Last week it was announced that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning got the “ok” to play in 2014.
Manning has had four neck surgeries in his career and his career was nearly ended two years ago following his fourth surgery.
He was let go by the Colts because of a fear of not being the same Peyton Manning as old and to save money following the drafting of franchise quarterback Andrew Luck in 2012.
Manning has come back from the four neck surgeries and has been better than ever, in the regular season at least.
Manning is coming off a 2013 season in which he threw for an NFL-record 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 passing yards, also an NFL record. Manning led the Broncos to an NFL record in points in 2013 and got them to their first Super Bowl since the late 1990s.
The Broncos were manhandled in Super Bowl 48 by the Seattle Seahawks losing 43-8. The loss was one of the worst in Super Bowl history and certainly the worst defeat in Manning’s legendary career.
The decision by the doctors to give Manning the green light to play in 2014 gives him a chance to redeem himself and hopefully, for his sake, lead the Broncos back to the Super Bowl.
The 2014 season will certainly be one of intrigue for everyone in the NFL with Manning coming off that horrible defeat to the Seahawks.
The Broncos’ offense found absolutely no rhythm at all due to the suffocating defense of Seattle. Denver will have to regroup and come back in 2014 with a refreshed mindset and a clear mindset if they have any hope at making another Super Bowl run.
Since all indications lean towards Manning playing once again in 2014 they certainly are Super Bowl contenders once again. Manning being the competitor he is will certainly do everything possible to give the Broncos’ fans and his teammates another shot at winning the ultimate prize in football. It will certainly be a challenge, but we can’t let that one game erase all the good Denver did in 2013.
As I mentioned earlier Denver and Manning set numerous offensive records in 2013, but just came up short in the biggest game of the year. If the Broncos can make a couple acquisitions in the offseason through free agency and the draft, then they can make another Super Bowl run.
I know at this point it is hard to imagine the Broncos being able to make it back, but Manning has had a number of playoff heartbreaks in his career and came back the next year stronger than ever.
The 2013 season was evidence of that following the heartbreaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the 2012 Divisional round. Manning and the Broncos lost on a deep pass in overtime to the Ravens in 2012 that ruined their season, but returned in 2013 to set offensive records and earn a trip to Super Bowl 48.
With the decision to have Manning return in 2014 I feel the Broncos will once again be Super Bowl contenders and just may win it all as redemption for Super Bowl 48.
It will be a tough road ahead in recapturing the magic of 2013 and more importantly keeping Manning healthy for yet another season. If these things are accomplished by the Broncos then we will see them in the 2014 NFL playoffs and possibly playing in Super Bowl 49.