There are lots of old axioms like 'don't count your chickens before they hatch' and 'putting the cart before the horse'...
Ok - I'm a Colts fan and was crushed when we lost Peyton. But the cool thing is now I get to root for two teams this year effectively doubling my football enjoyment. But enough about me - I've been reading a lot of posts on here and you all are wise in being cautious. No one wants to risk the emotional let down of unfulfilled expectations. But this fan is here to encourage you to dream. So lets get the truly inescapable caveats out of the way. Assuming:
- Peyton Manning does not get squished on any play during the season (regardless of injury it's a concern and always was when he was at Indy)
That's it... I don't care if Peyton is 75% his ability to dissect a defense within 20 yards of the line of scrimmage is amazing. I'd have taken Peyton at 75% all season long back here in Indy (on its face and not factoring any other options). He's not 75% - he's clearly 90+ (and that's conservative) based upon what we're hearing. Add to that your other offensive assets, defense and the addition of Jack Delrio (I nearly feel over when I heard he joined you guys) and it all adds up to something amazing.
This is all meaningless of course. I'm nobody from po-dunk-ville Indiana - but this fan cannot wait to watch the Broncos this year. I have watched too much of Peyton playing to know that it's not hype, it's not over-reaching, he's doing all that they say he's doing and it's impact on the team is real. What he does makes a difference at every level of the organization. And despite the ugly uniforms the Broncos are going to the playoffs with at least one bye and are a contender for the Super Bowl. I say have fun and count your chickens now! Be excited! Of course I'm the one who picked my ex-wife... anyway - I'll step back into the shadows now and leave you all to your forum. GO COLTS! *whisper* and Broncos! */whisper*