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For Manning, Broncos’ success begins with Tamme

Jacob Tamme AP

If you were to list all the reasons the Broncos are Super Bowl contenders, you’d start, of course with quarterback Peyton Manning, who’s having an MVP season. Then you’d turn to the defense, where Von Miller is a force rushing the passer and Chris Harris and Champ Bailey are an excellent pair of cornerbacks. You’d mention Manning’s trio of receivers, Demayrius Thomas, Eric Decker and Brandon Stokley. You’d mention that the offensive line has done a good job protecting Manning, that running back Willis McGahee was off to a good start to the season and that Knowshon Moreno has played well since McGahee went down.

It would be a long time, while you were listing all the reasons for the Broncos’ success, before you’d mention Jacob Tamme. Unless you were Peyton Manning, in which case you’d say Tamme is where the success of the Broncos’ offense begins.

Manning, who played with Tamme in Indianapolis and urged the Broncos to sign him this year, told the Denver Post that Tamme’s ability to play both tight end and slot receiver makes him a matchup problem for opposing defenses. And Manning said that as he’s surveying the field before the play, the most important thing he looks for is whether the defensive personnel is treating Tamme as a tight end and putting a linebacker on him, or treating Tamme as a receiver and putting a defensive back on him.

So much for us, in what we do, is how do they play Tamme,” Manning said. “Some teams treat him like a receiver and some teams treat him like a tight end, so you kind of find that out, see how they handle him in the formation. He kind of makes them, the way he plays and how he plays, have that discussion and we see where that takes us.”

Manning said Tamme, who has 51 catches for 542 yards this season, can open things up for the rest of the offense because of the way defenses have to play him.

“Tamme is essentially a slot guy, I guess that’s how I look at him,” Manning said. “But he’s bigger than a lot of receivers and he runs good routes, catches the ball. So, defenses have to have that discussion about how to handle him.”

And defenses having that discussion is important, even if fans and the media don’t often discuss Tamme as a key to the Broncos’ success.

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32 Responses to “For Manning, Broncos’ success begins with Tamme”
  1. stevenray72 says: Dec 25, 2012 10:04 AM

    Broncos’ start and end with Peyton!

  2. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Dec 25, 2012 10:06 AM

    No. Dressen and Virgil Green have came in and relieved Tamme all year. Tamme’s role in the Broncos offense is vastly overstated and Tamme is the 4th or 5th receiving threat behind Thomas, Decker, Stokely, and the RB. When Stokely was out Tamme did fill that void but to sing Tamme’s praises as a key to the Broncos success is not accurate.

  3. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 25, 2012 10:11 AM

    Hope to see you guys crush the ravenators in the playoffs as you did in the regular season. Go broncos !

  4. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Dec 25, 2012 10:17 AM

    happy holidays to everyone at pft!

  5. fuglyflorio says: Dec 25, 2012 10:27 AM

    Anyone missing Tim Tebow ?

  6. denverdave3 says: Dec 25, 2012 10:39 AM

    wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says:
    Dec 25, 2012 10:06 AM
    No. Dressen and Virgil Green have came in and relieved Tamme all year. Tamme’s role in the Broncos offense is vastly overstated and Tamme is the 4th or 5th receiving threat behind Thomas, Decker, Stokely, and the RB. When Stokely was out Tamme did fill that void but to sing Tamme’s praises as a key to the Broncos success is not accurate.

    Apparently, you missed the point. None of those things are in dispute. What PM is saying, is when an opponent dedicates a certain defender against this particular fellow, it sometimes makes them weak somewhere else, and opens up opportunities for others. It’s a “team” comment, not an individual one.

  7. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 25, 2012 10:51 AM

    Broncos start with Peyton Manning……end with Tom Brady.

    Another Patriots’ Broncos-blowout coming soon.

  8. killxswitch says: Dec 25, 2012 10:54 AM

    I guess the Tebow/Favre fan must know more about the Broncos offense than Manning.

  9. ravenunitas says: Dec 25, 2012 10:57 AM

    Hope to see you guys crush the ravenators in the playoffs as you did in the regular season. Go broncos !
    =====================================

    Man….you have real problems. Every post of yours is hatred for the Ravens…just saying…..GO RAVENS !!

  10. superputman says: Dec 25, 2012 11:01 AM

    Wow, doesn’t look like anyone at PFT took the day off. Hopefully they’re only working half days or don’t observe the holiday.

    Anyway.. I personally believe that the Broncos success begins and ends with their defense. I think Manning, even on a bad day, can keep them in and possibly win a game as long as it is within reach late in the 4th quarter.

    I hope the AFC Championship game comes down to the Colts and Broncos.. and the NFC Championship comes down to the Redskins and Seahawks… how much fun would that make Championship weekend to watch???? Not sure if the seedings will allow it, but I can’t wait! I want Wild Card weekend to start RIGHT NOW!

  11. bucfan4lyfe says: Dec 25, 2012 11:03 AM

    wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says:
    Dec 25, 2012 10:06 AM
    No. Dressen and Virgil Green have came in and relieved Tamme all year. Tamme’s role in the Broncos offense is vastly overstated and Tamme is the 4th or 5th receiving threat behind Thomas, Decker, Stokely, and the RB. When Stokely was out Tamme did fill that void but to sing Tamme’s praises as a key to the Broncos success is not accurate.

    Riiiiight. . . because you know more than Peyton Manning. What team do you play for again?

  12. tebowthrowsaperfectonsidekick says: Dec 25, 2012 11:14 AM

    Raiderlyfe510…. You’re an expert… You’ve suffered through tons of blowout losses.. Guess that’s the Raiders way of lyfe?

  13. tdrundmc says: Dec 25, 2012 11:22 AM

    Stokley and tamme r both awful…products of Peyton manning.

  14. bayoubob4 says: Dec 25, 2012 12:11 PM

    Are we talking about Aaron Hernandez?

  15. ctgiant says: Dec 25, 2012 12:36 PM

    AS my team heads into “what happened to the spark”? But Eli still “believes in miracles”?
    I have become a Broncos fan, always liked PM, have nothing but praise for John Fox, who use to be our DC in NY, why not!
    Don’t like BB in N. E. who is to smart to know what’s going on anymore, and Peyton wants another ring, and might get one!
    GO BRONCO’S ! ha, lol
    CT GIANT

  16. twfur says: Dec 25, 2012 12:46 PM

    Rams J Jenkins defensive rookie of the year!

  17. 11thstreetmafia says: Dec 25, 2012 12:46 PM

    Manning’s assessment proves, once again, that we don’t know as much as we think we do. As fans, we are inundated with statistics and tangible numbers. It turns out, it’s all about matchups.

  18. yousuxxors says: Dec 25, 2012 1:16 PM

    Hes saying that the way defenses play tamme gives him an idea about how they are gonna play them

  19. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 25, 2012 1:20 PM

    ravenunitas | Dec 25, 2012, 10:57 AM EST
    Hope to see you guys crush the ravenators in the playoffs as you did in the regular season. Go broncos !
    =====================================

    Man….you have real problems. Every post of yours is hatred for the Ravens…just saying…..GO RAVENS !!
    My problems are minor compared to the trolls posting on the steeler thread. Pot meet kettle..just saying….go Broncos!

  20. denverscott says: Dec 25, 2012 2:05 PM

    wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Dec 25, 2012 10:06 AM

    No. Dressen and Virgil Green have came in and relieved Tamme all year. Tamme’s role in the Broncos offense is vastly overstated and Tamme is the 4th or 5th receiving threat behind Thomas, Decker, Stokely, and the RB. When Stokely was out Tamme did fill that void but to sing Tamme’s praises as a key to the Broncos success is not accurate.
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    I think I’d be inclined to believe Peytons take on this.

  21. spellingcops says: Dec 25, 2012 2:26 PM

    Have all of these pats loving idiots forgotten how close the game was IN NEW ENGLAND this year? And that prior to the neck beard and the full back with the inaccurate duck launcher, Denver owned New England? Just out of curiosity, raiderlyfe, who ended the pats string of like 12 consecutive playoff wins? I’ll give you a hint since you’re probably too dumb to use google: Champ Bailey had a 99 yard interception return as the pats were going in to score in that game. Careful what you wish for pats & raider fans…

  22. arson81 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:34 PM

    Great insight into the mind of the Chess Master. Thanks for posting that!

    I think it’s pretty similiar to when Dalls Clark was in his prime in Indy. Matchup nightmare. Defenses got caught in unfavorable personnel groupings depending if they stayed base or nickel and dimed Clark. Peyton then hammered them with no huddle plays that exploited the physical mismatch, so they couldn’t get out of it.

    With the explosion of Flexed Y-guys( Hernandez, Graham, Gronkowski etc), I wonder if the next chess piece to evolve might be the slot guy/college scat back type that can motion into a rb role out of an empty set. With the success that Cobb, Harvin, McCluster, and Woodhead have had in a similiar scenarios, I wonder if that opens up possibilities for a guy like WVU’s Tavon Austin to be drafted higher by a no huddle type team?

  23. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:18 PM

    Peyton is not being disingenuous here, either. You see it every game. He starts out by seeing how they key on the outside guys, which frees up Tamme underneath. He hits that a few times, then the outside stuff to Decker and Thomas opens up, and also gives Moreno room to run. This is why he’s the smartest QB in the NFL. Eli obviously hasn’t learned a thing, because he’s been 0-4 in games versus teams that Peyton mopped the floor with, and looked awful in each one of them, I might add.

  24. cur68 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:31 PM

    Sure Peyton. Tamme. Right. I suspect a lot of Defensive coordinators will fall for this. It’s like a good magician, I think. He has you looking at his left hand, while he’s doing something totally different with his right. While Manning will have all these Defences looking at Tamme, the 4th option, he’ll be killing them everywhere else.

  25. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:43 PM

    cur68 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:31 PM

    Sure Peyton. Tamme. Right. I suspect a lot of Defensive coordinators will fall for this. It’s like a good magician, I think. He has you looking at his left hand, while he’s doing something totally different with his right. While Manning will have all these Defences looking at Tamme, the 4th option, he’ll be killing them everywhere else.
    ————

    Another guy who doesn’t know football. Go sit down someplace.

  26. truetrue85 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:59 PM

    … and the fact that they play in one of the weakest divisions in the league.

  27. jrebar88 says: Dec 25, 2012 4:01 PM

    @Sellingcops

    Well said, thank you.

    New England doesnt want to go to Denver. They were up 16-7 without a QB last year before they fumbled the game away.

  28. weedman8693 says: Dec 25, 2012 5:09 PM

    Lets go broncos, i know we can go very far!! Our defense is young and ready!! Peyton manning has to throw at least 5 td’s every game in the playoffs!! Go broncos.

  29. eaglesnoles05 says: Dec 25, 2012 5:21 PM

    Funny stuff, clowning on the posters who missed the point of what Peyton is saying.

    Doesn’t matter if D Coordinators listen or not. There are openings in any D, Pmann is the master at finding them. Basically just saying he checks the slot/end first. nothing more.

  30. snowpea84 says: Dec 25, 2012 6:45 PM

    This was a good thing to highlight. It’s things like this that will always separate a guy like Manning (lets just say a top tier qb), from a guy like Vick (a guy who people call top tier but has never even had a thought like what we just read).

  31. t16rich says: Dec 25, 2012 6:48 PM

    Broncos start and end with Britton Colquitt. Punters are people too.

  32. chuckxx says: Dec 26, 2012 8:19 AM

    Well we’ll see on sunday if they can handle the mighty Chiefs.

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