Denver fans have been rejoicing since the day they got Manning, and they should be since he is an elite QB. Say what you will but QBs generally come back from injuries better than any position. Consider the shoulder injury Drew Brees had, the knee injury that Brady had, or the concussion issues that Rogers and Vick have recently had. For whatever reason, the QB seems to recover very well if given the proper time.
With a healthy Peyton Manning and potent receivers, the Broncos will have a revolutionized offense. While most Broncos fans probably expect that Manning is an upgrade over Tim Tebow, let me tell you three things that Manning will quickly restore himself to "elite" status while blazing a path for the Broncos to get into the playoffs.
1. Peyton is hungrier than he has ever been.
Every time I think of Peyton Manning his famous draft quote comes to mind, "If you don't draft me, I will come back and kick your butt for the next 10 years." Tell me that man wasn't hungry then! Every game I have seen Peyton play (remember I am a UT student who is a Titans fan), which is a lot, he seems to will his team down the field.
Broncos fans can expect to see Manning showing off his "bull horns" this year as he walks up to the center and calls an audible (or a bluff, who knows with this guy) and then attacks the team right where their scheme is weakest. In my opinion Manning is one of the most intelligent men I have ever seen play or coach the game. And now Denver has him, and he has had a year to rest, watch film, and put a chip on his shoulder. You should get chills just thinking about it!
2. The famed Manning work ethic comes to Denver.
Manning is one of the hardest working players in the league. That is accepted as fact by 99 percent of analysts, coaches and players. Manning puts the time in on every aspect of the game. Whether he is staying late to make sure Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas are on the same page as him, or if he is working with the offensive line to make sure they know what the new audibles are.
He will inspire teammates and earn even more respect than he already has. He is coming off of a neck injury and I bet he works harder than any other person in that locker room. If there is one thing that opposing AFC West teams should worry about, it is that the work ethic will spread throughout the Broncos' young locker room. Again, chills.
3. Manning will arguably have his best supporting cast in recent memory next year.
This is all my opinion, but I think the Broncos have some very special offensive players. I am not just talking about the two aforementioned wide receivers, though they are a big part of it. Ryan Clady is a very good left tackle and may be at the top seven-ish in the league today. Also, with Joel Dreesen and Jacob Tamme at the TE position, Manning will have talent all over the field.
Also, it helps having, in my opinion, one of the most dangerous pass-rushing tandems in the league with Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil. Both guys know how to get to the passer and will replicate the role that Freeney and Mathis had in Indianapolis. In addition, with most of the offensive pieces in place, the Broncos can focus on building up their defense to match how productive their offense will be.
In conclusion I think that Manning will have a top five year in 2012. With all the talent around him, and with him being more motivated now more than ever, I refuse to believe that he will be anything less than spectacular.