Despite ESPN’s decision to name Tom Brady “Best Leader” (whatever that means-and no I’m not going to link to it, because it’s crap), Peyton Manning is showing everyone how to make an offense really hum.
Showing up when he doesn’t have to and working hard with the new players is what makes Peyton one of the greatest players in NFL history. This offense this season is going to be insanely good. I suppose it’s a little sad for the announcers not to have stories of the now legendary offseason workouts with 18 and 88, but let’s face it, Tony Gonzalez and Roy Hall need some attention. Working with the guys competing for the #2 back slot is critical as well. Remember, we noted last week that the area in which Dom Rhodes will be toughest to replace is in receiving out of the backfield (his running numbers were mediocre at best). This team is going to be great to watch.
Also check out this nice piece from Star about linebacker prep. Seriously, Indy is going to replace Penn State as Linebacker U.
This plan has worked very well with one ugly and notable exception: The All-Time Worst Colt Ever Gilbert Gardner (yes, I’ve had his name officially changed to that).