Originally posted by Empire49:
You need a defense. Period. Even an average performance would be enough. He never got it, except one year - and he happened to win the Super Bowl that year. It wasn't a coincidence.
Last year, there's no way you can tell me the rest of the Broncos showed up in the Super Bowl. The entire team was pathetic. But hey, let's blame it all on Peyton. The other 52 guys that didn't bother to show up to the game had nothing to do with the Seahawks raping them.
I read a very insightful post on another forum that said that Peyton Manning's aura on a team is so huge that the head coach and other coaches take a backseat to him. He runs the show in Denver much the same way he did in Indy, and everything has to be his way.
So when things go wrong, who do you turn to as a player, when your QB is shellshocked? At that point your head coach is useless.
Denver really looked like they were mentally demoralized on those first few drives.
Compare that to the Patriots who courtesy of Belichick and Brady will never relent and give up. Remember that huge almost comeback they had against us? Peyton never could have pulled it off.
Such an annoying player. Meanwhile the irony is that a much less annoying player in Tom Brady is hated so much more.