It’s Complicated With the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning is done!

Peyton Manning is back!

It was a roller coaster of thoughts regarding Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in their stunning 31-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium Thursday night.

Here’s the truth with the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer — it’s a little bit both. In two games to start the 2015 season Manning has completed 50-85 passes for 431 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s averaging 5.07 yards per attempt and has a long-completion of 22 yards, with a QB rating of 74.2. Spin that anyway you want and it’s not good.

On the other hand, Manning is being taken out of his comfort zone by new head coach Gary Kubiak, who is exhibiting the worst trait of coaches in sports — asking players to mold themselves to the coach instead of adjusting to the player. Manning needs to be allowed to do what he’s done successfully his entire career playing out of shotgun and use his brain to overcome his current physical limitations.

This happened in the second half against the Chiefs which saw Manning complete 13-of-26 passes for 140 yards. That’s still not good, but it’s better.

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