Manning Still Developing Chemistry with Broncos and Other AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystDecember 26, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos calls out an audible play against the San Diego Chargers in the first quarter during the NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos are scoring nearly 30 points per game and Peyton Manning is the front-runner for the NFL’s MVP award, but the offense is still a work in progress. That doesn’t seem fair to the rest of the NFL, does it?

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post­ reports that Manning and the rest of the offense are still developing chemistry that can take years in some cases. It sounds crazy that the offense could get better, but Manning knows the Broncos can be better at adjusting to how teams try to slow them down.

The great players are never truly satisfied and always want to be better, so the fact that the Broncos haven’t lost since traveling to New England a million weeks ago is not enough for Manning. The Broncos still have a shot at the No. 1 seed in the AFC if the Houston Texans lose this weekend and the Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs. The latter seems like a certainty, but isn’t going to be enough to satisfy Manning.

Although Manning isn’t a young man anymore, the Broncos could just be scratching the surface of their offensive potential. It’s a scary thought for the rest of the NFL. Outside of Manning the Broncos are also a pretty young team and will probably remain contenders for the next couple of years under Manning’s guidance.


More AFC West News…


General Reading

The anonymous @NFLosophy writes about the implications of salary cap rollover for

The Raiders and Chargers need to keep close tabs on their strength of schedule numbers and my friend Brad Hill (@CaliforniaJag) is keeping those updated for us.



Why did Manning wear a glove last Sunday? Featured Columnist Jon Heath has the answer.

The Broncos need the special back in special teams before the playoffs according to Legwold.



Featured Columnist Dan Wilkins has a realistic free-agent wish list for the Raiders based on cap space.

According to a tweet from Adam Schein of SiriusXM radio, Dennis Allen said that both Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor will get snaps with the first-team offense in practice this week.


Kansas City

It’s been a season to forget in Kansas City according to Steve Wieberg of the USA Today.

Assistant linebackers coach Adam Zimmer was arrested for driving while intoxicated according to the Kansas City Star. Adam Zimmer is the son of Mike Zimmer who is the defensive coordinator in Cincinnati.


San Diego

The bad AFC West is good for the Chargers because it lowers their strength of schedule according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego says that Philip Rivers and the Chargers can’t keep looking forward to next year.