Peyton Manning spoiled us with 4 straight years of Hall of Fame play. We would even see him overcome his postseason self-fulfilling prophecy of losing. Instead of reflecting on the Rx Grossman Chicago win during Superbowl 41, he rode off into the sunset after throttling Cam Newton and the Panthers at Superbowl 50. Once the Sheriff left football, the dynamics and pecking order of the NFL was reestablished. Without the Sheriff running the old AFC West, Alex Smith strapped on the peacemakers and rose up to fill the vacuum. Meanwhile, Derrick Car, the spawn of satan, was killing it until he broke his fibula. Jack Del Rio was making his run for the Superbowl.
In Denver, Elway let Mark Sanchez walk in favor of a second-year backup QB. Trevor was supposed to pick up where Manning the first ballot Hall of Famer left off. Instead, the formidable Trevor Siemian was hampered by a porous offensive line and the worst running game in Bronco history. The reality is that Peyton Manning’s play elevated everyone around him. He made average players great and turned great players into superstars. Julius Thomas summed it up when he said’ “this is so easy!”
Manning was also able to elevate the Bronco coaching staff as well. He ran interference against Kubiak coaching staff ineptitude as well. Manning’s retirement has ultimately exposed how dysfunctional the Bronco offense really is. Of course, Elway expected Trevor Siemian to negotiate the chasm and put Humpty Dumpty back together again. At first, the experiment went very well. Trevor Siemian was a beast. Then the inept coaching, inept play calling, porous offensive line, and lack of running backs or a running game would come home to roost. In addition, dominant NFL defenses would see the film, make adjustments, and isolate Trevor Siemian’s play.
Trevor was exposed to the NFL in all its game of inches brutal glory. he was exposed to the experience and synergy of top notch NFL coaches and the well-oiled and weaponized defense machines that did their bidding. Smart QBs learn from other people’s mistakes. Stupid QBs don’t learn from their own mistakes. Smart QBs identify and retain corporate memory. They learn how to beat people. Trevor, Paxton and the Broncos will go 9-7 this year. They will top the season off by brutalizing the Raiders at home. Trevor Siemian will end the season showing that he can get it done.
Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs deserve to win the AFC West and the Superbowl. They have been beset by tragedies and personal loss but have stayed the course. They have overcome adversity.
We learn more from our mistakes than our successes. Winners pick themselves up off the ground after failure and come back with a vengeance. This is how we define the character and tenacity of the individual. I believe Trevor Siemian has character and he will come back with a vengeance. It is either that or a 2.5% commission selling rambler dumps in the Midwest.
Thanks for a great season in 2016. Now regroup, work hard, and come back with a vengeance in 2017. You are the one in control of your destiny.