There’s no doubt that the Denver Broncos need to make a change at quarterback despite just winning the Super Bowl, but just how those changes will seemingly be made is unexpected to say the least.
According to Charlie Campbell, the senior draft analyst at WalterFootball, quarterback Peyton Manning and Broncos general manager John Elway have fallen out with one another in the past year and Denver is ready to move on at the quarterback position. Campbell also mentions that Elway and the rest of the front office are big fans of former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, who recently upped his stock in the Senior Bowl.
It makes perfect sense as to why Elway would want to move on from Manning. The man is about to turn 40 and though he is the all-time leader in most passing statistics, he was a shell of himself in 2015. Manning only appeared in 10 games as he fought through foot and rib injuries and had only nine touchdown passes compared to 17 interceptions, the latter of which was second only to Blake Bortles of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Were it not for the Broncos’ strong defense, there’s no telling how Denver would have fared during the season.
Bringing Prescott to the Mile High City, however, is an interesting prospect. He threw for 9,376 yards and 70 touchdowns while completing 62.8 percent of his passes in Starkville and also added 2,521 yards and 41 scores on the ground. His ability to move in the pocket makes him ideal for Broncos coach Gary Kubiak’s zone-blocking offense and he reads defenses extremely well, not to mention is a phenomenal on-field leader.
That said, with last year’s backup Brock Osweiler set to likely move on in free agency and Manning still deciding whether to retire or play another year, Denver is almost certain to cut him and rid itself of his $19 million salary.
It’s sad that Manning and Elway’s relationship has deteriorated to this point, but Elway’s goal is to build a well-rounded team that doesn’t just rely on the defense to finish the job when the game is on the line and with the aging and declining Manning under center, that goal cannot be achieved.
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