The Broncos acquired four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning in the offseason. They signed him to a five year, $98 million contract. They got rid of temporary franchise quarterback Tim Tebow. They basically put all of their chips on the table for Manning.
So when you look at things at face value, you'd think with potentially the greatest passer in the history of the NFL leading your offense out of the huddle, as Broncos personnel, you'd have no problem with how Manning ran things in Indianapolis, right?
Elway begs to differ. In an interview with Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Elway stressed the need for the Broncos to be a balanced offense, similar to how things were ran in Denver's most successful seasons – their back-to-back Super Bowl-winning seasons of '97 and '98.
"Yeah, no question. If that's one thing that I ever learned, having been through three Super Bowls where we didn't run the football very well. Then, once we did it and win Super Bowls, we had great balance and were able to...