The Peyton Manning era in Denver drew closer Thursday morning as the Broncos opened training camp just four months after the future Hall of Fame quarterback was trying to prove he still had the goods.
Released in March after 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, a neck injury derailing his entire 2011 season and maybe his career, Manning found himself a man without a team for the first time in his career. But before he turned to Denver, he turned to Team Cutcliffe.
Without Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, a longtime mentor, Mannings path back to the NFL might have turned out differently.
The only guy for me to go see at that time was David Cutcliffe, said Manning, who last played under Cutcliffe at Tennessee in 1997 when Cutcliffe was the offensive coordinator. Hes a guy that has known more about my throwing motion and quarterback mechanics than anyone throughout my career.
Manning likened working under the watchful eye of Cutcliffe to going home.
Its kind of in some ways li...