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Published on 10/08/2012 at Mon Oct 08 07:53.
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  • Another week in the books and another week of miscues. The Denver Broncos, frustratingly, are finding ways to lose. The talent is there, make no mistake, but the mental toughness and discipline is not. [ &]
  • Willis McGahee feels like a goat today, but there is enough blame to go around that he shouldn’t feel completely responsible. The Broncos must find a way to come out on the plus side in the turnover department. [BroncoTalk & Denver Post]
  • Peyton Manning played well enough, but the vaunted Orange Crush defense couldn’t seem to figure out how to jam the New England Patriots wide receivers at the line, so Tom Brady simply played catch with his guys all day long – mostly at the expense of Joe Mays and the linebacker corps. [Denver Post]
  • If you really want to bash Manning, just remember that through five games he is on pace to throw for 4800 yards and 35 touchdowns.  As much as some of us liked Tim Tebow, there is no way he combines for that many yards running and throwing. This team just needs to come together…it would seem that 2013 is going to be a good year for us fans. []

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  • TheTroglodyte

    I thought maybe my critique of Manning’s inability to throw to the right the last few weeks may have been too harsh and it just seemed that way to me so I looked up the play by play of the last game to find out. Interesting.

    Manning was 7 for 16 to the right side of the field.

    5 of his 7 completed passes to the right went for 4 yards or less.

    Roughly 300 of his 345 passing yards came on the left or middle of the field.

  • stuckinraiderland

    I think Manning is FINE. I don’t understand why people are so worried about him– two fumbles and a dropped wide-open pass on 4th and 1 cost us that game (that, and giving up long 3rd down conversions.) Manning gave us chances to win, chances we wouldn’t have had without him, in my opinion.

  • Tim Lynch

    Are you saying his neck is fused so he can see to the right?

  • TheTroglodyte

    I don’t know if it’s that he can’t see, that he can’t throw well to the right, or what. Maybe it’s none of the above and just coincidence that I have yet to see him throw well to the right side of the field. I was just curious if the numbers backed up my observations and they seem to.

    The balls that wobble the worst and have the least power behind them seem to be the mid range throws to the right. i.e. 8 – 15 yards deep. He seems to underthrow deep balls to the right and/or put too much loft in them more often than not but for the most part they are thrown better than the mid range throws. This may be because he has the time to turn his whole body in that direction so it’s more like a mid-field throw. Not sure.

    Sooner or later a team is going to come along and take away the left side of the field and force him to the right. I guess I’ll find out then if it’s really a problem or just coincidence so far.

  • Bryandotcom

    I kind of find that interesting, but not quite alarming. Atleast not at this point. I would argue the point of who he is actually targeting on the left side compared to the right side. Is it Decker, Tamme, DT? Is he forcing passes to the right because nothing is open on the left? Or throwing them left because all the options to the right are covered? In the majority of the games I’ve watched, it’s always Decker thats lined up right and he’s usually covered pretty well.
    What I find interesting tho, is when he does go left he appears to be alot more crisp and precise. Maybe you’re on to something, or maybe it’s just a coincidence.

  • Tim Lynch

    Yeah, from what I understand he still doesn’t feel 100% back yet. Maybe he never will, but he is still easily the best QB we’ve had on our roster since Elway. In terms of getting the football where it needs to go and protecting it from the other team. I’ll take less arm strength for the brain in that skull of his. ;)

  • TheTroglodyte

    Yeah me too. I’m frustrated with the moves of the team as a whole and Manning is probably getting the brunt of my frustration because the FO seemed to decide he would win shoot out after shoot out as he did with the Colts. That didn’t work out to well most years for the Colts come playoff time and it certainly isn’t going to work for us now.

    Hopefully we can finish putting the right pieces in place around him next year. If our team is solid as a whole, Manning is good enough to win it all even with some limitations.

  • TheTroglodyte

    Good points

  • TheTroglodyte

    I did find it interesting that in the last couple of series in the 4th quarter they moved Decker to the left side and suddenly he was the primary target.

  • Bryandotcom

    Agreed. 3 straight passes went left to Decker..the next series he was again targeted left. Of those 4 targets, one was caught. It appeared that the offense saw something on the left side that worked in their favor.

  • Bryandotcom

    That team was Atlanta. And we saw in the 1st Q how it turned out when PM went right with the ball.

  • anthony33

    Putting the right pieces around Manning must start with defense. They were pathetic. Too many DC’s and NO game changers. They looked much better with Brookings at MLB (although it was against the raiders). Del Rio was completely out-coached by McDipshit… ugh.

  • Jason Holm

    I’d settle for an above average Mike. Anyone other than Mays.