Now that the "Decision II" has been made, the next faze of NFL news will be on whether Manning can take the Broncos to the promised land. Honestly, I don't even see the Broncos making it over the mountain top. I am still in shock that Peyton didn't take his talents to the Bay we know as SF. The 49ers are by far the sexier choice he could have made and would easily catapult that team into SB favorites for the NFC. What's not to like about the Niners? Let's see: Coach of the year candidate in Jim Harbaugh, championship defense, a WR group led by Randy Moss, Vernon Davis, and Mario Manningham, and last but not least a solid running game with a 3 headed RB group led by Frank Gore. Yet Manning chose the Broncos and throwing to the likes of Demaryius Thomas, and Eric Decker? Even as I'm writing this the critics on ESPN and NFL Network are penciling in the Broncos as the third best team in the AFC as well as SB contenders. Please.
The Broncos have about as many question marks as the Colts do. I don't care even if they did beat the Steelers in the playoffs last year. We're still talking about a team that limped into the playoffs at a dismal 8-8. And lets be honest here. They beat a handicapped Steelers team who's starting QB was playing on one leg.....and the Broncos still needed overtime to beat them. I know, I know I can hear the chatter of "The off-season is underway...Elway and company will add more pieces on offense." Let me beat you all to the punch and tell you who they'll sign: Jeff Saturday and Dallas Clark. Again I'll be honest with you all. The only thing signing these two former teammates will accomplish is giving Mr Manning a feeling of "familiarity" to make him feel "comfortable." As they say in the hood: "Don't get it twisted." Dallas Clark at 32 years old is not the Dallas Clark we've known in Indy throughout his career. He's not going to be the match-up nightmare he was previously. You can expect even less from Jeff Saturday at this stage in his career. He's an undersized center to begin with and age does not mix well under those physical conditions. Here is my personal power ranking as far as how the AFC will shape up: 1) Pats, 2) Ravens, 3) Texans, 4) Steelers, 5) Chargers, 6) Jets 7) Broncos. The Broncos need another WR who can stretch the field. They need a real RB. Sorry. Willis Mcgahee is not the answer and whoever they have backing him up aren't even worth mentioning. As a Colts fan I really wanted to see Manning ride off into the sunset after winning another SB or two with a real title contender. When I look at this union between Manning and the Broncos I don't see the Broncos as a team with any real chances at a title. I see the 2000 Colts all over again.