Manning now has an O-line that can actually pass protect. That's something he hasn't had since 2006.
Manning has a complimentary running game, though it's been wildly inconsistent. That's something else he hasn't had since 2006. Addai had a great rookie season then both he and the run blocking of the O-line fell off a cliff.
The receiving corps aren't world beaters, but they're good enough as long as they don't drop the ball/fumble the game away.
Manning now has a head coach. Something he hasn't had since Dungy retired.
The defense and special teams of the Broncos are both better than anything Manning has ever had. (Outside of a four game 2006 playoff stretch where the D played lights out)
Sure as a whole they are a complete team. I never argued that. I was speaking specifically to offensive weapons.
Their line is quite good, but he doesn't have Tom Brady time in the pocket, though arguably he is making the line look good. I mean he made our line look serviceable for the past 3 years lol.
The run game is good as well, but there aren't many games I look at that being the reason the Broncos won this year. Peyton is still the key component. Though its nice for his own psyche to not have to feel all the pressure is on him nonstop.
Strictly speaking of receivers, I think it is the least talented he has played with since his early years. I would take Harrison, Wayne, and Collie (when he was healthy) over any of his weapons there. With the exception being Thomas I believe is better than Collie. I would take Harrison and Wayne any day over Thomas though. Thomas. Tamme? Not better than prime Dallas IMO.
I'm not saying they are awful either. But his offensive talent isn't off the charts is all I'm saying.
However, I fully agree that the team as a whole is probably more complete than any he had as a Colt.
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