Peyton Manning's future at the Denver Broncos and the NFL is up in the air after the Broncos' 24-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs.
Manning struggled with a quad injury during the last month of the season and the complication clearly affected his ability during the back stretch of the season. Immediately after the Broncos' loss, Manning declined to rule out retirement despite previously stating that he wanted to play another year in Denver with the Broncos.
Denver's decision to part ways with John Fox is likely to have left Peyton Manning with plenty of thinking to do during the offseason.
Will Manning return?
It remains to be seen whether Manning wants to play on next year and go through the process of learning a new offense again.
But for all of those Broncos fans out there that are worrying about the potential for a 2015 NFL season without Manning, new head coach Gary Kubiak has revealed that he has had some good conversations with Manning about his future. The best thing the Broncos can do with Manning right now is give him time to process this season and let him decide whether he wants to return next season in his own time, and Kubiak plans to exactly that.
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"Yes, we have talked. We talked a couple of days ago at length, talked a little bit last night via text and those type of things," Kubiak explained on Tuesday, NFL.com reported.
"Talked about a lot of stuff, but the bottom line: We've basically come to the conclusion -- I know he's got some things going on, family things right now, and obviously, I've got a lot going on here the next couple days -- but we're gonna get together and sit down.
"The thing I wanna do is I wanna be the best support system I can be for Peyton. But yes, we've had some very good conversations, and we'll have many more."
Positive signs for Denver fans
Many NFL experts believe that Kubiak's style of offense will not suit Manning. The former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator implemented an offensive at the Ravens, and previously in Houston, which heavily leaned on play-action bootleg passes.
Manning certainly wouldn't thrive in an offensive like that due to his lack of mobility, but Kubiak says that he is more than willing to tailor his new Broncos offense to the strengths and weaknesses of the future Hall of Fame signal-caller.
"Well, it's easy to build a playbook for him," Kubiak added. "I mean, he's been the master at it for many, many years, and you're talking about a Hall of Fame player, Hall of Fame person."
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