Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had the worst overall season ever for a Super Bowl quarterback, according to FiveThirtyEight.
This isn’t exactly a surprise, as Manning was just plain awful in an injury-riddled 2015. In just 10 games, he threw for 2,249 yards and nine touchdowns compared to 17 interceptions. Though Denver did win the AFC West, the Broncos’ top-ranked defense bailed out awful performances by the offense.
But FiveThirtyEight has dug a little deeper.
Manning’s awful season and mediocre production by backup Brock Osweiler gave Denver the eight-worst passing offense according to a stat called defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA), which measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on opponent and situation.
To give a better idea, the only other team that was less effective in the passing game were the 1979 L.A. Rams, who had Vince Ferragamo at quarterback. But even that mark can’t be held against the Rams, since they were a run-first team like most NFL squads were back then. Moreover, Ferragomo only started five games that year.
But Manning plays in the era of spread offenses and running games that are mostly supplementary to a strong quarterback.
Given his caliber, not to mention that he holds every single NFL passing record, Broncos fans had better hope that their team’s defense shuts down Cam Newton hard on Sunday or else the game could wind up being an embarrassing last ride for Manning.
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