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Old 05-14-2014, 10:34 PM   #1
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Default PFF's top 101 of 2013 (Broncos)

2013 PFF top 100 (as voted on):

#100 - T.J. Ward, S, Denver Broncos (97th in 2012)
Ward would finish 2013 as our third-ranked safety overall, but our voters clearly felt it was a bigger priority for safeties to excel in coverage. That is why Ward, who had the highest run defense grade of any man at his position, saw others overtake him here. Thatís not to say Ward was poor in that area with his +4.8 coverage grade indicating he more than held his own covering the shorter and intermediate areas, just that it wasnít his specialty.

Key Stat: 29 defensive stops in the run game were five more than any other safety.


#68 - Von Miller, ER, Denver Broncos (4th in 2012)
The crazy thing about Miller? He got this high just playing in nine games, thatís how good he was in those games. Missing the early part of the season through suspension and late part through injury, it was all about Weeks 7 to 16 for the Bronco who still picked up his customary best grade for a 4-3 outside linebacker thanks to his fantastic pass rushing and impact plays against the run. His explosion off the snap and ability to get off blocks (and often avoid them altogether) makes him as destructive a player as there is in the league.

Key Stat: Picked up 41 quarterback disruptions in just nine games.


#64 - Chris Harris Jr, CB, Denver Broncos (64th in 2012)
The Broncos were dealt a severe blow when Harris went down halfway through the Divisional Playoff victory against the San Diego Chargers. They lost their best and most versatile cover corner who was having another stellar year. With the rare ability to cover outside receivers on early downs and switch to defending the two-way release of slot weapons in nickel and dime packages, Harris earns a repeat spot on this list.

Key Stat: Allowed just one reception for every 10.9 snaps in slot coverage. Seventh-best of all cornerbacks.


#53 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos (45th in 2012)
An explosive playmaker, itís no surprise to see Thomas make this list again even if he has dropped a few places. The NFL leader in yards gained on wide receiver screens, while finishing behind just two others when it comes to go-routes, thereís no denying that Thomas excels when it comes to making the big plays. Four times he took the ball more than 50 yards while finishing with a receiver best 14 touchdowns. Explosive.

Key Stat: Picked up 706 regular season yards after the catch. The most of all wide receivers with his 7.7 yards after the catch per reception also the joint highest.


#50 - Terrance Knighton, DT, Denver Broncos (Unranked in 2012)
When you look back at the 2013 free agent market, you wonít find many people who look at the signing of Knighton as one of the big moves. A big talent who struggled to consistently show it in Jacksonville, he went to Denver and, after a decent enough start, really exploded into life the second half of the season before taking his game to another level in the postseason. His work against New England was some of the finest in his career as he really proved an every down terror. Too physical for linemen at the line of scrimmage and too quick when it came to getting into the backfield, Knighton became the player he had the potential to be.

Key Stat: Graded positively in all 4 playoff games in 2013.


#45 - Louis Vasquez, OG, Denver Broncos (Unranked in 2012)
Finishing the year our top ranked right guard, Vasquez more than proved worth the money the Broncos invested him in the 2013 offseason. Giving up just 12 combined sacks, hits and hurries all year, Vasquez was a big asset for Peyton Manning while also earning the ninth highest run blocking grade of all his peers. He achieved these with sheer consistency, with just two negatively graded games all year.

Key Stat: His 98.4 pass blocking efficiency score was the third best score of all offensive guards.


#3 - Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos (7th)
It didnít end with the Super Bowl he coveted, but it did end with the highest grade of any quarterback in the league (+43.3) once again. Manning didnít have his best game in the Super Bowl, but it was one of only five negatively graded games all year and it was against a defense that shut down all his weapons. So while it certainly prevented Manning challenging the spots beyond him, we werenít going to overreact to a fine year as Manning broke records throwing for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. He had some help after the catch but he dominated our QB rankings with a season for the ages.

Key Stat: Is it really a surprise that Manningís 58.1% completion percentage when under pressure was the highest in the league?

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Old 05-14-2014, 10:55 PM   #2
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DT is way too low.
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How xan he drop after a career year.
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I wonder who they have left other than Manning. Maybe Trevathan? Maybe DRC? Maybe nobody.

I'll put Talib and Ware on if they show up.
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How xan he drop after a career year.
I want to agree, but he needs to take it personal when someone is shutting him down. Think Steve Smith.
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Old 05-14-2014, 11:30 PM   #6
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Love me some Elway led FA.
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so we're going to have 8 people on this list at least. not too shabby.
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We're improving. Last year we had six total players. This year we already have six plus Manning and maybe Talib. The average is three.
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I want to agree, but he needs to take it personal when someone is shutting him down. Think Steve Smith.
When did he get shut down at all last season?

The only games he had average numbers were days where Decker went off for 4 TDs and Moreno ran for 3 scores

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When did he get shut down at all last season?

The only games he had average numbers were days where Decker went off for 4 TDs and Moreno ran 3 for 3 scores
Lol it's all about heart!!!!
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I want to agree, but he needs to take it personal when someone is shutting him down. Think Steve Smith.
I doubt Calvin Johnson drops in ranking when he sets career highs.
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I wonder who they have left other than Manning. Maybe Trevathan? Maybe DRC? Maybe nobody.

I'll put Talib and Ware on if they show up.
Julius will obviously be on it.
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MED CALLED IT ... Pro Football Focus blows.

Numerical rankings like these are flawed anyway, especially when all positions on both sides of the ball are thrown together. I could see ranking each position by fives ... Top 5 CBs, second five CBs, etc...
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some people just cant enjoy research and fun websites.

I for one am excited for all the Broncos on these Top 100 lists.
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When did he get shut down at all last season?

The only games he had average numbers were days where Decker went off for 4 TDs and Moreno ran for 3 scores
The NE OT loss. 4 catches for 41 yards thanks to Aqib Talib
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The NE OT loss. 4 catches for 41 yards thanks to Aqib Talib
Our entire pass game was a mess that game. At least dt got the game tying td
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100 divided by 32 = 3 players per team on average

If we have 8 players in the top 100 that is amazing in this highly competitive business. And we have John Elway to thank for that almost unbelievable accomplishment.

Now the question must be asked; Who was better at his position, John the QB or John the GM?
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#36 - DRC
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Now the question must be asked; Who was better at his position, John the QB or John the GM?
John the QB for now. We'll see how his career as a GM pans out. If he wins a couple SB's for us as GM I may rethink that.
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The NE OT loss. 4 catches for 41 yards thanks to Aqib Talib
4 catches and 41 yards while not elite numbers he put up the whole season are just average day numbers for most receivers. To me being shut down means you were held without a catch or limited to a single catch.
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100 divided by 32 = 3 players per team on average

If we have 8 players in the top 100 that is amazing in this highly competitive business. And we have John Elway to thank for that almost unbelievable accomplishment.

Now the question must be asked; Who was better at his position, John the QB or John the GM?
That will come down to number of rings. Also, I doubts that Elway will stay in his current role for 16 seasons. I could be wrong and he does love the game, but I think he is wanting an ownership role more than the day to day role he has now. Because of that I think Elway the player will always be better. Also, Elway the player is a top 5 of all time player, not just at his position but as a football player.
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He's a Bronco...
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The NE OT loss. 4 catches for 41 yards thanks to Aqib Talib
The wind was howling at 25 mph and we ran it for like 250 yards.
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The PFF 101, No. 3: Peyton Manning



The 2013 season was a fairy tale for Peyton Manning, that is, right up until he ran into the teeth of the wood chipper that was the Seattle Seahawks defense in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Manningís night was destined for disappointment from the first snap of the game with Manny Ramirez firing the ball wayward as Manning moved to make an adjustment at the line, fumbling the ball away and setting the tone for a miserable encounter. The way that game went, however, shouldnít overshadow the season that we saw from one of the gameís greatest passers up to that point.

If the season had not ended the way it did we would be talking about unquestionably the greatest season ever from a quarterback. Even with that crushing end there is a pretty good case to be made that it was exactly that.

Manning sat atop the PFF quarterback grading all year, a significant distance clear of the next best passer Ė Drew Brees. He smashed the single-season touchdown record with 55 passing scores and the league was so focused on that chase that most people missed entirely the fact he put the single-season passing yardage figure even further past the 5,000 barrier, once seen as unbreakable.

Despite those 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns Manning threw just ten interceptions and finished with a passer rating of 115.1 as he executed a master class in how to lead an offense. The Denver Broncos boasted an all-time great unit on offense, scoring a record number of points in the season and managing to get four different receivers into the end zone ten or more times.

To make things even more ridiculous, Manning did all this at the age of 37 ó drawing on his years of experience to operate at the peak of his craft at an age when most quarterbacks are breaking down and bowing out...



https://www.profootballfocus.com/blo...eyton-manning/
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#3 huh?

I think I can safely ignore any post that links to "analysis" by PFF for proof of anything now.
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