No country for old men?
39 by NFL standards is ancient...well unless you're a placekicker or longsnapper. For everyone else, this is the time where the body starts to break down a bit more. It's hard to bounce back from the weekly beatings that take place on Sunday. If you're one of the fans that smiles each and every time Peyton Manning goes into the fetal position in order to avoid a sack, you do so tongue in cheek. Sure it's funny looking, but you really don't want ol' "Iron Neck" to take a huge hit.
With our signal caller entering is 18th NFL season and 4th with the Broncos, are there other QB's out there that have turned in solid performances at 39 and beyond?
In 1995 Warren Moon turned 39 and put up some impressive numbers. He completed 62% of his passes for 4228 yards, 33 TD (only the 2nd 30+ TD season he put up as an NFL player), 14 interceptions and a passer rating of 91.5.
Unfortunately....there's not more more evidence than that.
Many guys have made it to 39 in a reserve role. They're not playing much, let alone expected to lead a franchise, yet here we are.
The greatest positive Manning and the older generation of QB's can sustain growth by is the fact that almost all NFL rules and regulations have given the offense a decided advantage.
Peyton may be 39 but his past, especially the last few as a Bronco have been a sight to behold.
Of course the NFL is "Country for Old Men" but it takes a sheriff, and it takes a team.
On Roby and other rumors
This is the time of year where any player can play any position and fill any open role on the roster. I also think it's the time of year that fans can get too worked up over it.
If Elway does his job this offseason, Bradley Roby A CORNER will play corner next season. You don't pay the Ravens guy starter money just to be there in nickel situations and you don't convert a promising young talent to a position that is foreign to him just because you lack depth. If that's the case the Broncos would have been better served paying Rahim Moore 4 million a season to be their starter.
That brings me to the next rumor. Grayson and Oz. I personally don't care which player you endorse. While Peyton Manning is on the Broncos roster, it is John Elway's job to replace him. Think about what that means then wrack your brain for the historical gravity. John Elway is trying to replace a once in a generation quarterback, someone this franchise can be built around, someone who for the next 15 years can be the face of this franchise and compete for multiple super bowls.
If Garrett Grayson fits the mold sign me up.
If Brock Osweiler fits the mold sign me up.
And because I love numbers and production, and because I think the Broncos can replicate Julius Thomas' production:
2014: Tamme and JT had 95 T, 63 rec, 651 yds, 199 YAC 2014: Daniels and Green had 96 T, 63 rec, 716 yds, 280 YAC Difference here is RZ use— Eatin' Greedy (@Bronco_Mike251) March 22, 2015
I'll be taking a look at the Broncos Redzone numbers in depth later on this week. Until then, don't breath all the smoke that's coming from Dove Valley.
Since MHR has been killing the coverage all offseason, and since I am proud to be a part of the best Broncos blog on the interwebz, it was nice to see Chris Wessling of NFL.com reference Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann's interviewwith WR Cody Latimer in his column yesterday! Cheers!
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