Peyton Manning is yet to decide his future at the Denver Broncos and in the NFL. The five-time league MVP will consider his future in the offseason, but developments at the Broncos may have already made his mind up.
On Monday, Denver Broncos announced Gary Kubiak as their new head coach on a four-year deal. The former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator had a fantastic season calling plays for the Ravens and his just reward is his second chance as a head coach, after his unsuccessful head coaching stint in Houston.
Future up in the air
But while this is great news for Kubiak it could be bad news for Peyton Manning. The future Hall of Fame QB is known to have been surprised by the decision to remove previous head coach John Fox, and when you consider that Kubiak's style of offense is not really suited to Manning's style, the decision to sign up Kubiak may be the beginning of the end for Peyton.
Recent reports from NFL.com speculate as much, with NFL writer Marc Sessler questioning whether Manning and Kubiak will be able to work in unison.
Manning will be 39 when the next NFL season begins and it's highly unlikely he would want to learn new offense for one last shot at his second Super Bowl.
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Can Manning adapt?
"While Elway has landed the "like-minded" leader he promised to find, Kubiak -- Elway's old backup -- brings an offensive scheme that feels like an odd fit for Denver's aging quarterback," NFL.com reported. "Kubiak runs an air attack that leans heavily on play-action bootleg passes."
This type of play calling is sure to be problematic for the Broncos should Peyton Manning decide to stay. Play-action bootleg play calling is perfect for quarterbacks with excellent mobility, and Manning certainly does not have that.
Manning wants to win one last Super Bowl title, hence the reason why he joined the Broncos in free agency three seasons ago. Denver have stacked their team with superstar talent across the board in the last few years and the team will have to shed some of those stars this offseason.
The Broncos will almost certainly be worse off next year compared with the 2014 season, and you wouldn't blame Manning for thinking that his chance to win a second Super Bowl has gone.
Ex-star thinks they can adapt
The AFC West champions will remain stacked of talent next year and there is a chance they could make another run at the Super Bowl should Manning and Kubiak get on the same page quickly. And one former Broncos QB believes that both parties will be able to adapt.
"Good coaches can coach anybody," Jake Plummer told Mike Klis of The Denver Post, NFL.com reported. "Manning was highly successful running it for most of his career.
"If Manning can do some of it -- he doesn't have to do all of it. You don't have him boot left six times a game and throw 25-yard comebacks. Let's be realistic. But he can play-fake, boot out, turn his shoulders and throw a flat route to the fullback or tight end. They'll find a way to make it work."