The Denver Broncos' acquisition of Peyton Manning set the football world on fire in late March.
The move was followed by instant rush to envision everything his decision would result in, ranging from how he would look in a Denver uniform (strange) to how he would change the team’s previously run-focused offense.
Many claimed that Denver, coming off of a playoff appearance, would instantly become a title contender with Manning under center.
These predictions were not surprising: it’s a rare event when a player with Manning’s credentials hits the open market. Manning has 11 Pro Bowls, four MVP awards and a Super Bowl MVP award on his resume. Under his guidance, the Colts dominated the AFC South and were perennial contenders.
However, there is no guarantee that Manning can perform at this level anymore. After all, he is 36 and coming off of a well-documented lost season due to neck surgery. Manning is fully expected be be under center when the Broncos kick off their season on Sept...