Is Peyton Manning Ready for the 2012 Season and the Denver Broncos? Fan Perspective

After QB Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2011, as a fan, I thought for sure Tebow would have the honor of being the starting QB for the 2012 season. Of course, then Peyton Manning became available and the Broncos traded the one that had led them to victory for one that had sat on the sidelines for the entire 2011 season.

Now, don't get me wrong. I love Manning and think that he was an amazing QB for the Indianapolis Colts. He is one of the greatest QBs in the NFL. However, I am also someone that has had back surgery and, given the fact Manning has had numerous surgeries, I was a bit concerned that we were trading for someone that would just never be the QB he used to be. I was concerned that come game time, Manning just wouldn't be up for it and we would be left with no one at QB.

I can't say that I am not still a bit concerned. We have yet to start the season and Manning has yet to play a game where another team's defense is looking to take him down. I am still concerned that one bad hit will find him back on the bench indefinitely. I was also concerned that the nerves in his arm had not regained what was needed to throw the ball on a regular basis.

However, I am a bit encouraged by words from Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker who has been working out with Manning. Decker recently told ESPN that, "The guy's still throwing the ball a long time, throwing it great, hitting you in the right spot."

Decker went on to say, "He's such a perfectionist. If he hits you in the belly button, he gets mad at himself for not hitting you in the chest. It's unbelievable to be around a guy who has those standards for himself."

To have Decker say things like this gives me hope that Manning will be able to once again be the QB he used to be. It gives me hope that my Broncos may just be Super Bowl bound this year. However, despite the hope, there is still concern. We will just have to see where the season takes us.

Deborah Braconnier is a former athlete and avid football fan. She is a freelance writer and Featured Contributor for the NFL and Olympics. She has followed the Denver Broncos since she was a child and is looking forward to a season with QB Peyton Manning. Follow her on Twitter at @fwcdeborah.

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Updated Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012