It seems like just a few weeks ago I was asked if PFM (Peyton Freakin' Manning) would ever come to Denver. I answered: "I doubt it; I seriously doubt it. That would be a dream come true though, wouldn't it? The offense would light it up with our ground game and him under center. Wow, can you imagine?"
Now, Manning is here and the Broncos are a real contender in the AFC. But something just doesn't feel right. This offense has had plenty of time together to gel, and should be producing much more than what I am seeing. I know, I sound like a spoiled child who wants his cake and wants to eat it too. An 8-3 record is great and I love PFM, but the offense has not changed a bit in 11 weeks. This is an offense that is finding it harder and harder to move the ball, especially early in the game.
Defenses are catching on quicker than our receivers are, and unfortunately, the bar is set a little higher than before with Peyton here. It is no joke when people say that this team could make a serious run in January, but what do you see in New England and Houston? There is no lack of imagination in those offenses. So after 11 weeks, my question to the Broncos — and yes even PFM — is: Can you imagine?
Can you imagine? How about running back screens with Hillman rather than sweeps and off tackle runs? Let's go nuts and run a middle screen, but please, anything but another bubble screen. Fake the bubble screen and go deep, something.
Can you imagine a draw play, or some reverse play action to hold the defensive end and open a cut back lane? How about our newly acquired speedster Trindon Holliday?
Use every bullet in the holster and keep them guessing, keep them on their heels. After all, we know that you know, and they certainly know that you know, the x's and o's better than anyone . So "Y" not change it up a little. Throw a curve every once in a while and smile as they swing from the heels.
Stats are not going to support my argument, but stats are for fantasy football. Points per game and yards per game hide the fact that our offense is pressing. If you watch the games each week, you can see the struggles, plain as day. As great as Peyton Manning is at playing chess on the football field, he needs to remember that sometimes football is not that complicated. A game can take on many forms and it doesn't always have to be rocket science. In fact, it can at times be pretty doggone easy.
Sometimes it's a hard-nosed, come and get some, bloody-knuckled street fight of a game where you trade body blows and knock out shots for 60 minutes and hope you get the last shot (i.e. Cincinnati in Week 9.)
Sometimes it the wild west and its gonna take every trick in the book and a lucky bounce to wrangle a win.
Sometimes its child's play, somewhat like tiddlywinks. Stay in the game long enough, close your eyes, chuck, duck and Yahtzee! Miracles can happen.
And yes, sometimes it is chess and nobody is better at it than Peyton Freakin' Manning.
But at the heart of it, football is a kids game. So have some fun with it for crying out loud. You don't have to pump your guys up after every series. Tell a dirty joke and dump Gatorade on the coach. Hell, pretend its one of your commercials and laugh, relax and do your thing.
I know that I am in no position to question the methods of one of the greatest players in NFL history. That certainly is not what I'm trying to do. But if I was the greatest fighter in history and everyone knew how lethal my hands were, what would happen if I learned a brutal front kick that could knock my toughest opponent stone cold in a split second? Can you imagine?
It would be very difficult to prepare for the Bronco's defense, an explosive return game, PFM and a great passing attack, reverses, draws, and screens. An offense that can beat you slow and steady can find it's rhythm and jab you to death or can turn your lights out quick.
If I was a head coach or a defensive player facing that on Sunday. Shoot, I couldn't even imagine.