.

The 49ers certainly want to make amends for their disappointing loss in the NFC championship game last season. Management has provided quarterback Alex Smith with the most talented receivers he has ever had to work with, providing multiple options on each and every down. The backfield is solid with Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter, and on paper, the defense is nearly as strong as it was last season.

Pittsburgh at Denver (-1½): See above. Nowak’s pick: Broncos 31-20.

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Rest of article: http://middletownpress.com/articles/2012/09/08/sports/doc504c15b426ab6438595308.txt?viewmode=default

Eldorado
09-09-2012, 06:58 AM
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Bacchus
09-09-2012, 07:32 AM
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That is about it!!!

AmericanBroncFan
09-09-2012, 07:44 AM
It's all about the defense and Oline. If we win it will be because of those players

Bacchus
09-09-2012, 07:57 AM
It's all about the defense and Oline. If we win it will be because of those players

It start with it being all about Peyton, but if Peyton is the old Peyton Manning from 2010 then I agree, this is about the OL and DL. Can Denver protect and can they put pressure.

canadianbroncosfan
09-09-2012, 08:00 AM
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canadianbroncosfan
09-09-2012, 08:00 AM
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Los Broncos
09-09-2012, 08:01 AM
Only if Peyton could throw the ball to himself.

Bacchus
09-09-2012, 08:06 AM
Only if Peyton could throw the ball to himself.

I hear he has been working on that play in practice.

Play2win
09-09-2012, 08:11 AM
Only if Peyton could throw the ball to himself.

I believe he's capable of that... LOL

maher_tyler
09-09-2012, 08:18 AM
Only if Peyton could throw the ball to himself.

I heard in the offseason he was seen doing workouts with Jerry Rice...running hills, doing wind sprints etc to work on his deep threat capabilities on those passes from himself.