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John Fox: Peyton Manning’s progress has been outstanding

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Peyton Manning made his official practice debut as a member of the Denver Broncos today, and Denver coach John Fox liked what he saw.

He’s getting better every day,” Fox said, via the Denver Post. “His progress has been outstanding. We’re excited where he is. I think he’s pretty good right now, and we think he’ll get better. He definitely raises all boats, that’s for sure. That’s not just with the young players, but with the veterans.”

In footage from the Broncos’ organized team activities, Manning appeared to be throwing and running well and showing no ill-effects from the multiple neck procedures he had last year, forcing him to miss the entire 2011 season. We won’t see how well Manning can take a hit until the preseason begins, but we have seen that Manning can take a snap, drop back and pass looking more or less the way he has always looked.

Manning said he is developing a rapport with receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, and he believes that, more than his own progress in recovery from last year’s neck injury, the Broncos are making progress as a team.

“It felt good to be out there. I haven’t really been out there like this for a year and a half. It’s a day I’ve been waiting on for a long time,” Manning said. “I’ve always believed you develop your timing for the passing game in the offseason. You can’t just show up in September and expect to be on the same page. Offseason workouts, it’s a great time to make an impression on the coaches. Coaches are always evaluating, so there are a lot of benefits from this work.”

Fox’s evaluation of Manning after one day on the practice field sounds like good news for the Broncos.

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38 Responses to “John Fox: Peyton Manning’s progress has been outstanding”
  1. bozosforall says: May 21, 2012 4:29 PM

    Can’t wait to see the return of the best QB in the NFL. With a real defense on his side this time to help carry the team and give it more balance.

  2. azbroncos says: May 21, 2012 4:36 PM

    Amen Bozo season can’t get here quick enough!!

  3. nfloracle says: May 21, 2012 4:38 PM

    “He’s getting better every day,” Fox said, via the Denver Post. “His progress has been outstanding. We’re excited where he is. I think he’s pretty good right now, and we think he’ll get better.”

    I recall Fox saying pretty much the same thing about Jimmy Clausen and Matt Moore not too long ago.

    I’ll believe it when I see Denver in the playoffs, where it’ll be the usual Manning clutch if by some miracle the Broncos get that far this year.

  4. tonyugoh says: May 21, 2012 4:40 PM

    Broncos don’t play the Colts this year, so I will be rooting for Peyton every game. Here’s to hoping you can be back at your old level, Peyton.

  5. jason1980 says: May 21, 2012 4:42 PM

    Lol…. What else is John Fox gonna say, damn we mocked up, Peyton sucks, and this is bed we’re have sleep in. If Peyton is outstanding we won’t need you to tell us John, we will see for ourselves. On the other hand………

  6. djrando7 says: May 21, 2012 4:45 PM

    Peyton Manning having a defense with names like Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller, Champ Bailey and Mike Adams, also having a slew of talented young receivers in Decker, D. Thomas, J. Thomas, Tamme, Dreesen, and running back Willis McGahee, he is going to have one heck of a stay in Denver. I would be pretty happy if I were him as well. (there is also another 18 million reasons to be happy I am sure).

  7. hulkhogansays says: May 21, 2012 4:48 PM

    His neck responded well to those hits from the Dline/LBers too brother. Oh wait…

  8. dlc618 says: May 21, 2012 4:52 PM

    Mile high pick city!

  9. weepingjebus says: May 21, 2012 4:53 PM

    “Can’t wait to see the return of the best QB in the NFL. With a real defense on his side this time to help carry the team and give it more balance.”

    Hmm, do I go with the obvious Tom Brady joke, or mix it up with some Flacco action (“Flacction”)? Interneting is hard.

  10. gilgafresh says: May 21, 2012 4:57 PM

    Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas – two names soon to be heard and uttered quite frequently in bars, man-caves and water coolers near you.

  11. jlb10 says: May 21, 2012 5:05 PM

    it was my understanding that coaches couldn’t have “practice” with players till today (in denver’s case) so how exactly is john fox seeing him get better every day?

  12. rooneyruleblues says: May 21, 2012 5:08 PM

    We will see. Im not buying it. Lets wait for him to play outdoors the majority of the season, and then in the cold snow and altitude of mile high.

    This guy is a timebomb waiting to happen, multiple surgurys to his neck, we will see how it responds.

  13. golonger says: May 21, 2012 5:08 PM

    LOL…..best qb???…….Bwaaa ha ha………Broncos, 6-10

  14. baddorange says: May 21, 2012 5:17 PM

    Everyone says hes getting better every day. Eithyer he wasn’t worth a crap at the beginning of this farce or he is Superman 20 times over. Lets see him in a game before wetting ones panties.

  15. corduroy88 says: May 21, 2012 5:27 PM

    “I’ve always believed you develop your timing for the passing game in the offseason. You can’t just show up in September and expect to be on the same page. Offseason workouts, it’s a great time to make an impression on the coaches. Coaches are always evaluating, so there are a lot of benefits from this work.”

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Isn’t this the exact same thing Favre always said?

  16. jollyjoker2 says: May 21, 2012 5:28 PM

    Better every day? Sure John when your 4-8 and manning is throwing ducks because of his neck injuries, maybe you would like to re-qualify your comments. Things like this get coaches and GM’s fired , so watch yourself. You gave up a young QB who could run with a lot of upside for a has been who has never played very much outdoors with average receivers. This is going to get interesting

  17. peytonsneck18 says: May 21, 2012 5:30 PM

    i wish peyton the best of luck, but why does all these broncos players and coaches have to hype him up? didnt peyton and his dad already tell us that he will be back to 100% soon, so why do the coach has to try to convince the world that they didnt make a mistake by giving peyton that 18 plus million this year, its like over paying for a used Lexus and everybody warned u about how much u payed for it, but u notice oil leaks and it runs bad, but u still tell everybdy that it runs like a dream car, but really u know u made a mistake, maybe they know they mistreated tebow, but dont want everybody to know, i guess we will know this oming up season!!

  18. bozosforall says: May 21, 2012 5:33 PM

    pingjebus says:
    May 21, 2012 4:53 PM
    “Can’t wait to see the return of the best QB in the NFL. With a real defense on his side this time to help carry the team and give it more balance.”

    Hmm, do I go with the obvious Tom Brady joke, or mix it up with some Flacco action (“Flacction”)? Interneting is hard.

    __
    Or you could just see the facts…like…

    Peyton Manning, the ONLY 4-time NFL MVP

    or

    Career Postseason QB Ratings:
    P. Manning – 88.6
    E. Manning – 88.0
    T. Brady – 86.0

    So, the only “Tom Brady joke” you could make is that it would be a “joke” to claim that he is a better QB than Manning…either one of them.

  19. JSpicoli says: May 21, 2012 5:50 PM

    Call me after he has been pile driven by a DE.

  20. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 21, 2012 5:55 PM

    Really bozosforall? Best QB in the NFL? He’s not even the best QB in his family. And that Donkey defense can’t hold a candle to the defenses he had in Indy during the SB years…not even close.

    Enjoy that 8-8 record and not watching them in the playoffs.

  21. txtuff says: May 21, 2012 6:13 PM

    That Broncos 18 sure does look funny!

  22. j0esixpack says: May 21, 2012 6:37 PM

    I actually hope Fox is right…

    But all these positive reports about Manning’s recovery sound pretty similar to what we heard last year.

  23. mrmarcus55 says: May 21, 2012 6:51 PM

    Lol a real defense that is rich, wait till he gets hit, everybody looks good in shorts this time of year.

  24. redrifle14 says: May 21, 2012 7:22 PM

    I admire Manning but seriously, how will he look after getting drilled by the Steelers D. Then Ray Lewis. Manning may look good now, but will most likely resemble Stephen Hawking by seasons end………..

  25. jaguar187 says: May 21, 2012 7:29 PM

    bozosforall says:
    May 21, 2012 4:29 PM
    Can’t wait to see the return of the best QB in the NFL. With a real defense on his side this time to help carry the team and give it more balance.

     The broncos defense last year was statistically worse than all but one of the defenses Payton had in Indy. It’ll be interesting to see how he does, but throughout his’ career he had a winning record against only one AFC west team, The Denver Broncos (7-1). He’s something like 6-13 against the other 3 all time.

  26. TheWizard says: May 21, 2012 7:54 PM

    So, the only “Tom Brady joke” you could make is that it would be a “joke” to claim that he is a better QB than Manning…either one of them

    You’ve been saying it’s just the New England fans you don’t like.

    Get your story straight, jackal.

  27. j0esixpack says: May 21, 2012 8:08 PM

    bozosforall _
    Or you could just see the facts…like…

    Career Postseason QB Ratings:
    P. Manning – 88.6
    E. Manning – 88.0
    T. Brady – 86.0

    So, the only “Tom Brady joke” you could make is that it would be a “joke” to claim that he is a better QB than Manning…either one of them.

    ——————————————————–

    QB rating huh? I guess you should consider Jake Delhomme in that mix of all time greatest playoff QBs then.

    If, by chance, you consider winning to be a relevant statistic then you might be interested in knowing the following:

    Playoff Record – W/L, Winning Percentage

    Tom Brady – 16 W, 6 L – .727

    Peyton Manning – 9 W, 10 L – .474

    But that’s only relevant if you consider winning something to be important in the NFL or the playoffs.

    Overall I think it’s pretty clear that all three QB’s are among the greatest QBs of their time and some are considered among the greatest QBs of all time and that arguing which one is the best is a bit infantile – or a “joke” if you will.

    But I guess you can always count on some clown or joker who likes to be the center of attention to try to argue anyways

  28. frostymugobeer says: May 21, 2012 8:10 PM

    the Broncos Defense and running game kept denver in all those “Tebow” miracle wins……
    with a vet qb like Manning running the show
    the Broncos should “coast” to a playoff spot this year.
    and probably win the afcw again with a 10 or 11 win reg season

  29. bozosforall says: May 21, 2012 8:16 PM

    TheWizard says:
    May 21, 2012 7:54 PM
    So, the only “Tom Brady joke” you could make is that it would be a “joke” to claim that he is a better QB than Manning…either one of them

    You’ve been saying it’s just the New England fans you don’t like.

    Get your story straight, jackal.

    _
    Telling the truth…that either Manning is a better QB than Brady isn’t “hating” on Brady…nor is it inconsistent with my dislike of New England fans.

    Get your head on straight, Wizzturd.

  30. bigcid10 says: May 21, 2012 8:23 PM

    I wish Payton all the luck ,but Pittsburgh will ruff him up in week one

  31. fourthandafoot says: May 21, 2012 9:29 PM

    New Orleans took a chance when they signed Drew Brees, a chance Miami wasn’t willing to take. Let’s see a season or two before poopooing the signing.

  32. raiderapologist says: May 21, 2012 9:46 PM

    Tough schedule, lots of holes. There could be some Tebow residue on the Broncos’ season.

  33. jollyjoker2 says: May 21, 2012 10:04 PM

    All the folks here really believe in this guy ! I mean, 38 year old QB coming off of 3-4 neck surgeries as well as an offense where they relied on Tebow to run playing outdoors. He is number 1 in my fantasy draft!

  34. kodakinvegas says: May 21, 2012 10:50 PM

    Give the guy a break man he played on a nobody team for 13, not 14 years, went to the playoffs every year after his third I think, threw for a gazillion yards, is a wonder to watch manipulate a defense And offense. Had three neck surgeries and is trying his hardest to develop a new team and a second SB. Guys got guts, integrity and desire, work ethics and ain’t on crack or fighting dogs. Let’s hope he makes it one more time. Let him retire on top. Aint that the American dream. We are living vicariously through these guys for 6-7 months a year. Wouldn’t you like to be where he is, just one time? I sure as heck would. For one tenth of the dough. And yes, he’s risking his life for what he loves. Dont you? Is that where the hate and jealousy comes from? Not taking your dream and trying one more time? If he quits it’s over. If he tries, maybe, just maybe…….

    Go for it Peyton, Go for it!

  35. andrejohnsonforpresident says: May 21, 2012 11:32 PM

    Maybe I worry to much but i’m scared for peyton this season.. All I keep thinking about is that nasty hit he took against several lbs the past few years.. IF someone goes unblocked and hits him in the back.. Well.. I just hope everything works out..

  36. mlenenski says: May 22, 2012 12:39 AM

    And Fox also gave Jake Delhomme 20mil guaranteed after he threw 5 int in his last playoff game.

    Fox likes his quarterbacks dangerously old and susceptible to sucking the next year.

    His motto is “Write big checks, then watch them suck.” “Then I will stop coaching when the team tanks so you will fire me before my contract is up.”

    “Oh yeah, I also will trade any dynamic quarterback that takes us to the playoffs if an old quarterback shows up asking for a lot more money .”

  37. denverbronconj says: May 22, 2012 10:48 AM

    “I’ve always believed you develop your timing for the passing game in the offseason. You can’t just show up in September and expect to be on the same page.

    That’s something maybe Tebow and his followers should realize… that u can’t just turn it on like a light switch and expect consistency. I’m curious to see what’s the excuse this year for Tebow’s horrendous accuracy in Jetland

  38. j0esixpack says: May 22, 2012 12:23 PM

    I still love the fact that our own resident court jester and clown “bozo” is out there proclaiming QB rating to be the barometer of what constitutes “the best” playoff QBs

    Winning apparenlty counts for nothing in his book, nor does Super Bowls… Meanwhile he’ll give Peyton credit for appearing in two Super Bowls, winning just one, but then disparage Brady for making it to 5 Super Bowls in 10 years but only winning 3.

    Basically bozo has zero credibility

    If Brady said that a football is brown I’d expect bozosforall would argue that it’s actually white

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