Sylvester Williams: I don’t think you can replace Peyton Manning’s leadership

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The Broncos have spent the last few months telling anyone who would listen that they believe they’ll be OK at quarterback after Peyton Manning’s retirement and Brock Osweiler’s departure as a free agent.

It looks like Mark Sanchez or Trevor Siemian will get the first chance in the starting lineup and the Broncos’ success through sketchy offensive production last season suggests they can do enough on the field to keep the team winning. That doesn’t mean they won’t miss Manning, however.

During an interview with Alex Marvez and Kirk Morrison of Sirius XM NFL Radio, defensive tackle Sylvester Williams said that Manning “carried us more than just his play on the field” and that the team will miss what he brought as a leader.

“I just think you can’t replace a guy like him,” Williams said. “Because he’s such a powerful guy that you’ve just got to figure out other ways to bring some of that energy back to the locker room because you will never have another Peyton Manning in the locker room that’ll touch the team the way he did. Because, for one, Peyton was a guy that was a hundred-percent business, so when he did speak, a lot of guys sat up in their chairs and paid attention. It was unbelievable, man.”

Regardless of how confident the Broncos are that their quarterbacks will be able to handle things on the field this season, it seems foolish to expect any of them to have the same hold on the locker room that a player with Manning’s resume enjoyed in Denver. The Broncos do have plenty of other veterans who can work to fill that void and a team effort may have to suffice until there’s a long-term sheriff in charge of the offense again.

16 responses to “Sylvester Williams: I don’t think you can replace Peyton Manning’s leadership

  1. That’s what’s always undersold on Peyton. Last year he was some hot garbage even Denver fans will admit but when the team was down 10 against San Diego week 17 he was the leader that got them back in the game. People say fencers QB play can’t get worse wait till you have the same production manning had last year coming from mark Sanchez with no leadership or football smarts to give confidence to the team after he throws a pick six

  2. Cue the tired 1997-era salary cap jokes, the insightful comments on the GM’s teeth, and the false reports from the now-deduct al-jazera US.

    Sorry your team lost, the Broncos were better.

  3. I bet the players really sat up and listened when Peyton explained how they could have HGH sent to their wives while staying under the radar themselves.

  4. corvettehigh says:
    Jun 22, 2016 12:11 PM
    Sorry your team lost, the Broncos were better.
    ________________________________
    I’ll take the loss no problem…..
    but lets be clear, Megahead had about as much to do with those wins and thin air.
    “Broncos were better”? how about Broncos Defense was better. The “leadership” came from Von Miller

  5. I’ve been saying this for months, while “fantasy football” nerds only focused on Peyton’s stats.

    I love this notion that he was terrible in the Super Bowl. Nevermind that he was going up against probably the 2nd best defense in the NFL, which had made Carson Palmer look like an absolute buffoon just 2 weeks earlier.

    He drove Denver right down the field for a quick field goal, converted a 2-pt conversion late in the game to clinch it, generally avoided mistakes. You also have to consider that Kubiak took the ball out of his hands on several occasions -I remember a sequence of plays near the goalline where Denver ran the ball 3 or 4 straight times.

  6. leadership didnt come from von miller… it came fro, ware and manning…. we still have ware so problem solved

  7. Sylvester Williams: I don’t think you can replace Peyton Manning’s leadership
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    Or manning as the team’s source for HGH.

  8. corvettehigh says:
    Jun 22, 2016 12:11 PM
    Cue the tired 1997-era salary cap jokes, the insightful comments on the GM’s teeth, and the false reports from the now-deduct al-jazera US.

    Sorry your team lost, the Broncos were better.

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    False reports? Not sure you can discount it as false. Did you even watch the documentary? Sly didn’t have any reason to lie about Manning and the other athletes when he was being taped by the undercover reporter.

  9. You can replace the stats Manning put up last year but not the intangibles he brought to the team. Manning was a great leader and presence in the locker room, that is what will be missing in Denver. They will go 9-7 this season, 10-6 at best.

  10. Anyone who mentions HGH on these comments are coming from annoying Bandwagon Patriots fans who think every other team cheats so it’s justified if the Patriots cheat.

  11. “Intangibles” is a polite way of saying Manning was always over-rated.

    Explain his abysmal post season performances.

    He was always about padding stats

  12. dcpatfan says:
    Jun 22, 2016 12:18 PM
    corvettehigh says:
    Jun 22, 2016 12:11 PM
    Sorry your team lost, the Broncos were better.
    ________________________________
    I’ll take the loss no problem…..
    but lets be clear, Megahead had about as much to do with those wins and thin air.
    “Broncos were better”? how about Broncos Defense was better. The “leadership” came from Von Miller

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    He outplayed our QB in the AFCC game for sure. He scored twice as many TDs as Brady.

  13. Von Miller played the entire game against San Diego but the Broncos only played well with Manning under center

    “I’ll take the loss no problem…..
    but lets be clear, Megahead had about as much to do with those wins and thin air.
    “Broncos were better”? how about Broncos Defense was better. The “leadership” came from Von Miller”

  14. I’ll take the loss no problem…..
    but lets be clear, Megahead had about as much to do with those wins and thin air.
    “Broncos were better”? how about Broncos Defense was better. The “leadership” came from Von Miller

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    AFCCG:

    Manning 2 TDs
    Brady 1 TD (only when Stewart and Ward two start safeties went down)

    Who outplayed who?

    Manning played like garbage: He is a choker, a noddle arm
    Brady played like garbage: Must be the offensive line and the receivers

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