Predictions for Peyton Manning's First Season in Denver

Aaron Nagler@Aaron_NaglerNFL National Lead WriterMay 15, 2012

*NOTE* - I obviously meant to say DALLAS Clark in the video above, not Dwight. Apologies. 

When it comes to how Peyton Manning will fare with the Denver Broncos during the 2012 NFL season, there's a lot still up in the air.

Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is once again having to completely alter his playbook for his starting signal-caller. McCoy indicated this past Saturday that the team is still in the process of building its offensive system with heavy input from Manning, who will once again be calling many of his own plays at the line of scrimmage and using a lot of two-tight end sets, per the Associated Press (via CBS Denver).

As for Broncos opponents, don't be surprised if teams come after Manning a bit more than we're used to seeing, especially early on. One of the things that is so dangerous about blitzing guys like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers is their ability to read the blitz and get the ball out to their receivers, who are almost always on the same page.

That's something Manning and his new teammates will try to quickly get up to speed on during training camp and preseason games. It's not quite as simple as "insert four-time NFL MVP, and instant offense follows." 

Overall, I do expect Manning to have a Pro Bowl-type season and to put the Broncos in contention for the AFC West crown in 2012.


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