Monday, May 21, 2012

How Peyton did what he did

What goes unsaid in this analysis is the advantage of a QB who routinely completed passes to receivers who were not open.  The most amazing part of 18's game was watching the Colts put up 30 points in games in which their offensive line got dominated.  They couldn't get any push in the running game.  They could barely provide a moment of protection before the pass blocking broke down.  The defensive backs would be climbing all over the receivers knowing that the pass rush would be on Manning very quickly.  And Peyton would step away from the first rusher, flip a quick pass to a receiver who was blanketed, and the ball would go right into the tiniest of windows where the receiver with reliable hands would hang on for a gain just long enough to move the chains.  The first time you saw it, you would consider it luck.  The second time, a QB having a career day.  But play after play, game after game, year after year?  It became the production of the most valuable football player to ever play the game.

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