"Plenty of Zip" on Peyton's Passes at OTA's
First of all, the running game. People look at that league leading 164.5 rushing yards per game and think Peyton Manning is getting put into an offense that will instantly become two dimensional. Peyton hasn't had a solid running game since the days of Edgerrin James, so people are excited to see what Peyton can do in an offense that can pound the football. What people don't understand, however, is that the Broncos traded away the most important piece to their rushing game - Tim Tebow. I'm not gonna get into a whole "is Tebow a good quarterback?" debate, but I'll give you some numbers speak for themselves as far as Tebow and the Broncos' run offense. In the games that former quarterback Kyle Orton started (exluding Week 5 when Tebow played the second half), the Broncos averaged 86.75 rushing yards per game, 30.25 below the NFL average of 117. In games that Tebow started, the team averaged 193 rushing yards per game, 76 yards above the NFL average. Tebow's running ability is what made that offense work. He turned a washed up Willis McGahee into an NFL Network Top 100 player. Unless Peyton can run the read option (which he can't), he'll find himself with a much worse running game than the Broncos had last season.