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Peyton Manning owes it to Broncos fans to speak

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"Peyton Manning's silence in the wake of the worst loss in team history is deafening. Where has the quarterback been?"

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Peyton paranoia is spreading.

When moving trucks arrived at the star quarterback's house a couple of mornings ago speculation ran rampant that he was plotting his escape from the Broncos. A silly idea considering the great one still stands to earn nearly $20M per season to stick around. Fueling the drama were media reports that Manning's ties to Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam (who was a booster at Tennessee) could mean an executive position for number eighteen within that organization.

Even though it has been well over two weeks now since Denver's now famous collapse in the Super Bowl, Broncos Country is still reeling. The Broncos are still the topic of choice on sports talk radio and the fans are still sorting through the rubble of a season that, in the course of one game, became a disaster.

The Johns, Fox and Elway, faced the music the Tuesday following the game in their obligatory post-Super Bowl press conference but the man folks most associate with Denver's success and / or failure has been nowhere to be found. Peyton Manning's silence in the wake of the worst loss in team history is deafening. Where has the quarterback been?

Perhaps Manning is not obligated by any NFL or team rule to sit down with the media once the season ends, but he owes it to Broncos fans to speak. We need to hear from him that he's in it to win it next season, that the loss hurt him, too, and that he feels our pain. He needs to say that he has embraced Colorado and that he is one of us. Even if it's bullshit. Manning's demeanor and body language throughout the Super Bowl communicated a lack of the leadership he is so famous for and his lack of culpability since has only amplified it.

The media is at Manning's beckon call. Any outlet in Colorado would happily push aside whatever it had on the docket to facilitate a Manning interview. He could sit down with Vic Lombardi or Drew Soicher. He could phone in and speak to Dmac or to Nate Kreckman. He could grant an interview to Mike Klis. Manning could do any of those things and probably quell the Peyton paranoia in a fell swoop. But he has done no such thing.

Peyton Manning is more than just a player - more than a quarterback. He is the piece around which the Denver Broncos are constructed. His face is the face of the organization, in the eyes of its fans and in the eyes of America. By not speaking to his failings in the biggest of big games Manning has shirked responsibility and that flies in the face of what he is presumed to be - a leader.   

 

Colin Daniels

Colin is the emcee of the South Stands Denver Fancast and maintains our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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0 #4 Penny Ann Quintana 2014-02-22 10:09
First, the game was a team effort, I am not making any excuses they lost, they played poorly, but by the same token you simply cannot blame one player. Why should Manning come out and explain anything, look how the previous two people are reacting. The reality is the press does not like Manning for that matter I think the NFL does not like Manning and both never liked the Broncos, so since neither like the Broncos or Manning why bother giving an explanation, the Media will not buy it the public or NFL. They will continue to speak poorly of Manning and the Broncos. You know what the Broncos had a great season just the second year of Manning taking the helm. They made it to the Super Bowl by the second year. That is an accomplishment. Everyone assumed because it was Manning it meant an automatic win not so he cannot play a game by himself. For what ever reason, the game was not played well by the Broncos, they lost.
Either way the Media or NFL analyzers will not be happy!
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0 #3 IamPetersen 2014-02-22 09:20
I agree completely Mr. Daniels!

For as great as a player Peyton is, his leadership and lack of ability to step up in the biggest moments is laughable. I don't wanna hear that bullshit that most of the Denver media is spewing saying that Seattle was better "team" Funny I didn't hear that commentary once before that debacle on Bloody Sunday! Fact is he got punched in the mouth and instead of fighting back he cowered, and the whole team followed his lead. 3 fuckin weeks later and it still hurts! He does owe it to his team and his community to suck it up and man up.
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0 #2 penny ann quintana 2014-02-15 15:03
I agree, Peyton Manning does not owe me a fan anything. I believe he is hurting and knowing how he is such a fierce competitor, he is just trying to figure out what happened. this was a team loss, you cannot blame Peyton Manning for the loss. Peyton will come out when he is ready. Can you blame him, he is human being, he had a lot of Pressure on during that game, people all talking smack about him. Think about a lot of commentators seem like they want him to fail. I like Peyton Manning and I hope he continues to play for Denver! remember he got us to the Super Bowl in two years. he was a leader in the game and if you watch the mic it up you can see him rally the team. he is an awesome quarter back I am glad he is a Denver Bronco!
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0 #1 Janet 2014-02-14 17:36
I think Peyton is hurting as much as we are! I don't need for him to tell me...I saw it! Perhaps he needs time to process ..after all it was a devastating loss. As a fan I don't think he owes me anything. Really what is there to say? My stomach still turns when I see the highlights. If Peyton owes me and his fans anything at all, it is to play his best football come next season. He loves this game and I don't believe he would play if he could not give it his all.
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