HC Gary Kubiak kept his promise. He vowed to install an offense that would work to his players' strengths, especially those of quarterback Peyton Manning. On Friday, he had his quarterback back in the hurry-up and working the offense in the pistol formation.
"He kind of goes right back to normal when he does that stuff," Kubiak said. "We're basically taking our schemes and what we do and putting them in the gun and doing it. We're taking a look at both ends. We're going to do it all. We're going to find out what we do best, and we're going to have the ability to do it all."
Manning first popped up on the injury report with a thigh injury after Week 15 (vs. San Diego). When looking only at his first 13 games, Manning averaged 301 yards, 2.8 TD and 0.8 INT, or 21.4 fantasy points per game. That would have been good enough for the third-highest average if he were able to keep that pace. In the final three weeks, including the game in which he injured the thigh, Manning averaged 272 yards and just 1.0 TD versus 1.3 INT. Even with the reduced production, Manning finished as the #4 quarterback in 2014. If he's fully healthy and ready to go, we'd expect him to be selected in the top 5 in 2015 fantasy drafts. There has been talk that Kubiak intends to install a more run-heavy, slower-paced offense, but it looks like he's going to play to his quarterback's strengths.