Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/4/14
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If you are interested in discerning the inspiration behind John Elway’s stewardship of the Denver Broncos, do not look at quarterback Peyton Manning’s former team, as many argue, but instead look at his brother’s current team.   That’s right, Elway and head coach John Fox are following the model set by the two-time Super Bowl champion New York Giants. A balanced but explosive offense led by an elite quarterback and a defense that can disrupt an opponent’s passing game with an intimidating pass rush and a deep, talented secondary.    It is a widely-accepted axiom that the NFL is a copycat league, thus one must be sure that most teams are attempting to incorporate at least some aspects of the Giants’ winning formula into their game plans.   Can you blame them?   Not only have the Giants won two of the last five Super Bowls but they have done so against what appeared to be insurmountable odds.   In their two Super Bowl runs, the G-Men won road playoff games in Dallas, Tampa, San F...
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